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…

Holland Marsh Onion Soup

Holland Marsh Onion Soup

When I was a kid, I used to like to make French onion soup with my mom—who added everything together and cooked it out to produce a great, clean onion flavour. Every chef I’ve worked for, in every country I…

Maple Pork Sausage

Maple Pork Sausage

This is the same sausage I used to make with my dad and grandfather a couple of times a year in the basement of my grandparents’ house, back when I was growing up. It is one of my earliest food-related…

Fettuccine Carbonara

Fettuccine Carbonara

The first time I cooked dinner for my family, I was eight years old. The dish was fettuccine carbonara. I must have found the recipe in one of my mother’s magazines. I remember thinking it looked good: pasta, eggs, bacon—who…

Squab My Way

Squab My Way

I put this on the menu at North 44, in the ’90s. It was the first squab dish I ever made—and to me it’s still the best squab we’ve ever done. The squab breast is roasted on the crown, a…

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