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brioche au chocolate

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 sugar, just don’t start your day with it.  For a number of years I worked behind a desk.  In the morning I got up, got ready, ate something sweet – including sweet tea, drove to…

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Eat what you find

Eat what you find.  In Canadian urban cities this is a strange notion. In many parts of Canada, including parts of Newfoundland, this idea is ingrained.  I have spent my life walking into grocery stores and buying whatever I want or need.  I never gave it much thought and it was rare that I couldn’t…

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river cafe

The perfect lunch

A confession.  I don’t love going to restaurants.  I would rather go to markets, buy great ingredients, and cook them at home.  When I do go out I want to be surprised by dishes I haven’t made before with awesome local ingredients, and great ambiance.  Oh, and a great rosé wine helps too.  When I…

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lemon curd blueberry ice cream

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 is Marcus and he makes ice cream.  Specifically, he makes Lemon Curd with Wild Blueberry Ice Cream.  And Passionfruit  Basil Ice Cream.  I have never loved ice cream.  I have liked it, but not loved. …

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lake agnes_tea

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 treasures in these cluttered, disorganized, and often not terribly clean places.  What I didn’t expect was to find treasure at the top of a mountain. A few weeks ago I went hiking again.  We chose…

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The Grizzly House

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 other contributing factors – factors that can sway your decision and lead you to eat a crappy food in a room that looks beautiful, or sit in a dive and eat the best meal of…

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Sous Vide steak

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 a Jacuzzi?  Recently, a dear friend of mine I hadn’t seen in ages contacted me to see if I wanted to have a Sous Vide playdate.  Not knowing exactly what that meant, I said yes….

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Roasted Cornish Hen

How To – Amy’s Roasted Chicken

I love roasting chickens.  A roasted chicken is affordable, quick to prepare, and it fills your house with a wonderful aroma.  While you do need time, it’s not really active time.  Prep the bird for 5-10 minutes and then move on to something else once it is in the oven.  I have tinkered with a lot…

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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, or even boxes of tchotchkes for a treasure.  Lately I have been on the hunt for cast iron pans.  I recently realized how much I love my vintage 8” McClarys cast iron pan. I get…

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