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My 5 Favourite Cookbooks

I love cookbooks. I probably have more than 100 cookbooks in my house, some of which I've cooked from extensively, some of which I've only used once. I have cookbooks that are almost 100 years old to some that came out this year. I love the knowledge, technique and ideas that are in every single one. Whenever I end up in a bookstore, I gravitate to the cooking section. The only physical book I've bought [...]

My Essential Kitchen Setup Guide

Having great tools in your kitchen is essential to making great food. You do not need to spend a small fortune or that you need every gadget that is at Williams-Sonoma. Usually, it's just the opposite. I have bought so many kitchen tools over the years of teaching myself how to make great food at home; I have a pretty good idea what is necessary and what is superfluous. This guide is for people who [...]

Our Guide On The Ways To Cook Salmon

It’s easy to see why salmon is such a beloved seafood staple. Aside from having an amazing flavour profile, this popular fatty fish is also a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamins A, C and E. This heart-friendly seafood favourite is also versatile and can be cooked in a myriad of ways. Whether it’s pan-fried, baked, grilled, broiled, smoked, steamed, poached, or whipped into dips—salmon always hits the spot regardless of [...]

5 Ways To Cook Salmon

Salmon is a wonderful fish that can be prepared and cooked in many different fashions. The fish contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which is why it is most commonly referred to as a “good fat” food such as avocados or eggs. This oily fish is similar to other fish like mackerel or tuna but is set apart from the bright pink or red coloured flesh it possesses. There are about a dozen different [...]

Spanish Style Fried Chicken with Avocado

Fried chicken is delicious. I think everyone can get behind this statement. There are some classic recipes out there (Thomas Keller's version comes to mind immediately), but there are so many variations you can make to fried chicken. You can do KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), there are hot versions, and you go this direction, which infuses Spanish spices for a great take on fried chicken. INGREDIENTS 3 garlic cloves, smashed 4 cups buttermilk [...]

General Tso's Cauliflower

You may still be working on your resolutions, and one might have been to eat healthier or get more vegetables in our diet. Regardless of if that's the case, this recipe is a great alternative to take out. You may need to substitute some ingredients if you can't find them but this makes a great meal. INGREDIENTS For the General Tso’s Sauce: 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 10 garlic cloves, [...]

Buttermilk Fried Shrimp

We made fried chicken recently, so that got us thinking about other things we could bread and fry and shrimp was a natural next choice. These are very easy to make. You don't need a deep fryer either, a dutch oven or any other wide pot is perfect here. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp! INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon [...]

Gingerbread Cake

There are lots of different ways to make gingerbread, and in the holiday season, it's a great thing to experiment with. This is a cake type implementation that is easy to make and will get you some excellent ginger flavour. INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch chunks [...]

Baked Brie With Caramelized Pecans

Baked brie is a fantastic appetizer, and it's straightforward to make. You can experiment with many different flavour combinations as well, so there are almost endless options. This uses caramelized pecans which gives a great sweet taste to the brie. INGREDIENTS 1 (8 ounce) package brie cheese (with rind) 1⁄4 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons chopped pecans 2 teaspoons butter PREPARATION STEP 1 Heat [...]

Nashville Style Hot Chicken Sandwich

If you've been on this list for a little bit, you will know our affinity for fried chicken. The Nashville Hot is a specific and delicious kind of hot chicken, that is, well, hot. It's really good and while it takes a bit of effort. It's delicious! INGREDIENTS Fried chicken: • Peanut oil, for frying • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 1/2 cup cornstarch • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • Kosher [...]

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