I'm off to Toronto tonight for a course. I've never been before and while there's lots I'd love to do and see, I won't have much free time. I'm hoping to eat at Momofuku and explore King Street West, but that's likely all I'll be able to squeeze in until I head back again in May.
Typically when I cook I either make things up as I go or I find recipes on the internet, but that doesn't stop me from collecting cookbooks. I love to flip through them over and over again. My latest love is Calgary Cooks, a book compiled of recipes from some of Calgary's best restaurants- Anju, Anejo, Candela, Model Milk, Cucina and dozens more. All of the recipes look beautiful, but I really admire that, for the most part, they're simple enough for the home cook.
You can find them at Our Daily Brett, Red Tree Catering, Cookbook Co. and Chapters.
It did get me to thinking about which dishes from my favorite spots that I would've picked. Here's my list:
Ox and Angela- either the Paella or those Patatas Bravas
Double Zero's Roasted Cauliflower
Anju's Chicken Wings
Shikiji's Chili Goma Ramen
Taste's French Onion Soup
Shortly after we bought our house, I swore I would never buy IKEA furniture again. Gone were the days of a basement suite filled with poorly put together Swedish furniture- I thought I'm an adult, after all. That is until we started looking for a new couch. We kept looking at the same one at Crate and Barrel and a similar one at Urban Barn, but we were having trouble justifying the $4000 price tag knowing that we'd like to redo the floors that said couch would sit on and perhaps knock down a wall in the same room. We went to IKEA looking for picture frames and lo and behold, there was couch almost identical to the ones we'd seen at the other stores for a fraction of the price. So...we bought it. Truth be told, I totally love it!
In typical IKEA fashion, the legs were just plain wooden blocks. I had read about Pretty Pegs somewhere on the internet and decided to give them a try. They have all different styles and colors of furniture legs for beds, tables and couches. I ordered the Estelle and I'm so happy with how they turned out.
Sorry for the poor lighting. We didn't put them on until it was dark out and they're wooden legs on a hard-wood floor.
I'm not normally a fan of creamy dressings, but I'd heard so much about Ina Garten's Green Goddess, that I figured I'd give it a try.
It's certainly not low in fat, but it has so much flavor that you don't need much of it. While it was delicious on salad, I think it would make the perfect dip for crudités. Green Goddess Dressing recipe from food network 1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. chopped scallions, white and green parts
1 c. chopped fresh basil
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
2 tsps. chopped garlic
2 tsps. anchovy paste
2 tsps. course salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 c. sour cream
Put everything except the sour cream into a blender and process until smooth. Add sour cream and process until just blended.