Rita DeMontis, Toronto Sun

Rita DeMontis is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Toronto Sun for more than three decades. She is currently the senior national Lifestyle and Food Editor for the Sun Media chain, a division of Postmedia Network. She also has a weekend radio show, Dishing with DeMontis, on Sirius XM Canada Talks! Ch. 167, spent many years on Newstalk 1010, and has appeared regularly on CITY-TV'S Breakfast Television, Global TV, CTV Canada AM, CityLine and Food Network Canada. DeMontis has also been interviewed on both CNN and the BBC and hosted her own national cooking show called CUCINAetc. She has an extensive volunteer background, belongs to several professional groups and has sat on various boards. DeMontis has been a keynote speaker on many occasions and has lectured periodically for York University as well as several marketing associations. She was also honoured in a national Canadian book celebrating 32 of the most influential Canadian women of Italian origin. Before working for the Toronto Sun, DeMontis spent several years with TV Guide Magazine.

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Easy Upside Down Cake. (Handout)

Pineapple recipes for summer entertaining

Pineapple's perfect any time of year, but it's particularly fabulous during hot summer months. For starters - it just tastes like the tropics! It's sweet and juicy, with a refreshing crunch that gets your mouth watering immediately. It's full of goodness, vitamin C and, at only 80 calories for a cup, a real treat. Pineapples are terrific fresh, jui

Dan Levy and his Caesar

Canuck actor says Hail, Caesar

SUDDENLY, A CAESAR! And what a Caesar, created exclusively by famed Canadian actor and comedian Dan Levy, of Schitt’s Creek fame.

Food Network star and Eat St. host James Cunningham. (Handout)

Grilled cheese greatness: That perfect marriage between melt and mm-good!

We're giving you ample notice that National Grilled Cheese Day is coming up next Wednesday, April 12 - a day to celebrate this humble fare whose history dates back to the early 1900s, later becoming part of the menu on many a WWII navy ship, where slices of cheese were smacked between bread and grilled into ooey-gooey goodness.

Wine poached beets with berries and micro-greens. (Jagger Gordon photo)

Oscar-worthy dishes: Yearly awards ritual makes for worthy menu ideas

Time to make reservations for a night out with Oscar! The 89th Academy Awards is coming up this Sunday, Feb. 26, at the famed Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and the stress is on to see whose wearing what, whose going to trip on the red carpet, what's Jimmy Kimmel have planned for this year's soiree - and whose going home with the little golden statue.

Captain Morgan spiced rum punch.

Toasting year's end: Perfect New Year's Eve cocktails

Christmas has come and gone, and now we're gearing up for the party of the year. New Year's Eve can be a big blow out affair, or a handful of close friends or just yourself with a good book and a celebratory drink.

Fruit Cake Brownie Cookies.

4 cookies to make for Santa

This is the week where everything you thought you had time to do - you don't have time to do! Last-minute wrapping and baking and the thousand and one details to attend to.

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Top food trends in 2017: Tumeric, plant proteins and meal kits going mainstream

Every year around this time, we start looking at the food trends we've enjoyed - and the foods coming our way in the new year. Yes eternal favourites, like cupcakes, do have staying power, but algae didn't quite make that big splash everyone was anticipating. Forbes is reporting kale is past its prime, and full fat is where it's at for the next lit

CLASSIC SHORTBREAD WITH SEA SALT

December 4 is National Cookie Day

This Sunday Dec. 4 is National Cookie Day - but, seriously, do we need just one day to celebrate this awesome event?

<p><b>SOUTHWESTERN BEEF STEAK WITH SUCCOTASH SAUTE</p></b> <p>Make this recipe with your favourite grilling steak such as T-bone, porterhouse, top sirloin rib eye or rib.</p> <p>Southwest Beef Steak</p> <p>1 lb. (.45 kg) beef grilling steak, 3/4 to 1-inch thick</p> <p>1 tsp. (5 mL) Cajun spice* (recipe to follow)</p> <p>1 tsp. (5 mL) ground cumin</p> <p>1/4 tsp. (1 mL) salt</p> <p>1/4 tsp. (1 mL) hot pepper flakes</p> <p>Succotash Saute</p> <p>2 Tbsp. (30 mL) butter</p> <p>2 cloves garlic, minced</p> <p>1 cob corn, kernels removed from cob (or 3/4 cup (175mL) frozen corn)</p> <p>2 small zucchinis, sliced</p> <p>1 small sweet red pepper, diced</p> <p>1/3 cup (75 mL) shelled, cooked edamame</p> <p>1/4 cup (50 mL) fresh parsley or chives, minced</p> <p>*Cajun Spice</p> <p>1/4 tsp. (1 mL) EACH paprika, dried oregano, garlic powderand dried thyme</p> <p>Southwest Beef Steak: Combine Cajun spice, cumin, salt and pepper flakes in small bowl. Set aside half of mixture. Sprinkle both sides of steak with remaining mixture.</p> <p>Grill steak over medium-high heat, about 10 minutes, turning twice or more for medium-rare 145°F/63°C). Remove to plate; cover loosely with foil. Let stand for five minutes before slicing thinly across the grain. Serve with Succotash Saute.</p> <p>Succotash Saute: In large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic, corn, zucchini, red pepper, shelled cooked edamame and reserved seasoning mix (Cajun spice, cumin, salt and pepper flakes). Cook, stirring occasionally until just tender, about eight minutes. Add fresh parsley or chives. </p> <p>Serves 4-6.</p>

Beefing up the holiday menu

It's mid-November, but many are already searching for memorable dishes to create for the holiday season.

Deliciously scary Halloween treats

Halloween's coming up! Doesn't matter if you're a kid, or a kid at heart - there's something so heart-thumping about dressing up and getting spooked.

Pasta in Sardinia. (Photo: Rita DeMontis)

Secrets of Sardinia: Recent adventure full of delicious flavour

It's dusk and my travel colleague - the New York-based James Beard award-winning cookbook author and journalist Julia della Croce - and I are walking the spectacular, stoned streets of Alghero, on the western coast of Sardinia. We've ventured into the old, walled part of town, near the 13th century port, where the atmosphere is r

st patricks day recipes

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with these delicious recipes

St. Patrick's Day is coming March 17, a day to wear green and eat green as we celebrate the famous old saint from the Emerald Isle - green being the Irish national colour, symbolic of the country's lush landscape, not to mention the vibrant hue of shamrocks and leprechauns.

valentine chocolate recipes

Chocolate recipes to impress your Valentine

Chocolate for Valentine's Day? The day was just meant for this delicious treat. It's an ingredient that was just meant for romance - taking an exquisite bite into good quality chocolate gives you a rush of feel-good endorphins and heightens your sense of well-being.

(L)Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports & AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Something sweet for Super Bowl Sunday

The perfect antidote for the winter blues is coming up this Sunday - yes, Super Bowl Sunday! - and a special one at that, celebrating its 50th year.