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Reader’s Digest Top 5 Canadian Burgers

Reader’s Digest has compiled a list of their favorite Canadian gourmet burgers. They are:

Au Pied de Cochon Foie Gras Burger

Martin Picard, chef-owner of Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal, is notorious for his rich and decadent fare. His infamous Au Pied de Cochon Foie Gras Burger consists of a venison patty with maple-infused pork belly, foie gras, maple syrup, port and red wine mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, marinated onions, mature cheddar and balsamic sauce.

Ultimate Moose Burger

Chef Katie Hayes, who just opened Bonavista Social Club, on the Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland, offers diners the Ultimate Moose Burger: a patty served in an artisanal bun on a bed of spinach with sautéed wild mushrooms, bacon and a tart partridgeberry ketchup.

Qualicum Bay Scallop Burger

Kunal Ghose, chef/co-creator of Red Fish Blue Fish in Victoria has the Qualicum Bay Scallop Burger, combined with tangy tartar sauce and lemon-pickled onions.

Heritage Pork Burger

Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, chefs and co-owners of the Calgary restaurant CHARCUT Roast House, make a Heritage Pork Burger for sharing. Served between thick slices of buttered brioche bread, topped with arugula and a sunny-side-up fried egg, and with pickles on the side.

Deux Chevaux Burger

At Jay Souilliere’s Windsor restaurant, Motor Burger, all the burgers are named after cars. His most popular is the Deux Chevaux. Souilliere serves these Canadian beef patties in brioche buns on a mound of baby spinach with Kozlik’s Daily Dijon mustard, melted Gruyère, red onions caramelized in Maudite beer and strips of smoked bacon on top.

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May 17, 2012 | By | Reply More

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

A simple and quick hearty soup recipe that can be enjoyed as a meal, or an appetizer!


2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp chipotle puree
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup whole corn kernels, cooked
1 cup white hominy
1 4 ounce can chopped green chile peppers
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
6 cups chicken stock
2 limes, juiced
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)

toasted tortilla chips or tostadas
1 avocado, sliced
1 small red onion, chopped
monterey jack cheese, shredded
fresh parsley or cilantro


  1. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper (to taste) and cook for about 5 minutes or until onions are softened.
  2. Add the chipotle, cumin, chili powder, oregano, tomatoes, and stock and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in corn, hominy, chiles, and black beans. Add the lime juice and shredded chicken and stir through. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Ladle into small bowls and top with a few pieces each of tortilla strips, avocado, onion and Monterey jack and parsley (or cilantro).


For the shredded chicken you can poach skinless chicken breasts in stock or bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Or use a roast chicken from the deli counter at the grocery store.

To make toasted tortilla chips, preheat oven to 200ºC (400ºF). Use a pair of scissors to cut the tortillas into 5 mm (1/4 inch) thick strips. Place on a baking tray, brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 5 minutes or until lightly toasted and crunchy. Cool on tray.

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March 22, 2012 | By | Reply More

Nathan Myhrvold Makes His Ultimate Burger for Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy had cookbook author Nathan Myhrvold on the show to demonstrate how to make his ultimate burger. The pair demonstrated how to make the burger using a sous-vide machine, liquid nitrogen, and a hot oil bath.

The result is impressive; a perfectly medium-rare interior, and a crispy sear on the outside. Kimmel claims the burger to be cold, yet tasty. There are other factors that go into creating the ultimate burger including seasoning, quality of meat, bun, and toppings are all part of the equation.

[via Gizmodo]

March 10, 2012 | By | Reply More

Super Bowl Recipes: Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are one of the most popular American appetizer recipes. Chef Tips host Jason Hill shares an easy recipe for these hot wings, buffalo style. Serve this awesome dish with Hill’s blue cheese buffalo chicken dip.

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January 27, 2012 | By | Reply More

How to Throw a Super Bowl Party

superbowl.jpgThinking of throwing a Super Bowl party this weekend? Mahalo has some great tips for you.

If you do it right, your Super Bowl Party will be more comfortable, with better food. And best of all, you get to watch the million dollar commercials.

  1. Find Out the Date, Time, and Teams
  2. Create a Guest List and Send Invitations
  3. Plan the Atmosphere and Decorations
  4. Prepare for the Ultimate Viewing Experience
  5. Have Other Options Available
  6. Put Together Your Menu
  7. Prepare in Advance
  8. Set Up on the Day of the Party
  9. The Party

Put Together Your Menu

A Super Bowl Party is not the time to go gourmet and serve a fancy meal paired with expensive wines. Think of it as an indoor tailgate, sports bar at home, or a home stadium. That means everything should taste good, be easy to eat while watching the game, and be fairly low maintenance throughout your party.

The three basic parts of a Super Bowl menu are food, drinks, and dessert.

January 27, 2012 | By | Reply More