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In pursuit of Vialone

The other day I happened to be in Québec City. As I was wandering the streets of the old Québec, I dropped in on one of the better known culinary specialty shops on rue Saint-Jean (more on that in another post). I was hoping to find one or the other of one of my preferred […]

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A wedge of Riopelle cheese

Le Riopelle – Artist or Cheese?

The cheese, actually. But… “Le Riopelle de l’Isle” is a triple cream cheese from Quebec. More specifically, from l’Isle-aux-Grues, which is part of an archipelago of islands in the middle of the St. Lawrence river east of Quebec somewhere between the l’ÃŽle d’Orléans and l’ÃŽle-aux-Coudre. It is an artisinal cheese made by the dairy cooperative […]

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I love cheese…

Anyone who knows me also knows I love cheese. Soft ones, hard ones, mouldy ones, stinky ones, blue veined ones… I love them all. We don’t have any really great cheese shops where I live so it usually means a treck to Downtown Toronto where we have several excellent shops. The one I frequent most, […]

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Cedar Planked Salmon with Chardonnay

Continuing the theme of summer BBQ’s and grilling, one of my favorites, with a perennial WOW! factor on my friends and guests, is a braided, cedar planked salmon (Get the fully documented recipe from my ZenGourmand.com site). I usually serve this with rice (50% long grain and 50% Manomin, i.e. Canadian wild rice) and seasonal […]

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Have Some Dim Sum

Going through one of my bookshelf the other day I came across a book I meant to mention here for some time. The book is calle “Have Some Dim Sum” and was written by a good friend of mine, Evelyn Chau. If you enjoy Dim Sum and always wanted to know more about it or […]

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Cheese Discoveries РMontboissi̩

Montboissié, Cow’s milk, semi-hard cheese (24%) It is to Bernard’s credit (Nice Bistro, Whitby, ON) and his passionate persuit of fine cheeses for his restaurant that I discovered this marvel of gastronomic delight. Produced by the Societe Fromagère du Livradois in the heart of the Auvergne region, Montboissié is a pasteurized version of Morbier. Originally […]

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May 31st – Spanish Tasting Menu paired with the Wines of Spain

Enjoy an evening of Spanish food paired with the Wines of Spain and guided by Bruno Cantieni in the capacity of acting Sommelier and Zen Gourmand! This event takes place at the fabulous La Vie Restaurant located in the rolling hills just north of Uxbridge at the Highfields Country Inn and Spa. Chefs Christine and […]

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The Zen Gourmand Product Line

The Zen Gourmand has been messing around in the Kitchen developing some of the popular items usually exclusively produced for Spa clients of Julie Moore Spa and is now making them available to the general public under the Zen Gourmand label. I’m offering you a preview of two of the products and I am taking […]

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Wine & Chocolate – with Anna Olson and Michael Fagan

During the recent Toronto Wine and Cheese Show I had the pleasure of meeting Anna Olson, famous pastry chef, author and host of the Food Network’s “Fresh with Anna Olson” along with old acquaintance Michael Fagan from the LCBO aka the “The Matchmaker” in “Food & Drink” magazine’s column of the same name. The specific […]

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Cheese Fondue with the Zen Gourmand

I continued my “Zen Gourmand” series of cooking demonstrations and tutored tastings on Saturday January 12th with an authentic Swiss Cheese Fondue and a tasting of three appropriate whites. Traditional convention pairs cheese fondue with wines such as Fendant, Riesling, Veltliner, Gewürtz and Pinot Gris. I chose a Peller Estates Signature Series Pinot Gris 2006 […]

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