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...]

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...]

French Rack of Lamb with Honey-Parsley Marinade, Potato Purée and Pickled Beets

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I was a rack of lamb virgin. Embarrassing, right? 28-years-old and I'd never seared an expensive piece of meat with the ribs sticking out like boney fingers. I bet that's not what you think when you order it in a restaurant — bony fingers — but I do. Which is mostly why I didn't … [Read more...]

How to Cook Whole Fish: Baked Sustainable Bass Stuffed with Herbs

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Make this when you have leftover parsley or white wine. You can do it the mild way (Italian) or the spicy way (Asian). The difference is chili flakes and soy or fish sauce. One note about sustainability: Ask your fishmonger where the fish comes from and how it was caught. If it … [Read more...]

Spiced Orange, Fig and Toasted Sunflower Pilaf

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I'm reviewing a new cookbook called The Smart Palate. It was created by the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Center at McGill University. It's three authors aim for easy-to-make recipes that are visually appealing and healthy. Healthy in their views means fairly low in … [Read more...]