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Fresh, Tangy Ranch Dressing from Scratch

Fresh, Tangy Ranch Dressing from Scratch

Homemade ranch dressing is so much fresher and more flavourful than bottled or powdered dressing.  Plus, like other salad dressings, it takes mere minutes to make! Growing up in the US, ranch dressing was always one of my favorites.  The powdered variety makes a divine […]

Simple Spicy Roasted Chickpeas, A Healthy Lunchbox or Cocktail Snack

Simple Spicy Roasted Chickpeas, A Healthy Lunchbox or Cocktail Snack

Crunchy, spicy roasted chickpeas are a deceptively easy and delicious snack.  These chickpeas are great with cocktails, and make an easy lunchbox snack.  They’re also the perfect vehicle for a wide variety of seasonings.   I am a sucker for salty snacks.  I love having something […]

Creamy, Refreshing Mint Infused Nectarine Ice Cream

Creamy, Refreshing Mint Infused Nectarine Ice Cream

Nothing says summer quite like an ice cold bowl of homemade ice cream.  This nectarine ice cream is one of my favourites.  With a mint-infused base, it’s refreshing and jam-packed with summer, stone fruit flavour.  The perfect end to a barbecue! I love ice cream. […]

Zippy, Oven Baked Vietnamese Chicken

Zippy, Oven Baked Vietnamese Chicken

I adore Southeast Asian flavours, such as those in this easy weeknight oven baked Vietnamese chicken.  The balance between sweet, sour, salty and spicy is positively addictive.  Plus, at its base, Vietnamese food is earthy and accessible — a cuisine for all people and all […]

Tangy Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

Tangy Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

This bright, crunchy cucumber and tomato salad, which is loosely adapted from Naomi Duguid’s brilliant book, Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan, is the perfect accompaniment to summer meals and barbecued meats.  It’s both refreshing and cooling, and takes […]

West African Spicy Grilled Chicken

West African Spicy Grilled Chicken

Poulet braisé (grilled chicken) is one of the iconic foods of my husband’s home country, Côte d’Ivoire.  The recipe is deceptively simple.  However, the result is intensely aromatic and flavourful. Grilled chicken is every bit as popular in Côte d’Ivoire as it is where I […]

10 Great Cookbooks for Your Holiday Wishlist

10 Great Cookbooks for Your Holiday Wishlist

I own hundreds of cookbooks.  However, they’re not all created equal.  These are ten of my favorites. I believe every cook deserves to own some (or, better yet, all) of these special books.  For me, these books represent a culinary master class.  They present accessible recipes, techniques, and […]

Hearty, Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Strata

Hearty, Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Strata

Keep Christmas morning stress free with this easy peasy breakfast strata.  A simple and elegant alternative to scrambled eggs that can be put together the night before and heated in a cold oven in the morning. Being an avid cook, I used to love to […]

Crisp, Crunchy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Crisp, Crunchy Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Nothing makes a better holiday treat than buttery caramel popcorn.  It is the perfect companion to hot chocolate and a good movie.  Its crunch and saltiness make it addictive.  And, thanks to the microwave, it’s easy enough to make throughout the holidays! I love caramel […]

Rich and Creamy Green Goddess Dressing

Rich and Creamy Green Goddess Dressing

This delicious green goddess dressing is jam packed with herby goodness.  It’s a recipe which has evolved from a sauce Louis XIII’s chef developed to serve with green eel, and it’s still fit for royalty. In South Africa, we are spoiled by the wide variety […]