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dish type: Appetizers


canadian cheddar and guinness dip

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to celebrate all things Irish – including one of our favourite brews, Dublin’s own Guinness beer. I love the complexity of Guinness - its depth of flavour mixes so well with other bold notes like chocolate or chillies, and it’s phenomenal with a good aged Canadian cheddar cheese. This dip whips up so quickly I’m sure you’ll be serving it all year round. If you can’t...

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basil and baby shrimp dip

Pop the cork, shrimp season is here! We are definitely spoiled by the freshness of seafood on the West coast, but the beauty of modern day means that no matter where you are in the country, the fish is always remarkably good. This dip is one of my favourite go-tos when I’m looking to have something easy and delicious on hand for when friends pop in over a holiday weekend. It whips up in seconds and can stay in the fridge overnight if need be: just be sure to give it a good stir before...

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edamame hummus

If your holiday schedule looks anything like mine, every night is a big night for entertaining. Whether you’re having guests at yours or heading out to visit others, this recipe is a super easy and delicious twist on a traditional party dish. Serve it up with your favourite crackers or offer it in a pretty container as a hostess gift; either way the Asian fusion flare gives this a fresh and surprising flavour guaranteed to please a...

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sweet pea and avocado hummus

Fresh sweet peas are back! And this dip is a super fast and easy way to enjoy them. If you’re using peas straight out of the garden be sure to blanche them for 2-3 minutes in boiling water and then cool them quickly in an ice bath so that they retain their brilliant colour, but fresh frozen will work just as...

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red pepper feta dip

Roasting peppers at home is super easy and adds a delightful smoky flavour that I find lacking in most commercial varieties. Perhaps it's the freshness of them, but the home-roasted variety can't be beat! Other than the peppers, this dip whips up in literally under two minutes so it's the perfect dish to serve when unexpected guests pop over for a...

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homemade ricotta

Fresh, D.I.Y. ricotta is all the rage right now and it's no wonder! It couldn't be simpler to make and the results are infinitely better than the store bought variety. I love to spread it on toasted bread but it's also great as a base for tarts and other sweet treats. To add some extra flavour, add fresh herbs, a spoonful of pesto or tapenade and serve as a dip with your favourite flavour of raincoast crisps®, raincoast flats®, and grilled rustic baguette slices. The ricotta will keep at least 4 days in the...

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avocado corn salsa

Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the sweet tastes of the garden for while longer yet. The corn is coming in fast and furious and is at its sweetest and juiciest right now, perfect for fresh recipes like this easy salsa. Serve with our original raincoast crisps® or alongside some grilled chicken or fish at this weekend's...

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tuna poke

Feel like fuelling up on a protein packed snack just like the top athletes? Try out this super easy, uber-quick, and absolutely delicious low fat snack. Guaranteed to get you up and moving - or at least make your taste buds happy! The sambal oelek adds the heat in this dish, so use as much or as little as you like. As this dish uses raw tuna, please be sure to ask your fishmonger for sashimi grade fish - that will guarantee it has been flash frozen to enhance the...

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roasted beet hummus

Looking for the perfect pre-game entertaining dip? This hummus takes everyone's favourite appie up a notch - the perfect partner for those hot wings and cold IPA's. This comes together quickly once the beets are roasted, so cook them up the day before and you'll easily have a party platter on the table before...

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spinach and artichoke dip

No matter the occasion, I love whipping up a batch of everyone’s favourite TV snack, this deliciously creamy spinach and artichoke dip. This can be served cold right after mixing, or baked to golden bubbly perfection for those wanting something a little more...

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pulled pork sliders

Pulled pork is an annual summertime tradition, from beaches, to picnics to BBQ’s, it’s a crowd-pleasing favourite. For a spin on this classic, I like to serve pulled pork on lesley stowe raincoast crisps® original with tangy slaw for a bite sized version with great...

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