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Dorie Greenspan Bistrot Paul Bert steak

French Fridays with Dorie: Bistrot Paul Bert pepper steak

I was so excited to see this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe –  Bistrot Paul Bert pepper steak (pp 238-239).  We don’t eat that much red meat these days, though I do love a good steak.  When we do, we buy from Rowe Farms, where we can be sure that the animals led happy […]

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Not the Daring Bakers: it’s ok to say no

No, it’s not the Daring Bakers today though the 27th of every month, it usually is.  But not today.  Because I wasn’t enamoured with the challenge, because I don’t have to. Because it’s ok to say no.  So I challenged myself to make chocolates instead.  But this post is about more than just the Daring […]

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Kitchen Bootcamp: White bean mash

For this month’s Kitchen Bootcamp, Jen challenged us to work with legumes or grains.  I was pleased this challenge did not come earlier in the year because after our trip to Mexico at Christmas, we were a little “beaned out” – having eaten some form of beans with pretty much every meal. They really are […]

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French Fridays with Dorie: Mustard bâtons

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe – Mustard Bâtons (p. 15) was yet another recipe I was able to make during a study break.  I took the puff pastry out of the freezer early afternoon and we were munching on these by apéritif time… Another simple, “make-aheadable” Dorie recipe, this simply involves rolling out […]

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Les Petits Chefs make pumpkin ravioli from The Whole Family Cookbook

This week, Les Petits Chefs worked on a quick and easy dinner idea from The Whole Family Cookbook that had endless flavour combination possibilities – pumpkin ravioli made in won ton wrappers.  I love the simple sophistication of this dish and so did the boys. I was excited to teach them how to make ravioli […]

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How to make macarons: what’s working for me right now

For those of you who read this blog regularly, you will know that macarons are one of my obsessions. Some of you may remember a couple of my early attempts (here, here, and here), then the epiphany of the class at Lenôtre in Paris. Following that class, I had a number of successes and I […]

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