Mock Chopped Liver plus Recipes for Easter and Passover

Today marks only a few days before the start of Passover, and Easter is right around the next corner–it’s time to cook for the holidays!  Since the HH and I are invited to a friend’s house for a seder this year (and since her niece is a vegetarian), I decided to bring a dish that normally […]

SOS Adzuki Beans: Adzuki Spread

If you are (or were) an English major in university–or even if you know someone who studied English–you are probably familiar with one of the most common themes in literature, “appearance versus reality.”  You know the one: it’s the notion that things are not always what they seem to be on the surface, and the way we […]

Spread the Love Around: Pâté Campagne*

* Or, “Nutroast, Nutroast, Wherefore Art Thou, Nutroast?” They say that everyone remembers their first time, and I am no exception.  As I’ve mentioned before, I was a late bloomer, so the event is indelibly etched in my memory. N.R was rich, deeply tan, warm and beckoning. One glance, and I couldn’t resist–I leapt right in, with […]

Gena’s Raw (Bean Free) Broccoli Hummus

In case you haven’t noticed, we Canadians are pretty obsessed with the weather.  It rules our schedules, our wardrobes and our moods.  Wake up to sunny skies and 26C (79 F), as we did a couple of weeks ago, and it’s going to be a good day.  Wake up to glum, sodden skies, and that […]

Gastronomic Gifts VI: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Butter*

*Or, Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. Now Eat Some Delicious Spread. [There’s just nothing like a homemade gift for the holidays.  This year, with the purse strings a little tighter than usual, I’m determined to make at least a few in my kitchen–and thought I’d share my ideas in case you’d like to partake, too.  ] I know that […]

Gastronomic Gifts II: Brandied Apricot-Ginger Spread

[There’s just nothing like a homemade gift for the holidays.  This year, with the purse strings a little tighter than usual, I’m determined to make at least a few in my kitchen–and thought I’d share my ideas in case you’d like to partake, too.  ]   As I’m wont to do during the drive to work, […]

Roasted Garlic and Pumpkinseed Pesto

This past weekend, I took the train to Montreal to visit with the CFO (unfortunately, the HH stayed at home on dog duty, as our regular doggie daycare was closed and it was too late to find an alternative).  Just before I left, though, I was delighted to learn that I’d been awarded the “E […]

A Nice Chianti and Fava Beans? No. Muhammara? Thumbs Off–er, Up

I’ll never forget the phrase that haunted me for months when I was about 16: delivered in a low, undulating murmur heard through the telephone receiver, a deep, throaty male voice posed a simple question:  “Have you checked the children?” Anyone who recognizes that line is familiar with the horror movie When a Stranger Calls.  The premise is […]

Lucky Comestible III(6) Meets Flash in the Pan: Avocado Mayonnaise

[I thought it would be fun to run a little series over here at RH: I’ll profile one one of my favorite foods, or a food that I’ve recently discovered and enjoyed, over several days.  For this third entry, I’m focusing on Avocados. The series is presented on an occasional (and entirely arbitrary) basis, before I move on to the next lucky […]