Thursday, August 20, 2015


Romance by the Recipe

Moments of a savoury summer and suggestions for entertaining with outdoor movies, campfire times and cards by candlelight

By Daniel St. Germaine, Metro Ontario


ummer is all about delicious local and seasonal food, our incredible Ontario communities, and unforgettable summer moments together.  To help Ontarians enjoy the final weeks of summer, Metro has created a menu using delicious local produce to complement those quintessential moments – like campfires, outdoor movie nights, and big backyard dinners.


Each recipe offers a contemporary update on seasonal classics, inspired by the goodness of local produce. These sophisticated recipes are simple and fun to make.


The Let's Taste Summer Menu was developed in partnership with Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh, founders of the popular food blog Sweet Potato Chronicles and authors of the bestselling cookbook How to Feed a Family.


The recipes below are organized into moments and offer a contemporary spin on the traditional seasonal fare. More recipes like these are available on


Summer Afternoon Picnic

Why not find new reasons to pack a picnic and get outside? Weekend afternoons in the park, outdoor music concerts, or even a weekday dinner on a beautiful night can all be prime picnic opportunities.


• Pressed sandwich with fresh roasted peppers and olives

• Fresh rolls with veggies or seasonal fruit

• Creamy potato salad with Ontario potatoes


Movie Night Under the Stars

Whether at home in the back yard, the local park, or at Dundas Square - outdoor movie nights have become a part of the Ontario summer experience. The most important of any movie night? – the snacks!


• Sweet and savoury popcorn

• Sweet potato chips with honey yogurt dipping sauce

• Grape salsa and corn chips


Barbeque Night

Kick-up your grill game with a fresh take on barbeque standards that are simple enough for anyone to make at home. These recipes take classic barbeque fare like burgers, skewers, and slaw and update them for the modern, trend-conscious pallet.


• Pressed sandwich with fresh roasted peppers and olives

• Fresh rolls with veggies or seasonal fruit

• Creamy potato salad with Ontario potatoes


• Chicken chili burger

• Salmon and zucchini skewers

• Shrimp tacos with red Ontario cabbage slaw


Campfire Time

Campfires are an Ontario tradition and a quintessential summer moment – whether you're on a camping trip, at the beach, or in your back yard. Lots of urban parks across Canada even allow you to rent a fire pit for an evening. Once your fire is burning, indulge in some of these delicious fireside treats.


• Skillet s'mores dip

• Ontario cherry hand pies.

• Fresh Ontario peach popsicles


Big Backyard Dinner

The time for outdoor entertaining is upon us. Hosting outdoor dinners for family and friends is one of the most enjoyable and memorable parts of the season – but it can also be a challenge. Find inspiration with these healthy and colourful recipes that are sure to impress your guests.


• Kale salad with chicken, blueberries, pecans, and goat cheese

•Shrimp and vegetable spaghetti

•Ontario peach and blueberry crostata


Find all kinds of recipes and ideas here.


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About Metro Inc.

With annual sales of over $11 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO INC. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Quebec and Ontario, where it operates a network of more than 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drug stores under the Brunet, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.



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