Archive for 2012

I See Paris, I See France

December 31st, 2012

It’s New Year’s Eve! And while I’m looking forward to the new year, this soon-to-be-past year has definitely been a good one. One of the highlights of my 2012 was a trip to Europe with my family. You may have already seen a few photos of Bruges, so here are some favourites from Paris. Happy […]

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Cheesy Mashed Potato Fritters

December 25th, 2012

Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you’ve all been enjoying the company of your loved ones and gorging yourselves on lots of good food. This should have been entitled, “Some Days Are Just Not Meant For Making Aioli, and Other Experiments”. But then I realized I have fallen into the SEO trap of making titles straightforward […]

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Cranberry Pistachio Palmiers

December 20th, 2012

The season of gift-giving, cookie-swapping, and celebrating with family is here! And while palmiers aren’t traditionally associated with the winter holidays, I highly doubt anyone will object to bitefuls of caramelized, crunchy sugar and light, flaky pastry – especially when filled with pistachios and cranberries to add some festive red and green. Even better, they […]

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Saffron, Currant & Pistachio Braid

December 15th, 2012

In the package I received from Marx Foods was a sampler of their Iranian saffron. Did I mention before that these guys are generous? For those unfamiliar, saffron is the stigma of the crocus sativus and is the most expensive spice in the world by weight, given that it must be harvested by hand, and […]

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Guajillo Chile-Crusted Duck Breast with a Tamarind Cherry Port Sauce

November 7th, 2012

What does a gal want to eat on her birthday? If you’re anything like me, you’d be in heaven with a pan seared duck breast, cooked to medium rare on the inside, with a marvelously crispy skin. But duck breast is simple enough to make without having to wait for a special occasion – all […]

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Chocolate Covered Spiders

October 21st, 2012

Halloween’s creeping up on us! If you’re in search of spooky treats to distract hungry zombies (and maybe a human or two), arm yourself with an array of these sweet and savoury critters. You can even give them markings with sprinkles or decorative icing; I kept mine minimalistic. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter & Pretzel Spiders […]

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Kohlrabi Two Ways

October 4th, 2012

One day at the grocery store I was confronted by a shelf full of alien-looking things. Take us to your leader, they said – so I brought them home. Then I peeled them, chopped them up, and served them for dinner. Hey! Don’t look at me like that. It turned out they were just kohlrabi […]

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Roasted Tomato & Ricotta Tart

September 11th, 2012

Do you remember my roasted tomatoes from last year? We’re smack in the middle of tomato season again, and I’ve been busy roasting our bounty and packing it in oil to prolong the riches of our harvest. There are a multitude of things you can do with these little gems – tossed with pasta, served […]

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Raspberry S’mores Pie

September 11th, 2012

It’s a good thing I have my 37Cooks friends to keep me going, for I recently started a new job and it’s been taking up much of my time of late. But everyone needs time to play, and the kitchen is where I indulge my fantasies. Having friends who enable, encourage and inspire me is […]

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Friends With Benefits: LP’s Fig Jam

September 3rd, 2012

You may remember the shrimp, polenta and roasted red pepper dish I made for a Slap Ya Mama Challenge earlier this summer. Well, we loved the challenge so much that we decided to keep going! We are now 37 Cooks and you can follow along with our adventures here. A fellow member of the 37 […]

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