Recipes

Caramel Apple Icebox Trifle
Caramel Apple Icebox Trifle

The holidays are rushing in and the panicked questions have begun. With crazed eyes and shaking voices, friends ask me for easy holiday recipes to take to a party or serve their own guests. They always say "easy" with extra emphasis, pausing before and after...

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Apple Roasted Cornish Hens | Improv Recipe

This improv recipe is a testament to my impulse shopping, poor sense of timing and the power of the common cold. Impulse shopping:  A few months ago, I found fresh Cornish hens at the butcher shop. As I stood at the meat counter waiting to be...

Navy Bean Soup make in a slow cooker by The Messy Baker.
Smoky Navy Bean Soup

In my early teens, I had a brief but passionate flirtation with tinned Bean with Bacon soup. My mom, like a sensible parent, didn't try to talk me out of my crush. She figured I'd eventually come to my senses, and let me ride things...

Cheddar with Avocado, Lime and Shell Pasta
Mac and Cheese Makeover | Cheddar, Avocado, Lime & Shell Pasta

Some cookbooks have a way of breathing life into everyday ingredients. Some produce delicious dishes you will turn to again and again. Others peek into foreign worlds — celebrity kitchens, orchard tours, or chef-approved culinary techniques. Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese by Stephanie...

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Burma: Rivers of Flavour – An interview with Naomi Duguid

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Naomi Duguid about her award-winning book Burma: Rivers of Flavor (Random House ©2012). In April, the book won the IACP award for Culinary Travel, and just last week was awarded Gold by Taste Canada —The Food Writing Awards...

Elizabeth Baird
Elizabeth Baird and Schnitz Pie

Go to your bookshelf. Pull out your most dog-eared, battered, and beloved cookbooks. Who wrote them? If you're Canadian, chances are at least one of them is by Elizabeth Baird and her intrepid team at the Canadian Living Test Kitchen. How many bear her name?...

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Tomatillo Chicken – An Unexpected Canadian Harvest

When I was a child, my mother had a vegetable garden in the side yard. She grew runner beans and radishes, beets and Swiss chard. I remember neat rows of fancy-topped chives whose pungent smell drove me away, and giant bunches of rhubarb that whispered...

Sunken Dark-Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Fool
Alice Eats Sunken Dark-Chocolate Cake

Describing this cookbook as unconventional would be misleading. It doesn't contain outrageously challenging recipes or impossible to get ingredients. You won't find odd flavour combinations or dishes that look like storybook animals. If I may mix my fictional elements, Alice Eats is the James Bond martini...

Concord Grape Sherbet by The Messy Baker.
Concord Grape Sherbet

Concord Grapes leave me conflicted. They fill up my senses in a way that would do John Denver proud. They also break my heart. When I see their deep blue-purple skins overflowing the baskets at the market stalls the joyful, creative part of me wants...

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