Dog Days Of Summer

Jul 8, 2006 / 5:30 am

They have begun… the dog days of summer started on Monday. It is that time of year when the essence of summer oozes out everywhere – people wear flip flops and beach clothes almost any place they go, pools and beaches are packed with sun worshippers, and patios are crammed full of folks drinking and

Life after German Potato Salad

Jul 1, 2006 / 5:30 am

I have nothing against German potato salad, but I like to have variety in my life. That traditional creamy concoction made with boiled potatoes has its place but on days when the thermostat is about to blow its top, something more refreshing seems more fitting. The potatoes for these recipes are roa

Artichoke Dip

Jun 24, 2006 / 5:30 am

I came home from work a bit peckish last night and so I was rummaging through the fridge for a wee snack. Lo and behold, there was a ramekin full of a dip that Chef Martin was testing for a summer menu! I grabbed some tortilla chips and a glass of wine and sat down to relax. Well, I must admit I am

Essence of Father’s Day

Jun 17, 2006 / 5:30 am

When I was a kid, Father’s Day was a bit more traditional, as back then Dads did more traditional things and more often than not, Dads lived at the same home as the rest of the family. Nowadays, things have quite a few variations and Dads come in all varieties too! As a result, Father’s Day is a mor

Summer Explosion

May 20, 2006 / 5:00 am

Every season has its flavours,, and with summer arriving overnight in the last week or so, all of a sudden we are all searching for the tastes that go with the heat. As I rode home from work on my bike the other day, I tried to think of what we would have for dinner, but was distracted by the inten

Cinco de Mayo

May 6, 2006 / 5:30 am

People ask me all the time for recipes, and often my answer is, “When you can’t come up with anything, just make vinaigrette or salsa”. Whether you are making beef, chicken, pork, game or fish, salsa is always fun, colorful and tasty… This week, in order of the famous day celebrating Mexico’s indep

Italian Meal

Apr 29, 2006 / 5:30 am

Last weekend I was hired by an Italian family for a 25th anniversary… imagine 35 people in someone’s home! I don’t get nervous when I cook for people, but this one got to me as it was an important event in their life. Not to mention that it was like having 35 food critics for dinner all at once. I

Buy Local Products

Apr 15, 2006 / 5:30 am

The Farmer’s market is now open, and every farmer is waiting for you! If you watch the news once in while, you will notice that the whole world seems to be in chaos except Canada! We are so lucky to live in a country that breathes peace and respect. We are also very lucky to have people that farm o

Spring has Sprung!

Apr 8, 2006 / 5:30 am

It is that time of year when sprouts of green grass show up in the after-winter mud, and birds sing earlier with the rising of the sun. Daffodils poke their heads out in gardens like debutantes at the ball for the first time. Baby animals start to wobble and nuzzle their way into our hearts, and the

Food Spring Cleaning

Mar 28, 2006 / 10:01 am

Spring is just around the corner so why not clean up the kitchen of all the stuff you have accumulated since you’ve been married! Yes, I’m talking about the spice kit from Costco that you bought 5 years ago and you still have not used at all, or the baking powder you bought to bake little Timmy’s

Valentine’s Day

Jan 23, 2006 / 10:36 am

The season of love is upon us again… The special day for lovers is a poignant one according to history, mourning a romantic hero who died, and so it seems to deserve special treatment. This year, try not to get caught up in the commercial side of things, but put your own special touch on any gift y

2006 Resolutions

Jan 14, 2006 / 5:30 am

Firm Resolve He says: The New Year is here and people are starting to talk about “RESOLUTIONS”. As a chef, it is extremely hard to say, “This year I will try to lose weight”. Let’s face it, I like my butter, cream, sugar, bread, pasta, meats, and a few beers now and then! I hear people talking a

Going Both Ways

Jan 7, 2006 / 5:30 am

He says: To start the New Year on the right foot, I made a soup with grand-pères in it (see below for recipe). Grand-pères are a Quebecois dumpling that you can add to any stew or soup. My mom used to put these simply made dumplings in all leftover soups she made during the winter. Often after the

Sugar Pie For The Holidays

Dec 24, 2005 / 5:30 am

He says: After lots of shopping around for the last few months, I finally bought an electric deep fryer (the DeLonghi 4 litre model). I have had a recipe in mind and now is the time to make it! This week I am baking a batch of memories from Quebec - donuts. As long as I can remember, my whole fami

A Pair Of Gourmands

Dec 17, 2005 / 5:30 am

Christmas Traditions! He says: Christmas is just around the corner and if you want to boycott turkey this year, it’s fine with me as long as it’s done right. Don’t go replacing the traditional turkey meal with some obscure dish that no one will recognize. My suggestion to you a nice veal tenderloi

A Pair Of Gourmands

Dec 10, 2005 / 5:30 am

Local shops for Christmas She says: I got an e-mail to stop by and have some mulled cider and lavender shortbread for their Christmas Fair, and how could I turn that down? So, we stopped at the Lavender Pear recently (2983A Pandosy Street), after I had seen a notice that they had an Open House for

A Pair Of Gourmands

Dec 3, 2005 / 5:30 am

A Winter Wonderland! He Says: Being from Quebec, snow is part of our lives whether we like it or not. My dad used to tell me this story from 1971: “18.5 inch of snow within a few hours, blizzards, and a power outage for 2 to 7 days. It was one of the biggest snowstorms to ever hit Montreal…” and p

A Pair Of Gourmands

Nov 26, 2005 / 5:30 am

Give thanks for the simple things She says: This weekend the Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, and even though I am eighth generation on my Mom’s side of the family I still think about being thankful this weekend. Perhaps because we don’t have the lavish dinner however, the foodie thoughts that co

A Pair Of Gourmands

Nov 19, 2005 / 5:30 am

She says: Buy local and keep jobs local too... I remember craft fairs very fondly from my childhood (can you tell I turned 40 last week? I keep harping on things from days gone by!) Anyway, when I was a kid the fairs were in old barns or warehouses and the people there were mostly hippie-types wh

A Pair Of Gourmands

Nov 14, 2005 / 9:22 am

It’s official. She says: There is no more avoiding it, folks... The frost is on the ground and the snow covers the mountains. The sky is dark when you get up and when you leave the office, and you had better have your slippers on in the morning, because the bathroom floor is cold! If you are still