Cast Iron 101

Cast Iron 101

I have a quick little post for today about a cool item I found the other day. It's a weird story, but buckle in, it's a neat one. I was raised in a super small Scandinavian community on Pigeon Lake and I actually had the good fortune to acquire a tiny cabin about 5 houses down from my childhood home. It was a little moldy, a little crumbly, a little tippy, and full of found treasures. One such gem was actually an old cast iron skillet hanging up on a wall! 

Scandinavian Rice Porridge

Scandinavian Rice Porridge

This is such a comforting and soul satisfying dish for me. It’s incredibly simple to make, inexpensive, and can be dressed up so many different ways. The key to this dish for me, is the quality of milk you use. There is no additional sweetness in the base of the rice porridge other than the milk itself, and it always amazes me how it comes through. Shout out to Rock Ridge Dairy for their amazing product we are so lucky to use!

Spring Ramps

Spring Ramps

Edmonton, rejoice! Spring is finally here and every cook in the city is excited to be getting the new vegetables of the year! The very first thing to pop out of the soil is the humble and pungent ramp; a wonderfully aromatic cross between the flavors of garlic and green onion. Not only are they so beautiful with their thin white bulb blushing to dusty rose and finally finishing with two perfectly shaped, earthy green leaves, they can also be used in a myriad of different places in the kitchen. Can you tell I am a little in love?

Roasted Carrots and Carrot Top Pesto

Roasted Carrots and Carrot Top Pesto

I have been looking for a recipe that uses the whole carrot, root to tip, for a while now and usually, it’s a bust. I don’t care how healthy they are, I don’t like pureed carrot green smoothies. Maybe I just haven’t found the right recipe, who knows, but what I do know is that if I don’t love what I’m eating, I’m not going to make it again.

Chicken Chasseur

Chicken Chasseur

My brother and his wife came over for dinner last night so I knew I wanted an easy, one pot meal that would simmer away while we could catch up. I knew I had some chicken thighs hiding out in my fridge somewhere, so I dusted off my “Essential Pepin” cookbook to see what the master, Jacques, had to say on the matter. I found a classic French recipe, Chicken Chasseur (“hunter” in French), which typically uses poultry, mushrooms, tomato, and garlic; all things I had on hand. Perfect.