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Mini Tourtières with Homemade Green Tomato Ketchup

From the Christmas Throwdown

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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Seafood Throwdown Winner


This past Sunday, the Throwdowners gathered yet again to try their hand at ‘throwing down’ with seafood. All are well acquainted with seafood ingredients having already prepared delectable dishes in the past, but this Throwdown was different… Down five fellow Throwdowners due to a schedule conflict, much had to be made up for in variety and surprise. Though the five running chefs had better chances of winning, the ante was upped big time with each Throwdowner presenting a bright, flavorful dish that reflected not only the chefs’ unique style, but their true passion and imagination for combining the best of fresh ingredients.
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How to Host a Great Throwdown

As the holiday season is upon us, many of you may have taken time off to celebrate and catch up with family and friends. This may be a great time for you to introduce Throwdowns in your social circles. If you’re new to this blog, I should say that the idea behind creating Throwdowns came from my husband’s desire to eat a lot of different kinds of pasta as well as facilitate the task of entertaining for me. Allow me to explain:

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