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

Orillia's Famous Butter Tart Bakery

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.

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.)

‘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).

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

Tanya Steel is editor-in-chief of
Tanya Steel is editor-in-chief of

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.

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

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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.”

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.

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.