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How to Pair Herbs With Wine

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Red wine—in moderation—is supposed to be very good for you. White wine? That's up for debate. Whatever the discussion may be, wine is always great with food. Wine and food pairings can elevate one's dining experience.

So, we've put together a little guide that shows what types of herbs goes best with which wines. Remember: never bruise (chop it to death) your herbs, and always cook with the wine you're drinking. If you use bad wine to cook, that'll come through in your cooking! Continue reading “How to Pair Herbs With Wine” »

5 Fresh and Flavourful Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and without fail, it's always a mad dash to the succulent-turkey-finish line every year. Oftentimes, we end up cooking what we know for big dinners like these, but why not try something new this year?

In anticipation of the holiday, we've gathered a handful of delicious and zesty side dishes that feature fresh, vibrant herbs.

Here are five fresh and flavourful Thanksgiving side dish recipes. Continue reading “5 Fresh and Flavourful Thanksgiving Side Dishes” »

6 Delicious and Healthy Hockey Season Snacks for When You're Shorthanded

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Hockey season begins next Wednesday, and to celebrate the start of the 2014-2015 season, we've compiled six easy-to-prepare and relatively healthy recipes for your next hockey night that'll save you time and money. Continue reading “6 Delicious and Healthy Hockey Season Snacks for When You're Shorthanded” »

10 Recipes Featuring Winter Herbs That Will Keep You Warm

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As much as we want to deny it, winter is coming. With the chaos that comes with fall—school reopening, Thanksgiving, hockey, football—the cold weather that comes with winter always catches us off guard.

And while the summer bring us fresh, bountiful pounds upon pounds of berries, peaches, chard, and corn, your winter doesn't have to be bland.

Herbs like sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and winter savoury will keep you warm throughout the harsh winter months. Try out these recipes featuring winter herbs this season. Continue reading “10 Recipes Featuring Winter Herbs That Will Keep You Warm” »

6 Refreshing Cocktail Recipes Featuring Herbs and Microgreens

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Summer's winding down and the weather's cooling off, but don't let that stop you. Celebrate everyone's favorite season of the year and make yourself one of these cocktails, which feature—believe it or not—herbs and microgreens.

Cheers! Continue reading “6 Refreshing Cocktail Recipes Featuring Herbs and Microgreens” »

How to Make the Best Marinara Sauce

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If you've been to Italy or you've been welcomed into the home of a loving Italian grandmother, then you know that there is nothing like fresh, homemade marinara sauce.

This ubiquitous vibrant and zesty sauce is perfect for everything and is an Italian staple, and for good reason. Not only is it perfect for everything from pizza to cannelloni, but it's also packed full of nutrients thanks to ingredients like tomato and basil.

There's a lot of debate in the food community about how to come about the greatest marinara sauce. Everyone's claiming that their method is the all-time best.

We've searched high and low for all of the highest ranked methods and recipes, and rendered it down to this one recipe for you.

The secret? It seems that everyone, including the legendary queen of Italian cuisine Lidia Bastianich, uses canned tomatoes. But not just any kind of canned plum tomatoes. Specifically, San Marzano tomatoes, which are the most similar to the ripe tomatoes you can get in Mount Vesuvius.

Ready?

Here's how you can make the best marinara sauce. Continue reading “How to Make the Best Marinara Sauce” »

Learn About... Marjoram

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"Learn About..." is a new recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between!


Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is a perennial herb that originated in Egypt and Arabia, and is now indigenous to Cyprus and southern Turkey. With sweet pine and citrus undertones, it pairs great with tomatoes and tomato-based dishes, like marinara, in salad dressings, soups, and stews. Continue reading “Learn About... Marjoram” »

8 Delicious Ways to Use Traditional Herbs in Your Cooking

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So you have the fresh herbs grown with your Urban Cultivator. Now what? One can only make so much tomato sauce with that aromatic basil, so we're here with eight delicious ways to use traditional herbs in your cooking and baking. Bon appetit! Continue reading “8 Delicious Ways to Use Traditional Herbs in Your Cooking” »

8 Ways to Kick Up Your Dinner With Microgreens

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Don't limit yourself with what you can do with your microgreens. Sure, you can just use it as garnish, but why do that when its flavor, texture, and visual appeal allow for so much more?

Here are eight fun ways to kick up your dinner with microgreens, from cocktails, to appetizers, to burgers! Continue reading “8 Ways to Kick Up Your Dinner With Microgreens” »

Brighten Your Day With These Delectable Green Smoothies

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Between demanding lifestyles and busy work schedules, it can be incredibly difficult to maintain a good diet.

Studies suggest that you need seven to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. In the event that you can't envision yourself casually snacking of two whole heads of broccoli or eating 10 whole bananas (unless you're this girl) each day, here are some awesome green smoothies that pack a punch in both flavor and nutrients. Continue reading “Brighten Your Day With These Delectable Green Smoothies” »

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