NO-ICE-CREAM-MAKER LEMON ICE CREAM
SUMMER ENTERTAINING: ELENA'S SUCCOTASH
This dessert is so simple, quick and refreshing – no ice cream maker required ! I've made it so often, I forgot that the original recipe came from The Cottage Cookbook.
SUMMER ENTERTAINING: CAPRESE SALAD
This refreshing summer dish can be a salad, a side or a meal. Make it the day ahead – it's best the second day.
SUMMER ENTERTAINING: SWISS CHARD RISOTTO
This is a fun way to dress up summer tomatoes. On a trip to New York years ago, fresh burrata cheese with tomatoes was on every menu. I wanted to bring this one back, the perfect dish for entertaining on the deck or dock. If you can find covered burrata, grab it for its deep flavour and great texture.
SUMMER ENTERTAINING: BEET + RHUBARB SALAD
This basic risotto recipe has endless variations. Knowing the basics means you’ll never be without a great dinner. It’s the first meal Fin learned to cook, and he now claims to be a risotto master. You would not find him adding swiss chard though…
SUMMER ENTERTAINING: LEMONY AVOCADO + RADISH TOASTS
I first came across a far more complicated version of this recipe at the much adored. Ottolenghi in Notting Hill, UK. His little shop and multiple cookbooks capture the style, presentation and ingredients that hit home. This is my short cut simple version with a nod to Yotam Ottolenghi. I’ve done versions of this salad whenever I am asked to bring something potluck to a dinner and am often asked for the recipe. So finally, I have worked it through for you to enjoy, wow and dazzle and pass it on.
WHAT DAD WANTS
Toasts are a sweet name for what we used to call bruschetta, with different toppings or dare I mention, a canapé. It’s also an open-faced sandwich. Either way, it’s my way of saying I love good bread, but when open faced you get twice the goodies. And it’s a canvas of food beauty.
GIRLS GUIDE TO THE BBQ
Let’s go back to basics. Don’t we all want the same thing? To be appreciated, considered and even thanked. And have an indulgent break, maybe a golf game, run or ride, and a nice meal? What about something thoughtful and homemade, nostalgic, like an old family photo from a favourite time? Here's what I think dads really want...plus some insight from some of my dads/trusted advisors.
THINK LIKE A CATERER: ENTERTAIN & ACTUALLY ENJOY IT
I didn’t always love to barbecue but I loved what came from it. Grilling wasn’t part of my New York chef school training. I grew up in a pretty traditional home with a mom who’s an incredible cook and a dad who takes his barbecuing seriously. Now, I master the grill in all weather.
THE GOOD ENOUGH DETOX MONTH
Coming off a weekend of entertaining, I have a few secrets that work every time. Not everyone loves to entertain, but with a little planning and organizing, you can actually join the party too. Here’s the roundup on how to throw a memorable gathering, and have a great time while you’re at it.
SEASONAL VEGGIE ROUND UP
It's detox month! You don't need to do a crazy diet or skip meals. You can have it all, praise moderation. Drink good wine, drink coffee, work your hardest and get tons of exercise, fresh air and eat really well: fresh, local, homemade. Detox spring clean your body, but don’t take the joy and fun out of living.
BEST GIFTS FOR MOMS: THINGS WE LOVE FOR HER...AND YOU
Deciding what’s for dinner can be as dreaded and painful as going to the dentist. I’ve been caught glassy eyed wandering the aisles, no list, hoping to find inspiration, peering in strangers carts. Instead, start with the vegetables that are available this month.
WHAT MOM (REALLY) WANTS: THE PERFECT DAY
In the spirit of Mother’s Day, let’s actually so something for ourselves (and the other women or moms in our life), make it a priority, and not feel guilty about it. Spoil yourself, buy yourself a gift, or indulge in a spa treatment. Moms, this day is for you.
WHAT’S IN SEASON: SPRING EDITION
What do moms really want on Mother’s Day? After tears, laughs, and some incredible lines, I discovered the universal truths about what makes us moms happy on Mother's Day. Listen up, kids!
SPRING CLEANING: ROOM BY ROOM
Spring is officially here. As the seasons change, a new round of vegetables come into play. Take advantage of the warm weather with my favourite risotto recipe made with spring vegetables, and a list of must-have spring cookbooks.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF MAPLE SYRUP SEASON
Ready to start your annual Spring Cleaning? This comprehensive guide provides tips for cleaning up your living space room by room, with a list of my favourite products that are unique, handmade, and environmentally friendly.
Maple syrup season is a symbol of the changing of the seasons and all things Canadian. It only happens when temperatures are above zero during the day, below zero at night – Mother Nature’s grand gesture that spring is on its way in.