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French Fridays with Dorie: Shrimp & grapefruit salad

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was supposed to be Crab and Grapefruit Salad (pp 134-135) but when I came to make it, I realised that I had shrimp in the freezer and figured it would be just as good.  I’m all about using up what we have in the fridge right now so […]

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Everything’s better with butter!

As most readers of this blog will know, butter is a great friend of the eat. live. travel. write. household.  We would rather eat less of a better quality product, than relegate ourselves to eating petroleum byproducts.  So when I was in Florida at Food Blog Forum last week, Mr Neil was delighted to be […]

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“Baroness” potatoes (aka the poor cousin of the Duchess)

When I saw that Jen had challenged us to work with potatoes this month for Kitchen Bootcamp, I knew immediately what I wanted to make. Lately, I have been craving little golden baked puffs of potato-ey perfection – I was reading a vintage cookbook and came across a picture and it brought me back to […]

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Chicons au gratin

As many of you who read this blog regularly know, one of my favourite things to do is try to recreate dishes I discover on my travels once I am home.  Today in my third post for Liberté, I’m recreating a classic Belgian dish – Chicons au gratin – basically endives wrapped in ham, slathered […]

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French Fridays with Dorie: Cocoa sablés

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie introduced me to cocoa sablés (pp 402-403) – basically a chocolate shortbread, studded with finely chopped dark chocolate. It’s buttery and melts in your mouth, even cut thick like Dorie suggests (she calls them “substantial”), though she does say that if you cut them thinner, you can make ice […]

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Macarons at Nadege in Toronto

Macaron Day 2012 (Toronto)

You have NO idea how excited I was to find out that Le Jour du Macaron was finally coming to Toronto this year. Hurrah!  After reading posts like these about all the fun my friends were having during New York’s Macaron Days, I couldn’t wait to participate.  Better still, it was taking place in my […]

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