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

July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day!

It greatly upsets me when non-patriotic types declare that there are no foods out there that are specifically Canadian. I believe that my list of 100 Canadian Foods to Eat would definitely suggest otherwise.

On Canada Day, local blogs and papers have also taken some time to define what they believe to be their most loved Canadian delicacies.

Take a look:

Foodies discuss their favourite local dishes - Globe and Mail

Menu for a Canada Day Party - Maple Syrup and Poutine

Does Canada have a national dish? - Canadian Living

A recipe for Wilkie's butter tarts - National Post

Food in the News - It's all about the alcohol

My tendencies toward being a bit of a lush have been stopped in their tracks by this pregnancy. How I miss a cold glass of beer on a sunny day or a nice glass of wine with dinner, gin and tonic by the pool, a litre of sangria just because - you catch my drift.

Here is a round up of recipes and articles for all of you still able to imbibe:

Fancy Tequila cocktails - Globe and Mail

Italian reds under $10, just in time to kick off your summer - Toronto Life

How to have fun, when you are "too poor for drinks" - Chow

Brilynn's recipe for Sangria Bites - Jumbo Empanadas

June 29, 2009

Food in the News - Lets Ketchup! (so cheesy)

(Image taken from National Post on-line article)
Ketchup, catsup - however you spell it - Which one tastes best? - National Post

More reasons to make your own ice cream (as if you really needed any) - CBC Food Bytes

Orange juice, be wary of what you buy - CBC Food Bytes and Toronto Star

We've discussed this before, just because it says "organic" doesn't mean it is "organic" - Gourmet

Lobster, it's cheap! Not for every Canadian though - CBC Food Bytes

Elizabeth Baird and Rose Murray cook Canadian - Windsor Star

Another reason to be proud of Canadian food - Canola Oil! - National Post

Cooking Club 2

Unfortunately, we lost another member of our club. Christine moved to Toronto - hopefully to start a new cooking club there. Julie is our new addition and so far has made some great contributions. This month's theme was "Salt". I love how each theme brings with it, many different interpretations.

The menu included:

Basil was subbed in for the thyme, which gave it a much fresher flavour. These were VERY easy and would make a great party food.

Pink Cadillac Convertible

None for me, but the rest of the group seemed to enjoy it.

Amarjot - Veggie Salad with Chow Mein Noodles and Raita

Julie - Herbed Roasted Beef in a Salt Crust.

We were all quite smitten with the crust, as none of us had ever done this before. Worth trying for a dinner party - cook less than the recipe requires.

Suzanne - Beet Chips with Various Types of Salt

I love beets in any shape or form. Cutting them extremely thin is the key.

Jillian - Crispy Waffles with Salted Caramel Coulis

To die for! Seriously, some of the best waffles I have ever had and the sauce is ridiculously good. I made the waffles a few days later to eat with local strawberries and whipped cream.

May 17, 2009

Mother's Day Menu

One of the worst symptoms of this pregnancy is the food aversions. Normally, there aren't many things that I will not eat, or at least try. During my first few months, I was not interested in eating much at all. Not eating obviously equalled not cooking.

It has only been since late April that I have jumped back on the cooking train. For Mother's Day, and my mom's birthday, we celebrated by preparing a lovely meal. I have never used so much buttermilk in one menu!

Heirloom Tomatoes with Basil, Fleur de Sel and Aged Basalmic

Serendipitous Strawberries

Cooking relaxes and makes me happy. I love being able to create something that I know will please others. When I am able to serendipitously able to come up with a recipe that is a winner - well, I am usually eager to share it with others.

On Saturday morning I realised we were out of syrup. We did have the fake stuff, but only dear husband will consume that junk. I searched for ingredients to create a sweet topping for my crispy french toast and here is what I came up with. Ridiculously simple, but wonderfully tasty.

Vanilla Strawberry Topping
1.5 c of frozen strawberries
1/4 c of water
1/2 t of grated lemon rind
pinch of salt
1/3 c granulated sugar
1/5 of a piece of vanilla bean
Mix together all of the ingredients in a medium pot and place over medium-low heat. Allow to simmer for 10 min. Mush the strawberries with a fork and cook for 5 min. more. Cool for a short time before serving.

Noteworthy Blog

A friend has begun blogging her food experiences. And in my opinion it is a very accessible and inspiring site. If you are looking for ideas for a dinner party or quick meal - the Menu Maniac is the place to go. Jordana is a former cooking club member (until she left us for higher education). We miss her but are more than happy to read about her endeavours on her new blog.

That was waaaay too long!

Well, I'm back and bearing great news. After an exhausting first trimester I am very excited to announce that BABY POUTINE is on his way! I am due in early September and dear husband and I couldn't be more thrilled.

In my extended absence, things have been piling up: recipes, cooking club meetings, dinner parties...

I will attempt to update you in the next few posts.

January 31, 2009

Taking a break.

I am going on hiatus for a short while. Things have just gotten a bit overwhelming in the last little bit. I promise to be back soon with more food posts than ever.
See you then!

January 18, 2009

Little Italy - Erie Street, Windsor ON.

Recently the Food Network published my article about Windsor's Little Italy. It was written over a year ago, and unfortunately a few restos in that area have closed down since then. I encourage Windsorites to support local eateries and Erie Street is a great area to begin!

Funniest food blog...ever

After going through a few websites at the beginning of this year, I was led to a blog called Cake Wrecks. People described it as "hilarious" and "one of the funniest blogs they had ever read". I was quite skeptical, figuring there was no way to make cake funny. I'm not into obvious jokes, and thought this may be amusing but I wouldn't come back to read the blog again.

I was wrong. I spend an hour one morning perusing Cake Wrecks and laughing my ass off. It is now in my favourites list. Please take a look for yourself, be sure to check out the "Fan Favourites".

January 3, 2009

Holiday Cooking ... And Eating.

I am stuffed, still. The sad part about having friends and family that are awesome cooks is that they make great food. And during the holidays these amazing dishes are at their peak. Who am I to turn down good eats?

Over the past two weeks my husband and I have crammed our faces full of great stuff at brunches, dinners and cocktail parties. Here are the menus:

Brunch for 6

Wild Mushroom Frittata

Dinner for 15

Green Salad

- we used a femily recipe but this one is not bad either

- I didn't use walnuts and I added a splash of red wine vinegar at the end

Cynthia's Corn Pie
- one of my favourite comfort foods

Honey Glazed Ham

A New Year's Cocktail Party for 15

Iceland- Icelandic Lemonade

Fish Balls with Dipping Sauce
- yummy, with crunchy panko crust

- will knock your socks off, but is gooood!

-best served warm and wrapped around the beef

-I used flank steak and sliced it instead

Newfoundland - Screech
- will clean out your pipes!

Nova Scotian Sausage

Chile - Pisco Eggnog

-loved all the layers of flavour

Sliders with Cheese
- great way to cap off the evening