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(An original recipe by Bob Blumer)   This Thanksgiving, you can have your (cup)cake and eat it too! These savory turkey cupcakes can be made with a turkey tender for the big feast, or with your turkey leftovers later in the weekend.     1 medium butternut squash (or acorn or kabocha) 2 tablespoons butter, […]

The simple process of caramelization miraculously transforms this thick slice of cauliflower into a sweet, lip-smackin’ steak that will satiate dedicated vegetarians and committed carnivores.   1 head cauliflower (Select a firm head with minimal blemishes) 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium shallot, diced 6 anchovies + […]

It’s that time of year when farmers’ markets overfloweth with tomatoes. I love rescuing soft and bruised tomatoes from the “scratch & dent” boxes that most vendors use to liquidate their damaged fruit. As long as you are able to make soup, sauce or salsa the same day, they are a real steal. Gazpacho has […]

So much to share with you… Fellow Gastronauts, fasten your seatbelts. Season 2 of World’s Weirdest Restaurants has finally been cleared for lift-off on Food Network Canada. The 15 new episodes launch on Monday, June 17, with the first two episodes screening at 9p and 9:30p. This season includes catapulted chickens skewered on the heads […]

Last year was nothing short of insane (in the best sense of the misused word). 125,000 miles of flying, 14 countries, six solid months of taping, an overly ambitious number of appearances, dinners, judgings, etc—and that was the easy part. Burning the candle at the other end is what required the serious focus and determination. […]

The three cities I find myself in the most are Los Angeles (my home), Toronto (my home away from home), and Vancouver (my home away from my home away from home). Here’s the first installment of the list of restaurants I gravitate to in each of these cities—along with some of my favorite dishes.