Cod ceviche with grapefruit, red pepper, scallion and lime on scratch pork rinds (I have new respect for anyone who makes chicharrónes). A big hit here, preceding cumin-chicken empanadas, guac and copious dabs of my killer-tasty habañero hot sauce.
Father's Day Dinner
Flat iron; haricots verts with caramelized parsnip, Aleppo, pepitas and sweet smoked paprika; yellow potato galettes with parm, marjoram and brown butter.
Sunday Grill Day
Spatchcock chicken, paprika/marjoram/brown butter yellow potatoes and grilled bok choy. Thanks for the veg tips, Chef Trevor Teich.
Lamb Bacon Salad
Plus local cheese — and a Carneros Pinot Noir — in NYC.
Me & Duskie Estes from Zazu Restaurant and Farm
What an inspiration! Duskie and her hubs and partner, John Stewart, worked with me on the LCBO's California wine promo. Visit them in Sebastopol, CA!
Chili wings. What else?
Fall For Butter Chicken
Homemade butter chicken and parathas with a seasonal touch: butternut squash.
A weekday favourite.
Chipotle and lime guac + tomatillo, cilantro and pink tomato salsa.
Spicy Pork Bánh Mì
Gonna Be a Helluva Pizza
Grilled asparagus, rabbit, crispy capers (thx, Chef Mike Ward), fresh mozz, fried sage, greens, Aleppo, fried garlic, Oleum Sauve and super-sweet onion.
Me & Chef Kaji
Renowned as the best sushi restaurant in Toronto, if not the country, Sushi Kaji features authentic Japanese food and drink. Put yourself in the hands of Chef Mitsuhiro Kaji for an evening; he's been making sushi since he was 13.
Cotechino con Lenticchie
A classic New Year dish in Modena.
Yes, that IS a bite! Homemade empanadas with pork sausage grind, olives, raisins, potato, hard-cooked egg slices, smoked and lotsa sweet paprika, shallots, garlic, a kiss of chili and, for a tangy hit without liquid, sumac.