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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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Swedish Meatballs – A Festive Cocktail Recipe

BY CAMILLE MACNAUGHTON
From the Christmas Throwdown
Swedish Meatballs

Christmas season tidings!

For the Foodie Collective’s last throwdown of the year, it was only apt to celebrate our traditional side and set the theme to Christmas favourites. My recipe did not originate in my kitchen; rather it has morphed from my having to shop at IKEA for holiday gifts and attending various holiday cocktail parties. Let me explain the former… I am not fond of shopping amongst the mad crowds of people trying to buy last minute gifts or home decorations, but I find myself invariably roaming the lanes of one of these stores. The only consolation is food! IKEA has a brilliant marketing strategy in that they sell their addictive and delicious Swedish meatballs midway through shopping. So each year, I have my prize of comfort food in return for good behaviour.
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French Onion Soup

BY AURÉLIE PTITO
French onion soup

For me, the first snowfall means one thing and one thing only: the time for guilt-free indulgence has arrived! One of winter’s perks is all the delicious, decadent comfort food we can all enjoy. Everyone has their favourite dish, and mine is rich and flavourful French onion soup.  So curl up on the couch, preferably in front of a fireplace, and enjoy a bowl of cheesy, piping hot onion soup.

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Mini Tourtières with Homemade Green Tomato Ketchup

BY KATHERINE MACNAUGHTON
From the Christmas Throwdown
Tourtières

Around this time of year, special dishes resurface from the kitchen and are meant to be shared around the table. For me, there are 3 quintessential Christmas foods that I look forward to eating copious amounts of: couronnes (gooey cinnamon buns in the shape of a wreath), ginger snaps and, my very favourite, tourtières. What makes these recipes so special is that they have been handed down by generations of strong, French Canadian Pinault women. Unfortunately, this is the first year I won’t be spending the holidays with my grandmother Ninie, who by the way, is turning 89  and is as sharp as a whip! So, in honour of her and her homemade delicious foods that won’t make it to my plate, I have chosen to try my hand at making my own. You should have heard how proud she was to share her recipe with me over the phone. Merry Christmas grand-maman!
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Maman’s Cold Busting Chicken Soup

BY CAMILLE MACNAUGHTON
Cold busting soup
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

Suffering from a lingering cold? Try this homemade recipe straight out of my mother’s kitchen.
Ginger and garlic are the star ingredients, but the chicken broth and greens give the soup the warm and cozy feeling. Couple with a slice of crusty bread or tomato crositini and enjoy this soup’s healing effect!
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Sweet and Salty Pancakes with Candied Bacon Whipped Cream and Whiskey Syrup

BY AMANDA PIEDIMONTE
FROM THE DINER THROWDOWN
Bacon Bourbon pancakes bacon bourbon pancakes
I definitely did not lack inspiration for the Diner Throwdown. I hesitated until the very last minute on what dish to make, finally deciding on sweet and salty pancakes over runner-up ideas like meatloaf, burgers, mac’n cheese, grand slam breakfast, grilled cheese, etc… As you can probably tell from that list, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. So my newfound pancake obsession was quite a surprise! I wanted to make them as light and salty as possible, which is why I opted to use cake flour (which is already pre-loaded with baking powder and salt) and salted butter in the pancake batter.
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Chocolate Stout Chili

BY EMMANUEL HESSLER
Chocolate Stout Chili

When I was 25, I hosted a chili cook-off at which a few university friends competed. My friend David Barmak blew my mind by introducing the idea that you could mix chocolate into a salty dish. Something else that really impressed me was how prevalent the meat was in the dish. Rather than using ground beef, the small cubes of meat really held their own as the central ingredient and were loaded with flavour and texture. This was further enhanced by the absence of the various beans I had been habituated to in my 1/4 century of chili eating. For this chili, I adjusted David’s recipe by adding a chocolate stout beer to give it a dark, rich color.
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