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Amanda Riva

Owner, The Hot Plate

Amanda Riva is a recipe developer, food stylist, and owner of The Hot Plate. Named one of Saveur Magazine's Top 100 Home Cooks, her mission is to inspire culinary confidence and help food lovers make great food and eat well. Follow The Hot Plate's adventures in the kitchen on Twitter @thehotplate.
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Top 10 Gluten Free Restaurants in Toronto

Dining out and gluten-intolerant? A tricky combination. Like a maze loaded with wheat-filled landmines, the city is a hotbed of restaurants claiming to be celiac-friendly. Don't stress, gluten-free foodies! We have a condensed Toronto survival guide of the best spots to dine in a wheat-filled city.
05/25/2013 08:38 EDT
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Traveller With a Gluten Allergy? Use This Handy Guide

Alright! It's time to start planning your summer vacation! For those of you with celiac disease or other gluten intolerance this can often pose a problem (or at least barrier). To help, we've selected a few of the world's most spoken languages and created 11 translations to help you explain that you have an allergy to gluten and what foods contain it.
05/23/2013 05:35 EDT
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The Foods That Help You Break Down Vitamins

Keeping track of what you should and shouldn't be eating is hard enough! When we start throwing supplements into the mix, it gets even more confusing! We've developed this easy to follow chart to help you better understand what foods help breakdown those vitamins and make it easier for your bodies to absorb them.
05/19/2013 11:57 EDT
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Understanding Gluten-Free Flours: An Infographic

For a lot of people, one look at an aisles-worth of flour and flour alternatives is enough to have them turning their cart around and heading straight for the pre-made bakery goods or a fruit tray. Never fear! We've got them all listed for you in a neat little infographic.
05/09/2013 08:14 EDT

The Sweeter Side of Going Gluten Free

If you're like us, you most look forward to the sweets at the end of a meal. Dessert makes everything better, even if it's just a small treat to pick you up in the middle of a rough day. And what swee...
05/08/2013 03:47 EDT
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Weeknight Meals Made Easy

Weeknight dinners can be stressful to plan, especially if you work late or have kids' schedules to work around. looking for dinner options that use just a few ingredients, makes life easier. In this case we like to call it the half-homemade approach. These easy recipes will keep meals from being stressful and keep you out of the kitchen longer!
02/28/2013 12:40 EST
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A Christmas Gift Guide for the Foodie in Your Life

That time of year is finally here again, can you believe it? Our 12 days of Christmas guide will show an awesome gift for anyone you are shopping for. Whether it's for your super healthy sister or your gadget-obsessed friend, these gifts will be sure to satisfy their kitchen needs!
12/11/2012 12:23 EST
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How I Became a Walking Latke

My mom would make Latkes once during the eight days of Hanukkah and she would schedule it on the calendar so that she was fully prepared. When I would wear my coat the next day to school my locker, my hair, my book-bag and me would smell like these potato pancakes. I was basically a walking latke.
12/09/2012 12:10 EST
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The Staple Ingredient You Eat 73 Pounds of a Year

As one of the most consumed ingredients on the planet the potato can be used in an endless amount of dishes and literally enjoyed all year 'round. Sometimes the vast amount of varieties can seem daunting. When faced with hundreds of choices, which to choose? Here's a fool-proof guide to deciphering the qualities of these types so you'll be a potato-pro during your next trip to the supermarket!
11/29/2012 12:09 EST
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How to Cook Using Nuts

There is no question that when it comes to nuts we are (pun intended) nuts for them. Nuts provide lots of powerful health benefits and are easy to pack as a quick snack on the move. Here are just a few reason to start noshing on nuts every day...
11/23/2012 05:15 EST
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Recipes to Try Before the A-pork-calypse

Caused by the sharp incline of the hog's feed prices, many farmers in the Midwest are finding it unprofitable to continue raising pigs for meat purposes. In response to this bacon shortage doomsday, we decided to put together some of our favourite pork-inspired dishes and creations to pay homage to this loveable ingredient.
11/07/2012 12:16 EST

Welcome and Bienvenue to the Cocoa Cabaret

If we had to idealize our idea of heaven, the first impression after entering the Cocoa Cabaret chocolate ball would be a pretty close description. And really, would you expect anything less from the event that consists of nothing but the celebration of chocolate in all of its fantastic forms?
10/25/2012 10:51 EDT
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How to Pick Your Perfect Pumpkin

Remember the age-old tale of Cinderella and her pumpkin carriage? It turns out that the magical gourd that delivered her to the prince wasn't a completely impossible fantasy. The current world record for the largest pumpkin ever grown rests at a hefty 1,810 lbs. Just imagine how many pumpkin pies that could make...Here are some other great facts about picking and cooking pumpkins.
10/25/2012 07:48 EDT
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Six New Uses for Mason Jars

This day and age, the Mason jar is considered more as a heritage piece. Though still used by some for holding and preserving jams, spreads, vegetables and other stored foods, a trend has arisen that sees the jar in a whole new light. It can serve as an aesthetically appealing container for food storage. a creative object for entertainment purposes, a component to DIY projects and even as a glass for artistically presented beverage displays. The options are literally endless!
10/22/2012 12:25 EDT
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Which Potato Chips Are Healthiest?

We aren't here to debate how the potato chip came to be, but instead to compare its evolution into healthier options. With the average American eating close to 5 pounds of potato chips each year and almost 1.2 billion pounds as a nation, studies reveal that Canadians may not be that far behind. There are two important factors to remember when purchasing "healthier" products.
10/11/2012 12:11 EDT
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Step Aside Strawberries, it's Pear Season

As the season rapidly changes, we have to say farewell to both warm days and the beloved seasonal fruits that go along with them. Goodbye, juicy watermelon. So long, luscious strawberries. But chin up fruit lovers, there's a new star in town! Pears! The deliciously fresh and lightly sweet quality of pears can be enjoyed in countless recipes and served in the comfort of your own home this fall season.
10/10/2012 12:06 EDT

Not One for Turkey? Thanksgiving Alternatives

Thanksgiving doesn't just mean turkey time. New traditions and main course ideas are always surfacing. Not up for roasting a turkey this year, or just looking for something new? We've got some great dish ideas that will leave you feeling festive and satisfied without the mess and mayhem of a whole turkey.
10/04/2012 12:16 EDT
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The Top 10 Foods That Make You Bloat

We all know that salt and sugar are recipes for disaster if you are trying to avoid bloating. What you may not realize is that junk food isn't the only culprit. That's right, even healthy, fibre-rich vegetables can cause painful bloating leaving you feeling like you've just wolfed down a Big Mac. Nix these 10 items from your diet and you'll be strutting a new slimmer and trimmer you in just two weeks!
10/04/2012 12:14 EDT