Scavolini Kitchen with AEG appliances

Why gas cooktops are not my choice…

I have to admit that when we renovated our kitchen this spring, and let’s just brag a bit here, we’re talking Scavolini (the “LiberaMente” line), I was completely set on getting a gas fired cook top. Why? Ahem… it sounds professional, everybody else doing a high end kitchen reno puts one in, pro chefs swear […]

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In pursuit of Vialone

In pursuit of Vialone

The other day I happened to be in Quebec City. As I was wandering the streets of the old Quebec, 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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Zengourmand 2015

Zengourmand 2015

Winter Solistice. New Moon. New Beginnings. It’s all happening today. And in so doing, I thought it appropriate to launch the 2015 version of the ZenGourmand Website. So what exactly is it that’s new? I think if you have been here before, you’ll find that an easy answer – everything!!! New look, new homepage content, […]

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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 Île d’Orléans and l’Île-aux-Coudre. It is an artisinal cheese made by the dairy cooperative […]

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I love cheese...

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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Champagne Orange Cranberry Biscotti

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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Flavours of Italy - Calgary

Flavours of Italy – Calgary

I’m attending the “Flavours of Italy” trade tasting in Calgary today. My tasting theme will be “The Underdogs of Italy” since the event promises to showcase a number of wines made from the lesser known native or indigenous (autoctone) varietals. It promises to be fun and since Calgary got hit with cold weather and snow, […]

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The Flavours of Italy - Calgary

The Flavours of Italy – Calgary

I’m attending the “Flavours of Italy” trade tasting in Calgary today. My tasting theme will be “The Underdogs of Italy” since the event promises to showcase a number of wines made from the lesser known native or indigenous (autoctone) varietals. It promises to be fun and since Calgary got hit with cold weather and snow, […]

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Wine – The only question that matters

Wine – The only question that matters

In an interview with the French publication “Le Figaro”, legendary 84 year old French chef Paul Bocuse (owner of luxury restaurant l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, near Lyon) made a couple of interesting comments that I wholeheartedly agree with. When asked “Are there things which irritate you when in a restaurant?” Bocuse answers “Yes. When […]

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Bordeaux under $30 – 2008 Mouton Caudet Blanc

Bordeaux under $30 – 2008 Mouton Caudet Blanc

Continuing on my post on “Bordeaux under $30”, here is the second one in a series of fine values I discovered. 2008 Mouton Caudet Blanc This Bordeaux blend is 50% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Muscadet. Exhibiting bright pale lemon colour with glints of green and gold highlights. The nose is medium-plus in intensity […]

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