Savour Summer

Savour summer: Great food and entertaining ideas live here.

From family get-togethers to romantic dinners for two, our summer menu is sizzling good. These recipes are easy to make and full of flavour—just add people and serve.

Beef & Horseradish Open Sandwich

Beef & Horseradish Open Sandwich

Summer, we salute you with the home-grown goodness of the classic roast beef sandwich. This version is elevated with whipped horseradish butter, a few cherry tomatoes and a shave or two of fresh horseradish. It almost makes you wonder how something so easy can taste so good. Serving these open-faced makes them lighter fare and trims the carb count.

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Chicken Salad with Peaches and Salted Cashews

Chicken Salad with Peaches and Salted Cashews

Food always tastes great when it’s enjoyed outside. Perk up any picnic with this flavourful chicken salad that is easy and versatile, tangy and tasty. Serve it on its own, in a sandwich or stuffed into a warm pita. We have two different dressings to tickle not only your fancy but also your taste buds.

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Halibut & Avocado Burritos

Halibut & Avocado Burritos

Summer: It’s what’s on the menu. And at your house, that means fun, eager-to-please finger food that doesn’t take all day to make. Broiling or barbecuing, this fish dish tastes like you fussed. Top Tip: Prepare the coleslaw ahead of time—even the day before—to allow the flavours to meld. And the beauty of burrito-style? Less dishes to wash.

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Lamb Sliders With Mint & Caper Mayonnaise

Lamb Sliders With Mint & Caper Mayonnaise

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen—and fire up the barbecue. Cottage country classic fare takes an unexpected turn with these delicious feta-infused lamb mini-burgers. Mayonnaise, mint, capers and mustard provide the magic in the mix. Going the slider route eliminates big-burger messiness—and little buns fit better into little hands.

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Pasta Salad With Walnut-Sage Pesto

Pasta Salad With Walnut-Sage Pesto

Capture all the freshness Ontario gardens can deliver this summer. A quick and easy pasta salad is a summer staple that you can make ahead of time to let the essences mingle. The homemade pesto injects a little European flare to family feasts al fresco. Sage and walnuts is a marriage made in heaven, so make a little extra to use with sandwiches and snacks the next day.

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Salmon With Rice Stuffing

Salmon With Rice Stuffing

A wasabi-soy-sesame combo kicks this fish tour de force into high gear. The fresh essence of a sautéed vegetable stuffing lends a healthful heartiness to this one-dish supper—and makes for an easy cleanup. Once you’ve mastered this with salmon, you can try it with arctic char and trout, too. Pairs perfectly with sweet summer vintages.

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Ultimate Mac ‘n’ Cheese: Lobster Carbonara

Ultimate Mac ‘n’ Cheese: Lobster Carbonara

Parmesan, pecorino, Gruyère, ricotta—all your favourites are together here in this cheese-lovers delight. Rich and indulgent, this two-person recipe is also on the romantic side—savoury, sinful and more than a little decadent. But you deserve it! Be warned, though: Pancetta pushes this dish right over the edge. Summer is served.

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Canadiana Cocktail: Canadian Pride

Canadiana Cocktail: Canadian Pride

Beer, whisky, cranberries and raspberries: Four of our favourite Canadian icons together at last in one glass. Believe it when we tout this pitcher-friendly mixture as one of the most refreshing you will concoct this summer. Boldly going into the refrigerator for a while first to steep, this crowd favourite packs a true-north-strong flavour punch.

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Canadiana Cocktail: Classic Caesar

Canadiana Cocktail: Classic Caesar

The best bloody caesar is the one you make yourself. And this great Canadian cocktail never tires of making people happy. There are a lot of moving parts to contend with—rim, no rim, spicy, not spicy—but Canadians can handle it. The lime in this classic is crucial for awakening the flavours in the clamato juice. Shake things up a bit by substituting the vodka for rum, whisky or spicy pepper vodka.

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Canadiana Cocktail: Forty-Seven

Canadiana Cocktail: Forty-Seven

Purists, take heart: It’s not all about frothy, fruity drinks this season. Elevating a Canadian classic mixed drink to new heights, award-winning independent whisky maker Forty Creek Whisky has a way with true taste—smooth, flavourful and unique. This drink is refreshing, thirst-quenching and effervescent. Summer, on the rocks. Coming right up.

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Canadiana Cocktail: Maple Leaf Martini

Canadiana Cocktail: Maple Leaf Martini

Shake it up this summer with a cocktail that was made for good times. Muddled cranberries, sugar and lemon provide a solid foundation for this magnificent cocktail that will quickly become your new signature drink. It’s both fresh and tart, with a dash of maple syrup to Canadianize things nicely. Your friends will line up for this one.

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