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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 —
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A&K’s Holiday Gift List 2014

It's no secret that we like to shop. But we actually LOVE to shop for other people. That's why this is one of our favourite times of year! Here's a list of our favourite gift ideas for this holiday season. — Read More —
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Easy Chicken Pasta Dinner

We all need that go-to pasta dish, one that warms the soul as well as the tummy. This one comes courtesy of my mom (who’s one of those wonderful, “just throw in a little of this and a little of that” type of chefs) and it couldn’t be any easier. — Read More —
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The New Superfood

I'm so over kale. A year ago kale was all anyone could talk about. Kale chips, kale caesar salad, kale toast. It's been all kale all the time. It was time to move on and I've done so, straight to the most over looked herb of all, parsley. — Read More —