Easy Lavender-Chai and Sweet-Spiced Vanilla-Pear Ice Creams

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When I got an ice cream maker, my world changed. Not just because now I could make dairy-free versions of frozen deliciousness. But because I could make any flavour of frozen deliciousness I wanted. I could also play with the sweetness and the texture and control the quality of … [Read more...]

Slow-Roasted Champagne and Maple Barbecue Ribs

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I almost never eat pork. I don't even remember the last time I ate ribs. But I got a rib craving - something to do with the sunshine and the thought of barbecues, parks and checkered picnic tablecloths (do those even exist??) - and then I saw Nagano pork ribs for a good price at … [Read more...]

Strawberry-Blueberry Dessert and Wrecking Family Tradition

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Growing up, my family had a repertoire of two special occasion desserts. There was my mom's blueberry pie and then there was the ambiguously named "strawberry dessert." I waffled between preferring one or the other from year to year. Whether for Christmas, Thanksgiving or a … [Read more...]

Bar Isabel, “Thinking Whisky” and a Birthday

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No, not mine. It was someone much cooler than me's birthday. And that someone likes good food and drinks and even let me make the birthday plans. So, really, it felt like my birthday when the server at Bar Isabel popped the cork on our bottle of Xarel-Lo (Colet Navazos, Extra … [Read more...]

Seared Sockeye Salmon and Black Cod With Shallots and Roasted Green Beans

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Too many people are scared to cook fish. And that's a good and bad thing. It's good because it means fewer people are buying unsustainable, antibiotic-laced Atlantic salmon, overfished tuna, mercury bio-accumulating swordfish and mislabeled snapper. It's bad because fish can be … [Read more...]