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Three ideas to elevate any appetizer

Trying to come up with appetizer ideas for your next gathering? With a little creativity an appetizer can turn into the star of the meal. The secret is to start with good quality ingredients and a tasty recipe – from there have fun! Here are three ways you can elevate appetizers that look and taste great.

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On the go this summer? Try these snacks out

Summertime is in its prime and there is still plenty of time for outdoor activities. Whether you’re exploring your own backyard, road tripping or picnicking there’s no better time than now to appreciate some tasty treats, good company and summer fun! Here’s a list of three snacks that are easy to make and put together, on-the-go friendly, and kid and adult approved:

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Long weekend celebrations made easy

Four snacking ideas that will have you set up and ready to enjoy the weekend!

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Five grape ways to sharpen your wine skills

We all know the best way to learn about wine is by drinking it, but we thought we’d provide a few other ideas to learn about the many varieties of vino! Here is a list of educational and creative ways to fine-tune your wine expertise.

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‘Picnicking 101’– your outdoor dining essentials

Warm weather means picnic season! It doesn’t take a lot of planning, just a little bit of preparation is all you need for a memorable moment enjoying a daytime snack and fresh air or al fresco dining.

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food for thought: easy ingredient substitutes

7 easy ingredient swaps to consider

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hosting tips for your next virtual get-together

Just because we may not be able to physically sit beside our friends and family, it doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected.

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creating the perfect holiday charcuterie board

Whether you are serving your board as an appetizer for your family or creating your own personal version for a virtual gathering, the fundamentals are simple.

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Lesley’s simple tips for hosting during the holidays

The holidays can feel overwhelming, especially if the big festivities are taking place at your house. I have established a few essential steps for hosting over the holidays that help keep me organized and plan a successful evening.

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finding the perfect pairing

When entertaining, whether it’s an intimate gathering or a large soirée, you want to create an atmosphere that’s pleasant and memorable. A successful event can be shaped by the food you serve, so it’s important to think through what you will offer your guests. Part of the joy of entertaining is that you have the power to create combinations that bring out the strongest flavor profile of the dishes that you serve. That’s why I’ve created a pairing guide for a few entertaining occasions with suggestions on what flavor combinations best complement our crisps, and I want to highlight some of my favorites.

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Bring the outdoors in for Christmas

I take inspiration from the seasons when I’m setting a table, and Christmas is my favorite time of year for this! I gather greenery, acorns, chestnuts, and holly, then buy pomegranates and citrus. Rather than a formal centrepiece on the table, I create a setting tablescape, with greens spilling across the table, interspersed with the […]

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a word about hors d’oeuvres

My philosophy on starters (if you can call it that) is that they should set the tone for what follows but not upstage everything else. If you are having a sit-down dinner with lots of courses, it’s probably best to keep the hors d’oeuvre offerings down to a dull roar, unless you are going to […]

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