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The Mixed Tape

Pictured here is a mixed case I received from my friend Eric Savics, owner of Tantalus Winery in Kelowna B.C.      I used to play a lot of cassettes. I had a tape deck at home and I had one in my car. I even had a Walkman. I bought a lot of music in those days from Sam the Record Man on Yonge Street near Dundas. The cassettes got a lot of play. Sometimes the machine would eat them. What followed was a painstaking extraction of yards of tape from within the machine. What was particularly painful was if the mangled cassette happened to be a mixed tape that a friend had given me. Mixed tapes had a special appeal. The tracks selected always reflected the curator's passion in music, adapted to what they thought I might like. Sometimes mixed tapes were compiled by deejays who were of course immersed in music culture and would often introduce me to new sounds and genres of music.       I thought of this time in my life recently when I received a mixed case of wine for my birthday. Like music, the world of wine is so fascinating. I am most drawn to the kind of wineries that are usually family owned and run. They could be a local winery. Most of the time my work revolves around celebrating local so exploring the diverse landscape of wine being produced in Ontario is infinitely interesting and delicious. The same criteria applies for me when I look further afield, through an international lens at regions and small family run wineries that somehow express their passion through the wines they produce. I love wines that tell a story. A story of history, of the provenance of the grapes that went into the wine. It's a lot like the mixed tape. The story behind its genesis is equally as interesting as the music or the wine itself.      Alongside the LCBO, thankfully, there are many wine agents in the province of Ontario. I began to discover and support the work of agents in the province while I was at Palmerston restaurant back in the mid to late 80's. I continue to support wine agencies. The collection, or portfolio of wines an agent accumulates over time often begins with a passion for a particular region or the specific winegrower or estate that catches their attention. They provide a wonderful service to citizens of Ontario by traversing the globe, fostering relationships with wine growers and makers and ultimately convincing them to part with a small allotment of a rare gem to bring back to the Ontario market. The agents I have come to know over the years are invariably passionate and hardworking people who love gastronomy. They seek out like minded people in the wineries they strive to represent for us. They contribute greatly to the ever growing mosaic of excellence in wine we have available to us in this province. During the pandemic agents were now able to sell mixed cases of wine to the public. Previously wines could only be sold by the case of a single wine. This meant that folks could now benefit from a curated selection of wine from within an agent's portfolio. You can imagine my delight at receiving my mixed case for my special birthday. I will savour each bottle and pore over the label design and description of the wine on the label. I can even research the provenance of the wine on the agent's website. Wonderful!          This week in the larder I will be offering the following items: -Organic Chicken liver pâté -Liter of J.K. Beef Bone Broth -Liter of Butternut Squash Soup -J.K. Sausages -Pan ready, Marinated Hanger Steaks -Shepherd's Pie -J.K. Mayonnaise -Crab Apple Jelly  

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The Mixed Tape

Pictured here is a mixed case I received from my friend Eric Savics, owner of Tantalus Winery in ...

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Winter Reflections

In the meantime Jamie Kennedy Kitchens is pleased to announce a new larder delivery service for residents of Prince Edward County. Visit my online store at jamiekennedy.ca to view the list of "larder" items for sale each Monday from 12:00 pm, beginning Monday January 31st. 

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Winter Reflections

In the meantime Jamie Kennedy Kitchens is pleased to announce a new larder delivery service for r...

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Reflecting on the Season

The winds pick up. The dull grey clouds roll through. Even in the sunlight it doesn’t feel bright and the sun goes down at 4:30 in the afternoon. I had to shut the water down in the kitchen and barns and blow out the lines to prevent freezing and rupturing the pipes. I’m still tying down the vines to prepare the vineyard for its annual hibernation. It’s a different time now. It’s almost hard to imagine summer these days on the farm.

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Reflecting on the Season

The winds pick up. The dull grey clouds roll through. Even in the sunlight it doesn’t feel bright...

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Evidence of Transformation

I see evidence of transformation in many places. An intricately patterned caterpillar inching its way towards the ideal location to spin its cocoon and then to emerge, a graceful butterfly leaving the torn remnant of its former life behind. A lobster, its flesh pushing outwards beyond the capacity of its rigid carapace. It molts, shedding its shell and begins the next chapter of its life anew. Its new exoskeleton is vulnerable in the early going, growing harder and more protective in time. I think of these creatures in nature and wonder how people show outward signs of transformation.

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Evidence of Transformation

I see evidence of transformation in many places. An intricately patterned caterpillar inching its...

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Watching the Weathervane

I thought of Mary Poppins looking at the weathervane and seeing the arrow pointing to a new direction. In the movie this was her cue to pack her magical carpet bag and umbrella and move to a new place. I thought of this as I closed the shutters on the loafing barn windows this past Saturday night. I had never thought of doing this all summer as the weather had been warm and stable. Now I was feeling a change. A change of season from summer to fall. In Toronto, this feeling has for years coincided with the labour day weekend and the air show at the CNE. Here in Hillier it is more about the wind picking up and the clouds moving quickly across the night sky, obscuring and then revealing the waxing crescent moon.

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Watching the Weathervane

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J.K. The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook

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By ordering through us, you receive a copy signed by Chef Kennedy.

J.K. The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook
by Jamie Kennedy with Ivy Knight; photography by Jo Dickins
Harpercollins Canada, 2014

This reprint of the first edition features a new front and back cover.


Canada's most celebrated chef reveals his food and his story.

No chef in Canada is more respected for his devotion to local, seasonal, sustainable gastronomy, and his relentless pursuit to define and celebrate Canada's unique regional culinary character, than Jamie Kennedy. Kennedy has been at the forefront of Canada's farm-to-table, slow food and local food movements. In this journey, he has helped to nurture and strengthen the community of like-minded producers, chefs and consumers. Moreover, he has inspired others to join him in following this traditional yet revolutionary philosophy. Throughout his illustrious and sometimes challenging career, JK has always held the same truths to be fundamental to his food. With JK: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook, he offers everyone a taste of his extraordinary cooking. From his early days cooking at The Three Small Rooms in Toronto to Scaramouche and on to his own restaurants, the Palmerston, the ROM, JK Wine Bar and Gilead, among others, his food has evolved, but his outlook has never wavered. From French fries to Cornish hen galantines, from rhubarb jellies to pickled ramps, JK's philosophy of simplicity and pleasure shines through. In this celebration of Canadian food, Jamie Kennedy also reveals much about his life's work, his challenges and successes, and his engagement in a culinary and cultural revolution. Soupstock, Empty Bowls and Local Food Movement dinners, all essential events on the foodie calendar, are part of Jamie's signature "food fight" for food security, supporting local producers and feeding the underserved.

Jamie Kennedy, in his food and his life's work, is a quietly radical, deeply committed activist. His passions are evident in this extraordinary cookbook. Written with Canada's cutting edge culinary writer Ivy Knight, and featuring the stunning photography of Jo Dickins, J.K.: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook will turn heads, open minds and have readers running to their kitchens to start cooking magnificent food.

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By ordering through us, you receive a copy signed by Chef Kennedy. J.K. The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook by Jamie Kennedy with Ivy Knight; photography by Jo DickinsHarpercollins Canada, 2014 This repri...

J.K. The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook

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