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Salt Tasting Room

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 not wrong.  I love salt. Love it.  I have 6 kinds of salt in my kitchen right now (Maldon, Fleur de sel,  coarse kosher, coarse sea salt, fine sea salt, and a blend of fleur…

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Fish Taco - Tacofino

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 sandwich was the plan for Friday’s lunch, and nothing would deter me from that plan.  So, what was I to do when I stumbled across the Tacofino truck on the way to Meat and Bread???…

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Porchetta Sandwich - Meat and Bread

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 made sandwiches.  Mom’s recipe: Take two slices of very soft white bread.  Spread butter liberally on both slices.  The butter should be thick enough you can see teeth marks.  Place one slice of cooked ham…

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Schmecks Appeal

Cookbook Review – Schmecks Appeal by Edna Staebler

Edna Staebler taught me to bake. Sometime in the mid-eighties, I’m not sure exactly when my mother purchased the cookbook “Schmecks Appeal.”  Following that she also bought Edna Staebler’s earlier books “Food that really Schmecks” and “More food that really Schmecks,” but “Schmecks Appeal” was the book in our house that started it all. My…

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Plum Cake

Plum Cake Lady

They call me…”The Plum Cake Lady” I love to bake with plums.  I love to make plum crumble, plum cake, plum pie…once when I was doing a cleanse (no sugar, no wheat, no wine, no dairy, yadda, yadda, yadda…) I discovered that I could oven roast plums with lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger until…

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Tarte au citron

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 components.  Yes, I get that, but somewhere along the way I built into that definition that it means using your hands – and that tools are cheating. I think this crazy notion began when I…

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My Paris Kitchen

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 “My Paris Kitchen” will always catch my eye.  As I started to flip through the pages I realized that this cookbook was unlike any cookbook I had ever read.  It wasn’t just recipes, it was…

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Corned beef hash

Put an egg on it!

The first time I went to Paris was in 1999.   It was a life altering trip in more ways than I can say.  One of the many things about Paris that blew my mind was the food.  Standing on the street trying not to get strawberry jam all over my face while eating a…

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English Muffins

English Muffins

I love the British TV Show The Great British Bake off.  It’s a guilty pleasure.  I know, as an actor I should reject reality tv, but I love watching these home bakers compete week after week.  I love Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who judge the show, and I love Mel and Sue who host…

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