Feel Good Quinoa Bowl

Did you know that quinoa is a seed that has been consumed for close to 7,000 years?  Well neither did I. According to archeologists, quinoa was a staple food of the Andean people of Peru who domesticated the seed 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.  The Incas considered quinoa to be sacred as it gave them more…

Best Ever Fast Food Greek Salad

  When did “salad” become a bad word?    Synonymous with dieting and completely vilified, salads are getting a bad rap. So many people have come up to me stating that they hate salad and that salad is yucky, but why? What salads are these guys eating that make them feels like cows out to…

Everything Couscous

Well, what to say? I am trying to get that winter weight off! The over indulgence was totally worth the muffin top but with bikini season coming… Just no. I just really wanted to eat something cooked instead of salad and something to fill me up so I wasn’t chewing my freaking arm off!   …

Dukkah Sweet Potato Oven Fries with Spicy Ketchup

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of tasting Dukkah, you are seriously missing out. I was first introduced to this spice mixture out of Egypt by my parents who heard of it from Turkish friends. Dukkah is derived from the Arabic “to pound” since the mixture of of nuts and spices are…

The Two Parrot Nachos (my version)

While attending culinary school in Vancouver, one of the local haunts that us students would unwind at, was a bar called the Two Parrots Perch & Grill. Through the foggy memories of gin soaked nights out with friends, it is the nachos that I remember best. Hands down the best nachos I had ever had. I…

The Trick To A Perfect Platter

Over the many years I have spent cooking professionally, I have noticed a pattern arise when cooking with family and friends. My mother has always commented on how much better a dish looks when I have plated it compared to when she has and credits my culinary training with that ability. Throw that notion out…

Dolled Up Green Beans

This makes an excellent side dish for a light summer meal. The parmesan cheese can be omitted for a lighter version but, let’s be honest, why would you ever want to do that? I suggest serving these beans with my recipe for “the gift of blood orange & fennel scented cod” for a perfectly simple…

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…

The Crabby Shack’s Cheesy Dip

I’m not sure which category this recipe should be filed under. I went with “blue” because it’s obviously comfort food but it is a beautiful dish to serve up with cocktails for pretty much any event. I have this tiny obsession with anything super cheesy and gooey and this dip takes the cake. I serve…

Easy Peasy Orzo & Shrimp To Impress Your Crush

  It starts in the very pit of your stomach, like a small fire was lit within and your body warms at the thought of them. The butterflies in your tummy are causing unbearable turbulence that make your cheeks burn with blush and ache with permanent smiles. You didn’t expect it, you didn’t set out…