Food and Drink Blog: Campfire-less S’more Cookie

I came up with this recipe one night when I was dying for a S’more. It was raining and there was no way I was going to get my S’more fix using the traditional campfire method. This recipe is a hit with the whole family. Ingredients Cookie Batter: 1 cup of melted butter 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract 2 cups of flour 2 ½ cups of oatmeal 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp of salt 1 cup of chocolate chips Marshmallow Topper: 1 tbp butter 1/3 of a bag of large marshmallows ¼ cup of Kahlua (optional, I like to get a little boozy) You will need an eight or […]

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Food and Drink Blog: Stu’s Special Sangria

Stu’s Special Sangria Ingredients: 1 bottle of red or white wine 2 oz of gin 2 oz of peach schnapps Orange juice to taste All your favourite fruits, to taste, and chopped 1 can of ginger ale 1) Combine wine, gin, schnapps, and orange juice in a large pitcher. 2) Chop up fruit (if necessary) and add to the pitcher. 3) Let the mixture sit overnight in a refrigerator to allow all the flavours to blend. 4) Just before serving add ginger ale to the mixture. Countless things come to mind when I think of my friend Stuart Vetter. I remember the time he fashioned himself a Batman costume for Halloween out of a little kids’ onesie he found at Loblaws. I remember the […]

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Food and Drink Blog: The Tom Green Beer

Canadian comedian Tom Green says he sees a link between independent beer breweries and his own independent comedy work. “It’s sort of similar to what I did with [The Tom Green Show] where we created our own product—or television show—and then took it mainstream and took it worldwide,” Green said.  “I think that’s kind of inspiring.” Now, Green has partnered with Ottawa-based Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company to launch the Tom Green Beer. The beer, a milk stout in honour of one of Green’s recurring jokes, made its debut at five of Green’s stand-up shows at Yuk Yuk’s on Elgin Street over Father’s Day weekend. The shows were part of Ontario Craft Beer Week, an Ontario-wide festival that celebrates the […]

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Food and Drink Blog: What’s in a wine label?

Local wine blogger Claire Fowles is not a wine elitist. “At the end of the day, it’s fermented grape juice,” she said to me over early morning coffee at a Bridgehead in the Glebe. Blogging since 2010 for Ottawa food and drink website foodieprints.com Fowles is an advocate of enjoyment over brand. But, she did scold me for once making mimosas with Veuve Clicquot, luxury champagne that probably shouldn’t be sullied by orange juice. “My philosophy on wine is drink what you like. If it makes you happy, that’s the perfect wine for you,” she said. There is, however, another factor in many consumers’ choice of wine.  It’s all in the label. The wine industry’s emphasis on labels is a […]

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