Save The Bees, Don’t Kill Dandelions

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If you’re like many North Americans, you grew up thinking dandelions were evil weeds, hell-bent on invading and destroying that hallmark of suburban bliss, the front lawn. But it turns out dandelions are actually pretty wonderful and amazing plants which should be celebrated rather than berated. Dandelions are flourishing now, and the vigorous plant survives all summer long, and is a delicious food source for bees and humans, so rather than fight them, why not make peace with them? Continue »



Summertime Classics: Open-Faced Sandwiches

 

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Left to right: tomato with herb aoli, avocado and red onion with parsley and sunflower seeds, pickled beets with red bean dip and blue cheese

 

It is finally beautiful enough to dine al fresco, and for lunches and afternoon snacks, few things hit the spot like a delicious sandwich on your favourite bread. When preparing take-away lunches or picnics, the traditional closed sandwich packs better, but when dining at home -on the patio or in the backyard- open-faced sandwiches are where it’s at. Continue »



If You Truly Love Steak…

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Did you know that droolworthy is a word? Well it is, it’s in the Oxford dictionary and everything. And if you’re a lover of steak, and cookbooks about steak, droolworthy just may be the most perfect word to describe Rob Firing’s latest offering, Steak Revolution, on bookstore shelves now, just in time for grilling season.  Continue »



The Best Dumpling In The World…

photo by Archana's Kitchen

 

A bold statement to be sure, but one made nonetheless by Roads & Kingdoms Executive Editor Anup Kaphle in his latest newsletter to readers.

If you’re not familiar with R&K, it is a James Beard award winning publication started by some serious journalists, foreign correspondents from Time magazine no less, who wanted to focus on food and politics. They can count Anthony Bourdain on their editorial board, where he oversees a longform series called Dispatched. It is the most exciting globe-trotting food writing being published anywhere right now.

Longform journalism is great and all, but I lured you in here with talk of dumplings, so let’s get back to that… Continue »



Nutritional Yeast: Not Just Another Pretty Face

 

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Okay, let’s face it, nutritional yeast is not much to look at. Maybe Shreck would use it to garnish his gruel, but other than that, nutritional yeast is one of those ingredients that is destined to be esteemed for its health benefits not its visual appeal. Continue »