Chicken with Wild Mushrooms and Salicorne

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The best thing you can give me is food I can eat. Well, maybe love. I'd have to be pretty heartless to say, "Keep your feelings to yourself" – especially if you're coming to my house for dinner and I've cooked a birthday meal and I'm lactose and gluten intolerant, thus making … [Read more...]

Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs (The Easy Way and the Complicated Way)

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Me: "Do you have ground lamb?" Friendly Guy at Boucherie de Tours: "Sure." Me: Turkey? FGBT: "Breast or thigh?" Me, realizing they grind everything to order and appreciating that the butcher even cares to ask when most ground meat is a mix of whatever fatty bits are … [Read more...]

Clef des Champs: Mushroom Tarts, a Summer Day Trip From Montreal and What You Didn’t Know About Medicinal Plants

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You might have heard of Clef des champs. They're my go-to local company for tinctures — bottles of distilled organic herbal combinations that do anything from easing digestion to improving your immune system to helping you relax. But I didn't know that they had a terraced … [Read more...]

Loaded Nachos, Salsa, Guacamole: Enough chili pepper to kill a winter


There's a feeling that comes about this time of year that I call panic. It builds with every snow fall, with every frozen eyelash. It couples with the swearing I hear from my own mouth as I walk to the metro. And it multiplies like a parasite until something happens to calm your … [Read more...]

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Slow-Cooker Chicken Curry


When you buy and cook a squash, don't throw out the seeds. Sure, they're sticky and kind of gross, but if you wash them, strain them and toss them with salt, pepper and oil, they bake up to cheap treat perfection. Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Seeds of 1 pumpkin or squash 1 tsp … [Read more...]