Our pork is famous

A quick shout out for our farmer, Barbara Schaefer, (we’re members of her CSA  – Community Supported Agriculture – program) whose Large Black pigs smiled up at us in our local paper this morning (as did Barbara). I’m just glad we got ours in the freezer before the rush starts. If you’ve never eaten pork […]

Help wanted

If you’re like me, you sometimes wonder how come getting ready for even a small dinner party can be an all-day affair that leaves the kitchen looking like the Third Panzer Division stopped by for a hasty meal and didn’t do the dishes. How is it that a TV chef can do it all  – […]

Pecan caramel cheesecake

This is officially my all-time favourite dessert. Combining pecans, caramel and dreamy rich cheesecake has got to be close to illegal it’s so good. I am having trouble writing with my mouth full so, I’ll cut straight to the recipe, which comes from chow.com. Note: I omitted the salt, which I am sure would have […]

Have on hand: crostini

Crostini is Italian for “little crust,” in our house it’s translated as “why are we eating bread when we could be eating crostini?” In theory, I make crostini with left-over baguettes that would otherwise be thrown out and serve them to guests with expensive wine and cheeses. But the truth is, crostini in our house […]

Lobster poutine

This week’s New Yorker (the food issue) features a piece by Calvin Trillin poking fun at “Quebec’s Funniest Food,” which is, of course, poutine. I am not a big fan of defining a people by the food they eat, let alone mocking them, but poutine seems to make Americans laugh the way  we all really […]