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Posted by Brendon Dawson AND Ekaterina Manoilenko on November 7, 2014 @ 10:21 a.m. EST
Tags: Cheese, LCBO, Wine


Often associated with dinners, galas and other pomp activities, wine is typically left on the rack during Friday afternoon LCBO visits.

Brendon has been working in a restaurant since high school and developed an affinity for fine grapes shortly after completing his SmartServe.

Ekaterina has loved wine since a young age — there are different rules in Russia — and had the opportunity to explore many vineyards in Cape Town this past summer. The best to way to get into wine is to simply start drinking it. This shouldn’t be as intimidating an exercise as students make it out to be; wines are labelled to describe their flavours, after all.

Wine is beautiful because it’s a constant and enjoyable learning process — new grape varietals, locations and methods are continuously complementing ancient techniques. We’ve done the work for you ... Read more...

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Crunchy millet muffin recipe

Posted by Natasa Bansagi on October 27, 2014 @ 12:36 p.m. EDT
Tags: Baking, Muffins, Nutella, Recipe

Millet muffin

If food is meant to bring people together, I can think of nothing better than muffins to do the trick. The sound of the cooking timer has never failed to propel me into the kitchen and has often led to negotiations in my family about who gets to “clean up” the remaining chocolaty batter from the bowl.

It’s the unique crunchiness of millet muffins, however, that makes them stand out to me. A gluten-free grain, millet has high protein content and contains many nutrients, such as magnesium, calcium and fiber.

Paired with a boiled egg and your choice of coffee or tea, these muffins make a great breakfast. You can also freeze them to enjoy a tasty treat at any time.

2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup millet
1 tsp. baking powder
1 ...

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Ultimate fully loaded baked potato soup

Posted by Lauren Wininger on October 24, 2014 @ 11:05 a.m. EDT
Tags: Bacon, Cheese, Fall cooking, Potato, Recipe, Soup

Baked potato soup

If you go to Queen’s, you’re well aware of the drop in temperature we are currently experiencing. In preparation for the looming winter vortex, this soup will keep you nice and warm and your taste
buds happy.

Making soup after a cold day on campus can be extremely comforting and can have so many variations. Don’t like potatoes? Try carrots or cauliflower. Like your soup a little thicker?
Don’t add as much milk. With so many choices, you’ll be making soup until the cold lets up. This hearty soup, in particular, is a personal favourite of mine.

2 tbsp. butter
3 cups diced potato
½ cup onion
2-3 strips of bacon
1 spoonful of flour
10 oz. chicken stock
½ cup milk
½ cup cheddar or marble cheese
1 spoonful sour cream
Salt and ...

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Chilly weather chili

Posted by Justine Costa on October 6, 2014 @ 07:03 p.m. EDT
Tags: Chili, Healthy, Hearty, Recipe, Vegetarian


With the summer-like weather we’ve been enjoying this past week, it’s hard to imagine that the days of wind and snow are quickly approaching.

For most, that means staying indoors with a cup of tea and readings (okay let’s be honest, tea and Netflix). Trips to the grocery store through the ice and cold are just out of the question.

Fear not: this delicious chili recipe can be made with a lot of veggies you may already have in your fridge. As an added bonus, you can freeze the leftovers for days when you need a speedy but warm and filling meal. This recipe can also be altered depending on which veggies you prefer, and it’s vegetarian or meat-lover friendly.


Yields approximately 6 servings

2 cups ground beef (substitute for 2 cups cooked quinoa for vegetarian option)
1 ...

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Decadent caramel apple skillet cookie

Posted by Chelsia Lau and Samantha Ortibus on September 25, 2014 @ 09:49 a.m. EDT
Tags: Apple, Cookie, Dessert, Fall baking, Recipe


You’ve tasted an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie before, but I can guarantee that you’ve never had one quite like this.

Please allow us the pleasure of introducing you to the wonders of the skillet cookie. However, this is no ordinary skillet cookie. We’ve put our baking skills (and our waistlines) on the line in order to bring to you the extraordinary and impossibly delicious oatmeal chocolate chip salted caramel and coffee apple skillet cookie.

It’s a mouthful in a lot of ways, but before you start drooling over your laptop, I’ll tell you how you can bring this wondrous skillet cookie to your own kitchen.


1 ¾ cups oats
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup canola oil
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet (or dark) ...

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Pumpkin spice latte’s BFF: Easy pumpkin muffins

Posted by Lauren Wininger on September 18, 2014 @ 01:31 a.m. EDT
Tags: Campus Cooking, Fall, Pumpkin Spice, Recipe


Well, it’s that time of year again. As the leaves slowly start to change around campus, fall becomes the perfect opportunity to bundle up, put on some Netflix, and take advantage of the delicious fall harvest.

My favourite part about fall (and every season for that matter), is the familiar scents and tastes that
accompany the season. If you’re a fan of Starbucks’ infamous pumpkin spice latte, you’ll adore these muffins.

This recipe is so easy to make and your house will immediately fill up with the wonderful smell of homemade baking. As an added bonus, your housemates will love you for whipping up such a tasty treat.

4 eggs
1 ½ c. vegetable oil
1 ¾ c. pumpkin puree
2 c. sugar
3 c. flour
1 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking ...

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Easy five-ingredient meals

Posted by Kyla Craig on September 15, 2014 @ 07:37 p.m. EDT
Tags: Campus Cooking, Chicken, Pasta, Quesadillas, Recipes

A new school year has begun, bringing with it the very busy and somewhat stressful student life. It can be hard to find time to make meals that are both satisfying and nutritious when we’re preoccupied with academics, extracurriculars and part-time jobs.

In the midst of all this activity, it’s easy to resort to eating foods like Kraft Dinner or Mr. Noodles every night because they take little time and effort to prepare. Lucky for you, there are easy and quick alternatives available to replace those less healthy choices.

Here are some examples of dinners that require five ingredients or less:

Pasta bow tie

Parmesan bow ties
1/8 cup of zesty Italian salad dressing
1/8 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
dash of salt and pepper
½ tbsp minced parsley
1 cup farfelle pasta

1. Cook ...

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Zesty lemon squares

Posted by Leigh Cameron on September 8, 2014 @ 09:55 p.m. EDT
Tags: Baking, Dessert, Lemon, Recipe

Lemon square

When life gives you lemons, make lemon squares.

This tasty dessert recipe has been in my family for a long time and is a staple at our dinners. It’s so good that I always request it instead of cake on my birthday. In a world full of chocolate and vanilla flavoured desserts, a lemon-based treat is a refreshing change.

It’s relatively inexpensive to make and the perfect size to bring as a dessert to a potluck dinner. Be warned though: if you bake it for a lemon fanatic like myself, you may never be allowed to make a different dessert!


1 cup flour
½ cup butter
¼ cup sugar

1 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp ...

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Crunchy broccoli salad

Posted by Erin Rooney on September 4, 2014 @ 10:48 p.m. EDT
Tags: Broccoli, Cooking, Salad


My mom received this recipe about 20 years ago from a family friend and ever since it has always been a favourite.

When I was growing up, I always helped my mom make it for barbeques and parties that we held at our house. It was one of the first few recipes that I asked my mom for when I moved to Queen’s.

Crunchy broccoli salad is perfect for parties and I have often brought it to potlucks to share with friends. I have also brought it to work lunches with co-workers. Whenever I bring this dish to a potluck, it’s always devoured and deemed delicious by those who eat it. The salad has a fresh and light taste that makes it a favourite for all ages.

I have always loved eating and trying different kinds of ... Read more...

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Summery sun tea

Posted by Katherine Meagher on August 25, 2014 @ 04:37 p.m. EDT
Tags: Summer drinks, Sun tea

Sun tea

It’s hot, it’s sticky and you’re craving the perfect cool drink at the end of a long day.

Sun tea is very popular in the southern United States for its mild and refreshing flavour. And it requires almost no effort to make — the drink needs just five minutes of assembly.

Homemade sun tea requires only five things: a jar, water, tea bags, extras and a sunny spot to sit for a few hours. This drink is so easy to make, it might just become a daily summer fix.

It’s important to use a glass — not plastic — jar, so that the sun will brew the tea properly. The glass should be clear on all sides and a metal lid will help it to heat up (and brew) more effectively. The size of jar is ... Read more...

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