Archive for May, 2011

The Farmer’s Market: Monforte Summer Sausage

May 31st, 2011

One of the reasons I love the warmer weather is the proliferation of farmer’s markets around the city. The one nearest me, Appletree farmer’s market, is open year-round – but somehow I only start going when the snows have melted and the vendors have moved their booths outside. Talking to the people working the stalls […]

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Friends with Benefits: JS’s Smoked Salmon

May 26th, 2011

Because my friends know that I’m a big food lover, I’m often gifted delicious things or gadgets for my kitchen. What can I say – besides being intelligent, kind, and very good company, my friends are also generous (love you guys!). It is because of this that I’m starting a segment called Friends With Benefits […]

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Buckwheat Honey Semifreddo with Salted Pistachio Praline

May 20th, 2011

In continuation to yesterday’s honey bee post, here’s a simple frozen dessert recipe that requires no churning, scraping, or fussing over while it freezes, and features the natural sweetener that only our apian friends can provide us. I love buckwheat honey for its complex, earthy taste, and paired it with salted pistachios to contrast with […]

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Honey Bees, They Rock My World (and Yours Too!)

May 20th, 2011

I’ve had honey on my mind recently, as a paper came out in Apidologie journal discussing the possible causes of CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder, which is affecting honey bees worldwide. I consider part of the privilege of living in our world, our garden of earthly delights, the responsibility to preserve these delights for future […]

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Lemon Cranberry Financiers

May 14th, 2011

I was going through my freezer the other day, rearranging its contents to fit some new purchases, when I came upon a bag of frozen cranberries. Now I know that it’s spring and we should be revelling in all the fresh spring fruit in our markets, but I’m a big fan of the puckery power […]

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Hi, I’d Like to Make a Reservation on the L Train

May 11th, 2011

Oh my goodness, it’s a two-video day. A friend shared this with me yesterday and I thought it was much too good to not pass on. Thanks, TCW! Brooklyn-based event group A Razor, A Shiny Knife held a 6-course gourmet lunch on the L Train, setting a different course at each consecutive stop. Knowing how […]

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Happy Birthday, you "Misleading Man"

May 11th, 2011

Watch Salvador Dali stump the players in what is quite possibly the most entertaining episode of the retro show “What’s My Line?“. Happy Birthday to the eccentric master of surrealism, Mr. Dali!

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For the Love of Food – Memories of a Grandchild

May 10th, 2011

I’ve been struggling with writing this week, as over the course of writing this post I inevitably realize that it’s probably worthy of two or more separate posts, and then I get all concerned with how best to divide up the topics so that they make sense. But it’s only fitting that something so essential […]

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On the Horizon: Mother’s Day – Orange Crème Caramel

May 6th, 2011

My mother’s favourite dessert is crème caramel. Crème caramel is essentially a custard, baked in a ramekin atop a layer of caramel, chilled and then inverted onto a plate so that the caramel pools onto the plate around the custard. Since we were all so full from the bacon-wrapped dates and lobster eggs benny, we […]

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On the Horizon: Mother’s Day – Lobster Eggs Benedict on Cheddar Chive Biscuits

May 5th, 2011

Eggs Benny is one of my favourite brunch dishes; something that I will almost always put on my shortlist if I’m out with friends on a Saturday or Sunday morning. I don’t care what Anthony Bourdain says about ordering something with hollandaise at a restaurant – in my mind (and in my mouth) I’m salivating […]

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