Falling into Chocolate

I collect bookmarks. I started when I was around 18 and found one that had a picture of chocolate chips. It read, “Forget love. I’d rather fall into chocolate.” Okay, so some of that was about pretending my boyfriendless state was by choice. But most of it really was about the chocolate. I love, love, love chocolate. My husband aside, it’s given me more joy than any man I ever dated. Naturally it’s the feature ingredient for one of my first recipe quests: molten chocolate cakes. I can’t think of many more satisfying eating...

Cod au Gratin

I’m all about the home cooking, and nothing says home cooking to me like the dishes of my family’s culture. Those tuckamores there? They’ve got their roots in the same place I do, Canada’s newest, oldest, easternmost province–Newfoundland. Although I grew up in Ontario, my Newfoundland heritage is at the base of who I am. Surrounded by the ocean as they are, Newfoundlanders have always relied on the resources of the sea. It’s no surprise that fish is an important part of Newfoundland home cooking. My favourite is cod, fresh from...

To Cook or Not to Cook

Back when I was in university, I roomed with a woman named Beth. She was an intelligent, strong, and determined person, so it was a surprise to me when she insisted that she couldn’t really cook. What?! How could someone who was literate in two languages and gifted with the attention span of a cat stalking a bird be incapable of following simple directions laid out as they are in the average recipe? I learned how to cook at home, at Girl Guides, and at 4-H. Until I heard it from Beth, I never considered the possibility that someone couldn’t cook if they chose...