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...]

Bison (or Lamb) Tajine with Sweet Potatoes and Apricots (Not Dates)

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What was I thinking, using Chinese dates? I needed apricots! There has to be some sour to the sweet. Any idiot knows that? So said Two Michelin Star chef Nenad Mlinarevic in our interview last week. Well, not in those exact words... The point is, don't use dates here. I forgot … [Read more...]