I knew when I built my wine and root cellars, that they would bring me joy – but I had no idea it would happen so thoroughly, so quickly. Today I made a batch of very, very large saucisson sec. It was time to try again after my last slightly hurtful failure, and the humidity in my cellar has been … Read More
FROM LOCAL FARMS – Smoky Valley Goat Cheese
Used to be that fine goat cheese was something my wife and I would enjoy while traveling in France. Ten years later, as did the Smart car and Sephora, artisan goat cheese showed its face in Edmonton. When Smoky Valley Goat Cheese arrived at our City Market this spring, I wrote about it immediately. It changed our household food culture … Read More
Smoky Valley Goat Cheese – St. Maure
I’m starting to find it charming how small producers of food stuffs often could use a hand in the marketing department. Smoky Valley Goat Cheese lacks a slick veneer of branding, and their website’s lovely description of their St. Maure seems to come directly from another website. Their sales pitch at their new place at the City Market Downtown needs … Read More
Smoked Antelope & Cheddar Crisp
It was the last pack from the 2008 antelope – an animal that had become revered as the game meat of choice over the past couple years around here, so tying into it was an event. A ‘leg roast’, which in this case meant the whole leg below the hip and above the knee [think a larger leg of lamb?]. … Read More
Dinner Party Menu
A breakdown of the menu for some new friends that came by for dinner last night. Excluding the first course – a salad from the garden…forgot the photo. The first three courses were paired with an alsatian riesling, the following 3 with a right-bank bordeaux. Overall, a lovely night: berkshire tenderloin on white bean purée, crispy sage pickled whitefish, dill … Read More
Campaign for More Cheese
Another new year’s resolution: more cheese. As mentioned in a prior post, if you know how to get your hands on some tasty cheese, you can end up looking like a star even though you know jack in the kitchen. Fortunately for me, my wife requested a cheese dinner for two for her birthday. And fortunately for me, my wife … Read More
AOC Burgundy…but Cheese, not Wine.
Another post about missing out on Christmas dinner. I’ll get over it, don’t worry. This cheese was slated for the cheese board that night, and we gave it a go this morning with some Canadian dessert wines. This is my new favorite cheese. It’s an AOC Burgundian cheese with an inside appearing crumbly like a drier goat cheese, but with … Read More
If they sell toilet paper, do not buy their cheese.
First off, I can’t believe I’ve never written about cheese before. Great cheese is a perfect example of why I can’t, and will likely never be okay with the ‘I can’t cook’ approach to eating. With the quality and diversity of food available, if you can’t serve nice food most of your problem is you just don’t know how to … Read More
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