Espresso Infused Pan Braised Chicken with Gnocchi

  This dish is absolutely delicious! A sweet and sour sauce glazes the perfectly tender chicken thighs and makes for a truly comforting meal. With hints of coffee, fruit and deep caramel flavour, this gorgeous dish is a showstopper. Serve this rich ragout over gnocchi for a more filling meal or serve it with a…

Baby It’s Cold Outside Lentil Soup

It’s one of those days. It’s minus fifteen, the sun is shining in the impossibly blue sky, it’s blinding light bouncing off the pristine snow sparkling through every window in my kitchen. Two pairs of socks and the softest cashmere sweater that my wardrobe has to offer, makes this day warm, fuzzy and smiley. This…

Calamari Alla Luciana

Calamari From The Port Of Santa Lucia  I first came across this dish at the Montreal restaurant “Da Emma.” I was a little girl, about eight years old and my grandparents took me out for a lavish dinner to celebrate my birthday. Emma, who at the time was already in her sixties, came out of…

Oooooh Lala! French Onion Soup

There is nothing quite like the smell of onions caramelizing in butter filling your house. In Montreal, it can get really cold in the winter, and I sometimes find myself craving something rich and savoury on a bitterly cold day, so I make this dish and I instantly feel warm. My favourite part of making…

Clam Chowder For a Montreal February

Back to guilty pleasures   Do you get sad? Mad? Cold? Sick? Do you have any negative feelings at all? If you do, then you MUST whip up a batch of this perfectly sweet, salty, meaty soup. The thick, creamy texture and bite from the vegetables and clams will satisfy your belly and bring some colour…