How Do You Keep Food Warm When Catering?

We love to entertain. We haven’t done much for the last 2 years but we’re starting to get back into life. For any party, small or large, there is always the challenge of having the food ready at the right time. Making it ahead reduces the stress but then one has to worry about keeping … Continue reading…

Green Beans with Fresh Herbs; new toys

Green Beans, Fresh Herbs

Last year, by the end of August, I had bags of green beans in my freezer, and a few quarts (litres) of green bean soup as well. This year I have none frozen for winter and my poor plants have been struggling to give me enough for a meal every week or so. Luckily for … Continue reading…

12 Crowd-Pleasing Healthy Appetizer Ideas

The last time I was entertaining a crowd was…. In the before times. Even then it was only 12 people. I used to do larger groups, when we lived in the U.S. I had / have the most fun making small foods. One can get more creative and, I think, the guests can be more … Continue reading…

How to Properly Dress for Your First Job as a Chef

I’ll give you a hint: not in a pink dress with gloves. I worked in a few restaurants in my youth and the women wore white uniforms and the men were just kind of scruffy. Now, I think, most restaurant staff wear a more practical uniform of some sort.  One needs something that is easy … Continue reading…

Five Bean Salad

Bean Salad

The theme for Monday posts in August is Summer. There are just so many summer recipes that accumulate over the season that I always run out of time to get them posted. We wait patiently for tomatoes, then we have hundreds. The same with the summer squashes and green beans. Three Bean Salad is a … Continue reading…

Teriyaki Turkey Kebabs; the potager

Turkey Skewers

August is almost over. We had our first winter squash the other night. To be clear – we are still above 33C (92F) and there is no ‘feel of autumn in the air’. Still, the days are getting shorter and we’re feeling the urge to get our last few favorites from the grill. We are … Continue reading…

Caramel Coffee Recipe

I missed the whole fancy coffee debut in the U.S. I think it was just starting but it wasn’t considered a daily necessity when we left. For someone who drinks her coffee black I find the coffee options a bit humorous. Flat white v latte? They’re both (to my non-discerning palate) coffee with milk. We … Continue reading…