Parisian Potatoes

Parisian Potatoes may sound elegant but they’re just everyday potatoes shaped with a dollar store melon baller.  It’s a simple trick that transforms ho-hum potatoes into a dressy side-dish for steak, roast chicken or pork. The potatoes can be sautéed in any sort of fat but duck fat transcends all others. When you shape potatoes […]

Potato Gnocchi & Sage

You can spend your entire life without these little dumplings and not even know what you’re missing. I thought gnocchi were heavy, starchy dumplings that I could live without. A trip to Italy changed all that and now gnocchi is part of my standard repertoire. If you enjoy working with dough, as I do, making […]

Stuffed Tomatoes

Sweet roasted tomatoes pair beautifully with a stuffing of briny Kalamata olives, marinated artichoke hearts, sautéed kale and nutty brown rice. A touch of smoked paprika lends a warm smoky note to this flavourful side dish. Select medium, same-sized tomatoes to ensure even cooking.   Makes 8  8 medium tomatoes 2 Tbsp vegetable oil   […]

Root Vegetable Terrine

Root Vegetable Terrine

Potato pave, terrine, gratin — it’s all the same: layers of thinly sliced potato laced with cream, butter, a hint of cheese and baked until fork tender. In this recipe, I’ve alternated new potatoes with sweet potato for a striking presentation. Simple, decadent and well worth the splurge. The process is perfectly straight forward but […]

Spicy Potato Croquettes

Potato croquettes are something you make with leftover mashed potatoes, except when your child requests them for her birthday dinner, in which case you skip the plain mashed and move directly to croquettes. This recipe combines mashed potatoes with freshly grated ginger and garlic and toasted Indian spices.  Next time I might use olives, anchovies […]

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

My daughter is quiet in the car this morning, her first day back to school. Her backpack sits on her lap and she hugs it to her chest, resting her head on its bulk. She suddenly announces a craving for mashed potatoes; specifically, garlic-roasted mashed potatoes. Comfort is on the menu tonight for a special […]

Pommes Dauphine

Pommes Dauphine is just a fancy way of saying potato fritters.   Except these are no ordinary fritters. This is what you get when you combine mashed potatoes with choux pasty, the very dough that gives us gougères and éclairs and all sorts of wonderful French pastries.   The dough is fashioned into little oval […]


Mushrooms aren’t terribly exciting until they’ve had a few glugs of chicken stock and a glass of wine.  Once the wine hits, they go from a nice, polite, back-drop kind of vegetable to a rich fungi with serious swag. I know you’ve read this before, but it’s worth repeating, especially when it comes to mushrooms: […]