Category Archives: All You Can Eat Test Kitchen

How To Enjoy Your Weekend in the Kitchen

Most of my 'food'-weekdays are spent consuming leftovers from weekend cooking jags, but when I hit Saturday and Sunday again I'm ready for new adventures in the kitchen.  Ramona and I scan favourite websites, check out what Lucy Waverman is … Continue reading

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How To Fill Up A Weekend with Cooking…

Actually, the first dish I cooked for our dinner on Saturday involved no cooking whatsover.  I have to admit having a weak moment and buying some California tomatoes, was just missing something juicy to bite into other than my dill … Continue reading

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How To Use Up Yukky Overripe Bananas!

I am one of those picky people who can't stand eating a banana that gets into that slightly overripe phase.  I'm not talking black, gooey bananas…but I like my eating bananas to still have some bite to them.  Otherwise, they … Continue reading

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How To Make Meatballs, with Bacon!

Right at the end of last year my wife and I bought half a cow.  It was already processed, so we didn't have to find a place for it in the yard, just in our freezer. I had a lot … Continue reading

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Bacon: Just one product from that wonderful, magical animal.

This photo is of about 11 pounds of pork belly, it's even got my name on it, if you look carefully on the left-hand side of the photo.  It's the belly from the half-pig I bought from a farmer/farm magazine … Continue reading

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Gadget Parade 2009

This morning on CBC Radio's Early Edition program with Rick Cluff I featured just some of the gadgets Fontaine Wong of Ming Wo Cookware has recommended as gifts for this holiday season.  Here is the list of everything I talked … Continue reading

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Mainly Because of the Meat – Homemade Pastrami

The other day I was listening to CBC Radio and the topic of discussion was the great delicatessens of North America.  There was talk of Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, the historic delis of New York City, and the decline of … Continue reading

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Smoking and Jelling and Garlic and Planting…

Satisfaction in the summer for me comes from spending hours in the kitchen, preserving stuff from my own garden or from local farms.  Does that sound weird?  I guess I get it from my mother, although I never heard her … Continue reading

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Memories of Mom – Miscotti

  Apparently in this photo are most of my mother's 15, yes, fifteen aunts and uncles.  And I thought she came from a big family with 3 sisters and 4 brothers.  This photo came to my sister recently from a … Continue reading

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Exploring Local Food – Fig Preserves

(photo courtesy Over A Tuscan Stove)  This past week in my ‘Exploring Local Foods’ course we were talking about honey and tasting mead, but as part of the tasting I also served some fresh goat cheese along with my preserved … Continue reading

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