July 23, 2009

Food in the News

Still popular! ... Poutine at weddings - Globe and Mail (picture is from The Globe and Mail)

Will microwaved water really explode? - CHOW

11 things restos do to rip you off - Toronto Star

The Cheese Boutique - like heaven on earth, but in Etobicoke - Toronto Star

Searing juice into meat = bullshit (now what will Food Network chefs talk about?) - CHOW

You're sure you like those California Rolls? - Eat Me Daily

July 18, 2009

Canning Exchange

Once again, I stole someone else's great idea. While perusing Confessions of a Cardamom Addict one day, I came across this post. I loved the idea! Since I am a planner and like to entertain, I jumped right on it and contacted the Cooking Clubs and a few other friends to see if they would be interested in a canning exchange.

There were 6 of us that ended up participating and I am totally looking forward to enjoying every jar.

We were all treated to :

Medium Salsa - Meighen

Maple Honey Syrup with Nuts - Melanie

Bruschetta Topping - Suzanne

Spiced Blueberry Jam - Jillian

Lemon Pineapple Preserves - Julie

While cooking, I found this article from CHOW to be an invaluable resource.

July 7, 2009

Menu Planning

I have always intended to plan a weekly menu for dinners around our house. I even have a folder with recipes I have ripped out of mags or printed off from websites. Darling husband and I didn't really get serious about any of this until we realised that Baby Poutine was on his way... for realsies.

So far our plan goes like this:

We each come up with 3 recipes that we will cook sometime over a 2 week stretch. The rest of the days are filled with leftovers, quick meals for when the other partner is not home and occasionally take-out. It only takes about 1/2 hour every 2 weeks to choose the recipes and has so far saved us time and money at the grocery store.

Some meals we have had over the past month have included:

- Flank Steak over Corn Kernel Polenta with Tomato, Basil and Balsamic salad

- Couscous Stuffed Cornish Hens with Roasted Carrots

- Baked Sausage, Fennel and Potatoes with Fontina Cheese

- Lo-Fat Buffalo Chicken Bites with Sweet Potato Fries and Dipping Veggies

- "Sunny's" Cheese Steaks with Red Peppers and Avocado

- Pork Paprikash