Category Archives: Recipe

Delectable Butter Tarts from Wilkie’s in Cottage Country Take the Cake

Orillia’s Famous But­ter Tart Bakery

I’ve been mean­ing to make the trip to Oril­lia — a place you can’t miss about an hour’s drive north of Toronto en route to Muskoka’s cot­tage coun­try — for many years.

The rea­son, of course, is food — in this case, one of my absolute favourites: but­ter tarts.

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Celebrate The Cookbook Store’s 30th Year with a Vintage Classic: Chicken Marbella

Alison Fryer, manager of The Cookbook Store (left) and Even Better Chicken Marbella (right)

Ali­son Fryer, man­ager of The Cook­book Store (left) and Chicken Mar­bella (right)

I have it in front of me: The orig­i­nal Sil­ver Palate Cook­book by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins first pub­lished by Work­man in 1979.

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Chef David Garcelon Prepares a Waldorf Salad on the 18th Floor of the Waldorf Astoria

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Chef David Garcelon and his Wal­dorf Salad

NEW YORK — Pinch me!

I’m on the 18th floor of the famous Wal­dorf Asto­ria in mid­town Man­hat­tan stand­ing beside the hotel’s exec­u­tive chef David Garcelon while he makes a Wal­dorf Salad. (You can lis­ten to my con­ver­sa­tion with David here.)

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Tis the Season for Jewish Penicillin: Chicken Soup Soothes both Body and Soul

My Jew­ish­ness is fraught with com­plex­i­ties and contradictions.

Raised with­out any reli­gion in the North Lon­don sub­urb of Finch­ley in post-war Britain, it was white-bread, white-collar and Anglo-Saxon all the way. (This is not the case today, I’ve noted on recent vis­its, in a neigh­bour­hood where kebab shops, curry houses and the Tally Ho! pub rub shoul­ders in a some­what seedy mul­ti­cul­tural mix).

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Author of Epicurious Cookbook Dishes on How and Why a Recipe Rates Four Forks

Tanya Steel is editor-in-chief of epicurious.com

You know that often mis-quoted say­ing: “The proof of the pud­ding is in the eat­ing.” (Mis­quote: The proof is in the pudding.)

Well, in the case of the new “Epi­cu­ri­ous Cook­book,” the proof is also in the mak­ing of said pud­ding — or Minia­ture Gougeres, Red Wine-Braised Duck Legs, Shaved Brus­sels Sprouts Salad, Bour­bon Chicken Liver Pate and Cran­berry White Choco­late Bis­cotti.

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My Recipes for Luscious Couscous, Perfect Pot Roast and Amazing Applesauce

Some years ago, I spent a few hours in a restau­rant kitchen with a young chef called Omar Houmani who was a recent immi­grant to Canada from Alge­ria. The pur­pose of that evening’s ven­ture: To learn from him how to make cous­cous.

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Two Fall Fruit Desserts: More Proof that Sweet-and-Simple Takes the Cake


Joanne Yolles’s Delec­table Plum Tart Is A Winner!

Joanne Yolles has long been my col­league, friend and bak­ing buddy.

More proof that Julia Child’s advice to young peo­ple works: “Get into the food busi­ness and you’ll be part of one big fam­ily.”

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Roger Smith Cookbook Conference was Bound to Please and a Winner in my Books

I’ll begin this blog post by serv­ing up a link to an excel­lent piece of writ­ing by a young fel­low from the U.K. who was sit­ting next to me dur­ing one of the lively pan­els at the excel­lent two-day Roger Smith Cook­book Con­fer­ence I attended recently in New York.

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Cauliflower Steaks, Mac’n’Cheese: Cookbook and Magazine Serve up Winners

It’s that blah mid-winter time of year and, for me, a bumpy patch on the mean­der­ing path of discovery.

The obvi­ous anti­dote: cook­ing up a storm in my com­pact Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket kitchen.

Much of this culi­nary cure for what­ever ails my trou­bled soul is inspired by recipes from cook­books and food mag­a­zines, both of which are on-and-off addic­tions.

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Masala to Almond Cake: Restaurant-Hopping in Toronto’s East End

It’s been a rough few weeks.

In mid-December, my wise ther­a­pist, inspired spir­i­tual teacher and beloved friend Terry Flynn died. It was sud­den and unex­pected. Although he had been diag­nosed with the dreaded dis­ease called ALS (Lou Gehrig’s), Terry assumed he had months, maybe more, to live. I miss him with all my heart.

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