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Dill Pickles

By amy • Sep 21st, 2013 • Category: Columns, Fruits And Vegetables, Prepared Foods, Snacks

It adds up to a perfect storm of mason jars, rich pickings, and nouveau elbow grease. There are many reasons why there has been a surge in production and consumption of homemade pickles, canned goods, and preserves. First, the rise of urban gardening and the local food movement have prompted a fresh look at old-time [...]


Mango Chutney

By amy • Jun 15th, 2013 • Category: Columns, Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars, Fruits And Vegetables

There’s chutney, and then there’s chutney that’s a culinary 3-D experience. Old-fashioned home-style chutney is useful, even tasty, but not exotic. It usually consists of chopped fruits, vinegar, spices, and sugar, cooked into a chunky spread and only occasionally summoned from the pantry. By contrast, the brilliant multitude of chutneys native to India and Pakistan [...]


Brownie Mix II

By amy • May 11th, 2013 • Category: Baked Goods, Supplies, Chocolate, Columns, Dessert, Mixes, Sweets

Not so fast, blondies. Blondies, you’ll recall, are similar to brownies, made with brown sugar instead of cocoa. Right now they’re enjoying a moment in the culinary sun, touted as the successor to the familiar choc squares. But – no. Shelf Life is far from finished with the magic and mystery of the brownie. As [...]


Frozen Peas

By amy • Mar 16th, 2013 • Category: Columns, Frozen Foods, Fruits And Vegetables

Last November, Time Magazine published a cover story titled ‘What To Eat Now: The Anti-Snob Food Diet’ by Dr. Mehmet Oz. In the article, the author defends many of the food choices available in the average American supermarket. Right now, Dr. Oz says, the humble Safeway gets no respect. In a world where farmer’s markets [...]


Milk Chocolate Bars

By amy • Feb 9th, 2013 • Category: Chocolate, Columns, Sweets

Love is sweet – at least it used to be. Until fairly recently, ‘chocolate’ has meant ‘milk chocolate’ for generations of Western consumers – and innocent stuff it was too; all those sugary, milk-powdery, beige-kissed Dairy Milk bars we prized in our youth because we didn’t know any better. Dark chocolate was the choice of [...]


Frozen Potato and Cheese Perogies

By amy • Jan 19th, 2013 • Category: Columns, Frozen Foods, Prepared Foods

Are you a student? Or a sports fan, or a twelve year-old? Hang on, let’s make this simple – are you Canadian? If so, you love your hot cheesy dumplings. Some food historians argue that perogies constitute a True North national dish – or as one chef observes, ‘Canadian crack’. Wikipedia notes that there is [...]


Shortbread Cookies

By amy • Dec 15th, 2012 • Category: Baked Goods, Supplies, Columns, Cookies

In the same way that a reindeer is the perfect match for a flying sled and The Huron Carol (a gift from Canada) casts the ultimate Christmas spell, shortbread is the quintessential treat of the holiday season. The bread that is short is made for the nights that are long. Shortbread originated in 16th century [...]


Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

By amy • Oct 19th, 2012 • Category: Columns, Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars

The Italians have the right idea: if life hands you lemons, make agrumato. On the Adriatic coast in the province of Abruzzo, agrumato is produced during the final stages of the harvest. Whole, fresh citrus fruit is crushed simultaneously with ripe olives (agrume means citrus). Because the oil from the fruit and the oil from [...]


Ready to pour – Margaritas

By amy • Sep 15th, 2012 • Category: Alcohol, Beverages, Columns

History records that it happened down Mexico way, but after that events remain unclear. There are at least four creation myths surrounding the Margarita cocktail. According to the most popular story, the eponymous drink was invented in Ensenada, Mexico, in 1941, in Hussong’s Cantina. Bartender Don Carlos Orozco created a mixture of equal parts tequila, [...]


Spicy Ketchup

By amy • Aug 18th, 2012 • Category: Columns, Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars, Pantry Items, Prepared Foods, sauces

About Malcolm Gladwell’s famous ketchup declaration – could he have been wrong? Charming, Canadian-born, mad-haired Gladwell is a public intellectual, a decoder of the whys and hows of everyday life. In 2004 he had a ‘what gives?’ moment regarding Heinz classic ketchup. Why, in all 136 years of its existence, has no other product bumped [...]