Half a week of temporary bachelorhood has restored Meats to its rightful place before Roots and Leaves. For three whole days fruits and vegetables were relegated to their proper roles – hidden in sauces and condiments – while steaks, chops and roasts have had the run of the kitchen. For three whole days the bananas […]
This sauce is so simple and so fresh tasting, even when you use canned tomatoes as I do this time of year. Use the best canned tomatoes available, preferably San Marzano. I don’t worry about making the sauce too smooth. Tomato sauce Adapted from Cucina Povera, by Pamela Sheldon Alberts Makes 6 cups 3 tablepsoons […]
Part three of Super Bowls and Plates. This year’s football feast: Spicy, grilled chicken wings with blue cheese dip. Guacamole, because you have to make something healthy. The easiest barbecue ribs you’ll ever make.
Part two of Super Bowls and Plates. This year’s football feast: Spicy, grilled chicken wings with blue cheese dip. Guacamole, because you have to make something healthy. The easiest barbecue ribs you’ll ever make.
This is Part One of Super Bowls and Plates, a good excuse to have a party. Once a year we pretend to like football so we can have a mid-winter gorge on tavern fare. Last year I made Scotch eggs, a crowd favourite. This year’s football feast: Spicy, grilled chicken wings with blue cheese dip. […]
I’ve been on the road so much lately that when I come home the first thing I do is look around for the check-in counter. Like all seasoned business travelers, I have my fair share of horror stories – roller-coaster plane rides, maniacal taxi drivers who scare you to death and then won’t take credit […]
Years ago, I worked at a small daily newspaper that, like all small dailies in that neck of the woods, produced an annual supplement called “Fall Colours”. The supplement, depending on the state of the economy, could run many pages, supported by local retailers anxious to convince people that the holiday shopping season begins the […]
Nasturtiums, I am told, flower best in poor soil. They attract few pests, are generally happier when completely ignored and they tend to thrive under the unwatchful eye of even the worst gardeners. Thank, God – this is a plant for me. And, even better, they’re delicious. I’ve often thrown a few nasturtium leaves in […]
Even the most cynical teenager has a weakness. Finding that soft spot can be difficult, especially when they are at their worst – standing there with their arms crossed, refusing to make eye contact with what has to be the worst half of the worst set of parents on the entire planet, mumbling angry, monosyllabic […]
Almost exactly 20 years ago, a boss gave me a copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I am very proud of that book because it has never been opened. Not even a page. For all I know, it has an inscription that reads “For the young man who exemplifies each of these […]