Summertime bruschetta

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Peach season is in full bloom here in Ontario and what better way to celebrate this delicious stone fruit than as the centrepiece of a summerlicious bruschetta recipe. This fancy appetizer consists of crusty baguette slices, spread with a creamy, buttery basil macadamia nut cheese, and topped with a sweet peach salsa. It’s seriously heaven on a plate and perfect to whip up for your next backyard BBQ party. It got rave reviews when I recently served it to a group of omnivore friends—in fact, most of them asked for seconds!

I’ve made a similar recipe many times before, using this delicious macadamia cheese and a standard tomato-based bruschetta topping. This version, however, lends that sweet summertime twist to a familiar dinner party staple.

Frappuccino Fridays: Cinnamon Dolce

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Happy Frappuccino Friday once again! I’ve been really enjoying these end-0f-the-week treats, and I hope you have been too. So far, we’ve indulged in Java Chip, Hazelnut, Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée, Green Tea Cream, Chai Crème and Double Chocolate Chip. That’s quite a list!

Today, I bring you another one of my favourite flavours: Cinnamon Dolce. This sweet and creamy beverage is a simple blend of bold, dark-roasted coffee, coconut milk and ice, but the flavour is heightened with ground cinnamon and Medjool dates, then it’s topped with heavenly coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Frappuccino Fridays: Chai Crème

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We’re now more than halfway through the season of frosty frappuccinos! So far, as part of our Frappuccino Fridays theme, Lisa and I have shared Java Chip, Hazelnut, Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée and Green Tea Cream.

Today, I’ve created one of my all-time favourite flavours: Chai. There’s just something about that aromatic concoction of black tea infused with the exotic flavours of cardamom, cinnamon and black pepper that I love, but unfortunately Starbucks uses Tazo chai latte concentrate in their frappuccinos, which contains honey. So, if you want to enjoy the sweet and spicy taste of a chai frappuccino this summer, I recommend trying out this icy take on the traditional beverage. It’s spicy, sweet and milky—just like the Stabucks wallahs make it, only simpler and better.

To make this version, I simply steeped chai spice black tea bags in almond milk and then blended it with ice, dates and cinnamon (because I’m in love with cinnamon) to create that sweet, frothy goodness. You can use your favourite chia tea blend, but the spicier the better (I used Stash brand) Then, pour it into a tall glass—or a tea cup for the traditional experience–and top with coconut whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.

Cashew curry mayo with cabbage slaw

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This new slaw recipe with its tangy cashew curry mayo dressing is one of my to-go recipes for summer. It’s super easy to make, lightly creamy, colourful and flavourful all in one, and ready to serve a crowd as a summer BBQ side dish. I enjoyed it as is but it would also be phenomenal piled on top of a veggie burger or accompanied by grilled corn and sweet potatoes.

Frappuccino Fridays: Hazelnut

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Welcome to week 4 of Frappuccino Fridays! In the last three weeks, we’ve sipped on incredible flavours like Java Chip, Caramel Brulée and Peppermint Mocha. With this kind of menu, I’m thinking Lisa and I could rival any Starbucks in town.

Today’s blended beverage combines cold coffee and ice with a mix of hazelnut sources (hazelnut milk, butter and extract) to create a frosty-cold hazelnut heaven. Starbucks’ traditional version also includes a hazelnut drizzle, but I opted for crunchy hazelnuts on top of a bed of fluffy coconut whipped cream instead.