Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LCBO Food & Drink Magazine - Spring Issue 2012

Spring has sprung
The grass is riz;

I wonder where the birdies is.

Although many think that Ogden Nash penned this little ditty (or a variation of it), in fact its true authorship is unknown. Whoever created the cheerful rhyme may have done so on a day like today, where we have been liberated from a deep freeze and skyrocketed to a blistering 12ºC. Sunny and almost too bright, I might add.

What a perfect day to pick up the newly released Spring issue of the LCBO Food & Drink magazine.

I have my copy marked up already with my wishlist of dishes to try in the weeks and months ahead as produce comes into season:
  • Rhubarb Punch and Lemonade Punch (From Bowled Over by Michelle P.E. Hunt & Laura Panter)
  • Golden Beet & Fennel Soup with Fennel Horseradish Cream (From Signs of Spring by Christopher St. Onge)
  • Fresh Rhubarb Chutney (From Hamming It Up! by Monda Rosenberg)
  • Risotto with Braised Short Ribs and Porcini Mushrooms (From Risotto Rapture by Michael Fagan)
  • Maple Pecan Squares and Salmon with Hoisin & Maple (From Sweet on Maple by Heather Trim)
  • Warm Spring Slaw (From Cuts Above by Monda Rosenberg)
  • Pot Stickers with Mango Sauce (From Mango by Marilyn Bentz-Crowley)

Trend Spotting by Nancy Won highlights the hottest foods and drinks for the coming year. My take on her list?

  • I AGREE ABSOLUTELY: Bitters; Offal 2.0; Root to Leaf; Snack Food
  • I'M A DOUBTING THOMAS: Bottle Aged Cocktails; Greek Wines
  • MISSING: Artisan Doughnuts (the new cupcake); Slaw (any thing, any time, any way); Arancini Rice Balls; Artisan Meatballs; Preserving

It is a fun read. Of course I felt wooed by some of the delicious accompanying recipes (even if I have to wait until late June for those garlic scapes) -Sweetbread "Double Down"; Garlic Scape and Spinach Salsa with Chicken; Bacon Smoked Cheddar and Tomato Crostini with Asparagus; Fire Roasted Shrimp with Guacamole and Chili Honey.

Are there any trends you see coming that should be added to Nancy's list?

Lastly, I have to give a shout out to Sandra Van Aert, organic & free-run egg farmer from Watford, Ontario. (Approximately 60 kms west of London). She is a second generation farmer at that! Sandra is featured in Cynthia David's Spotlight segment called The Shell Game. I just can't imagine housing 24,000 hens. Back in my day, all our hens had names. Unfortunately you will not see 'Van Aert' on an egg carton. Something that I hope will change as more and more consumers are wanting to know their food source and who is being entrusted to deliver a superior product. Hey Sandra, I prefer my eggs soft-boiled too!

Plan ahead: The Early Summer issue hits the stores 8 weeks from today on Wednesday, May 2nd.


  1. Love the LCBO magazines and normally try to get one each time they come out. Trouble is...they go so fast one has to quick! You are right to plan ahead to get each issue.

    1. Hi Paula: There is a bit of a thrill grabbing the first magazine off the rack on release date just when the store opens. (We all have a sport we are good at.) I live within 1.7 kms of 3 LCBO outlets. A 'Booze Triangle' of sorts. So far, I have yet to be swallowed up!

  2. I have bookmarked so many recipes from the current issue. I like the cover, and the pictures are so nice.

    I usually go the morning the issue is released. In Orleans they disappeared really fast.

    1. Hi Helene: Maybe you will treat us to a blog post of some of those bookmarked recipes! You really do take such lovely pictures.

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