Muskoka Summer Food Finds as seen on Breakfast Television Toronto

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No weekend at the cottage is complete without good grub and tasty beverages. Cheers to a well fed summer in Muskoka!

Muskoka Summer Food Finds

*Click on each pink title for link to website*

*Watch Breakfast Television segment here*

Cool Sips For Hot Days:

Muskoka Brewery

*Cream Ale was Muskoka Breweries first beer brewed in 1996. This flagship Ale has since become a signature beer of the Muskoka region. Unmistakable with its rich amber colour and inviting floral tones, this laid-back English pub-style ale is smooth and easy-going. Now 20 years later to celebrate this significant milestone we’ve created a limited edition version of our signature brew now as an ‘Oak Aged Cream Ale’.  This special occasion brew has been aged in Oak Barrels and has been created especially for the celebration of our 20th Anniversary!

Muskoka Dry Ginger Ale  

*established in Muskoka in 1915 – known for its unique flavour.

Totem Juice Company

*1st 100% Raw, Organic Cold Pressed juice company in Muskoka.

*2.5 lbs. Of organic fruits & veggies per bottle – no water added.

A Night Out:

Griffin Gastropub

*Gathering place for great people, music and craft beer.

*Located on historic Chancery Lane in Bracebridge (the heart of Muskoka).

*Griffin also hosts Muskoka’s largest craft beer festival: Sessions Muskoka      

Grand Electric

*Mexican Beach Inspired Cuisine located in Duke’s Boutique Boat Shop on Lake Muskoka – in Port Carling.

How Sweet It Is:

Don’s Bakery

*SCRATCH baking since 1947.

*Best known for their scones, Chelsea buns and Cinnamon Buns.

*Located at Portage Landing, Bala.

Belly Ice Cream

*Handcrafted in Huntsville, Ontaio – made with 100% Local Jersey Cream sourced from a farm in Creemore.

Muskoka Natural Food Market 

*Grand Opening July 1st!!

 *offers locals and cottagers a huge variety of good-for-you (and the environment) eats and products – Death By Chocolate Tofu Pie is a must try!!

Farmers Market Finds:

Mark’s Maple Syrup

Muskoka Four Season Greens

Milford Bay Smoked Trout

*a family run business since 1973

*Retail store and public fishing available on their property.  Fresh caught fish retail for $5.75/lb.

Other:

Muskoka Cottage Trays

*Original, custom, hand crafted serving trays made with kiln dried laminated pine.

Creative Cook

*rainy day at the cottage?  Creative Cook offers a variety of cooking classes!

What’s Cooking Bracebridge

*the Great Muskoka Cook book adventure taking place Sept 30th – Oct 2nd, 2016

Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime York Region, CHCH Morning Live, Canada AM & Breakfast Television and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing DSC_1081her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and running.

Join Charmaine in beautiful Muskoka on Friday, September 30th, 2016 for What’s Cooking Bracebridge.  Click here for more information.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind. For more tasty recipes visit www.charmainebroughton.com

Follow Charmaine on FB Charmaine Broughton or on Twitter @runnercharb 

 

   

Canada Day Recipes as seen on CTV Morning Live Ottawa

Celebrate Canada Day with delicious and nutritious recipes (and some peanutty trivia):

Did you know:

~ More than half of Canadian households have peanuts on hand

~79% of Canadian households report heavy peanut butter consumption

~ Nearly 1 in 3 Canadians say they consume peanut butter right out of the jar (I’m guilty!!)

~Peanuts have more protein than any other nut and are an excellent source of magnesium, niacin and Vitamin E

For more information about the health benefits of Peanuts and Peanut Butter, click here.

Indian Spiced Shrimp Kebobs with Peanut Coconut Pesto
Indian Spiced Shrimp Kebobs with Peanut Coconut Pesto ~ perfect excuse to fire up the grill all summer long. Click here for the recipe.
'Peanuts and Pulses' Summer Salad
Peanuts and Pulses Summer Salad. Click here for the recipe.
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Canadian classic dessert with a peanut-twist = Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars!! Click here for the recipe.

Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime York Region, CHCH Morning Live, Canada AM & Breakfast Television and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing DSC_1081her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and running.

Join Charmaine in beautiful Muskoka on Friday, September 30th, 2016 for What’s Cooking Bracebridge.  Click here for more information.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind. For more tasty recipes visit www.charmainebroughton.com

Follow Charmaine on FB Charmaine Broughton or on Twitter @runnercharb 

 

Summer Snacking With Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese as seen on Rogers Daytime York Region

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Summertime snacking should be easy, fun and delicious!! As the mom of two active and hungry teenage boys, I’m always creating healthy and delicious snacks that can be served on-the-go, or prepared with little fuss.  Gay Lea Nordica Smooth cottage cheese is low in fat and sodium, and is packed with protein.  Because of its silky smooth texture (that’s right, no lumps!!) I love using Nordica smooth as an ingredient in many of my favourite breakfast dishes and snacks/desserts.

Flavours include (click on each title to learn more):

Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean and Lemon

I’m excited to share some ‘Summer Fun Recipes’ my kids and I developed on Daytime York Region using Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese.  From our kitchen to yours, Happy Summer!!

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Click here to watch my segment on CTV Morning Live Ottawa, preparing long weekend Cottage foods!!

Frozen Lemon Cookie Snacks

The easiest (and most delicious) frozen treat ever! 

12 lemon flavoured cookies

2 (100 g) containers of Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Lemon Cottage Cheese

Garnishes:

Sprinkles, toasted coconut, very finely chopped white chocolate

Place 6 cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Divide cottage cheese evenly between cookies.  Gently place remaining 6 cookies on top of cottage cheese.  Place in freezer for 15 minutes.  Remove from freezer and carefully press garnish of choice on sides of ‘snacks’ so they stick to filling.  Place back in freezer for at least 30 minutes.  Remove from freezer about 5 minutes before serving.  Store in an airtight container for up to one month.

Salted Caramel Fruit Dip

This fruit dip is perfect for summertime entertaining: birthday parties, bridal/baby showers or weekend brunches.

2 (100 g) containers of Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Salted Caramel Cottage Cheese

¼ cup (60 mL) Gay Lea Premium Gold Sour Cream

Garnish: Maple Flakes and/or finely chopped mixed nuts

Fresh Fruit Skewers: Pineapple, Strawberries and Cantaloupe

Stir together smooth cottage cheese and sour cream.  Place in a serving dish and garnish with maple flakes and chopped nuts.  Serve with fresh fruit skewers.

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No campfire require!! Homemade Caramel Smores Bars made with Gay Lea Butter. Click here for the recipe.

Vanilla Berry Muesli  

Quick and satisfying, this recipe makes for a ‘no-cook’ breakfast the whole family can enjoy.  

1 cup (250 mL) large flake oats

2 tbsp (30 mL) each; ground flaxseed and chia seeds  

½ cup (125 mL) dried cranberries

4 (100 g) containers of Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Vanilla Cottage Cheese

¾ cup (175 mL) orange juice

2 tbsp (30 mL) Canadian maple syrup *or to taste

½ tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon

¼ tsp (1 mL) ground ginger

1 cup (250 mL) fresh local blueberries

1 apple, finely diced (*skin left on)

¼ cup (60 mL) green pumpkin seeds

Place all ingredients (except for pumpkin seeds) in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.  Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.  *Garnish each portion evenly with pumpkin seeds.  Yields 4 cups (1 L).   

For more summer inspired Gay Lea recipes, click here.

Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime York Region, CHCH Morning Live, Canada AM & Breakfast Television and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing DSC_1081her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and running.

Join Charmaine in beautiful Muskoka on Friday, September 30th, 2016 for What’s Cooking Bracebridge.  Click here for more information.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind. For more tasty recipes visit www.charmainebroughton.com

Follow Charmaine on Twitter @runnercharb 

 

 

Father’s Day Desserts as seen on CHCH Morning Live

Celebrate Dad with some homemade sweet treats featuring

Gay Lea Real Whipped Cream and Premium Gold Sour Cream.

Dessert never tasted so good!!

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Mile High Caramel Smores Bars. Click here for the recipe.
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Triple Chocolate Whisky Brownies with Maple Vanilla Cream, Fresh Berries and Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream. Click here for the recipe.
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Roll Around Shortbread – a fun, colourful and tasty cookie. Perfect for kids to make for Dad! Click here for the recipe.
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Lemon Basil Shortbread – take advantage of Dad’s herb garden and whip him up some homemade cookies. Click here for the recipe.

Charmaine Broughton is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime York RegionCHCH Morning Live, CTV Morning DSC_1081Live Ottawa & Breakfast Television and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food and running.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mom of two active and hungry teenage boys, Tyler and Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

Join Charmaine on Friday, September 30th for the 3rd annual What’s Cooking Bracebridge – The Great Muskoka Cookbook Adventure!  Click here for more details.

Follow Charmaine on twitter @runnercharb  or on Facebook Charmaine Broughton