Freestyle Chowder Base

Tomorrow, we are welcoming our first visit from family since moving west. Traditionally, whenever family crossed the Strait from Newfoundland to our house in Nova Scotia, we'd have a pot of seafood chowder waiting. Asking what our company might like for supper, and the response was chowder. And so the tradition continues! Of course, the... Continue Reading →

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Hamming it up

Cooler weather has set in, and with it, the desire for more substantial, belly-warming meals. One of our favourite meals for late fall is a comfort food classic, ham with scalloped potatoes. Thing is, that's a lot of leftovers when there are only two people eating it, so the question is, what to do with... Continue Reading →

Falling into comfort food

The leaves are changing colour and a chill is creeping into the ever-lengthing evening shadows, and memories of autumns past come rushing to the fore. The fall was when my mother- and father-in-law made their pilgrimage from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia to visit us; after his passing, my mother-in-law continued to make the trip and... Continue Reading →

Chowder. Best Ever.

I'd heard about this chowder. I'd been waiting to try it for a very long time, and finally, unexpectedly, tonight it lay before me on the table. Take a good look. What do you see? Fresh clams, plump mussels, textbook seared scallops. Under that lovely pink salmon filet lies a generous piece of haddock. Lean... Continue Reading →

A Grain of Salt

The Salt Shaker Deli in Lunenburg, casual little sister to sophisticated older sibling Fleur de Sel. I've been wanting to visit for awhile, and with the tourist season winding down, we finally snag a table at this perennially packed eatery. The deck is still open, and hardy diners are enjoying the warm October sun, ignoring... Continue Reading →

Chowder recipe, just for the Halibut!

Is is just me, or does winter seem be dragging on longer this year? The unusually cold weather has been replaced by relatively balmy days of 1C-2C, for sure. But there's still far too much snow around, and I feel perpetually achy. Today, it's cold, and damp, and dismally gray. Perfect day for soup. (Caution:... Continue Reading →

WOTS up?

    This year, Halifax's Word on the Street festival has an exciting addition:the Cooks & Books stage!  And guess what? I'm going to be there with Chowders and Soups! And in esteemed company, at that. Michael Howell, one of my contemporary culinary idols, will be there. Legendary Grillmaster Ted Reader will be on hand, as... Continue Reading →

Launched!

Wow! With one last signing at Coles in HSC yesterday, SOUPLAH drew to a close and what an experience it's been! They might be my recipes, but that's where the "I" ends in the book business. Thank you to everyone who came out at all three stops: family, friends, coworkers, collaborators, and long time readers.... Continue Reading →

Chowders and Soups

Excuse me!  Excuse me!  Pay attention to ME!  Ahem. My Chowders & Soups book is here. IT'S HERE! IN MY HAND! This is the fourth cookbook I've done, but the first one that hasn't been a collection of other chef's recipes. Any working cook worth their salt has a repertoire of soups that can be pulled out... Continue Reading →

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