Please Don’t Overcook Me!

Please Don’t Overcook Me!

Other than our enthusiasm for roasting them and presenting them as a centrepiece for our celebratory family table, we have a strange way of expressing our love for this unfortunate bird. Linguistically, anyway, we are universally keen to dissociate ourselves…

David McMillan’s Old English Quebec Christmas

David McMillan’s old English Quebec Christmas

Montreal in the 1800s had a lot of manufacturing and industry The St. Lawrence Seaway was the highway and a lot of goods were sent to godforsaken places like Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. There was nothing to bring…

Fir Tree-Seasoned Deer Heart With Squid And Smurfs

Fir Tree-Seasoned Deer Heart with Squid and Smurfs

This dish looks like a Playmobil box.It’s based on a new dish at the restaurant I call Charcut Schtroumpf (Charcuterie Smurf ). My friends from Au Pied de Cochon make the most amazing ham on earth, the best I’ve eaten…

Riccardo Bertolino’s Italian Family Christmas

Riccardo Bertolino’s Italian Family Christmas

In my old home town, Bologna, this dish is something special—and almost mandatory—for Christmas. It can also be served for a Baptism or Communion. We would have it on Dec. 25 at lunch, which is when we eat our big…

Anthony Walsh’s Argentinian Christmas Dinner

Anthony Walsh’s Argentinian Christmas Dinner

This dish is a total ripoff of Piedmontese vitello tonnato—though this version has a bit more vegetable, at least the way I’ve had it, which gives it a bit of a lighter feel. My wife’s family is Argentinian; she grew…

Sean Usher’s Pickled Clams

Sean Usher’s Pickled Clams

Sean Usher's Pickled Clams recipe is inspired by a  cichetti recipe that Italians in the Venetian region—who harvest their clams from the Adriatic year-round—can serve in any season. Gabardine chef Sean Usher's recipe features fennel and red onion. Red pepper…

Crispy Duck Salad

Duck confit: 2 tbsp sel gris de Guérande (or other coarse grey sea salt) 1 tbsp black peppercorns, crushed 1 tsp cloves, crushed 4 duck legs 1.5 L (6 cups) duck fat (Or substitute 4 legs pre-made King Cole duck…

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