10 Cocktails for Summer

10 Cocktails for Summer

Summer is coming! You and I need to prepared. There will undoubtedly be an endless amount ofBBQ’s, pool parties, and camping/cottage trips that will require refreshments. I thought it appropriate to bring together a list of cocktails suitable for summer because, in my humble opinion, it’s better with a cold and inspirited drink in hand.

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Blueberry and Gin Salmon Gravlax

Blueberry and Gin Salmon Gravlax

I created this recipe for a friend’s dinner party back in January. I had just made Maple Whisky and Beet Salmon Gravlax with success, so I knew that I wanted to make another gravlax dish. The problem was I lacked inspiration. If you live in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), you know how depressing this past winter was.

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10 Amazing Finger Foods and Dips for the Big Game

10 Amazing Finger Foods and Dips for the Big Game

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year. One of the best parts, for me, is that it happens every year. Unfortunately, the food at these parties can become tiresome and in need of some help. Luckily for you I’ve collected 10 recipes that will spice up your Super Bowl viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

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Maple Whiskey and Beet Salmon Gravlax

Maple Whiskey and Beet Salmon Gravlax

I recently wrote about my sister’s wedding I catered in Norway. (You can read about that HERE) Ever since then I’ve been asked for the recipes. I haven’t gotten back to them because… ok, confession time… I never wrote recipes down when I cooked back then. There’s hundred’s of dishes lost to time because of my negligence. The folly of youth!

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Simple. Roasted Chicken Legs. Cooking Things Right.

Simple. Roasted Chicken Legs. Cooking Things Right.

Making delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated. Actually, I’d say that the simplest dishes are the tastiest. Think back on your mom’s cooking and I'll bet you only have positive and comforting memories. Except for the times she would make you eat raw vegetables because they were “healthy”. Yeah right, Ma! We saw through your lies!

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Roasted Blue Hubbard Squash, or Any Other Type of Squash Too!

Roasted Blue Hubbard Squash, or Any Other Type of Squash Too!

In my last post, Winter Squash Risotto, I talked about how versatile ANY winter squash can be. You can make really elegant dishes with them, or you can treat them in the most basic ways and they will be delicious. Half the battle is won when you use locally grown, in-season and fresh ingredients. There’s a ton of flavour naturally in the squash because it was harvested in peak season.

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Winter Squash Risotto

Winter Squash Risotto

Risotto is one of my favourite dishes to make AND eat. If it’s on a restaurants menu I can guarantee that I will order it. Ever since I was first introduced to it and learned how to make it in chef school I've been making variations of it. One of the things I love about risotto is it’s versatility. You can literally do anything, almost anyway, with it, even dessert.

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin seeds are one of my favourite fall snacks. Growing up, my Mom would roast the seeds from our jack-o-lanterns and give them to us as after school snacks. Granted I didn't really like them that much when I was kid because they were chewy and tough to eat. However, over the years I've begun to appreciate them more. At this point in my life they serve as a comfortable reminder of my childhood and I look forward to them each fall season.

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