Recipes

CHEDDAR JALAPEÑO GREEN ONION DONUTS

These are my new favorite things. Savory donuts, easily baked, and full of spicy goodness.  The texture stays light and fluffy, so you can eat wayyyyyyy too many of these before you realize you’re a brunch monster.  I might even try making these with corn meal, as sort of an epic breakfast cornbread situation.  But until then, nom nom nom […]
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CHILI SHRIMP OVER BLACK RICE

Black rice has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor that is so delicious with heat and spice, so I decided to take it out of the southwestern realm and introduce some Thai flavors.  The tomatoes, ginger, chili, and shrimp are a natural pairing with the black rice.  Done in under 20 minutes, this is a perfect weeknight meal whether the […]
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CLASSIC CROQUE MONSIEUR WITH ROMAINE SALAD

I was prattling on about my love of Nancy Meyer’s films until my husband and his brother interrupted that they had never seen her movies. They had a vague memory of her movie posters, the stylish yet accessible while keeping it together/falling apart heroines, and those chirpy, bright soundtracks. I could understand them missing The Holiday or Something’s Gotta Give, […]
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PASSIONFRUIT LIME SPRITZER

My grandma used to have an epic passionfruit vine, fat with fruit. We’d collect the pockmarked nubs and shake them to see if they were ripe. The trick with passionfruit is that the uglier it is, the better it tastes. We’d collect buckets of them and my mom would scoop out the pulp on top of a pavlova. My sister, […]
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THE 4 PASTAS OF ROME

Your impression of La Dolce Vita says a lot about where you are in life. Do you find it exotic and romantic? Frustrating and vapid? Nostalgic and bitter sweet? The film covers seven episodes in a gossip rag journalist’s life. Seven nights, seven mornings, seven hills in Rome, the seven sins – there’s a lot of allegorical, metaphorical stuff going […]
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EGGS IN A BASKET

Every time I try to write about a meal inspired by a favorite movie of mine this early in the New Year, I feel compelled to feature a fabulous make-over. “New Year, New You” rattles around my head this time of year, when most of us decide that this is the year to really give Soul Cycle a committed try, […]
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S’MORES LATTE

Toronto is one of my favorite food cities. The combination of myriad cultural references with youthful exuberance leads to some very fun, very delicious surprises. Enter Sweet Jesus, the facetiously named ice cream shop that also specializes in comically over the top coffee drinks. More is more is more here. The S’mores Latte is a regular latte, topped with a […]
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CHOCOLATE DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE

Velvety soft uber-chocolate cake with rich and decadent dark chocolate buttercream frosting makes the most chocolatey chocolate cake. This is a very adult version of chocolate cake, with chocolate that isn’t too sweet, and the full-bodied flavor of unsweetened cocoa does the heavy lifting.  Enjoy! INGREDIENTS (CAKE) 4 ounces butter 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 […]
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SIMPLE BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL

INGREDIENTS Makes 1 bowl 3 frozen bananas 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup raspberries 1 cup almondmilk 3 medjool dates, pits removed DIRECTIONS Blend until smooth. Make sure it is thick & creamy. Liquid to solid ratio is very important here! TOPPINGS 1/2 sliced fresh banana 1 tablespoon goji berries 1 tablespoon flax seeds 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 teaspoon […]
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