Christmas

5 Quick Questions with Runaway Angel: Holiday Edition and Holiday Shortbread Recipe

Christmas is coming, and the ladies of Runaway Angel are filled with the holiday spirit.

Every year we get to see Cadence, Ann, and Stacey share some fun stuff on their social media channels for the holidays, so this year we decided to reach out and get them to join our celebrations.

We caught up with Runaway Angel for a holiday round of 5 Quick Questions to learn a little more about their Christmas favourites. AND, we got the ladies to share their favourite shortbread recipe.

Check out the Q&A, the recipe, and enjoy!

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Runaway Angel

Q) Did you have any favourite Christmas songs when you were kids?

Ann) Probably O’ Holy Night, It’s really nice.
Stacey) All I Want For Christmas Is You! I Frigging love Mariah Carey.
Cadence) I Love Carol of the Bells! It was always one of my favourites as a kid.

Q) Do you (as a band) have a favourite Christmas song to play together?

Runaway Angel) The only Christmas song we’ve ever done together was our Parody version of Last Christmas and it’s still one of our faves.

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

Runaway Angel) Michael Buble… Or Mariah Carey. Sensing a trend? haha

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

Stacey) Bailey’s. Anywhere, Anytime, for the whole month of December.
Ann) Spiked Eggnog
Cadence) Bailey’s or Spiked Eggnog for sure!

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

Ann) Wine
Stacey) Pumpkin Pie
Cadence) My Moms Shortbread cookies or my Grandma’s Chocolate Pie

BONUS) Do you have a favourite holiday recipe?

Runaway Angel) Sure do! We love Shortbreads. Here is our Holiday Shortbread Recipe. We like them extra Buttery with a hint of salt!

Runaway Angel Holiday Shortbread!

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups salted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup of pastry flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup of icing sugar

Directions:

1) Cream butter, vanilla and sugar together, add flour.

2) If dough seems too wet add a bit more flour in small amounts until it’s firm enough to roll or press.

3) Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes

Fun Options) Add chopped dried cranberries and dip or drizzle with melted white chocolate OR add mini chocolate chips or chopped bakers chocolate.

4 weeks ago

Horseshoe Holiday Bash: Jane’s Party, The Kents, and Caren

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and at The Horseshoe Tavern on Tuesday night we enjoyed a Holiday Bash with Jane’s Party, The Kents, and Caren.

From the jump it was clear that Toronto was in the spirit of the season, with live music fans covering the checkerboard floor, and jamming along with the action on stage. The four act show (sadly we weren’t able to stick around for The Almighty Rhombus to close things out) was certainly a celebration, with festive decorations on stage, and good feelings throughout.

The show started with Caren taking to the stage with her band.

Playing the legendary Toronto stage to celebrate the season, and give people a chance to listen to her play songs from her self-titled 2017 EP, Caren held her own on Tuesday night. Both with her band, and during a solo acoustic break in the middle of the set, she was engaging and entertaining.

The sounds were smooth, and the songs hold a lyrical depth that is as refreshing as it is impactful. To hear Caren play songs like Teach Me and Berlin live was a nice way to follow-up the listens I’ve put in since the EP’s October release.

Watch for more from Caren in 2018 as she looks to build on the momentum she’s started to find this year.

We’ve got more photos of Caren at the bottom of this post, scroll on down to check them out.

The Kents continued the Holiday Bash when they took the stage next, and they put The Horseshoe Tavern fully in the spirit when they played a cover of the Saturday Night Live classic, I Wish It Was Christmas Today.

But it wasn’t all skit show covers, The Kents also released an EP in October 2017, and were ready to play songs from Within Waves for the early week Toronto crowd. Upping the energy to four piece rock and roll levels and playing songs including Caroline (I Can’t Explain) and From The Street, we got a taste of what The Kents have to offer. And we’d gladly take more of it.

With EP releases in both 2016 and 2017, The Kents are consistent in their ability to provide new music. Here’s hoping there’s more in 2018 to continue their young career.

Want to see more photos of The Kents from the Holiday Bash at The Horseshoe Tavern? Scroll down, we’ve got some!

Local boys, Jane’s Party were next on the stage, and the name that brought many of The Horseshoe Tavern attendants out on Tuesday night.

The four part rock and roll outfit were amped up from the get go, and put on a great club gig to compliment the outdoor set we saw from them this summer at the CNE when they opened for Sam Roberts and ripped through songs like Cigarette Buzz.

The Tuesday night Jane’s Party set included What I’ve Been Missing and Old Friends… and a little extra taste of Christmas music that we’ll be remembering from the Holiday Bash. Early in the set we got a taste of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Carol Of The Bells, and Good King Wenceslas on guitar – and it was the kind of special little touch that makes live music worth going to see – especially at this time of year.

Jane’s Party did what they do, bringing fans to the front of the stage, keeping them moving, and supplying the soundtrack to a night out in the city. We’ll be seeing them again… hope we see you there.

AND, Jane’s Party dropped a Christmas single this year. Give Last Train Home This Christmas a listen and get in the spirit!

Now, check out the rest of our photos of Jane’s Party

More Photos of Jane’s Party at The Horseshoe Tavern

More Photos of The Kents at The Horseshoe Tavern

More Photos of Caren at The Horseshoe Tavern

1 month ago

Baby It’s Hot Outside, Brad Saunders 5 Quick Questions: Holiday Edition and Newfoundland Snow Balls Recipe

Brad Saunders has had a good run in 2017, including his $100,953 1st place win in Project WILD this fall. And to finish the year, and celebrate the season, Saunders has recorded and released Baby It’s Hot Outside, as a special direct download for his fans.

To help us get in the Christmas spirit, Brad took the time to play a holiday round of 5 Quick Questions and share his favourite recipe with everyone so they can take a crack at it!

Click Here For A Free Download Of Brad Saunders’ Baby It’s Hot Outside!

Thanks to Brad for playing along, here’s hoping he has a very merry Christmas!

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Brad Saunders

Q) Did you have a favourite Christmas song when you were a kid?

Brad) Growing up in Newfoundland we listened to all the Christmas classics but most of the time it was from the traditional ‘Kitchen jams’ in our home or cabin. Everyone, and I mean everyone, in my family plays an instrument of some sort and of course there was always a violin involved!

Q) Do you have a favorite Christmas song to play live?

Brad) One Christmas song I absolutely love to perform live is a song called Born in Bethlehem by a band called Third Day. Very powerful song that really captures the meaning of Christmas!

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

Brad) Last year I was fortunate enough to have done just that. Myself and Trinity Bradshaw wrote what I consider to be one of the best songs we have written. It’s called Christmas Without You which has a old classic feeling to it. Trinity’s voice is powerful and convicting so I thought it was a perfect fit. The band Renegade Station heard it and loved it. They released to Country radio just in time for the Holiday season this year.

Q) What is your favorite beverage for a holiday party?

Brad) WINE! Up until about two years ago I can honestly say I had never had a full glass of wine. Now it’s about as amazing as coffee to me! I don’t think there is anything better than relaxing by the fire, Christmas songs and red wine.

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

Brad) They are called snowballs. I’m not sure if the rest of Canada has caught on to how incredibly amazing they really are, but just in case they haven’t I will leave the recipe below. Growing up my mom made them every year! GO MAKE THEM!!

Newfoundland Snow Balls Recipe

Ingredients:

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup melted butter
1 1/4 cups milk
3 cups large rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened fine coconut
12 tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 cups extra coconut

Directions:

1) In a large saucepan, combine 3 cups sugar, 3/4 cup melted butter, and 1 & 1/4 cups milk and boil together gently over medium high heat for 5 minutes or until mixture reaches about 230 degrees F on a candy thermometer.

Note: Once mixture begins to boil it is very important not to stir it at all.

2) Mix together 3 cups large rolled oats, 1 cup unsweetened fine coconut, and 12 tbsp cocoa.

3) Add the boiled mixture to the dry ingredients until well combined and chill until mixture is able to be shaped into 1 1/2 inch balls. Roll the balls in additional coconut.

Makes about 4 dozen. These freeze very well.

1 month ago

5 Quick Questions with The Reklaws: Holiday Edition and Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

It’s been a busy and exciting 2017 for The Reklaws, and now the holidays are here and there’s a whole new kind of excitement in the air.

Their major label debut single, Hometown Kids, was a summer jam that caught the attention of country radio, country fans, and even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And now, the brother/sister duo find themselves ready for more and highlighted on 2018 Ones to Watch lists popping up.

We caught up with Jenna and Stuart to play a holiday round of 5 Quick Questions, and learned a little more about the Walker siblings than we knew before. Ready? Here we go!

5 Quick Holiday Questions with The Reklaws

Q) Did you have any favourite Christmas songs when you were kids?

The Reklaws) Christmas was a very exciting time in our family! We grew up in a large farm house on a hill, which meant sledding and skating were a must, and the Christmas music started early! I always remember the Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms our grandparents always had a Christmas tree that would talk and it would always sing that song!

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play?

The Reklaws) One of our new favourites to play is Merry Christmas From the Family it is a little rude, but it is makes us laugh so hard. There have been a lot of country bands to cover this one, which we think is amazing.

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

The Reklaws) Obviously, Michael Bublé, although he is not country, I think that his Christmas album has become a staple. Singing a Christmas song with him literally make my life lol! I would probably throw-up candy canes…

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

The Reklaws) Fav beverage is… maybe spiked eggnog! Eggnog just makes Christmas, although drinking too much can make me sick lol

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

The Reklaws) One dessert after Christmas dinner… would be a ginger molasses cookie. Or anything my grandma makes, she is a star with any dessert.

BONUS: Do you have a favourite holiday recipe?

My fav which is actually also our dad’s fav is Coconut Cream Pie! Below is the recipe my Grandma uses!

Grandma Reklaw’s Coconut Cream Pie!

Ingredients:

1 cup Sweetened Flaked Coconut
3 cups Half-and-Half
2 Eggs, beaten
3/4 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) Pie Shell, baked
1 cup Frozen Whipped Topping, thawed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and bake it, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

3. In a medium saucepan, combine the half-and-half, eggs, sugar, flour and salt and mix well. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes more. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in 3/4 cup of the toasted coconut and the vanilla extract. Reserve the remaining coconut to top the pie.

4. Pour the filling into the pie shell and chill until firm, about 4 hours.

5. Top with whipped topping and with the reserved coconut.

ps. If you’re in Toronto on Thursday, December 21, make a stop in at Rock N Horse Saloon to see The Reklaws Home 4 The Holidays!

1 month ago

Christmas In The Sun, 5 Quick Questions with Gord Bamford: Holiday Edition

Gord Bamford, the Canadian country music star and 16-time Canadian Country Music Association award winner, is ready for Christmas 2017 with the release of his newest holiday track, Christmas In The Sun.

No stranger to Christmas music, Bamford released an 11 track album called Christmas In Canada in 2013, the song is a good timin’ escape from the cold while still celebrating the season. Close your eyes while you listen and you might actually feel the heat from the sun.

God Bamford’s new album, Neon Smoke is scheduled for release on January 19, 2018 – and he’ll be hitting the road for a 29 date tour, with opener Aaron Goodvin along for the ride. Don’t miss it if they come to a venue near you.

We had he chance to catch up with Gord to talk about the tour, the new album and more… and while we were together we got Gord to play a holiday round of 5 Quick Questions with us. If you’ve got 90 seconds, hit play now to learn his favourite Christmas song to play, his favourite Christmas dinner dessert, and what drink he’s reaching for in the holiday season!

5 Quick Questions With Gord Bamford: Holiday Edition

1 month ago

5 Quick Questions with Kansas Stone: Holiday Edition and Nana’s Squares Recipe

The dudes of Kansas Stone are always ready for a celebration, so it’s no surprise to us that they’re jacked up for Christmas.

We caught up with Brian and Matt for a holiday round of 5 Quick Questions, and the guys also shared Brian’s favourite recipe from his nana.

Have a look, make some dessert – and enjoy!

5 Quick Questions, Holiday Edition with Kansas Stone

Q) Did you guys have a favourite Christmas song when you were kids?

Brian) Elvis Presley’s Blue Christmas

Matt) Johnny Marks/Brenda Lee’s Rock’n Around The Xmas Tree

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play together?

Brian) The only Christmas song we have ever really played is White Christmas because it is real… filled with heart and soul. Not overly commercialized… Well we also wrote a Christmas song last year that is really fun and maybe you’ll hear it one day in the future if we ever do a Kansas Christmas album hahaha

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

Brian) It would be Long Haired Christmas by Kansas Stone featuring Chris Stapleton, The Cadillac Three, Steven Tyler and Zakk Wylde… sounds pretty rad to me lol

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

Brian) A Miami Vice so I can pretend I’m on vacation in the warm sun and not in the snow lol… or a beer… any beer, as long as it’s cold

Matt) I’d go for Baileys and coffee (Spanish coffee)

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

Brian) Well I love pumpkin pie and whipped cream… or a warm brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream… ok I’m hungry now lol

Matt) I would have to say shortbread cookies… that’s my jam lol

Q) Do you have a favourite holiday recipe?

Brian) Nana square (my grandmother’s special) I’ve been eating them since I was a kid… you will love them.

 

(No Bake) Nana Squares

Ingredients:

Cereal Mix

1/2 cup of Corn Syrup
1/2 cup of Peanut Butter
1/2 cup of Brown Sugar
3 cups Rice Krispies

Topping

½ cup Chocolate Chips
½ cup Peanut Butter

Directions:

Cereal Mix

1. Put them in a saucepan on low to medium heat. Keep stirring until it starts to boil. Then remove from heat.
2. Stir in 3 cups of rice krispies.
3. Lightly Butter the sides and bottom of an 8×8 pan
4. Put cereal mix in pan and press firmly to compress mix to form pan
5. Let sit and make topping

Topping

1. Melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
2. Add 1/2 cup of peanut butter
3. Mix together
4. Pour over cereal mix and let set in cool area

THEN BAM… you have the best treat ever!

1 month ago

5 Quick Questions with Kris Barclay: Holiday Edition

We are all wrapped up in the holiday season, and we aren’t alone! Country singer Kris Barclay is ready for Christmas too, and he’s ready to tell you all about it.

We caught up with the July 2017, Country Music Association of Ontario Artist of the Month for a holiday round of 5 Quick Questions.

Y’all ready?

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Kris Barclay

Q) Did you have a favourite Christmas songs when you were a kid?

Kris) Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer for sure! I always loved shouting out the extra parts… “had a very shiny nose (LIKE A LIGHTBULB!)”

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play?

Kris) I just learned I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, I’ve always loved the melody of that song it’s always fun.

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

Kris) I think doing something with The Road Hammers would be awesome, they’re super talented and hilarious, we’d have a blast! Of course Garth or Blake Shelton would be amazing…there’s too many to choose from!

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

Kris) Red Wine for sure…but there’s a traditional family Martini that we make every year only at Christmas that I always look forward to!

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Barclay Traditional Martini Ingredients:
🍸 Cranberry Juice
🍸 Vodka
🍸 Cosmo Rimmer
🍸 Lime Juice
🍸 Raspberries

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

Kris) Carrot Cake, no doubt.

We asked Kris if he had a favourite recipe that he wanted to share with everyone. And, well, here’s what he told us…

“I do have a favourite holiday recipe, but I don’t know what it is! My grandmother makes the world’s best turkey stuffing that I wish I could share. She swears she tells us what’s in it but I know she’s hiding something! Stay tuned….”

1 month ago

5 Quick Questions with Alexis Lynn: Holiday Edition and Butternut Squash with Sage & Chickpea Stuffing Recipe

Alexis Lynn is one to watch on the Canadian pop/R&B scene. With a voice that’s smooth and brings all kinds of power with it, this young Canadian has already shown us that she’s got talent.

We’re looking forward to more from Alexis in 2018… but before we get there, we’re wrapping up 2017 and celebrating the Christmas season with a holiday round of 5 Quick Questions with Alexis Lynn.

Enjoy!

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Alexis Lynn

Q) Did you have a favourite Christmas song when you were a kid?

Alexis) I was obsessed with Where Are You Christmas by Faith Hill (AKA Cindy Lou Who), because our family watched (and still watches) How The Grinch Stole Christmas every Christmas Eve.

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play?

Alexis) All I Want For Christmas Is You is a modern classic and so fun to perform, I also love playing White Christmas.

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

Alexis) Mariah Carey or Christina Aguilera hands down. QUEENS of Christmas.

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

Alexis) Hot Chocolate!

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

Alexis) Pumpkin pie every time.

Now, to help with everyone’s holiday dinner menu, Alexis has something to share! In her words, this one is “For all the fellow vegans at Christmas dinner”

Butternut Squash with Sage & Chickpea Stuffing

Prep Time: 25 mins | Cook Time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

1 small Butternut Squash
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1 teaspoon Thyme
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt to taste

For the Stuffing

100 g Bulgur Wheat
1/2 tin or 200g Cooked Chickpeas
1/4 cup White Wine
1 White Onion, finely chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Boullion/Stock Powder
9-10 Fresh Sage Leaves
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 500°F
2. Cut the squash in half lengthways & scoop out the seeds.
3. Rub the cut side with the paprika, thyme, olive oil, and salt and sit cut side up on a baking sheet
4. Pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes whilst you get on with the stuffing.

To make the Stuffing

1. In a frying pan, saute the garlic and onion with a splash of olive oil until translucent.
2. Add the sage leave and fry until crispy. Break them up a little in the pan.
3. Add the bulgur wheat and coat with oil.
4. Add the white wine, the boullion and around 50ml water
5. Stir until the bulgur has absorbed the liquid.
6. Add the chickpeas and cook for a few minutes. Squash the chickpeas up roughly to help make the stuffing stuffable…
7. If the bulgur is still a little dry add more liquid. Better to be a bit generous than dry! Taste and add extra salt & pepper too if needed.
8. Remove the squash from the oven, and stuff with the stuffing mix. Any leftover stuffing, pop into a little oven proof dish (You’ll want extra stuffing…)
9. Put the squash and extra stuffing back into the oven for 15 minutes or until squishy on the inside and crispy on the outside.
10. Serve as part of a winter feast!

Recipe Notes

Little Butternut Squashes are the perfect size for 2 people. It’s easy enough to scale this recipe up for extra, just double per squash added.

Like a traditional main meat dish, this really does deserve to be served alongside a feast ‘with all the trimmings’, it’s not really a one dish meal, but I think that’s part of its beauty.

Recipe via poppyandthebees.com

1 month ago

5 Quick Questions with Vanessa Marie Carter: Holiday Edition and Mom’s Shortbread Recipe

Vanessa Marie Carter has had a lot of excitement in 2017 – and now Christmas is coming to put a bow on things!

In late October, VMC released Bless My Heart, her debut single with Universal Music, and a preview of what we hope is coming in 2018. We also saw Vanessa this summer on stage at Boots & Hearts, playing new songs, covers, and revving up the country music fans for a party!

Related: Vanessa Marie Carter at Boots & Hearts 2017

But now it’s time for Christmas and cookies! Thank you to Vanessa for playing around with our holiday edition of 5 Quick Questions. Have a look to see what Christmas music she’s always loved, what drink she wants in her holiday glass, and get a recipe that you’ll want to try tonight!

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Vanessa Marie Carter

Q) Did you have a favourite Christmas songs when you were a kid?

VMC) I always really liked the good Christmas classics, Bing Crosby for the win!! But when I was a kid (and still now) Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by NSYNC was always a fave.

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play?

VMC) I really love doing Blue Christmas, or Silent Night 🙂

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

VMC) I was pretty jealous when I heard the Meghan Trainor & Brett Eldredge collab for Baby It’s Cold Outside. So probably that!

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

VMC) I’ve never been a big sweet drink person, but I do love a good festive red wine sangria

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

VMC) My Grandma’s Brandy Snaps… I think she purposely never makes enough so she can see us all fight for them!

We also asked Vanessa if she had a favourite recipe to share and she said, “I have so many favourites!! But my Mom makes a mean shortbread that I look forward to every year.”

And here’s the recipe!

Mom’s Shortbread

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temp

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, adding the butter last.
2. Mix ingredients until well combined.
3. Roll into bite size balls and flatten with a cookie press.
4. Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes

Voila!
Xo V

Vanessa Marie Carter Bless My Heart Cover with Santa Hat

1 month ago

My Favorite Time Of Year: Schyler London Christmas Single and Meatball Recipe

Schyler London released her debut album, Love Rebellion, on October 27, and then, to show that she had a little more to give in 2017, she released My Favourite Time Of Year on November 20 to get in the Christmas spirit.

Hit play to listen to My Favourite Time Of Year now…

To celebrate the release of her Christmas single, and help get everyone ready for the holiday season and festivities, we asked Schyler to share her favourite holiday recipe with us (and you).

Schyler threw us a little bit of a curveball with her recipe, shying away from a traditional dessert, turkey, stuffing, or even holiday cocktail. But what she did share sounds pretty delicious, and she wants you to know that she’s serious about it…

In her words… “Are you ready? Meatballs. Yes, I’m serious.”

Schyler London’s Favourite Meatball Recipe

What You Need

Equipment:

Small mixing bowl
Large mixing bowl
Knife
Cutting board
Grater
Baking sheet
Oven

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Milk (whole, 2%, or skim)
1/2 cup Fine Breadcrumbs
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/4 cup Italian Parsley, finely minced
1 pound Ground Meat, beef, pork, turkey, chicken, or veal, or a mix
1/2 cup Onion, finely chopped or grated
1 clove Garlic, finely minced

Directions: 

1. Combine the milk and bread crumbs: Pour the milk over the breadcrumbs in a small bowl and set aside while preparing the rest of the meatball mix. The breadcrumbs will absorb the milk and become soggy.

2. Whisk the egg, salt, pepper, Parmesan, and parsley: Whisk the egg in a large bowl until blended. Whisk in the salt and a generous quantity of black pepper, then whisk in the Parmesan and parsley.

3. Combine the egg and ground meat: Add the meat to the egg mixture. Use your hands to thoroughly mix the egg into the ground meat.

4. Add the onions and soaked breadcrumbs: Add the onions, garlic, and soaked breadcrumbs to the meat. Mix them thoroughly into the meat with your fingers. Try not to overwork the meat; pinch the meat between your fingers rather than kneading it.

5. Form the meat into meat balls: Pinch off a piece of the meat mixture and gently roll between your hands to form 1 1/2-inch meatballs. Continue shaping until all the meat is used.

6. To roast the meatballs in the oven: Arrange the meatballs spaced slightly apart on a baking sheet. Cook under the broiler for 20 to 25 minutes or bake at 400°F for 25 to 30 minutes. (Watch closely if cooking meatballs made with lean meat.) The meatballs are done when cooked through and the outsides are browned, and when they register 165°F in the middle on an instant read thermometer. Serve immediately.

7. To cook the meatballs in sauce: Bring a marinara sauce or other pasta sauce to a simmer and add as many meatballs as will fit comfortably in the pan. Cover and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes. The meatballs are done when they’re cooked through and register 165°F in the middle on an instant read thermometer. Serve immediately.

1 month ago

5 Quick Questions with Joey Landreth: Holiday Edition and Nanaimo Bar Recipe

Joey Landreth has had a busy year… and it’s not done yet.

On New Year’s Eve, Joey and Bros. Landreth played on the CBC’s countdown/celebration show, and on January 27th, Joey Landreth released his debut solo album, Whiskey, to the delight of fans, and the applause of critics.

Related: Joey Landreth Album Review, Whiskey

And after a spring, summer, and fall of concerts and working on new music with Bros. Landreth, and for his follow-up solo project, Joey is coming back to Toronto to play a pre-Christmas show at The Drake Underground.

The Massey Hall Presents show comes exactly one week before the holiday, on Monday, December 18th, and having seen Joey Landreth live before, we can tell you that it’s going to be a show you’ll want to see.

With standout guitar work, and a voice that will pull you in, Joey can be mesmerizing on stage, and we’re willing to bet that will be the case on Queen Street West this December.

To get everyone ready for the show, and the holidays, we caught up with Joey for a holiday round of 5 Quick Questions. Enjoy, and get a ticket for Massey Hall Presents Joey Landreth with Roman Clarke before they sell out!

Related: Joey Landreth with Trish Robb & Jacob Henley Live in Oshawa

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Joey Landreth

Q) Did you have a favourite Christmas song when you were a kid?

Joey) Anything off the Nat King Cole Christmas record

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play?

Joey) Any of the old hymn ones. I love those old tunes…

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

Joey) Living? Metallica because that would be crazy. Not living, Nat King Cole.

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

Joey) Coffecoffeecoffeecoffee.

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

Joey) Nanaimo Bars. I know that’s not a Christmas classic but they’re my favourite. Okay?

And since Joey loves nanaimo bars, but says, “I don’t know how to make them. Only eat them.”, we found a recipe to share so you can give them a shot at home this holiday season!

Nanaimo Bars made from Recipe from Food Network Great Canadian Cookbook's

The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer
½ cup (125 mL) Unsalted Butter (preferably European-style cultured butter)
5 Tbsp (75 mL) Cocoa Powder
¼ cup (50 mL) Granulated Sugar
1 Egg, beaten
1 ¾ cups (425 mL) Graham Wafer Crumbs
1 cup (250 mL) Shredded Coconut
½ cup (125 mL) Almonds, finely chopped

Middle Layer
½ cup (125 mL) Unsalted Butter, softened
2 tbsp + 2 tsp (40 mL) Whipping or Heavy Cream
2 Tbsp (30 mL) Vanilla Custard Powder
2 cups (500 mL) Icing Sugar

Topping
4 oz (115 g) Semi-Sweet Chocolate
2 Tbsp (30 mL) Unsalted Butter

Directions:

Bottom Layer
1. Pour 2 cups (500 mL) water into bottom of double boiler. Place on stove over medium heat and bring water to simmer.
2. In top of double boiler; combine butter, cocoa and sugar; place over simmering water. Heat, stirring, until butter has melted and mixture is smooth.
3. Add beaten egg; stir until thick. Remove top of double boiler from heat. Stir in graham wafer crumbs, coconut and almonds.
4. Scrape into parchment paper-lined 8-inch (2 L) square baking dish. Press firmly to create even bottom layer.
5. Tip: If you don’t have a double boiler, half-fill a saucepan with water and heat over medium heat until water begins to simmer. Then, place a metal or glass bowl over the simmering water and proceed as directed.

Middle Layer
1. In bowl, cream together butter, cream and custard powder. Gradually add icing sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Scrape over bottom layer, smoothing top with spatula or palette knife.

Topping
1. In clean double boiler, melt chocolate and butter together. Remove from heat; let cool slightly. When cool, but still liquid, pour over custard layer.
2. Cover and refrigerate until cold.

Recipe via foodnetwork.ca

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1 month ago

5 Quick Questions with Livy Jeanne: Holiday Edition and Butter Tart Recipe

As we tick down our advent calendars, we’re getting more and more ready for parties, presents, eggnog and holiday music. And to help us get even more in the Christmas spirit, Livy Jeanne is here to play a holiday edition of 5 Quick Questions.

And, if want an extra kick of Christmas, hit play on Livy’s rendition of Santa Baby!

Many thanks to Livy for playing…

In the words of Miss Livy Jeanne -> “HERE WE GOOOOOO!!!”

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Livy Jeanne

Q) Did you have a favourite Christmas songs when you were a kid?

Livy) My favourite xmas song when i was little was probably Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play?

Livy) I really love the Cee Lo Green song What Christmas Means To Me.

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

Livy) If i could pick an artist to do a Christmas collab with it would probably be Michael Buble! He is literally the king of Christmas!

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Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

Livy) Eggnog. HANDS DOWN

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

Livy) Butter tarts!

And since Livy loves butter tarts, and we love butter tarts, we thought we’d share a sweet butter tart recipe with all of you!

Enjoy!

The Best Classic Canadian Butter Tarts

Ingredients:

Pastry

2 ¼ cups flour pastry flour is best to use but all-purpose will do
1 tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening Very cold and cut in cubes
1/2 cup butter Very cold and cut in cubes
6 tbsp ice water approximately, enough to bring the dough together

Filling

1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup butter melted
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
½ cup raisins substituting, pecans, walnuts or chocolate chips also make good variations

Instructions:

Pastry

1) Pulse the cold butter and shortening into the flour sugar and salt using a food processor until the shortening or butter is reduced to pea sized pieces.
2) Sprinkle the water over the surface and toss with a fork until the water is just incorporated into the dough. Do not overwork the dough; handle it only enough so that the dough stays together.
3) Form the dough into two rounds about an inch thick.
4) Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge for about a half hour.
5) Roll out on lightly floured surface. Cut into rounds with 4 inch cutter. Fit into muffin cups. Chill in the fridge or freezer while you prepare the filling. Cold pastry heading into a hot oven will always be flakier.

Filling

1) Combine all filling ingredients except raisins.
2) Mix well.
3) Sprinkle raisins in a single layer in the bottom of the pastry lined muffin cups.
4) Fill 2/3 full with syrup mixture.
5) Bake on bottom shelf of oven at 425 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes.
6) Cool completely on a wire rack and remove tarts from from pans.

Recipe Notes

There is considerable debate about whether the filling in a butter tart should be runny or firm. Preferences vary, especially geographically but if you want a firmer, less runny filling simply add an additional egg, increase the brown sugar to 3/4 cup and decrease the corn syrup to 1/4 cup.

Recipe via rockrecipes.com


1 month ago

Jess Moskaluke & Friends Christmas at YouTube Space Toronto

Jess Moskaluke brought some friends to Toronto’s YouTube Space to share some music and Christmas spirit, and we were lucky enough to be there as they streamed live across the internet.

Joined by The Lovelocks, Leaving Thomas, David James, and Megan Nash – with Kate Petterson taking care of the hosting duties, and Stefan Guy on guitar – the holiday gathering of songs, stories, jokes, and more was a good time in person, and makes for a great watch on video too!

In just over 90 minutes there were 11 songs to listen to and sing along with at home, and a lot of great interaction and laughs in between.

Jess Moskaluke and Friends at YouTube Toronto - Kate Petterson, Jess Moskaluke, Megan Nash, Leaving Thomas, David James, Stefan Guy, and The Lovelocks

If we had some unofficial awards to give away they’d look something like this…

Best/Worst Dad Jokes: David James

Best (Most Unexpected) Stories: Megan Nash

Best Childhood Nickname Reveal: David James

Best Supporting Harmonies: Leaving Thomas on David James’ Sun Set On It

Best Update Of A Christmas Class: The Lovelocks on Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Best Christmas Food Traditions: Jess Moskaluke

Best Surprise Appearance: SANTA!!!!

Best Reaction To A Gift: Annika of Leaving Thomas

Jess Moskaluke and Friends at YouTube Toronto - Kate Peterson, Jess Moskaluke, Megan Nash, Leaving Thomas opening their gift, David James, Stefan Guy and SantaFrom start to finish this was a lot of fun. The time flew by as it was happening live, and on a re-watch, it does too. The stories will make you laugh. Even David James’ dad jokes will give you a chuckle – and because it’s a YouTube video, we would invite everyone to leave comments answering questions like ‘What’s Your Favourite Christmas Movie’.

Now, hit play, watch and listen as Jess Moskaluke, The Lovelocks, Leaving Thomas, David James, and Meghan Nash share their holiday cheer – and sing along. And, before you go, check out the rest of the photos from Jess Moskaluke & Friends Christmas at Youtube Space Toronto – and leave a comment telling us what your favourite part of the video is!

If you’re looking to skip right to the music, use the time marks on the playlist. Enjoy!

Jess Moskaluke & Friends Christmas at YouTube Space Toronto Playlist

1. Jess Moskaluke: Grown Up Christmas List (12:00)

2. David James: Sun Set On It (18:55)

3. Leaving Thomas: Do You Hear What I Hear (25:40)

4. Megan Nash: Salt The Salamanders (31:25)

5. The Lovelocks: Staycation (35:45)

6. Jess Moskaluke: Drive Me Away (42:34)

7. David James: Silent Night (56:00)

8. Leaving Thomas: Blame It On The Neon (1:02:30)

9. Megan Nash: Blue Christmas (1:10:50)

10. The Lovelocks: Oh Come All Ye Faithful (1:16:30)

11. All: Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (1:29:45)

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1 month ago

5 Quick Questions with Ben Hudson: Holiday Edition and Fancy Spiced Rum & Eggnog Recipe

With the holiday season coming up on us, we’ve been sliding into the spirit with some of our favourite artists. And to help get us a little more excited for gifts and friends and family and holiday music, Ben Hudson has joined the fun.

We caught up with Ben for a quick, holiday edition, round of 5 Quick Questions, and found out his favourite childhood Christmas song, who he’d love to duet with, and how he likes his eggnog.

Note: Congratulations to Ben – he’s been named a winner in the Kick It With Kissel contest and will be opening for Brett Kissel in North Bay, Ontario on February 23, 2018.

Check it out!

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Ben Hudson

Q) Did you have a favourite Christmas songs when you were a kid?

Ben) I’m old enough to remember staying up all night listening to the radio just to hear your favourite song again. I barely slept one Christmas Eve waiting for Bob and Doug McKenzie’s version of Twelve Days of Christmas to come on. By far my favourite Christmas song as a kid.

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play?

Ben) I don’t yet but I am currently working on some good ones for the upcoming ‘Home for the Holidays’ Christmas Concert with Leah Daniels and Beverley Mahood. Christmas Cookies by George Strait is a lot of fun.

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

Ben) Lindi Ortega. It would be a Christmas song with a twist for sure.

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

Ben) Spiced rum and eggnog could be the best thing about the holiday season.

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

Ben) Spiced rum and eggnog.

eggnog photo from thespruce.com

Ben Hudons’s Fancy Spiced Rum & Eggnog

Ingredients:

2 oz Captain Morgan spiced rum
4 oz eggnog
1 pinch fancy nutmeg

Directions:

1. Pour spiced rum into glass.
2. Add eggnog to spiced rum.
3. Stir and sprinkle with fancy nutmeg

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1 month ago

5 Quick Questions with Caren: Holiday Edition, Horseshoe Tavern Ticket Contest and Baked Brie Recipe

The holidays are coming fast, and no matter what you celebrate and who you celebrate with, it’s time to start getting festive!

To help get you going, Caren has teamed up with us for a holiday edition round of 5 Quick Questions, shared a recipe we can’t wait to try – and she’s helping us give away 2 tickets to the Holiday Bash at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on Tuesday, December 19, 2017!

The Holiday Bash is going to be a whole lot of fun with Jane’s Party, The Kents, The Almighty Rhombus, and Caren rocking on one of the city’s most legendary stages in their 70th birthday year!

Now, get into the holiday spirit with Caren and use the widget in this post to enter for your chance to be at the party!

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Caren

Q) Did you have a favourite Christmas songs when you were a kid?

Caren) Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas all the way. There was something about the build up in the beginning of the song and then all of a sudden how fast paced and up beat the song gets that would get me really excited for Christmas while simultaneously making me super jealous that all I got as a Jewish kid was Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song. Growing up I always was amazed and confused by the idea of decorating your house with lights and huge snowmen and Santa, and when I heard that song it just made everything seem really magical and special.

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play live?

Caren) I actually have a new favourite, Jane’s Party just wrote a really cool Christmas song called Last Train Home This Christmas, and we’ll all be playing it live at our upcoming show at the Horseshoe on December 19! I started listening to it on repeat so I could learn it, but now I’m just addicted so I’ve been listening to it on repeat for fun. It’s coming out soon so everyone can be as obsessed as I am!

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

Caren) Mariah 100% She’s the queen of Christmas in my opinion. I’d love to write a song about being the Jewish kid wanting to celebrate Christmas, or feeling left out or lonely on the holidays. I was always lucky as a kid to have friends who would invite me to Christmas dinners, but it does get lonely as an adult on Christmas day when everything is closed and you’re home alone watching Home Alone and eating leftover dessert on the couch in your pjs.

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

Caren) Gin and Tonics with a sprig of rosemary. This is my go to winter drink, and the rosemary makes it look festive in my opinion, plus adds great flavour.

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

Caren) When I was younger, I’d always have Christmas dinner at my friend’s place, and as two tweens it was our job to make the dessert. Every year we’d make one, ginormous, killer Baked Alaska, because it was 90% ice cream and 10% marshmallow and 100% delicious. That’s what I think of when I think of Christmas dessert, which I realize is weird since it involves eating copious amounts of ice cream in the middle of the Canadian winter.

We also asked Caren if she had a recipe that she wanted to share… and she came through!!!

“I have this baked brie recipe that is a party pleaser, and I get asked to make it for every event or dinner I go to (and it’s super easy to make and very impressive.)”

Caren’s Baked Brie

Ingredients:

1 Brie Wheel
Puff Pastry (I usually go for frozen and defrost it)
2 tbsp Brown sugar
1/3 cup Dried Cranberries
1 Egg
A handful of Sliced Almonds

Directions:

1. Roll out puff pastry and place brie wheel in the centre. Place brown sugar and dried cranberries on top of brie and fold the puff pastry over to completely engulf the sugary cheesy goodness.
2. With a knife, make small holes on the top of the masterpiece. Beat 1 egg and brush on top, and sprinkle sliced almonds on top.
3. Bake in the oven at 350 for 20-25 min. Take it out and let it sit for about an hour (Very Important!!!)
4. Slice and serve, and revel in the never-ending compliments, but never tell anyone how easy it was to make.

 

1 month ago
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