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...]

7th Annual Volk/Watson Extravaganza: The Pictures

7th annual volk/watson christmas extravaganza

My family's annual Christmas party happened yesterday. As usual, it was ridiculous: There were the beef tacos. And the chicken tacos. And the shredded chicken with Mexican rice, black beans and aioli crema. Since the party was tex-mex themed, there … [Read more...]

Made With Love: Maqluba from Yotam Ottoleghi and Sami Tamimi’s “Jerusalem”


It comes in threes, love. And in so many forms. First, in the romantic idea of a recipe. If that sounds like hyperbole, go to a bookstore and look, just look at a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's cookbook, Jerusalem. It's art. You want to make everything. It … [Read more...]

Slow-Cooker Caribbean Chicken with Squash, Chili and Lime

slow-cooker caribbean chicken with squash, chili and lime

It might not feel like a slow-cooker day, but this spicy Caribbean stew/curry is perfect patio food for the cooler evenings. I made it originally for a dinner party and it was a hit thanks to the perfectly tender and flavourful chicken thighs. You really can't mess up slow-cooker … [Read more...]