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By Amy / October 19, 2017

Tomatoes – I guess I’m in love

That’s the only reasonable explanation.  I am in love with tomatoes.  I say this because I have been nurturing a...

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By Amy / August 10, 2017

My cottage brisket

Every summer needs a cottage vacation.  I am blessed and grateful that Thom’s family shares a wonderful cottage just north...

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By Amy / April 27, 2017

Starting with Sourdough

The first time I tried making a sourdough started was a few years ago.  I had been binge watching The...

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By Amy / November 20, 2016

Make these eggs

Breakfast is my favourite meal.  I eat it all day long – seriously, today I have only eaten breakfast foods....

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By Amy / November 11, 2016

For the love of leeks

A few weeks ago I bought some beautiful small leeks at the Thunder Bay Country Market.   They sat in my fridge for...

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By Amy / November 3, 2016

Stop eating sugar for breakfast!

Stop eating sugar for breakfast.  This seems like a crazy notion.  Especially for a baker.  I'm not saying give up...

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By Amy / October 25, 2016

Starting with a bowl – again

My dear Start with a bowl readers, You may have noticed my absence from the web lately.  There has been...

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By Amy / August 27, 2016

Eat what you find

Eat what you find.  In Canadian urban cities this is a strange notion. In many parts of Canada, including parts...

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By Amy / August 5, 2016

The perfect lunch

A confession.  I don’t love going to restaurants.  I would rather go to markets, buy great ingredients, and cook them...

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By Amy / June 28, 2016

I scream for ice cream?!?

I have fallen in love.  I’m as surprised as you are.  Someone new has come into my life.  His name...

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By Amy / June 24, 2016

Treasure at the top

I love hunting for treasures.  I think it’s why I love consignment, thrift, and antique shops.  I have found amazing...

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By Amy / May 23, 2016

A Grizzly Fondue

What matters to you in a restaurant?  Obviously, the food.  I mean that’s why you’re there, right?  But there are...

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By Amy / May 17, 2016

Climb every mountain

Making the decision to try something new is the hardest part of change. When you’re in the moment of doing...

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By Amy / May 3, 2016

On the hunt

I am a crow.  I love shiny things.  I love new things.  I love weird things.  My brain, my eyes,...

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By Amy / April 22, 2016

The Minimalist Pantry – Cooking in Calgary

Adventure is exciting.  You see and do new things, meet new people, and see a new part of the world. ...

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By Amy / April 1, 2016

The Buttermilk Conundrum

What can I make with all this buttermilk?  This question plagued me when I was 15.  Ok, plagued is maybe...

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By Amy / March 31, 2016

Kitchen Coach

Recently on the radio, I heard Mark Bittman, former lead food columnist for The New York Times Magazine.  He was talking...

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By Amy / March 22, 2016

Steak Jacuzzi – Adventures in Sous Vide Cooking!

Adventures in Sous Vide Who knew you could cook a steak – cook a steak perfectly, in fact – in...

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By Amy / March 13, 2016

I have issues – of food magazines

Food magazines are funny things.  On the cover is a picture of a beautiful dish that draws you in.  You...

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By Amy / February 25, 2016

The thrill of the find

I love hunting.  I'm not talking about animals, I'm talking about shopping. I love sifting through racks of clothes, stacks of vinyl records,...

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By Amy / February 22, 2016

Taking Stock

Clean it out! Once a year Thom and I do a detox/cleanse.  We started about 4 years ago.  I had...

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By Amy / February 16, 2016

Rise Up! A journey to bread

How was bread invented?  I’ve often wondered this.  It has to have been an accident.  I can fathom that someone...

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By Amy / February 14, 2016

A dinner party called “Turducken”

Turducken To begin, if you’re not sure what a Turducken is, click here. 6 years ago Thom and I decided...

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By Amy / February 11, 2016

Amy’s Kitchen Year – Thank you Ruth Reichl

The other day I found myself telling a friend she needed to read Ruth Reichl’s book My Kitchen Year.  While...

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By Amy / February 4, 2016

A bottle of olive oil

The perfect olive oil. A few years ago Thom and I had the wonderful pleasure of traveling through the south...

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By Amy / January 26, 2016

The Battle of the Birthday Cake

In my life I have made a lot of cakes.  A heck of a lot of cakes If you ask...

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By Amy / January 25, 2016

Vegan?! Gluten free?! Egg allergy?! What can I make???

Cooking for allergies, intolerances, and preferences.  ( I can hear you sigh already).  I have one friend who is a...

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By Amy / January 15, 2016

Making Doughnuts at Home!

I really enjoy doughnuts.  When I was a kid and I went ice skating with my dad, we would stop at...

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By Amy / January 11, 2016

What is your favourite meal?

Seriously. What is your favourite meal? If it’s your birthday, or you’re on death row awaiting execution, what do you...

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By Amy / January 8, 2016

Eating my way through Vancouver – Part 5: Salt Tasting Room

People in my life have suggested to me that I could use a salt like.  Like a horse.  Well, they’re...

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By Amy / January 6, 2016

Eating my way through Vancouver – Part 4: Fish Tacos and Disco

So, we have previously established that the sandwiches at Meat and Bread were too good to pass up.  A Porchetta...

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By Amy / January 4, 2016

My Bûche de Noël – Adventures in holiday baking

One day my brother came home from school with an assignment.  My mother had to make a Yule Log.  There...

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By Amy / January 3, 2016

Eating my way through Vancouver – Part 3: Meat and Bread

The mighty sandwich.  As a kid I didn’t like sandwiches.  That might be a direct result of how my mom...

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By Amy / December 18, 2015

Eating my way through Vancouver – Part 2: Shizen Ya

While my Japadog experience was overall awesome, I made one crucial error.  I ate it at 3pm Vancouver time.  I...

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By Amy / December 16, 2015

Eating my way through Vancouver – Part 1: Japadog

One of the best parts of travelling is eating.  If you dine in local eateries and avoid the chains you...

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By Amy / December 7, 2015

Starting from Scratch – Writing Recipes

Beginning my culinary journey as a baker, I have always kept recipes close at hand.  A recipe tells you what...

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By Amy / November 17, 2015

Plum Cake Lady

They call me…”The Plum Cake Lady” I love to bake with plums.  I love to make plum crumble, plum cake,...

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By Amy / November 13, 2015

The right tool for the job

From scratch.  What does that really mean?  Of course it means that you make something from ingredients rather than pre-assembled...

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By Amy / November 5, 2015

Cookbook Review – My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

I am a sucker for Paris. I've been there 3 times and dream of moving there.  So, a book titled...

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By Amy / October 27, 2015

Put an egg on it!

The first time I went to Paris was in 1999.   It was a life altering trip in more ways...

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By Amy / October 23, 2015

English Muffins

  I love the British TV Show The Great British Bake off.  It's a guilty pleasure.  I know, as an...

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By Amy / October 23, 2015

Thanksgiving – Context and Cooking

When Thanksgiving rolls around, most people start thinking about family.  I start thinking about cooking and baking.  The farmer’s markets...

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