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Steak au Poivre (steak in a cognac cream sauce) & Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

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I got an email a few months ago telling me about the Courvoisier Collective Challange. Courvoisier Cognac was looking for people to create recipes using their cognac, and then post them up on their site. It’s open to culinary students, and home chefs, in Ontario. This is why I’m going to beg and plead for your help at the beginning of ...

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Panzanella (Tomato and Toasted Bread Salad)

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I’d like to introduce you all to my new favorite lunch. I haven’t quite convinced Oliver that it’s a lunch (he always side-eyes salad), but if I throw a hot dog on a plate with this beside it, he’s quite happy to pick away. Silly boy. If you already know Panzanella salads, well first off, lucky you and why didn’t ...

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Flavor Packed Potato Fans

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I’ve tried about a half-dozen versions of potato fans, and I kept coming up with the same complaint –  the potato itself had no flavor. Finally, I decided to just go rogue. Take what I had learned with the prep, but amp up the seasoning of the potato. I was not disappointed.

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Onion Strings

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We have a restaurant in Canada called The Keg. It’s a great steak house chain where you can get a pretty damn good steak under muted lighting. Every girl likes muted lighting. Bo and I used to go there all the time when we wanted a bit of a nicer meal. But then we had two kids. Seeing as we have a ...

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Caramalized Root Veggies – Rutabaga Edition

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It’s tough sometimes to cook vegetables. I feel like it’s always the same thing: carrots, broccoli, cauliflower. steamed, boiled. salt, pepper, a little butter. It’s boring. It has its place. But it’s still boring. Also, why is it that things like rutabaga and sweet potatoes only really make an appearance around the holidays? This is maddening. I’ve decided that every ...

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Rice and Pasta Pilaf

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Now, first off, the recipe is supposed to be made with Orzo pasta, but for the life of me I couldn’t find it in any of the four grocery stores available to me up here. I’ll have to head to the city one day and stock up. That said, it’s still absolutely delicious made with spaghetti broken into little pieces. ...

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