Farewell to Fall Spaghetti Squash with Fried Egg and Mushrooms

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Right before Thanksgiving, my class was fortunate enough to host the Canal House cooks for the afternoon. Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton form the duo that produces the Canal House Cooking books. These two women create the recipes, cook for, photograph, and publish their own “magazine” three times a year. While their cooking has European undertones, an American heritage influences most of their recipes.

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Wild Salmon Ceviche Salad, Meyer Lemon-Ginger Dressing

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A few weeks ago, I visited my best friend in Montreal for my Fall break. For the second year in a row, I fell head over heels for this city (minus the cold). For the second year in a row, I was amazed by all that it has to offer (food included!).

For starters, I was conveniently there for Canadian thanksgiving. Since I had only ever celebrated the American one, it was exciting to compare the two. We got together and cooked ourselves a delicious Friendsgiving, and let me tell you it was one for the books! First difference was the bird: no turkey on our menu… Instead, we went for Peruvian-style chicken from rotisserie Romados, which is apparently a Montreal institution. We roasted potatoes on the side and served them with a maple vinaigrette salad (Montreal-style!). Finally we ended on a sweet note for dessert, with warm homemade apple crumble. Speak of my kind of holiday! Continue reading “Wild Salmon Ceviche Salad, Meyer Lemon-Ginger Dressing”

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Tenders, Sweet Pea Puree, Blistered Tomatoes

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I’ve been watching a really great documentary series on Netflix called “The Mind of a Chef.” Anthony Bourdain narrates each 20 minute-episode, which follows the lives of outstanding chefs from around the world. It’s an amazing “behind-the-scenes look” into the creative processes that drive them on a daily basis. They talk about their inspirations, backgrounds, and common burning passion for cooking.

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Tahini-Dressed Raw Beets, Carrot Ribbons and Chickpeas with Arugula

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This is basically Spring in a plate. Nothing screams this season like a salad with vibrant colors!

When the weather gets warmer, I love to make salads with whatever veggies are left in my fridge. This one came together as I was thinking about what ingredients would go well with tahini. See, a few weeks ago I received a jar of fresh tahini from Soom Foods, a Philadelphia-based food startup specialized in sesame products. Continue reading “Tahini-Dressed Raw Beets, Carrot Ribbons and Chickpeas with Arugula”

Passion Project: Lemon-Parmesan Cod “En Papillote” with Braised Leeks

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I grew up eating a lot of cod. It’s a house favorite, or at least one of my parents’ favorites. It didn’t use to be one of mine at all though. As a matter of fact, I really didn’t like it for a long time. Cod is a very lean kind of white fish and it can honestly be quite bland in taste. At home, we typically have it with some side of steamed greens (as if the fish wasn’t healthy enough on its own). Now I do love a good side of veggies, but let’s just say that this didn’t help me appreciate the fish any more. Yeah… definitely not one of my favorites. At least not until this recipe came along! Continue reading “Passion Project: Lemon-Parmesan Cod “En Papillote” with Braised Leeks”