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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SEASONAL VEGGIE ROUND UP

Deciding what’s for dinner can be as dreaded and painful as going to the dentist. I’ve been caught glassy eyed wandering the aisles, no list, hoping to find inspiration, peering in strangers carts.  Instead, start with the vegetables that are available this month.  

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Trish Magwood