In this issue you'll find Cajun Easter recipes, something decadent for Passover, a guide to buying a great kitchen knife and how you can incorporate flowers into your cooking.
If there are any kitchen tools or techniques you'd like to read about, please don't hesitate to send me an email!
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The Best Kitchen Knives
Canadian Living recently published a comprehensive guide to what you should look for in a knife and the top five brands.
There are several reasons that you want to invest a little in a good knife. First of all, it should last a lifetime with the right care. Secondly, it ill stay sharper longer than an inexpensive stainless steel knife which can quickly dull and slip off foods, resulting in kitchen accidents.
But what makes a good knife? There are a few things to look for, and a few to avoid.
Just say no to stainless steel. Sure, these blades will keep their shine, but will soon lose their edge, and are too brittle to be sharpened. Once they're dull, you might as well throw them away. Look for high-carbon, no-stain steel.
Easter: N'Awlins Style
I recently visited New Orleans, home of the Creole and Cajun cuisines.
It's such a distinctive way of cooking, that it's difficult to master without studying.
I found this great menu on the Williams Sonoma website, which includes a Roasted Ham with Creole Glaze,
Potatoes Lyonnaise (a nod to some French origins), Collard Greens and Cafe Brulot Custard.
The challenge with Passover baking is that you can't use flour. Traditional desserts include Honey Cake and coconut macaroons.
I'm featuring four of Marci Goldman's recipes, which provide a delicious alternative to the normal offerings, including a mock Chestnut Torte, Decadent Fudge Brownies, a Honeycake made with nuts and Caramel Matzo Crunch.
Click here for the recipes
Good Food Festival: April 29th - May 1st
The Good Food Festival returns to the International Centre again - with some great features:
Canadian Living Live! - By popular demand, The Good Food Festival is pleased to welcome back the Canadian Living Test Kitchen experts.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada will be presenting 30 minute presentations that will include three servings of six different cheeses, a talk about wine & beer pairing, cheese storing and 100% Canadian cow milk.
Enter our Amateur Cake Decorating Contest judged by Duff Goldman star of "Ace of Cakes"
NEW! Wilton Cake Decorating Workshops - Register online, only $10 or $15 at the door.
Click here for more information
10 Edible Flowers
Common flowers such as roses, geraniums and violets are beautiful, but they can also be used in food preparation.
Carnation petals can be added to jellies, salads and herb butters. Just make sure to separate the petals from the calyx and white base - they'll taste bitter.
Leaves of the Garland Chrysanthemum can be brewed for tea, but the petals also have a distinctive flavour and complement lamb.
Click here for more on edible flowers!
Cooking Classes and Interactive Parties
Is there a particular technique you've always wanted to master, or perhaps just want to expand your repertoire?
Chef For All Seasons offers cooking classes and interactive parties that can be hosted in your home!
Cooks Illustrated - a superb guide for all things food. Learn recipes, techniques, and product knowledge. You'll become a gourmet chef before you know it!
Epicurious.com- Recipes, menus, articles, cooking guides and more.
Mercola.com - The world's #1 Natural Health Newsletter covering wellness, nutrition, and various blog topics to keep you healthy and living longer.
Foodland Ontario - Want to support Ontario's farmers, but don't know what's available? Here's an easy to read seasonal guide:
Culinarium.ca- Toronto-based gourmet food shop, which showcases Ontario food and offers a range of natural, organic, sustainable food.
Cumbraes.ca- Toronto-based butchery offering traditionally raised meat from the finest local farms, specialty foods, and prepared foods.
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