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Food: September 2012 Archives

The Peppermaster: taking the fear out of chillies

greg-with-scorpion-chilli-pepper.jpgAt 9:00 this morning,  the First Annual Chile Fiesta gets underway in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.

It will be presided over by a man who's known as the Peppermaster.

His real name is Greg Brooks. He's the owner and executive chef of his own line of Peppermaster hot sauces in Rigaud. And Greg says he's been eating, working with and selling hot chillies since he was 8 years old in the Bahamas.

This morning he's here to demystify the chilli pepper for those of us who fear them.

**Once you've finished listening, go to Greg's Pepper Popper recipe on the next page!

(Photo of Greg with scorpion chilli pepper; courtesy of Greg Brooks)

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Derek Bocking's harvest menu

Derek Bocking's cinnamon chicken.jpgAfter a long sultry summer, this week, we finally felt that chill in the air. It's officially the fall.

We might not all be thrilled about the change in temperature. But along with cold weather, comes cold-weather food. And THAT is something to get excited about.

Our resident chef Derek Bocking is back to give us a couple of recipes to make this seasonal transition a little easier.

Derek's the sous-chef at the Montreal restaurant Ma Grosse Truie Cherie. And he writes a food blog called Derek's Kitchen.

Today he shows us how to make Cinnamon Chicken with Buttercup Squash -  and for a starter, Homemade Pickled Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Walnuts....

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Celebrity cook Stefano Faita: preserving autumn

Stefano Faita on CBC TV.jpgThe big question for cooks at this time of year is how to take advantage of a short, savoury season of local vegetables.

To help us answer it this weekend, we've invited in Stefano Faita.

He's the host of "In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita" on CBC TV and the author of three best-selling cookbooks. And at his Montreal cooking school Mezza Luna - and at home - he celebrates Italian cuisine.

Stefano says there are three vegetables that Italians preserve at this time of year - tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplant.

He spoke with Elizabeth Robertson about how they do that.

Basic tomato Sauce recipe 

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