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You are going to love this Valentine’s Day segment on Rogers TV with Derick Fage  featuring five delectable recipes crafted with love from local ingredients with recipes from Foodland Ontario.  Get ready to impress your special someone with a romantic Thai chicken dinner for two or  a cozy baked onion soup with ale and cheddar.  Each dish promises to delight. Indulge in creamy mushroom rotini, then savour the sweetness of a strawberry chocolate no-cook dessert or treat yourself to irresistible carrot triple chocolate cupcakes. We’ve got something for everyone. 

Creamy Mushroom Rotini

Thai Chicken Dinner for Two

Baked Onion Soup with Ale N' Cheddar

Strawberry Chocolate No-Cook Dessert

Carrot Triple-Chocolate Cupcakes


Easy Weeknight dinners

try one of these three recipes to make mealtime fresh and easy

You are going to love these three mouthwatering, easy weeknight dinner recipes featuring fresh local ingredients. These dishes not only prioritize simplicity but also showcase the vibrant flavors that come from using quality, locally sourced produce.

Spice up mealtime with this Red Curry with Chicken, Squash, and Sweet Potatoes. It’s a celebration of bold Thai flavors made easy for your weeknight dinner.

The Slow Cooker method ensures easy prep and clean-up. This comforting classic is reimagined to save you time without compromising taste. Layers of rich Ontario cheese, fresh ground turkey, and perfectly cooked pasta come together effortlessly in your slow cooker, promising a warm and hearty meal with minimal effort.

Try our Trout topped with Caramelized Onions. This elegant yet simple dish allows the natural flavors of fresh trout to shine, complemented by the sweetness of caramelized onions. It’s a delightful combination that transforms a weeknight dinner into a gourmet experience.

Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more exciting recipes! Enjoy making your weeknight dinners a breeze

Red Curry with Chicken, Squash, and Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Lasagne

Trout Topped with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms



January 8, 2024

We are starting off the new year with some fresh new ideas in the kitchen. Watch the full show to see how we pulled together the full lineup of tasty meals featuring the best of Ontario’s in-season produce.


First on the agenda, we created three crowd-pleasing vegetarian dishes. Try the Indian Spiced Red Lentil Soup, a Sheet Pan Apple Pancake that’s a breeze to whip up, or some savory Vegetarian Jamaican Patties for that extra kick.

New year. New routines. Here are some game-changers to brighten those January days: Red Curry with Chicken, Squash, and Sweet Potatoes; Trout with Apple, Bacon, and Potato Mash; and a no-fuss Baked Meatball Casserole.

No need for professional techniques or hard-to-find ingredients. We’re all about creating healthy, in-season dishes to enjoy with friends and family alike. 

Indian Spiced
Red Lentil Soup

Sheet Pan Apple Pancake with Compote

Jamaican Patties

Red Curry with Chicken, Squash, and Sweet Potatoes

Trout with Apple, Bacon, and Tomato Mash

Baked Meatball Casserole


December 20, 2023

Dive into the heart of Holiday hosting with these six irresistible recipes featuring locally sourced, in-season ingredients. If you love savoury delights, enjoy the vibrant Southwest Sweet Potato Dip, the timeless classic Homemade Onion Dip, and the enticing Chai Apple Dip paired with crispy Cinnamon Tortilla Chips for the perfect sweet and spicy kick.

For those with a sweet tooth, we’ve whipped up some holiday magic with three delightful treats. Indulge in the rich and velvety Maple Fudge, savour the warmth of Apple, Walnut, and White Chocolate Cookies, and relish the goodness of Fudge Peanut Butter Honey Cookies.Whether you’re planning a festive gathering or simply treating yourself, these creations are sure to dazzle your taste buds.


Apple, Walnut & White Chocolate Cookies

Fudge Peanut Butter Honey Cookies

Southwest Sweet
Potato Dip

Onion Dip

Chai Apple Dip with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

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Sweet and Savory Holiday dishes

December 5, 2023

Julie showcased five delicious holiday dishes recently on Daytime Ottawa with Derrick Fage. Enhanced by seasonal spices and utilizing in-season produce, these recipes are perfect for holiday entertaining. Starting with a modern twist on Sweet Potato Panna Cotta, Julie combined Ontario sweet potatoes with creamy panna cotta and seasonal spices. Ontario’s natural sweetness shone in the moist Apple Loaf Cake, ideal for festive occasions. The segment concluded with the heavenly Apple Gingerbread Pudding Cake, fusing comforting gingerbread spices with the tartness of Ontario apples. These recipes highlighted Ontario’s diverse flavors of in-season produce, making them perfect go-to dishes for the holiday season.  You can find all of these recipes on the Foodland Ontario website at  

November 23, 2023

Recipes to inspire you this november

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As November comes to a close, gear up to elevate your culinary game with a delightful selection of recipes that I recently shared on Rogers Daytime. On the set with host Derick Fage, I showcased some delicious and straightforward recipes that perfectly capture the essence of autumn. Now, I’m thrilled to share them with you.  I kicked off the segment with the irresistible Morning Glory Muffins, a delightful combination of flavors and textures that will make your mornings extra special. The recipe blends sweet carrots, juicy raisins, and crunchy walnuts for a perfect balance.
Next on the list were the Apple Cinnamon Walnut Scones, a comforting treat that embodies the cozy warmth of fall. These scones feature the classic combination of apples and cinnamon, elevated with the rich nuttiness of walnuts.
No late November segment would be complete without a few sensational side dishes to add savory goodness to my fall menu. I prepared Scalloped Potatoes with Smoked Gouda, where creamy layers of potatoes and smoked Gouda came together to create a side dish that’s both indulgent and comforting.
I also whipped up Cheesy Hashbrowns and Eggs, a hearty and satisfying breakfast option that’s sure to become a family favorite. With gooey cheese, crispy hashbrowns, and perfectly cooked eggs, it’s a delightful way to kickstart your day.
These recipes, sourced from Foodland Ontario, are not only delicious but also easy to prepare, making them ideal for both seasoned cooks and kitchen beginners. Give them a try and let the autumnal aroma fill your kitchen with warmth and joy. 

Scalloped Potatoes with Smoked Gouda

Morning Glory Muffins

Sweet Potato, Chickpeas & Apple with Chèvre

Cheesy Hashbrown& Eggs

Apple CInnamon & Walnut Scones

September 28, 2023 

cozy fall favourites

Julie appeared on Rogers TV today to introduce three
delectable fall recipes that will envelop you in a cozy, autumnal embrace.
First, she prepared Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas, featuring tender chicken and
zesty buffalo sauce, all wrapped in a blanket of cheesy goodness. These
Enchiladas were paired with a Creamy Street Corn Salad, showcasing a harmonious
blend of charred corn, creamy dressing, and crunchy peppers. And for a sweet
finale, Julie baked a Zucchini Cranberry Loaf—a moist, cinnamon-kissed creation
that highlights the best of early fall’s harvest. You can try these recipes
yourself using the recipes provided below. They are sure to warm not only your
heart but also your kitchen.

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

Zucchini Cranberry Loaf

Creamy Street Corn Salad

August 31, 2023 

July 5, 2023


June 22, 2023

Raspberry Lemon Curd Pops

June 13, 2023

Father's Day fare

When we celebrate Fathers Day and come up with a menu, it seems to always be something on the grill. 
I am happy with that too! Easy, no mess, keep the heat out of the kitchen and us too 😉 This year we are adding some creative zing to the grill and adding to the Burger and Sausage Bar..And don’t forget dessert… adding shots to the menu 😉
The Foodland Ontario menu items are also inspired by cuisine around the world and brought right to your backyard.

Grilled Steak and Tomatoes with Chimichurri Sauce

Strawberry Lemon Cream Shots

Grilled Sausage and Veggies

asparagus four ways

May 11, 2023

mother's day dishes

Berry and Bacon Grilled Cheese
Ravioli Lasagna 
Caramelized Apple and Ginger Crisp

May 3, 2023

coronation quiche

Buckingham Palace shared the Coronation Quiche recipe.  Julie created her own version using local, in-season products and the result was a quiche fit for a king.  Planning to celebrate the coronation?  Julie suggests using the invitation as a starting point for decorations.  Bright reds and blues give the table a regal look.  Don’t forget to use your best china and silverware.  It is a Coronation after all!  

April 13, 2023

Midday snacks 

Julie dropped in to CTV’s Daily Dish to share a few recipes for midday snacks using fresh, in-season Ontario ingredients.  Check out the recipes for the Strawberry Cornmeal  Muffins, Ham, Cheese and Egg Muffins, and Greek Salad Kebobs 

March 7, 2023

visit your local sugar bush

These scruptions muffins are made with fresh local maple syrup.  Give them a try.  


March 7, 2023


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