A SATURDAY IN TRINITY BELLWOODS

Winter is steadily approaching our doorstep and it’s only getting colder...but this doesn’t mean weekends have to be spent inside. Get out of the house, explore your city and enjoy what Toronto has to offer. For the moms who want a day out on the town; for the families looking for a place to take the kids: a quick and easy guide to spending a Saturday in Trinity Bellwoods.

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HAM, CHEESE AND SPINACH STRATA

This is truly a dish that works for grown-ups and kids alike. My son, Fin, made a list of the ten dinners that he “approved,” and this was No. 4 (the “wifesaver”!). My first version had just bacon and cheese, then I put spinach and it still got both thumbs up. You can serve this for dinner with a salad, but I like it best as brunch for a multi-generational crowd.

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ELENA'S CURRIED CORN CHOWDER

Elena Embrioni, my vital recipe tester and contributor, makes wonderful soups – hearty and full of flavour. Like me, she doesn't typically write her recipes down. This corn chowder started with a soup of hers I love in her Southern Accent cookbook – a Cajun-style soup. After many variations, we added creamed corn and put tomatoes in at the end. The result is a cozy comfort meal in a bowl – perfect for chilly fall evenings or cold winter nights.

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TRANSITIONING INTO FALL: PLACES TO VISIT

The warm sunny days of summer are surely behind us. The seasons are changing, but I don’t mind it. This is a prime time for farmers markets – harvest season is in full effect and fruits and veg are at their best. The trees are beginning to change colour, cooler temperatures are creeping in; this is what I love most about fall. Take a drive, get out of the city and explore the beauty of the changing of seasons.

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PIZZA PARTY: ONE FOR KIDS, ONE FOR ADULTS

Summertime arrives late; Summertime stays late. We’ve been lucky enough to see a week’s full of sunshine and blue skies – and so we find ourselves holding onto these final moments of outdoor entertaining. For the kids and for the adults, a patio pizza party is our way of taking advantage of what might be the last few warm evenings of the season.

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HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF HARVEST SEASON IN ONTARIO

Harvest season...the leaves are changing, farmers markets are popping with colour and produce is at its prime. We’ve worked hard all year and now it’s time to reap the benefits of our labour. September is about honouring farmers and all the winemakers who have been doing it forever – shout out to my dad and his homemade wine that I look forward to every year and tops my list of favourite wines, due to the obvious reasons.

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WHAT'S IN SEASON: COOKING WITH TOMATOES

Summer is coming to an end. Tomatoes in all shades of red and orange are taking the stage at farmers markets and roadside stands. This is the perfect time to take advantage of this in-season produce. This classic summer soup is liquid gold now that tomatoes and basil are at their prime. And with so many variations and uses for this simple recipe...why not hold onto summer for a little bit longer.

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SUMMER ENTERTAINING: BEET + RHUBARB SALAD

I first came across a far more complicated version of this recipe at the much adored. Ottolenghi in Notting Hill, UK. His little shop and multiple cookbooks capture the style, presentation and ingredients that hit home. This is my short cut simple version with a nod to Yotam Ottolenghi. I’ve done versions of this salad whenever I am asked to bring something potluck to a dinner and am often asked for the recipe. So finally, I have worked it through for you to enjoy, wow and dazzle and pass it on.

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WHAT DAD WANTS

Let’s go back to basics.  Don’t we all want the same thing? To be appreciated, considered and even thanked.  And have an indulgent break, maybe a golf game, run or ride, and a nice meal?  What about something thoughtful and homemade, nostalgic, like an old family photo from a favourite time? Here's what I think dads really want...plus some insight from some of my dads/trusted advisors.

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