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Osso Buco with Veal Jus: Happy Thanksgiving 2014

1 Osso Buco with Veal Jus

An exceptional meal full of at home comfort and company's coming zeal Yes, we will be having our Traditional Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner today. The aroma of the turkey roasting in the oven is already intoxicating. However, our anniversary is October 17. I will be away at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference 2014 in Vancouver. Last year, Vanja was with his mom and dad in Bijeljinja. The year before, I was caring for dad in the hospital. That was our 10th. This is our 12th. It has been a … [Read more...]

Make Ahead Holiday Turkey Gravy: Turkey Wing Gravy

1 Turkey Wing Gravy

Lynn Crawford's stellar recipe! Looking so forward to meeting Lynn this year at our best Canadian culinary event in Jasper at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge: Christmas in November. I recall watching her Christmas special on TV last year and wishing I was at that table. I met her this last Spring when she was Chef in Residence at Edmonton's acclaimed culinary school at NAIT. That was an honour, and no surprise. She is every bit as effervescent as I expected and exuded inspiration to the … [Read more...]

Black Sheep Cafe in Provo, Utah

1 Black Sheep Provo Utah

Navajo inspired food by Chef Mark Mason Our last evening in Salt Lake City and so many decisions to make. Dinner. Where? Without question: The Black Sheep Café in Provo, Utah! Aaron and Lauren told us this was Navajo inspired food and the flavour combinations were completely new to them: tastes they had never experienced before. Aboriginal food is of great personal interest to me. I was all in. And, I have always wanted to see Brigham Young University and visit Provo, so that would be an … [Read more...]

Donadeo Giardiniera Sott’Oilio

Donadeo Giardiniera Sott’Oilio

 An evolution from a mixed vegetable Giardiniera to the family favourite: Pepperoncini only I recall sitting on a chair at Luch's kitchen table one year, many years ago. Kids were outside playing in the yard. It might have been a baking day for us, or just a visiting day, but we found ourselves alone in the kitchen - just for a moment, and she whispered, "Guess what I have in the fridge?" Well, who would know? She is a fabulous cook. "A jar of my mom's special giardiniera! Shhh!" Finger to … [Read more...]

Thermomix TM31: October 2014 Customer Incentive

Thermomix Carry Bag

Phasing out the TM31 to prepare for selling the TM5 in North America! Last month, customers clamored to take advantage of the wonderful incentives provided by Verwork's Canadian Distributor, FanTan, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. I was inundated with questions from new and past clients eager to purchase this classic machine with such amazing incentives. This month, the incentives remain the same; however, the selection of cookbooks is diminishing. Incentive: free carry bag and two … [Read more...]

The Messy Baker Cookbook: Welsh Griddle Cakes

Charmian Christie Welsh Griddle Cake Recipe

Charmian Christie will have you laughing via her new The Messy Baker cookbook! I have sat with Charmian's cookbook, grinning and tearing, as her authentic voice and unexpected wit charmed me into submission. I already knew I was baking one recipe from the book, but I have several ear-marked. It will be the same for you. Cookbooks often inspire me. This one motivates. The old fashioned charm of this Classic Welsh Griddle Cake recipe will never lose it appeal over time. It certainly hasn't … [Read more...]

Support Manning Canning in her Kick Starter Campaign

manning canning

To earn a minimum of 35 000 by October 24 2014 for a Certified Commercial Kitchen Space in Toronto Christine Manning from Manning Canning was a vibrant and consistant participant in The Canadian Food Experience Project. I have yet to meet her in person, but feel one step closer after seeing her work to get a commercial kitchen for small business people like her in Toronto up and running. We need the same kind of initiative in Edmonton. I know these spaces in our cities are very hard to … [Read more...]

Valerie’s Freezer Raspberry Jam: I am going to be Gramsey!

1 Raspberry Freezer Jam

This Freezer Raspberry Jam has less sugar and a gorgeous consistency Growing up, I didn't eat jams or jellies. Still rarely do, unless on vacation. The exception: mom's freezer jams. Oh, my. I have altered her recipe to tighten up the consistency and tone down the sweetness. I rarely mess with perfection, but this time, expectations were exceeded. And, I made it with my gorgeous daughter, Lauren, who recently announced that I am going to be Gramsey! Vanja surprised me with a trip to … [Read more...]

Les Madeleines Kouign Amann in Salt Lake City

1 Kouign-Amann at Les Madeleines SLC

Go for the Kouign-Amann. Period. Les Madelieines in Salt Lake City is famous for the Kouign-Amann which is a French regional specialty from Normandy. It is scrumpdillyicious and you will not regret this crunchy, buttery, flaky pastry tasting experience. I promise you. Anyway, Salt Lake City is quite small and this patisserie is quite easy to find. Small. Popular. Closes at 4 pm, so go early! In town visiting my youngest daughter, Lauren, and her husband, Aaron, we were toured around … [Read more...]

Red Iguana: Classic Mexican Restaurant in Salt Lake City

1 Red Iguana Enchiladas Potisinas

"Killer Mexican Food" that is definitely worth the wait! Do you see what I see? Does the above plate look a little familiar? They are Enchiladas Potosinas! I was charmed by them the first time while in Mexico in February 2014 in the Yucutan Peninsula when I took a day long cooking class in Cancun at Mi Cocina es Tu Cocina with Chef Claudia Garcia Ramos and she served Enchiladas Potosinas in a non traditional fashion; however, they were really delicious. Even more delicious when made in the … [Read more...]

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