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Your Spring and Summer Cocktail

As warmer weather is arriving in many parts of the country my thoughts are turning to summer parties, what to serve the next time I'm entertaining friends al fresco and what to order when hitting restaurant patios this weekend. — Read More —
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Red Velvet Cake

Looking for a dessert to wow your guests this weekend? Look no further than this recipe for red velvet cake. It's a treat I used to consider as appropriate for nothing other than kids birthday parties, but after remembering a little baking secret shared with me by a world famous chef, red velvet has become my new cake obsession.  — Read More —
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Easter Ham!

Why do I wait until Easter to indulge one of my favourite proteins...a big 'ole roast ham? It has got to be one of the easiest and crowd pleasingest menu anchors out there (unless of course you're observing passover.) And on top of that, it'll leave lots of money for some nice wine to go with it. — Read More —
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In Defence of the Anchovy

Anchovies get a bad rap. Many people turn up their nose when the little fishes come draped across the top of a pizza or salad, as though they're not meant to be there. Like a hair or a slug. But if you want to make and eat the tastiest food you're going to have to learn to cook with these little guys. And my bet is you already love them. Because they're there, in your favourite salad dressing, in your Worcestershire sauce and they're probably the X-factor in that delicious plate of pasta at your favourite Italian restaurant. — Read More —
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Getting Your Menu Right

Choosing complimentary dishes to round out a menu is a challenge for many home cooks. But by following a few simple guidelines you can easily learn to think for yourself and create interesting and delicious menus, beyond the obvious chicken and mashed potatoes (not that there's anything wrong with that combination). — Read More —
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The Essential Pots and Pans

How many pots and pans does the average home cook (notice I don't say chef) need? Most of us ending up buying our pots and pans in sets, which can be an excellent way to score a deal. But if you're like me, a bunch of those end up going unused, taking up precious storage space. — Read More —
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A Valentine’s menu sure to get you lucky

I'm all for staying in on Valentine's Day. Why battle tight reservation schedules, pay higher prices or risk poor service? Besides, the following menu is not only easy to make but is sure to get you lucky in the bedroom. Or on the kitchen counter. Or both. See? Staying home is way more fun. — Read More —
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Valentine’s Day Roundup

You can bury your head in the sand, maintain it's a hallmark holiday, proclaim death to love, but you aren't going to be able to avoid it. Valentine's day cometh! — Read More —
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How to Salt (and Not Pepper)

Ever notice how much better food from a restaurant can taste, compared to your own home cooking? And I'm talking in comparison to the amateur who actually knows how to follow a recipe. The reason for your cooking missing that certain WOW factor may be simpler than you think. — Read More —
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Sandwich of the Year

While recovering from a Christmas party this week, I got a hankering for a BLT sandwich. But darn it, I had no tomatoes. As I peered into the fridge for a plan B I spied a jar of pickles at the back and suddenly, I just had to have one. It didn't make any sense. — Read More —