Sometimes the less expensive cuts of meat yield the best flavor –– you just need to understand how to cook them.
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I just had the best night ever, filled with new friends, wine and most importantly, delicious food. A small group of impassioned home cooks were able to gather together and share recipes from Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey by Robyn Eckhardt.
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I do! It’s one of my “musts” when I travel anywhere. I enjoy searching for regional faves and “exotic” items that I can bring home to experiment with later. Local supermarkets are also a great place to buy gifts for your family and friends.
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This weekend I took part in Cherry Bombe Magazine’s Women’s International Supper Club and had a blast. This virtual dinner party was a way to get women together to cook, eat and connect with one another. I came up with a menu based on the recipes in the newly released Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook and I even made up a recipe of my own for the occasion: Rabbit Marsala With Tart Cherries. Guys, it. Was. Amazing.
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This dish was inspired by Mariacristina Lubrano from @coochinando, her version is Paccheri con Sugo alla Pescatrice (Monkfish), she gave me a few tips on how to prepare this dish and I took the liberty of mixing a bit of Canadiana (Haddock) with Italian (Paccheri and Tomato Sauce) and the results were delicious. As you eat, close your eyes and imagine you’re in Italy sitting on a sunny terrace listening to the waves of the sea crash the shoreline.
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Last night we watched “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” on Netflix. If you love to cook and eat there is nothing not to love about this film. A travelogue meets culinary history and a sparkling show of local food, extraordinary chefs, rich olive oil, shimmering fresh fish, bustling markets and a good explanation of the differences in Ashkenazi and Sephardic flavours.
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I planned to make cabbage rolls for dinner, but when it came time to start cooking, I couldn’t get excited about the process of filling and rolling each leaf of cabbage into tidy parcels. The idea to make one giant stuffed cabbage struck me and I went with it, bigger is better right?
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Walk west on College Street just past Clinton and you’ll stumble across the BEST fried chicken sandwich in Toronto. Look for the “Fried Chicken Sandwiches” sign and you know you’ve arrived at P.G Clucks, or if you’re anything like me, let your nose lead the way because you may smell it before you spot the tiny walk up window just past the College Street Theatre.
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One of life’s greatest pleasures is dessert and for those of you who love something sweet, but lack baking skills, you’re in luck! Made from mascarpone, eggs, ladyfingers, coffee and chocolate, tiramisu is a no-bake delight.
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The brisk morning air sent a memorable chill through me as I walked the dog on our morning jaunt. The sunshine dappled through the almost changing leaves and there was that sense of seasonal change in the breeze. Nostalgia grabbed a hold of me and my thoughts turned to Paris. I visited once in early October and today reminded me of that trip. My mind flooded with all the things I cherished in that city, but between you and me, I wanted to dislike it, because everyone loves Paris, but once there, how could I object to something so wonderful!?
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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” –– Leonardo da Vinci
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Guys, I made this incredible lazy-girl dinner the other day and it was pretty darn good, so I must share. I cleverly call it Chaat Nachos, because it’s a riff on India’s popular street food snack chaat… but in the guise of nachos.
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Tucked away on the backside of Chinatown lies a tiny enclave of brick residential homes and a smattering of sidewalk cafes and restaurants, with a temperament that extends off the hippie vibe of Kensington market, but in a grown up way. This is Baldwin Village. For Torontonians, it’s where the infamous 2-for-1 Chinese fried lobster special from Wah Sing resides. It’s also home to a sweet gelato shop featuring Asian-flavored gelato.
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It was a rainy afternoon-turned-evening and I was faced with the struggle of rummaging up something to eat. I was alone, and cooking for one is never that exciting (to me), I find a sweet pleasure in cooking for others, witnessing their satisfaction with each bite as your sign of endearment. Before I lamented at the thought of cooking for myself, a recipe popped into my mind, shifting my thoughts to excitement. It’s one that I’ve wanted to try and just so happened to be the perfect meal to brighten up this grey day, plus it was simple, really simple.
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I remember my first tramezzino.
We were out-skirting the Northern edge of Parma in a silver Fiat Panda on our way to a quaint place called Bagnacavallo. We made a pit stop at an Autogrill, my first brush with Italy’s famed road side stop.
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What’s packed with flavor, can be eaten on the go, is made fresh right before your eyes and only costs $2.50… did I mention that it comes on a delicious French baguette?
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