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Champagne Orange Cranberry Biscotti

My entire production of Biscotti for the coming Chrismas season has sold out. You can still get your hands on some of them. All you have to do is follow this easy recipe and make them yourself ;-). This recipe can be made into a traditional, hard biscotti or if served with a sparkling wine, […]

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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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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 – Traditional Swiss Style

The Zen Gourmand series of cooking demonstrations and tutored tastings continued 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 1), […]

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Linzer Torte & Champagne

Saturday Nov. 17th saw another successful evening of cooking demonstrations and a tutored tasting of sparkling wines with the Zen Gourmand. The evening started out with the wine tasting. The three sparkling wines tasted were the Peller Estates Cuvée Niagara Brut 1), Trius Brut VQA 2) and the Peller Estates Signature Series Ice Cuvée VQA […]

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Rubbing it in

I’m having a great time this summer trying out all kinds of different ways to grill and BBQ foods. Earlier on I posted my secret rib recipe. Well, I have another one now and the title of this post should give you a clue. I finally decided to try ribs on my grill without precooking […]

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Ribs on the BBQ – My secret recipe..

There are as many ways to do ribs on the grill as there are grills, I’m sure. Maybe you don’t need yet another recipe because yours is the all-time award winning recipe handed down from generation to rib eating generation. Well, I’ve tried dozens of them and ended up cooking up my own secret recipe. […]

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Baby Spinach & Carrot salad – the vinaigrette!

Yesterday I hinted on releasing my secret recipe designed to make the “Baby Spinach & Carrot” salad a superior culinary Zen Gourmand experience. Take a deep breath because here it goes… This is to make a salad for an enlightened couple (that’s 2 people resonating on the same page; adjust to suit actual number of […]

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Spinach & Carrot Salad vs. Dragon Fruit

I started to write about the “Spinach & Carrot Salad vs. Dragon Fruit” on http://www.juliemoorespa.com/zen_gourmand.html. Unfortunately, all the batteries for my digital camera died on me and I wasn’t able to download the amazing pictures for my “Dragon Fruit” essay. So please bear with me. I will have them (the pictures) and the essay, on-line […]

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Vin Santo & Pear Crostata

The Zen Gourmand’s Cooking Class & Wine Tasting this past Saturday was a tremendous success and great fun. Thanks to all who attended. Your attendance, participation, contribution and support made for a wonderful evening. We started our with introductions, light snacks and drinks followed by an overview of the evenings program. The first item on […]

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