Winter Panzanella Instead Of Stuffing

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We love Panzanella, the classic Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes, capers, olives and fresh basil, and even though it’s largely considered a summer dish, it’s exciting to know that there are winter versions that rival their summer cousin. Continue »



Diner Style Meatloaf FTW!

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There are some dinners that seem out of place if you have them at home, dinners with a “blue-plate special” appeal to them. Hot turkey or hot roast beef sandwiches, Shepherd’s pie, and liver and onions are just a few of the daily specials we might expect to see when stopping at a favourite truck stop or diner. And perhaps at the top of that list is meatloaf, a much loved comfort food that is almost impossible for most meat-eaters to resist. Continue »



The Subtle Joys of Lemongrass

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Lemongrass is one of our favourite herbs, adding a subtle yet distinctive lemony fragrance to much of the cuisine that hails from Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. Basically, if you want to cook a curry or soup or stew with coconut milk, you’d better not forget the lemongrass! Continue »



Romesco, The Well Tempered Accompaniment

A classic romesco from Simply Recipes

A classic romesco from Simply Recipes

 

Romesco sauce has its origins in Catalonia, Spain, first used by the fishermen of Tarragonia to accompany their daily catch. The wonderful thing about romesco is that it highlights flavour profiles of a particular main, allowing the distinctive character of the “star” to shine, without overpowering it.  In this way, romesco is to main courses what Coenraad V Bos, the great piano accompanist was to sopranos. Bos, who titled his autobiography, “The Well-Tempered Accompanist.” knew his role as the perfect partner. Continue »



The Best Biscuits for Strawberry Shortcake

 

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One of the most fun things about being a home cook is tinkering with favourite recipes, trying to achieve perfection. And when the main ingredient is Ontario strawberries, which are perfect this year, you want to leave no stone unturned in your search for the perfect shortcake recipe. Continue »