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…

Kitchen party: the more, the merrier

Food  prep at our house is a full-contact sport. Big, noisy dinners are something of a specialty of the Hot Dish Kitchen, but pulling them off successfully takes a team. And it’s a team where everyone, regardless of age, gender or ability – has a role to play. Chinese New Year was no different. This…