Category Archives: Recipe

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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Cooking up a Storm with the Help of my Kitchen Sisters

For some rea­son — prob­a­bly as an anti­dote to stress, this being the onset of that silly sea­son — I’ve been cook­ing a lot of late, in par­tic­u­lar try­ing new recipes from books by my Toronto foodie friends.

If you’ve read the pre­vi­ous blog — my tragic tale of the miss­ing cook­books — you’ll under­stand why the tomes in ques­tion are dear to my heart.

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The Tale of my Missing Cookbooks and How I Made Lemonade from Lemons

listen to the podcast The Tale of my Missing Cookbooks and How I Made Lemonade from LemonsIt all began about a year ago when I gave two peo­ple I had no rea­son to dis­trust full access to my large, fully-furnished house while I was away.

All went well for sev­eral months dur­ing which time I would visit the place occa­sion­ally to pick up mail and move items to my new place — mostly clothes, work-related stuff and some impor­tant papers.

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Winning Reader’s Recipe in 2011 Observer Food Monthly Annual Awards is a Winner!

My mother Ruth Schachter (nee Nisse), age 88, is one live-wire.

She reminds me (and oth­ers) of the cute lit­tle old lady in the orig­i­nal “Ladykillers” star­ring Alec Guin­ness and a young, dash­ing Peter Sell­ers. White-haired and blue-eyed, that sweet, seem­ingly inno­cent, slightly scatter-brained octo­ge­nar­ian is far more savvy than she looks. ‘Nuff said.

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Clotilde Dusoulier Offers Food for Thought to Bloggers at George Brown College

I was already jug­gling a cou­ple of things I wanted to do on a recent mid-week night when I stopped by The Cook­book Store to check out the lat­est offer­ings and chat with its res­i­dent maven/manager and my long­time buddy Ali­son Fryer.

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David Chang’s Asian Take on Brussels Sprouts — my Fave Underdog Veg — is Delish!

I’ve been cham­pi­oning Brus­sels sprouts for many moons.

Some time in the 1990s, when I was food edi­tor for the Toronto Star, I penned a piece on “under­dog foods” in which I named those that have a bad rep, some of them for no appar­ent or jus­ti­fi­able reason.

The list included these items: Liver, prunes, turnips, tofu, tapi­oca — and Brus­sels sprouts.

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Ginger Pear Pie: A One-Crust Wonder

When a reader of this blog e-mailed me with a ques­tion about my recipe for Jew­ish Chicken Soup — the best med­i­cine I know for what­ever ails body or soul — we had an exchange about the source of that recipe: my esteemed col­league and long­time restau­rant critic for the Globe & Mail, Joanne Kates.

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Remembering Chef who Survived 9/11 Ten Years Later

I wrote this col­umn that appeared in the Toronto Star in May, 2002, after attend­ing the James Beard Awards in New York. There, I man­aged to secure an inter­view with chef Michael Lomonaco who escaped the attack on the Twin Tow­ers a few months ear­lier by what can only be described as a mir­a­cle.

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