Korean-style beef fingers – cheap cuts, great results

Generally, the only thing standing between a cheap cut of meat and a great meal is time and a good marinade. Beef ribs are one of those cuts starting to show up more often in the butcher’s counter at our local grocery store. From time to time, they’ll have a great price on beef rib…

1 roast chicken, 4 great meals

A stretch of cool, wet weather had me craving comfort food – roasted meat, buttery vegetables, toasty pastry, melty cheese. Besides, we’ve been eating out a little more than we ought to lately, so when we finally found a quiet weekend, I knew I needed some time in the kitchen. Saturday evening’s dinner for two…

My coop runneth over: Backyard chickens are the best

With the arrival of spring weather, it’s time to restock the long-dormant chicken coop here at the Hot Dish Kitchen. We ventured into small-scale urban chicken farming for the first time last summer, and quickly fell in love. When you’re overwhelmed with work or life in general, there’s something incredibly centering and calming about chickens….

Weeknight quickie

I rolled in the door Wednesday night barely able to keep my eyes open, but desperate for food that doesn’t make me feel like crap. Sound familiar? No sympathy is required – this is completely self-inflicted. Over the past seven days, we (admittedly, mostly I) decided to paint the kitchen, living room and dining room,…

Breakfast – two ways to start the day off right

Breakfast – it’s the most important meal of the day, right? But most days, also the most rushed. Monday to Friday, for me it usual means a quick bowl of yogurt, fruit and granola or an egg with homemade bread (recipe here) and a handful of sautéed greens. For my darling – not much of…

St. Patrick’s Day 3 ways

In the small town we call home, St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal. Such a big deal, in fact, that celebrations last for three weeks, culminating in a weekend-long party on whatever weekend falls closest to March 17. Lest you think we’re all a bunch of souses, I should mention that as “North America’s…

Lime and tequila: Food that tastes like vacation

Mexico has long been a favourite haunt for us. Sunshine, beautiful beaches, friendly people and most of all – incredible food. From our first trip, 15 years ago, we were quick to branch out beyond standard resort offerings (not that there’s anything wrong with poolside nachos and margaritas) to visit local restaurants, producers and roadside…

Food-venture: Prince Edward County

A few years back, we started a new Christmas tradition. Rather than give our growing girls more “stuff” that they didn’t really need, they get to plan a mini-adventure. Sometimes it’s a family trip, sometimes just a chance for the two of them to bond as sisters, sometimes a girls’ weekend with mom – mostly…

Friday night pizza party

Friday night food has a pretty consistent theme at our house – simple, filling and social. A good glass (or more) of wine, paired with something we can share quietly in the living room, or stretched if friends drop by. Our two go-to options: Charcuterie boards and pizza. Now, before you get ready to exercise…

Knowing where your food is from

I found some of the best jalapeno salami I’d ever tasted earlier this week in a city butcher shop almost four hours from home. The butcher at Primal Cuts in Peterborough – a young, tattooed woman – lit up when she described it. “It’s really excellent. I’ve been buying most of my salamis from Aaron…

Fine dining for the zombie apocalypse

I’m no survivalist, but I like to think that when the zombie apocalypse finally arrives – or, say, someone finds a single-syllable way to explain Manifest Destiny and our borders are overrun – that we’ll at least eat really well for a couple of days before being eaten ourselves. In fact, some of my favourite…

3 ways to eat healthier this week

Finding ways to make healthy eating easy is something I wish we’d figured out much earlier in our parenting career. By investing a couple of hours on the weekend, I can spare myself time, money and bad meal decisions all week long. Because, let’s face it. We’ve all been there. You’re rushing to get out…