Fall, fun and a ton of food….

If you need an excuse to visit Muskoka, bring your appetite to:logo-without-yellow-text-300x291

Click here for What’s Cooking Bracebridge weekend schedule and to purchase tickets.

For more information on Muskoka Brewery and tours – click here.


Click here for link to Muskoka Cottage Trays. Original, custom, serving trays made with kiln dried laminated pine. Handcrafted in Bracebridge.

Pumpkin Hummus


Enjoy the festive flavours of autumn with this healthy and delicious dip.

1 can (540 mL/19 oz) white kidney beans, drained and rinsed

3/4 cup (175 mL) pure pumpkin puree (*not pumpkin pie filling)

2 tsp (10 mL) each; minced garlic and minced fresh ginger

½ tsp (2 mL) salt

¼ tsp (1 mL) cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg and fresh cracked pepper

1/4 cup (60 mL) orange juice

1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil

*dried cranberries and green pumpkin seeds for garnish

Place beans in bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped. Add pumpkin puree, garlic, ginger, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper. Pulse until mixture is well combined, scraping down sides of bowl when needed. With motor running, drizzle in orange juice and olive oil.  Pulse until very smooth. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. To serve; place hummus in serving dish (*for a festive autumn flare: hollow out a very small pie pumpkin and use as a serving “dish”) and garnish with chopped cranberries and pumpkin seeds.  Serve with crackers, toasted pita wedges and veggie sticks. *Makes a delicious leftover turkey sandwich spread also.  Makes 3 cups (750 mL).

No Bake Peanut Pumpkin Pie Bars


No Bake Peanut Pumpkin Pie Bars – no need to fuss with pastry this Thanksgiving! Click here for the recipe.

Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime York Region, CHCH Morning Live, Canada AM & Breakfast Television and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing DSC_1081her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and running.

Join Charmaine in beautiful Muskoka on Friday, September 30th, 2016 for What’s Cooking Bracebridge.  Click here for more information.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind. For more tasty recipes visit www.charmainebroughton.com

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