My boyfriend is currently working on the set of a movie filming in Atlanta. Needless to say, he's been working crazy hours and always comes home with war stories from the front line. For the most part, locals have been very welcoming of the Hollywood crowd to our sleepy Southern city. I'm just hoping we can teach those Angelenos a thing or two about Southern hospitality (and food!).
When I was in college, I spent a spring break scuba diving off the coast of St. Eustatius, a tiny little island a hop-skip-and-jump away from the better known St. Martin. It was a carefree week of exploring long lost ship wrecks, sipping on homemade piña coladas, and nursing a serious sun burn.
Vikram Vij and his wife, Meeru Dhalwala, own maybe the most splendid Indian restaurant I've ever eaten at: Vij's, in Vancouver, BC. It has many unique facets: A women-only kitchen, run by Meeru; a warm, welcoming environment dim and flickering with candles, presided over by Vikram; an incredibly fragrant, fresh interpretation of Indian dishes that each take your breath away. These two passionate and ambitious restauranteurs also have a home life infused with the good food they share at their two restaurants. But until just a few years ago, they didn't have a proper dining room. The journey to creating a dining room, and cooking at home more often, is detailed in their new cookbook: Vij's at Home: Relax, Honey.
This dish will officially cure you of boring weeknight chicken blues. Not only does the recipe come together incredibly quickly (like, 15 minutes!), but it's something I'd order in a restaurant, and at a fraction of the price. The vinaigrette adds a fresh, bright flavor to otherwise bland couscous and scallions provide a satisfying green crunch to buttery smooth salmon.
Some cookbooks have us leaping directly into the kitchen without another moment's thought. Others make us want to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a long stretch of time to read every single page. This new cookbook from Skye Gyngell does both.
Her dreamy descriptions of cooking with the seasons read like letters from your best friend's travels abroad, while the recipes themselves are just begging for us to throw a dinner party.
We asked some of our favorite food bloggers to share a holiday treat with us over our holiday break. Here's a special treat for our readers from New Zealand and Australia from Jules Clancy of stonesoup. She writes about how it feels to always have Christmas in the summer! She also shares a lovely recipe for baked salmon — a festive yet summer-friendly dish for those of you celebrating the holidays in warmer climes.
Growing up in Australia, Christmas was always a slightly odd holiday. Sure, I loved all the presents and the celebrations and food. But something didn't quite seem right. Like why were so many Christmas songs about riding sleighs through snow? And why did Santa always wear a fur lined suit? But the thing that really didn't add up for me was Christmas lunch.
Food writer Jennifer Bartoli lives in Montreal, where apples are a centerpiece of fall cooking. She sent us a few of her favorite recipes for fall, and here they all are — a collection of delicious apple dishes. Time to get picking!
Fall has always been my favorite time of the year. There’s just something so soothing about things quieting down after a warm summer and scarf weather slowly making its way in. Fall, in the Quebec region, means watching the trees slowly rid themselves of their green foliage and making way for canvas-like shades of crimson, amber, orange and yellow. Apple-picking is definitely one of the best food-related activities to enjoy during these months.
Does your family have a signature dish for entertaining? This one's been a staple in mine for nearly 20 years. Guests rarely leave without requesting the recipe, and are always surprised to find the rich tomato sauce is so simple.