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The best mac & cheese I’ve ever made.

The best mac & cheese I’ve ever made.

This is the best macaroni & cheese dish I’ve ever made. I’ve been trying for years, and I can safely say that this dish successfully merges the yearnings of my childhood self with the gustatory leanings of my adult self.

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Quiche

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Quiche

From Food Quiche is easy to get wrong. Too often, it’s the rubbery thing left under a heat lamp at your hotel’s pre-paid buffet dinner. And it’s easy to see why: quiche is cheap, it’s easy, and it gets rid of whatever you have in the refrigerator. It’s an omelet inside a pastry crust. What could go wrong? Everything, apparently. That’s why people don’t learn to like it until they’re the ones making it. A couple of weeks ago, I…

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Recipe: Autumn Squash Risotto

Recipe: Autumn Squash Risotto

From Food Before making this, I had never made a real risotto, before. I was always intimidated by it, and reading recipes did nothing to ameliorate my anxiety. The ideal creamy-but-toothsome consistency was notoriously elusive. There was a lot of butter and cream and cheese. Also, there were multiple pots and pans at work: one for the rice, one for the vegetables, and so on. For such a simple thing, it looked like so much work. Enter duck.

Review: Ferro

Review: Ferro

Please excuse the over-exposure of this photo. It’s the inevitable consequence of low lighting and late eating. For a recent family birthday dinner, we visited Ferro, and this drink, the Negroni, convinced me to blog the location.

Review: Discovery Coffees

Review: Discovery Coffees

A while ago, my friend Sara gave me a free sample of Starbucks’ new VIA instant coffee. She’s not much of a coffee drinker, but I am. I take a double-walled thermos with me most everywhere, and I am deeply in love with the Cuisinart Grind and Brew we purchased last year as an anniversary gift to each other, and most often we use it to brew Kicking Horse’s Hoodoo Joe blend. But sometimes, instant coffee is all you have,…

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Summer's here.

Summer's here.

From Food This week, my father-in-law phoned me just to ask if our air conditioning unit was installed, yet. When I told him it wasn’t, he sounded a little panicked. Today, Karl asked me the same question. We’ve received heat warnings for the past few days, and I’ve heard reports of elderly people having trouble breathing and so on. Thankfully that hasn’t been a problem, here: my husband and I managed to wrestle in our A/C unit a couple of…

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David Lynch teaches you how to make quinoa

David Lynch teaches you how to make quinoa

I watch a lot of tutorials online. I find they really calm me down before I try to sleep. I had a feeling that this one would be an instant favourite the moment it appeared in the related content navbar, but wow. David Lynch teaching me how to cook? I’m so there. This is only the first part of the tutorial. The second part is here. Apparently, Lynch released them as part of a promotional campaign for Inland Empire. What…

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Getting it right

Getting it right

From Food I’ve been on break from school for a while. I wish I could say that I did something truly amazing with my time, but I mostly focused on watching Twin Peaks, doing yoga, and finally figuring out how to make brown rice properly on a stovetop. There are a lot of ways to do this, but I seem to finally have discovered the method that works for me. The secret is washing the rice. Over and over. Three…

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comfort food

comfort food

I had a houseguest all week — an old friend from university who needed some down time before starting a cross-country move and a dissertation. We presented together at a conference, applying Aristotle’s notion of phronesis from the Nicomachean Ethics to science fiction futurism, but most of the week was spent sleeping in, visiting art galleries, and eating. There’s a lot of really great food in Toronto, and we barely scratched the surface. But what really surprised me about this…

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