Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Just a little something I picked up from the most amazing shop whilst in Kingston, ON.
Up there in the top ten cheeses I've ever tasted :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner

Mom bought a beautiful, free-run, organic turkey from a local farm. (See her stuffing the beast in the photo). Before stuffing and cooking it, we brined it in salt water to develop its flavour and make for a crispier skin. I'm partial to dark meat, but ever bite of the bird was tender, juicy and packed with intense meaty flavour. This turkey made other grocery-store turkeys from my childhood taste bland as cardboard. I feel even better knowing this bird had a wonderful life of sunshine and proper feed on a farm close by. The stuffing was made of day-old bread, dried cranberries, onions and a whole lota' spices! A creamy butter-nut squash purée, home-made cranberry sauce, pan-gravy, caramelized brussels sprouts and sweet corn also filled our plates. The thanksgiving dinner plate is never pretty on the eyes, is it? A pumpkin cheesecake with spiced whipped cream was also on the menu (my mom's doing).

Friday, October 14, 2011


100-mile dieters will know that the humble egg reigns supreme in the fridge. Like apples, potatoes, kale and a few other fall-backs, eggs are available all year in south-western Ontario. Tonight I served them quiche style with a medley of autumn vegetables underneath.

Cooking TV Show in Post-Production Stage...

Hey Everyone. Long time, no-post! School has been BEYOND hectic and combined with work, sports' teams, homework and scholarship applications, I have been cooking less and blogging even less than that. On top of everything, the main floor of our house is getting re-floored and so our kitchen has been moved into our living room. I have yet to find a place that specializes in 100-mile take-out. Until I can properly cook again, here's a juicy bit of fodder to whet your appetite. 2 months ago, I taped a cooking show with a fantastic production crew and co-host. It's only a pilot episode (to be shopped around to network studios) but it's absolutely fantastic! The theme? "Teenage-food, reinvented!" Once it's available to watch on the web, I'll link you to it from CwC.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Medley Dinners

  These dishes are basically an "everything in the fridge" kind of meal. Our CSA veggies from Fertile Grounds Farm in St. Agatha are to-die-for! Their flavours are so clean and crisp that it's almost a shame to alter them too much when cooking. After using half a pumpkin here and a quarter of a broccoli there, we finish the week with a fridge full of odd bits of veggies. The solution? Steam, roast, fry and toss it all together. My go-to is frying a big red onion in local soya oil, adding chopped garlic, tossing in a starchy vegetable, simmering everything in stock then adding the remaining veggies (beans, peppers, spinach, asian-greens, etc) in order of cooking time. I might throw in some cooked lentils and/or diced chicken too. At the end, stir in a handful of chopped fresh basil or flat-leaf parsley. These dishes never turn out the same. Once I added a minced jalapeño pepper (yes, I took out the seeds and pith) but our mouths were still on fire by the end of dinner. I learned my lesson with local, organic chillies, haha. If you take anything away from this post, it's that none of your beautiful summer veggies should go to waste. You'll regret it come winter time!