Fresh Herbs Make the Difference 

I’ve heard it from every chef I have watched on television, seen in movies, and you tube, they even eco it in their books. Cook with fresh herbs. Every chef confirms it’s worth it. Any fool knows the cost efficiencies of growing your own herbs. Not to mention the fact that dried herbs could be…

Boursin Garlic Mashed Potatoes 

Weekends are busy, we can all agree from Friday evening to Sunday night we try to live. Really live. Without being tied to a clock, at least for the most part. Or not bogged down with the weeks events, if we can help it. Even at the end of a busy weekend a large Sunday…

To Fry or not to Fry? This is the Question. 

The English over centuries have perfected something they called ‘chips’, but the rest of the world recognize as French fries, or fries. Arguably the best way to serve potatoes. Fries are famous the world over. So much so that we can easily and cheaply buy them from the grocers. With many name brands, cuts and…

Eagar Broiled Turbot Fillet with a Lemon Garlic Butter Baste

Turbot is a fish that has made its way into the culinary spotlight, in Canada, thanks to some very prominent Quebec restaurants. For home cooking, its most important qualities are plentiful. One turbot fillet is double the size of a sole fillet. Next, is the cost. Though it’s double the size of a sole fillet,…

Eagar Roast Drumsticks & Potatoe Herb Bake

One of the first recipes I learned to make as a new bride was roast chicken. When your just starting out you learn to make dinner from cheaper cuts of meat. The best chicken to use for roasting chicken thighs or drumsticks. The cheapest cuts at the market when buying chicken. You want the skin…

Shrimp Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad is delicious. The favorite of many. There are different recipes resulting in sauces that are beautifully creamy or tangy with vinigar and oil. Garlic mainly shapes the base of the flavor, often sitting times vary from an hour to 3 or 4, depending on the desired intensity. Creating the air of garlic, lemon…

Julia’s Reine de Saba [Queen of Sheba] with Kahlúa

Some of the greatest man made creations were stumbled upon by mistake. For instance the creator of Coca-Cola stumbled upon his recipe for the brew while actually trying to find a cure for headaches. Stumbling across this recipe was not as glamorous but the result was certainly on the same level as that iconic taste….

Peel Asparagus? 

Peel a vegetable with seemingly no skin? It seems unnecessary. But Julia Child claims this French method is the best way to prepare your asparagus at home.  We’re encouraged to peel the outside ‘skin’ exposing the moist flesh beneath. Made much easier with peelers today then the paring knife used in the picture provided. Cut…

Julia’s Foolproof Hollandaise Sauce in a Blender

Yes you read that right, hollandaise sauce in a blender. Many people think of Julia Child recipes to be difficult. To many steps resulting in a misstep that ends in ruin. But these are the people who don’t actually read her books. They search the index or table of content and quickly find the recipe…

Julia’s Acclaimed Boeuf Bourguinon [beef stewed in red wine]

With a cold snap comes flannel pjs, warm socks and stew. There is a fire warming my living room and the oven warming my kitchen, the smell of boeuf bourguinon drifted throughout the house this afternoon. Armed with my Julia Child bible. Research formed from Gordon Ramsey, and the Barefoot contessa. I felt confident I…

Jamie Oliver’s Ultimate Chocolate & Raspberry Tart

Even typing that title makes me smile. It tastes just as decadent as it sounds. A chocolate crust topped with a double cream chocolate filling. The smell of my kitchen began with the toasting of the chocolate crust. The recipe was fairly easy to put mix together. Once I converted it from metric measurements. The…