Category Archives: Kim

Matzo Ball Soup for the Soul

BY KIM MATURO

Matzo ball soup
Photo Credit: Katherine Macnaughton

Every year, my extended family gets together for a traditional Passover Seder. On the two first nights, we get together at a family member’s house and go through the traditional readings of the story of Passover followed by copious amounts of food. This year, the second night was hosted by my parents and the meal began with the most comforting classic matzo ball soup.
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Let Them Eat Cake … or Pudding

BY KIM MATURO

Chocolate Pudding
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Hessler

Have you noticed that from February to April there are a lot of birthdays going on? In my case, I have 8 birthdays (including mine) spread out over 5 weeks. Last week, there were three birthdays at my office and this week another two. That’s a lot of cake and celebrating. This week is both my mother’s and my sister’s birthdays (Happy Birthday you guys) and I wanted to make my sister a birthday cake. She loves cheesecake, so I wanted to make a Brownie Bottom Cheese Cake.
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The Food Diaries: New York City

BY KIMBERLY MATURO

Katz

This past weekend, I took myself on a little getaway to New York City. I needed to escape the blistering cold streets of Montreal and enter the beautiful, garbage smelling, architecturally stimulating, food mecca that is The Big Apple. The first reason for my trip was to spend time with my sister for her birthday. However, the weekend quickly became a food extravaganza. We ate delicious snacks as we walked around the city, such as brioches sucrées at Ladurée, the Blue Ribbon sandwich at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, avocado toast at Café Gitane and pork buns at Momofuku. Come Sunday night, Emily and I laid on the couch in an intense food coma and ended up snacking on hummus and pita. Can you say food overload?!
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*Test your Knowledge and Win a Foodie Collective Book*

BY CATHERINE MOREAU

Trivia Night

On February 13th, six of the Foodie Collective’s best and brightest joined forces to test their knowledge at Santropol Roulant’s 4th Trivia Night. Held at Santropol headquarters, participants were asked to contribute 10$ each (60$ per team of six) with all profits going to the Roulant. Beer and wine were available and large bowls of Chex mix abounded on each teams’ table. It was a great turnout, with more than eight teams in total. You could feel the brain cells buzzing!

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Win Your Lover’s Heart with Decadent Double Chocolate Mousse

BY KIM MATURO
From the Chocolate Throwdown
Chocolate Mousse
Photo credit: Emmanuel Hessler

They say the best way to someone’s heart is though their stomach. If this is true, I feel that there are many foodies out there who will be cooking up a romantic dinner for their lover this Valentine’s Day.  I for one always enjoy cooking for a loved one and I pay special attention when planning out my menu to ensure that what I make is going to be delicious.
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The Foodie Collective Falls for Finkelstein

BY AURÉLIE PTITO AND KIM MATURO

Hof Kelsten
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

If you’ve read this blog before, you know there’s just one thing we would brave the cold for. If you said good food, you’d be half right. Good conversation about good food is also definitely worth risking frostbite. So the promise of a chat with Jeff Finkelstein of Hof Kelsten while enjoying one of his nonpareil sandwiches got us out even during the Polar Vortex. And he didn’t disappoint. While Kim got intimate with a deliciously gooey cinnamon bun, Aurélie made nice with a beef on rye sandwich topped with sliced apples, coleslaw and mustard.

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Gnocchi Workshop at Santropol Roulant

BY KIM MATURO
Gnocchi Workshop

This past December, The Foodie Collective was invited to give a second workshop at Santropol Roulant. This time on the menu: gnocchi. These are not your average potato gnocchi though; actually, there are no potatoes at all. These little pillows of ricotta are elegant and very easy to make. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Santropol for involving us in their community. They are a wonderful organisation and are always looking for volunteers. You can find more information about them here.

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Making Local Choices for Your Cheese and Charcuterie Platters

BY KIM MATURO
Cheese and charcuterie platter

Some call it a cheese platter and others, a charcuterie platter. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious and suitable for any festive occasion or romantic dinner. There’s really nothing quite like getting together with friends, sharing a bottle (or three) of wine and savouring a wonderful selection of local cheeses and cured meats. It sounds simple, but there is an art to putting together a beautiful charcuterie board.
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Planning an Oyster Friendly Menu

BY KIM MATURO
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Once again, The Foodie Collective team and some friends got together for an oyster/house warming party. It had been a while since we all got together to enjoy these little shuckers! While Aurelie had purchased the featured ingredient, 3 delicious types of PEI oysters, a challenge presented itself:  how should I put together a menu that would best complement the oysters and please my guests’ demanding taste buds?
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