Fish and Cheese Are an Awesome Couple.

 

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When it comes to cooking, there are a few old-fashioned rules that most home cooks consider sacrosanct, and even though they don’t necessarily make sense, many observe them religiously. One old-school rule, now pretty much flouted by everyone, is the practice of serving red wine only with meat and white wine with fish. Another so-called fish-rule many of us grew up with was, “fish and cheese don’t go together.” Continue »



Less Beef, More Mushrooms

 

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Keep the beef – add mushrooms. Consider this new idea for changing your favourite dishes – adding mushrooms allows you to cut down on meat without going full on vegetarian. Consider mushrooms your gateway drug to a healthier diet.  Continue »



Now Is The Time for Pickling

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The tart relish known as Picalilli. Image courtesy of Well Preserved

 

Soon the bushel baskets will be arriving, full of plum tomatoes, wax beans, little eggplants the size of eggs – all of it just waiting to be pickled and preserved. Maybe this is something you do every year, spend a day making tomato sauce from scratch, or apricot jelly, or zucchini chow chow. Or maybe you’ve never done it before and each year, when you see those bushel baskets full of beautiful, freshly harvested produce, you get a feverish desire to make it happen this year.

What if you create a new strain of super duper botulism and kill the world?

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Big hugs to all the moms out there. You are the wind beneath our wings!

 

 



It’s A Wrap: Vegetarian Dolmadakia

 

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Almost everyone the world over loves wrapping food in food. A sandwich is basically a wrap, the filling snuggled between a soft bread exterior. We stuff our donairs and falafel  into pita, we wrap fresh veggies in rice paper and mung bean wrappers, we wrap food in tortillas made of corn and flour, and resourceful cooks everywhere have made an entire branch of regional cuisine out of wrapping foods in locally available vegetable leaves; lettuce wraps, cabbage rolls, tamales wrapped in corn husks, Chinese sticky rice in lotus leaves, stuffed collard greensSwiss chard ….the list goes on and on. And one of our favourite wraps, hailing from the middle east, the Balkans and Greece, is dolmadakia, stuffed grape leaves. Continue »