Maple planked pork with maple mustard glaze

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 […]

Nasturtium and walnut pesto

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 […]


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 […]


It makes me cringe to see the prices they charge for a container of hummus at the grocery store. It’s much less expensive to make it yourself, it only takes 10 minutes and it tastes so fresh you won’t want store-bought hummus again. This will keep in the fridge for days but drizzle a little […]

Grilled asparagus with tarragon butter sauce

 “This is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus Age of Asparagus Asparagus! Asparagus!” I’m not sure what it is about this annual refrain that gets L so annoyed. I think it’s very clever and it makes for a delightful little ear worm that stays with you all day (you’ll see). No apologies to […]