Farmers' Market Risotto with Spring Onion, Fresh Peas, and Mint4

Farmers’ Market Risotto with Spring Onion, Fresh Peas, and Mint

I have a Saturday morning ritual. After I wipe the sleep from my eyes, I grab some strong coffee, then make my way to a farmers’ market. This happens no matter where I am in the world. If it’s the weekend, I will find a farmers’ market. And after a long winter nothing is more welcome than… 

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Springtime Limoncello

Growing up, every gathering at my grandfather’s house involved full spreads of Italian food and seasonal libations. I remember polenta poured onto ten-foot tables, antipasti plates stacked high with marinated squid and salty olives, and different types homemade pasta. While most dishes, like pasta (hold the clam sauce, please), truly appealed to my youthful tastes,… 

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Salmon filet on a wooden carving board.

Do you know your salmon? (And How You Can Win $100 in Wild-Caught Salmon)

Every few months, I purchase wild-caught seafood straight from the fishermen to pack the freezer, and to fill my family’s bellies.  We lean heavily on salmon and black cod as our favorite fish, and I try to serve fish a few times a week.  What I didn’t realize, until recently, is that not only are the… 

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Springtime Salad with Crispy Prosciutto and Creamy Lemon and Herb Dressing

During the long, cold dark days of winter, my family leans on sturdy roots, sweet butternut squash, and hearty soups and stews, so by the time the snows recede and the green shoots and buds of spring begin to emerge in the warming light, we’re ready for something decidedly lighter, fresher and brighter.

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Red Kuri Pumpkin Soup

German cuisine is wonderfully hearty and though certain recipes vary depending on each region, there are real staples to the diet, such are beautiful fresh bread, potatoes, soups and stews. Each area has their own home twist on the classics, such as the Russian influence of flavours within East Germany (my current home), to the… 

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