Category: Food & Drink

This Summer Entertain with Sunkist Recipes

Summer is officially here! Whether you’re hosting an impromptu BBQ for your neighbours, looking for a new summer cocktail recipe for your next backyard bash, or planning a picnic in the city—Sunkist has the perfect recipe for you. Here are a couple of our favs.

Cranberry, Orange, Walnut & Goat Cheese Dip
3 ounces chevre style goat cheese, softened
2 packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup freshly squeezed Sunkist orange juice (Cara Cara Navel orange, Minneola tangelo, Navel orange or Valencia orange)
1 tablespoon Sunkist orange zest (Cara Cara Navel orange, Minneola tangelo, Navel orange or Valencia orange)
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
1/2 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions: In a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the goat cheese and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the Sunkist orange juice, Sunkist orange zest and honey, and mix until smooth. Add the dried cranberries, toasted walnuts and salt and mix until incorporated.

Spicy Grapefruit Mule

3 cups vodka
1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce (add more if you like it spicy)
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups freshly-squeezed Sunkist grapefruit juice
1/2 cup freshly-squeezed Sunkist lime juice
4 cups ginger beer, chilled
1 thin sliced baby bell peppers, candied ginger, Sunkist lime wheels for garnish

Directions: Combine the vodka, hot sauce, and sugar in a large pitcher. Whisk well until the sugar is dissolved. Add the grapefruit and lime juices. Stir to combine. (At this point you can refrigerate the mule mix for service up to 3 days in advance). When ready to serve add the ginger beer. Serve over ice and garnish with sliced baby bell peppers, candied ginger, and lime wheels.

For more info recipe ideas visit  @Sunkist

Add a Taste of Italy to your Summertime BBQ Favourites

Canadians LOVE Italian Food! In fact, a recent survey revealed 42% of Canadians love Italian food and 22% enjoy eating pasta as a family. As the National presenting food sponsor of Italian Heritage Month in June, Aurora Importing and Distributing, Canada’s largest importer of Italian foods, is celebrating the backyard grill season.

To celebrate Italian Heritage Month and all things Italian in Canada, the company has tapped the talents of Chef Pritchard who has developed eight original and unique summer recipes to showcase how Canadians can add a taste of Italy to their backyard entertaining this summer. Here is one of our picks – an Italian family favourite dish with a summer twist.

Recipe credit: Chef Christian Pritchard for Aurora Importing & Distributing

2 lb (900 g) fresh heirloom tomatoes, cut in quarters
2 tsp (10mL / 10 g) Aurora sea salt
3/4 lb (340 g) day old rustic bread, cubed
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 small cucumber, sliced
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp (5mL) Dijon mustard
1/2 cup (120mL) Aurora olive oil
1/4 (60mL) of Aurora red wine vinegar
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup (120mL / 170g) fresh basil, chopped
Directions: Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Season tomatoes with salt and place in a colander set over a bowl for 15 minutes. Reserve tomato juice in a bowl for later. Toast the cubed bread in oven for 15 minutes at 400°F. Let bread cool. In the bowl with the reserved tomato juice, add red onion, cucumber, garlic and Dijon mustard. Stirring constantly, add olive oil, red wine vinegar and pepper until combined.  Add toasted bread and tomatoes, stir and let rest for 20 minutes. Add basil and serve.

Here are some culinary tips on how to add a taste of Italy to your summertime favourites!
-Add a finishing touch to food coming of the barbecue with your favourite Italian olive oil, like Basso.
-For maximum flavour, don’t forget to prep veggies and protein headed to the grill by seasoning with salt, pepper and chopped fresh herbs.
-Make your barbecue side burner your best friend! Don’t be afraid to cook pasta, potatoes or veggies right beside you while grilling on the barbecue.

For more info visit  @AuroraImporting  @ChrisCooking

Pringles Celebrates National Ketchup Day!

Let’s face it, ketchup chips are an undeniable part of our Canadian identity and are truly one-of-EH-kind! Pringles Ketchup Chips are a timely fit for any upcoming Canada 150 special food features and/or round ups of some of the all time favourite snacks that Canucks love to munch on. Well, just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday, Pringles has introduced Pringles Ketchup Chips, offering something Canadians can rejoice over!

In the lead-up to National Ketchup Day (June 5), the Pringles Ketchup Slippery Slide will glide into downtown Toronto on Saturday, June 3, at the corner of Front St. W. and Simcoe St. beginning at noon. Former Blue Jays player, Brett Lawrie, will rally Toronto ketchup enthusiasts, to suit up in Pringles helmets, goggles and coveralls to brave the 50-foot slip and slide covered in ketchup! In addition to expressing their patriotic love for the flavour – participants will also help Pringles set a unique world record “The Most Canadians to Slip Down a Ketchup Slippery Slide in One Hour.”

Mr. P – Pringles’ beloved mascot – will be at the event with lots of Ketchup Chips to be enjoyed. Come show the rest of the world what it’s missing and catch up on all the chip chat on Facebook and in social media using #KetchupSlipperySlide!

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New Dole Resealable Fruit Pouches

What: DOLE Resealable Fruit Pouches are a quick and easy way to enjoy great fresh tasting fruit. Use the same way you’d use canned or fresh fruit – on top of cereals, in desserts or on-the-go straight out of the pouch. Just tear to open, enjoy, reseal, repeat!

About: Choose from five delicious flavours packed in fruit juice.
– Fruit Cocktail with Cherries*
– Mandarin Oranges
– Sliced Peaches*
– Sliced Pears
– Tropical Gold Pineapple Chunks

*Fruit Cocktail with Cherries and Sliced Peaches are also available packed in water, for a no sugar added option.

Bonus: Now made in new resealable BPA free packs, there is no need to strain or transfer fruit to another container after opening. Dole Fruit Pouches can be stored in your fridge for chilled, ready-to-eat fruit, anytime.

Where: Available at most major grocery retailers nationwide for $2.99 (382mL pouch). For more info visit 

Eat Fresh and Shop Local at Farmer Fresh Markets’ Three Locations

It’s that time of the year when fresh, seasonal and local produce and locally made food products become readily available at Farmer Fresh Market’s three weekly markets, rain or shine. Get your garden started early with large-pot perennials and hanging baskets. Spring crops including Ontario asparagus and rhubarb will be arriving and shoppers can pick up fresh Ontario-grown greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Local Ontario honey, maple syrup, and an extensive array of baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, deli meats and cheese will also be available.

Three Locations:
1. Check out the new Sherway Farmers’ Market location in the parking lot of the Church on the Queensway (1536 The Queensway), Fridays, beginning June 2 through October 27 from 8am until 2pm. Vendors include: fruit and vegetables from Blyleven Farms, Lowbanks Fruit, Thorne Farms, Ralph and Emmy Lise, McNeice Fruit Farm and Andrews’ Scenic Acres; meats and cheeses from European meats and Honey Link Meats; fresh bread, cookies, pies and more from Our Mom’s Cookies and Quality Bakery; maple syrup, cookies and candies from Marigold’s Maple Syrup and VQA wines from Pillitteri Estates Winery.

2.Visit the Oakville Famers’ Market along George Street in downtown Oakville (115 George Street, Oakville), Saturdays from 8am to 2pm from June 3 through October 28. Vendors include: fruit and vegetables from Blyleven Farms, Lowbanks Fruit, McNiece Fruit Farm and Thames River Melons; smoked meats from Albion Hills Farm; fresh cut, seasonal flowers from The Flower Lady; honey and eggs from Rise and Rise Honey & Eggs; maple syrup, cookies and candies from Marigold’s Maple Syrup and VQA wines from Pillitteri Estates Winery.

3.Drop by the Shops Farmers’ Market at CF Shops at Don Mills (southwest corner of Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East) on Aggie Hogg Gardens, Tuesdays from June 13 to October 3 from 11am to 5:30pm. Vendors include: fruit and vegetables from Blyleven Farms and Lowbanks Fruit; smoked meats from Albion Hills Farm; fresh bread, cookies, pies and more from Rob’s Good Food; maple syrup, cookies and candies from Marigold’s Maple Syrup and VQA wines from Pillitteri Estates Winery.

For more info visit @marketfarmfresh

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