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I thought I knew olive oil. I was wrong.

I thought I knew olive oil. In fact I’ve always sort been an olive oil snob, willing to pay extravagant prices for “the good stuff”, most often from Italy, Spain or Greece, but Famiglia Creanza Olive Oil…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
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Winemaker’s Grape Cake

If you aren’t familiar with Patricia Wells, you should be. She’s the doyenne of bistro cuisine, and runs what I’ve heard is the best cooking school in Provence. She has a pied-à-terre in Paris where…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
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What makes an olive oil special?

How often does a friend say to you, “Hold on, I want you to try this new brand of olive oil my friend is importing from Spain. It’s quite special, tell me what you think.” Well, that’s exactly what…

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Posted by: on Friday, August 5th, 2011
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Savory Summer Watermelon Salad Recipe

Playing around with contrasting ingredients to create unlikely flavours  riles me up. I love it when my guests look hesitantly at their plates at first, then burst out saying “wow, I never thought that would work”…

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Posted by: on Thursday, May 19th, 2011
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Spiced blueberry and orange olive oil muffins

It is Sunday morning, one of those rare, sunny January days where brunch plans have been cancelled last minute and I haven’t made it out to do my grocery shopping. A quick glance in my fridge is less than inspiring;…

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Posted by: on Monday, January 18th, 2010
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Diary of a Foodie

Foodists, foodie….whatever you wanna be called, it’s people who love food. Really love it. They can have long conversations criticizing, rhapsodizing and just plain obsessing about it. Sound familiar? On one of my…

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Posted by: on Friday, May 29th, 2009
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The Great Bucatini Adventure

Following my previous article on Terroni and the search for Vancouver restaurants that served bucatini all’amatriciana, my husband decided to make it himself. Joseph found two key ingredients at the Granville Island…

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Posted by: on Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
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Best Pasta in Toronto…how about Vancouver?

Last January, I was in Toronto for 2 weeks art directing a food magazine. I was surrounded by amazing ingredients, talented stylists and foodie photographers. I was also given a nice meal allowance per diem to try an…

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Posted by: on Monday, February 16th, 2009
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Is gourmet olive oil really worth the price?

This is a question that I used to ask myself when I lived around the corner from Meinhardts. They had quite a good selection of olive oils. I was always drawn in by the beautiful packaging but scared off by the price and…

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Posted by: on Monday, December 1st, 2008
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