Cooking

Stop steaming your potatoes and bake them

Stop steaming your potatoes and bake them

I’d been doing it wrong for my entire life. Wrapping a potato in tin foil and sticking it in the oven or on a BBQ is more like steaming your potatoes than baking them. If you want the best baked potato ever, try this: 1. […]

A homemade egg salad sandwich

A homemade egg salad sandwich

Life is changing. I guess that’s what it’s meant to do. I’m working more outside the home – and homemaking less. We’ve hired a full-time live-in nanny and we’ve got her doing all kinds of things that I used to do. I now have a […]

The best tofu and daikon sandwich ever

For many people, tofu just doesn’t sound that appetizing. I kinda get that – the whole bean curd thing gets less appealing the more I think about it. But I love tofu – especially the firm variety. I love the taste and the texture. I […]

Those ripening bananas on your counter will go great in these oatmeal muffins

For some reason, I’m finding myself craving home baked goods lately. And I mean craving – jonesing, even. Dinner’s done and I see the browning bananas on the counter and I think to myself: I could whip those into muffins in no time. I tell […]

My favourite latke recipe

Hanukkah is the festival of light…and oil. As the tradition goes, the Maccabees won the war, but the Temple was destroyed in the process. When they returned to the rubble, they found only one intact jug of oil still bearing the high priest’s seal – […]

Waffle Wednesdays is a labour of love

Who doesn’t love a warm waffle drenched in pure maple syrup? I’m not talking about blueberry waffles or fancy Belgian waffles. I’m talking plain old waffles – freshly prepared from scratch. I love making waffles for my family. For me, waffle-making is the essence of home and […]

Variations on an Asian slaw

Lately, my favourite recipe for my wife and myself has been this Asian slaw. It starts with a basic Asian vinaigrette: 1 large clove crushed garlic 1/4 cup (60 ml) rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons (30 ml) balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup (60 ml) Soy Sauce […]

Everyone needs a vinaigrette dressing

My mom made the best vinaigrette dressing when I was a kid. There was always a big jar of it in the fridge and I remember cutting wedges of iceberg letter just so I could eat the dressing. This taught me the importance of a good […]

Marinate and freeze your flank steaks

My friend Susan sent me a link the other day about how to make cheap steaks taste good. And it got me to thinking about my favourite flank steak in a Korean marinade. The marinade is simple. For each pound of flank steak, add the […]

Presto, you have pesto

Pesto is one of my family’s favourite dishes. It tastes heavenly and freezes well for future dinners. Freshly made pesto on pasta is exquisite. The earthy basil combined with the sexy fresh garlic blended into a rich, smooth paste with extra-virgin olive oil (or EVOO, […]