Welcome to the first installment of The Hot Pink Goods, a Top 5 summary of all of the food stuff, parenting goods and pop culture causing us to frolic in our aprons this week. From beyond our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds, these are some of the habits, tricks, techniques, recipes, websites, products, restaurants, cocktails, and albums that we’re scooping up and asking for seconds of. Comment below with your own delicious discoveries.
5. Fighting a Font Addiction. Thanks to Pinterest and modern advertising, the graphic look of white text on a vivid photo has become oh so popular and we’re digging it. Our fave (free) font resource to peruse and install from this week is www.dafont.com
4. The Flipboard App. This is my new favourite social media tool, it’s a great way to keep up with Facebook pages you follow, tweeps and news coverage on your preferred subjects. (In our case, food, food, and more food.) Find it in your app store or check out www.flipboard.com
3. The Passionate Cook in Uxbridge, Ontario. If there were a practical exam to becoming a committed foodie it would include roaming a kitchen supply store for hours and droning on about preferred pairings of wine and cheese. If this were the case, The Passionate Cook would be the greatest study hall ever. The dedicated diners of this independent business have married our favourite habits, creating a blissful haven for any and all true food lovers to visit. Their huge selection of food products and kitchen utensils is now joined by a 6-foot long cheese fridge fully stocked with the very best from Canada, France, Germany and beyond. With a professional cheese monger on staff, your questions can be answered and perfect pairings advised. The entire staff is friendly and knowledgeable and they clearly appreciate the magic that happens when pairing exotic cheese with fine wine and good friends as much as we do. Trust me, it’s worth the drive to Uxbridge. Check out www.thepassionatecook.ca for more info.
2. Apple Peeler and Corer. When we were in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia a few weeks ago, I picked up this Lee Valley Apple Peeler and Corer with adjustable settings and vacuum seal base for $30. It has quickly become the best purchase of the season, if not year. It is so fast and efficient in creating pounds of apple meat perfect for pies, crumbles and snacks. Easy for the kids to handle, I highly recommend for any household with little apple fiends.
When you’re done peeling, don’t toss your peels in the bin. Check out this list of clever things to do with apple peels from The Kitchn: www.thekitchn.com/5-good-uses-for-your-apple-pee-130616
1. Local Squash! Pumpkin, Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti… My oh my, it is a lovely time of year to be a squash lover. Many of the local farmers and producers are lining their shelves with their final crops, giving you the opportunity to stock up on local produce for the winter. Most squash types will keep for months in a cool space, such as a garage or cold cellar. If keeping whole makes you nervous, simply peel, chop into cubes and freeze in a heavy-duty Ziploc bag. Be sure to store flat, in a single layer so you may easily break a few pieces off for future meals and won’t have to defrost the entire bag. For some fresh gourd inspiration check out our recipes for Curried Pumpkin Apple Soup, Butternut Squash Soup, and The Simplest Squash Solution with an acorn squash.
Be sure to comment below with your own favourite goodies, tips and habits from the week. I’m off to the opening of Skyfall in Imax now. Tee hee.. so giddy. Have a great weekend, Apronites!! I’ll try to calm down on the text on image effect next week. Try. 😉 Dane xo
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