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French Fridays with Dorie: Spiced squash, fennel, and pear soup

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe is yet another example of why I love Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French Table. It’s a a wonderfully complex soup in flavour yet one that is so easy to make. It fills the house with the wonderful fall aromas of roasted squash, fennel and spices – ginger, cumin […]

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Composed Salad of Greens, Goat Cheese, and Caramelized Pecans Jacques Pepin recipe

Essential Pepin: Composed salad of greens, goat cheese and caramelized pecans

Yup, the sun sets early here in Toronto now we are back to winter time. And so begins the 5 months of a very narrow window on the weekends in which to take photos for my blog. Sigh.  In any case, we can hardly complain since the temperature this past weekend was gorgeous – blue […]

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French Fridays with Dorie: Twenty-minute honey-glazed duck breasts

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie dish – 20 minute honey glazed duck breasts – really proved that you don’t need a whole lot of time or fancy ingredients to create a gourmet meal.  I mean, who ever heard of duck breast ready to eat in 20 minutes? To tell you the truth, though, it […]

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French Fridays with Dorie: Pissaladière

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, pissaladière is a version of pizza, popular in southern France, topped with caramelized (nearly puréed) onions, garlic, olives and anchovies.  Anchovies being one of my least favourite foods in the world, I switched these out for some oven roasted tomatoes (the last few from this summer’s crop), and […]

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Kathleen Flinn's The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

Kathleen Flinn: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

I was very excited to be offered a review copy of Kathleen Flinn’s latest book, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School recently. Not only did I love Flinn’s first book, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, but I had the great pleasure to meet her (albeit briefly) last summer in Seattle at IFBC.  She’s […]

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