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  • Amazing Easter Recipes from Breakfast to Dessert

    Want to step up your game this Easter and serve up dishes that will totally blow your guests away? Check out our suggestions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! 

     

     

    Recipes from the video:

    Poppy Seed Buckwheat Crepes Recipe 

    Fresh Spring Veggie Pasta with Rustic Pancetta and Fresh Cheese Recipe 

    Apricot Pistachio BBQ Grilled Rack of Lamb Recipe 

    Floating Islands Recipe 

     

     

     

     

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  • You Gotta Eat Here! at Home in Canada's Restaurants

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    The most rewarding part of my job is all the great people I get to meet.
    Wait - it's the food.
    And also, all the great people I get to meet.

    I am so lucky to have developed terrific relationships with the restaurant owners we've filmed with over these last three seasons. These folks have become like an extended family to me, which means a lot to me given all the time I'm away from my own. When you come across a good mom-and-pop shop, the family vibe and personal touch really make a difference. The food just tastes better when it's made with love. And some cheese. Also, a little bacon doesn't hurt.

    It's that close family feeling that really makes me fall in love with a restaurant, and there's been no shortage of those experiences for me on You Gotta Eat Here! If you're looking for great food made by even better people, I know plenty of restaurants that are worth a visit. Or five!
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    In Vancouver, B.C., during Season One, we visited Neighbours Restaurant on Victoria Drive and almost weren't allowed to leave. When we showed up at this Greek restaurant, the mother couldn't figure out why we would stay in a hotel when they had spare rooms in their house!
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    Get the recipe for Neighbour's flakey spanikopita here.

    Whenever we land in Calgary, AB, we have a tradition. First, director Jim Morrison and I drop off our bags at the hotel then immediately hop back in the cab and head straight to Una where we eat all the pizza they have. We eat a lot of pizza. And just like mom would do, chef Steve Smee lets us eat until we're stuffed. He's a great mom. (Does that sound weird?) I feel right at home.

    The relationships I've developed are as unforgettable as the food at these restaurants. In Carstairs, AB, Season Three viewers have already seen us visit Café Radio. The place is run by two brothers, Sheldon and Jason Valleau and their families. Their mom makes all the desserts from scratch and you can't beat the taste of the food or the great people that keep this place running. Oh, and they also make pizza soup. How awesome is that? I'm hoping they'll adopt me.
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    Cafe Radio shared their pizza soup recipe with us here.

    Also this season, in Regina, SK, we visit Fresh and Sweet. This restaurant is particularly cool because of the all-women crew who run it. When she's not making delicious brunch, Chef Beata Thompson skates in a roller derby league. Her derby name? Beata Bitchdown. So that's amazing. This woman serves some of the best over-the-top breakfasts around, and will hip check you if you don't finish your bacon and peach pancakes. Just like my mom used to do.
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    Fresh and Sweet's banana bread french toast is as delicious as it looks. Get the recipe here.

    Also this year, we visit Quebec City's Casa Calzone. These guys have the best calzones I've ever tasted. Chef Joe Gamper learned the art of the calzone from his dad, who still hides certain recipes from him, including his signature spice blend recipe. All you have to do is try the La Flambé au Cognac and you'll understand why Joe's dad is so protective of the family secrets!
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    You gotta try this calzone. Find Chef Joe Gamper's recipe here.

    You can travel across the country in search of the best restaurants, but sometimes all you need to do is look in your own backyard. I had this experience at a cottage near Huntsville, ON. We had spent a week up there and I wanted something other than barbequed burgers. Growing up in an Italian household, I definitely have high standards when it comes to Italian food, and we discovered this restaurant called That Little Place by the Lights that did not disappoint. When we walked in, we were treated to the glorious smell of home made tomato sauce; I knew right then and there that this was the real deal.
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    Manny, the owner's son, showed us to our seat. When I asked about the lasagna, he didn't miss a beat. "What part of Italy are you from?" When I told him we're from the South, he looked me up and down and said, "well it won't be as fancy as you're used to, but you'll like it." And he turned and went back to the kitchen. I knew from that moment that I was home. We filmed there during season one and I got to know the family very well: Manny's parents, Annie and Loris, became like my aunt and uncle.

    It's a small spot, so Annie cooks in the basement. When I went downstairs to her modest kitchen, she started ripping into me just like my Zia would. I'll never forget when we wrapped filming at their restaurant and the family insisted we stay for dinner. They put the tables together in one long family-style row and we all felt very at home there. To this day, the whole crew stops by whenever we're in the area.
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    Just like Nonna makes! Get Annie's gnocchi with meat sauce recipe here.
    With these family run restaurants, you can feel the passion and personal touch as soon as you walk in the door. And that's the special connection that a great family place has with their customers. You walk in the door hungry and you leave feeling full of love -- and SO MUCH pasta.


     

    This is an abridged version of a blog post that originally appeared in The Huffington Post Canada. To read John Catucci's full post go here.    


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    Catch up on delicious full episodes of You Gotta Eat Here!


     

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  • 3 Ways to Use Leftover Eggs

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    Lots of fun activities come with Easter. There are the egg hunts we still beg our parents to set up for us, the chocolate-filled baskets we request from our significant others, and the egg-decorating parties we insist our friends attend. But with all the excitement in the air, it can be a little too easy to get carried away. Take the egg-decorating party for example. Do we really expect to paint, stencil, dye and sparkle each one of those three-dozen eggs? Probably not.

    If you find yourself with a few too many leftover eggs from Easter this year, just trust us, it’s a total blessing in disguise. Now’s your chance to try out some amazing egg-centered recipes that we think will become your go-to meals for weeks to come.

     

    Whether you’re in the mood for something indulgent, healthy or somewhere in between, we’ve gathered three (beware: cheesiness ahead) egg-celent ways to cook with eggs.

     Egg Sandwiches 

     

    For a delicious, energizing meal after an intense workout, try this Open-Faced Eggs Florentine Recipe

    Opt for an indulgent brunch with this recipe for Eggs Benedict with Peameal Bacon and Scallion Waffles

    Fried Egg Salad 

    Try my Fried Egg Spring Mix Salad recipe for a quick, easy and totally healthy lunch or dinner power meal. 

     Ingredients (serves one) 

    1 cup organic spring mix  

    1-2 large eggs (based on preference) 

    1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

    1/2 tbsps lemon juice 

    ½ red bell pepper, sliced 

    1 tsp sesame seeds 

    Coarse black pepper to taste 

     Directions 

    Step One 

    In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice with olive oil, pour over spring mix and red bell pepper and toss until evenly coated.  

    Step Two 

    With a little butter in the pan, fry egg over medium heat until whites are set (about 3 minutes). 

    Step Three 

    Plate coated spring mix and red bell pepper, and top with the fried egg. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top, season with pepper, and serve immediately. 

     
    renee-headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.  

     

     

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  • 10 Awesome Passover Desserts

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    Observing Passover requires a lot of knowledge and willpower when it comes to kosher do's and don'ts. Specific foods are off limits, so flour-filled desserts like classic cookies and cakes are off the table. But don't worryyou can still indulge in many irresistible kosher-for-passover treats!

    Here are the 10 best desserts to serve this holiday:

    1. Anna Olson's Chocolate Truffles 
    2. Gluten-Free Almond Flour Scones with Chocolate Chips 
    3. No-Bake Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie 
    4. Gluten-Free Choco-Cherry Crunchy Meringue Cookies 
    5. Warm Maple Almond Chiffon Cakes 
    6. Flourless Chocolate Chile Torte 
    7. Peach Frozen Yogurt 
    8. Flourless Mini Chocolate Orange Cakes with Ganache 
    9. Meringue Cups 
    10. Field Berry Sundae 



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  • Fresh Start: 13 Alternatives to Typical Potato Dishes

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    When you think of potatoes, typically something deep-fried or covered in butter and salt comes to mind. Seeing as it's Fresh Start Month, we decided to come up with traditional potato dish alternatives that pack on the nutritientsnot the pounds!

    So forget about your boring old baked potato and celebrate with these nutritious and delicious recipes!

     

    1. Lighten up your gnocchi dish by using sweet potato and tofu for the filling. 

     Sweet Potato Gnocci 

    2. Substitute mashed potatoes for light and healthy cauliflower mash. 

    Rosemary Steak and Cauliflower-Mash 

    3. Fry up some celery root instead of diced potatoes (but don't forget the bacon)! 

    Skate Wing with Celery Root Hash, Watercress and Seafood Pan Jus 

    4. Try using root vegetables, like turnips, rutabaga, or jicama as fries. 

    Root Veggie French Fries 

    5. Use baked sweet potatoes, and add complimentary toppings instead of cheese. 

    Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes 

    6. Don't steam your artichokes--scallop them! 

    Scalloped Jerusalem Artichokes 

    7. Plenty of veggies make for tasty chip alternatives... especially kale! 

    Chili Kale Chips 

    8. Spice up the traditional potato pancake, or latkes, with grated sweet potatoes. 

    Sweet Potato Cakes 

    9. Try using beets for a more flavourful and tasty alternative to potato salad. 

    Beet Salad with Honey Horseradish Dressing 

    10. Make the perfect healthy side dish by using vegetables in your gratin. 

    Tian of Provencal Vegetables 

    11. You can still attain a hearty stew using dense root vegetables instead of potatoes. 

    Beef and Roasted Root Vegetable Stew 

    12. Use cauliflower mash for a lighter topping and combine it with learn turkey for a delicious shepherds pie. 

    Turkey and Cauliflower Shepherds Pie 

    13. Any pureed vegetables are great for soups--just make sure to season properly! 

    Pureed Squash, Sweet Potato and Celeriac Soup 

     

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