Risotto Alla Genovese

Risotto alla Genovese

At George Brown, the dish I most enjoyed cooking—and eating—was risotto. Specifically, risotto alla Genovese. My roommate and I were always making pesto and chicken stock at home so that we could make that dish whenever we wanted. Over my first few years…

Salt Cod & Tomato

Salt Cod & Tomato

I grew up in the small fishing village of Blandford, Nova  Scotia, eating lots of traditional local foods like herring, eel, mussels, clams and smoked fish. My father is from Madrid. Nova Scotia and Spain share lots of ingredients—like salt cod—but we generally prepare…

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

When I was a kid, I was a very picky eater. (Sorry, Mom!) One of my worst enemies was lettuce, that strange green product that seemed to taste just like grass. It took a lot of hard work and commitment…

Smoked Oysters With Potato Foam

Smoked Oysters with Potato Foam

When I was growing up in Southern Ontario, I used to go camping a lot with my dad. And for some reason, we always used to end up eating the same thing by the campfire at night: smoked oysters from…

Dad’s Meatloaf With Onion Gravy

Dad’s Meatloaf with Onion Gravy

My father loved to cook. I loved being in the kitchen with him. He always made cooking fun. Dad had some unique recipes! (I say that with a big smile on my face.) There was a period when I was…

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