How to Cook Mussels With White Wine and Mushrooms


Why are these hairy mollusks so intimidating? I firmly believe that everybody should be making mussels. Things mussels have going for them include: They make their own sauce when they open. All they generally need is a quick scrub and a toss in boiling liquid. Cooking … [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...]

$6.99 a Pound Lobster with Sage Butter


Sound fancy? It's not. Insects of the sea, these. I wouldn't eat them until age 19. Me, a girl from Newfoundland. And then I got over the whole antennae and eyes phobia and got on with the eating. First, I treaded carefully (or, rather, biked). Then I went on a killing … [Read more...]

Maple Spring Salad with Roasted Chicken and Lemon Potatoes


The name of this salad is maybe only a double entendre to Quebeckers who made it through last year's student protests, aka maple spring. But this is a salad for all — student or not, protester or not. Because food, after all, is a great unifier. And if anything can unify, then … [Read more...]

Slow-Roasted Champagne and Maple Barbecue Ribs


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...]