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Grilled Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Pesto and Kale Tabbouleh

I feel like the summer has only just started in Quebec City: the sun has finally come out for several days in a row, and we’re having the kind of hot and humid weather that gives you the urge to take your cooking outside. I don’t barbecue a lot, so when I do, I usuallyContinue Reading

Chocolate and Hazelnut Pots de Crème

Chocolate and Hazelnut Pots de Crème

Company is coming, and you want to serve dessert. You don’t feel like embarking on a time-consuming baking project, yet you don’t want to serve anything ready-made. Think making an impressive dessert in 15 minutes is mission impossible? Well, think again. Make these pots de crème once, and they will become a classic. Your guestsContinue Reading

Crispy and Raw Kale, Beets, and Pecan Salad

Crispy and Raw Kale, Beets, and Pecan Salad

Is it spring yet? Not here in Quebec City, it’s not. No flowers or even buds are in sight yet, and it’s been raining for several days straight—which, in a way, is good because it made our several feet-high snowbanks melt in a flash. Every year, from late March, we know we’re over the extremeContinue Reading

{Book Review} Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City

{Book Review} Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City

A while back, an acquaintance asked me how I go about planning trips. This simple question actually required me to pause and figure out what is, in fact, my process. I love trip planning so much, it may be half the pleasure I gain from traveling. The research, the readings, the post-its, and the bookings:Continue Reading

Homemade Maple Leaf Cookies

Homemade Maple Leaf Cookies

If you’ve ever travelled to Canada, you’ve most likely seen displays of maple leaf cookie boxes in airport duty-free stores and souvenir shops. They sure look like a gimmick, given the steep price at which they are sold and the fact that they bring together two of Canada’s conspicuous icons: the maple leaf, and mapleContinue Reading

Brunch at the Sugar Shack

Brunch at the Sugar Shack

When I was growing up, visiting a sugar shack in March was a tradition. It was the quintessential Québécois family activity. It seemed as though everyone knew someone in his or her close or extended families who had a sugar shack, so we would all go and spend a sunny weekend day there, running amongContinue Reading