Mushroom Fettuccine with Truffled Pecorino

It has been a while since my last post. Even though I’ve actually been quite busy cooking lately the ridiculous weather we’ve been experiencing in Montreal has prevented me from getting in front of the computer. Today I’d like to share a recipe that I recently came up with for a simple mushroom pasta dish. As a general rule, basic mushroom pasta is good. Sticking with my M.O., I set out to take the dish up a notch by using high quality ingredients – shitake and chanterelle mushrooms, Caccio di Bosco cheese, truffle oil and fresh fettuccine, all from Atwater market, of course. Continue reading

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Lobster Rolls

I don’t know what took me so long to make lobster rolls at home, but last week I decided it was about time. So I picked up a lobster from Atwater Market and set to the task. This recipe isn’t meant to be a great reveal, you can surely find a number of similar ones on the internet. What it is meant to be though is a call to action – if you like lobster rolls, you need to start making them at home. I have a hard time thinking of another dish that is as simple and as rewarding. Continue reading

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Spain in a Sandwich – Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese and Tomato Salsa

My newest discovery is the deli counter at Fromagerie Atwater in Atwater Market. They’ve got some really great stuff that for some inexplicable reason I had ignored until two weeks ago when I had them slice me some of the best prosciutto di parma I have ever had (which I used to make this sandwich). Last weekend I was in the mood for something a bit different. So, to switch things up I opted for Serrano ham (from Spain, Serrano ham is generally dryer and more deeply flavoured than prosciutto). Spanish ham in hand, a Spanish cheese was in order, so I picked up some 12 month Manchego. Like the ham, aged Manchego is quite dry; so I grabbed a tomato, which once turned into a salsa would play a key role by adding some moisture to my sandwich, and headed home. Continue reading

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Grilled Blue Marlin Steak

I always say that I need to eat fish more often (see here, for example), but for some reasons I never manage to do it enough. I’m still working on that. When I do pull it off, grilled blue marlin steak is one of my go to recipes. Blue marlin is perfect for grilling because it is so solid. It has a firm almost meat like texture to it. Because of that texture and its light flavour I find that it’s a worthy substitute for tuna (but about half the price). As for the recipe, you can’t get any simpler than this. Continue reading

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Shrimp and Chorizo Paella

I love paella. Growing up, rice was a staple in my household, so I’m sure that has something to do with it. Paella really is all about the rice. A good one would be delicious without anything else added, so once you get the rice down you’re in business. After that you can throw in whatever you want. Just be careful not to overload your paella; the additions should complement the rice but not smother it or overcrowd the pan. Shrimp and chorizo is one of my favourite combos and both ingredients make regular appearances in my paella pan. Continue reading

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Joe Beef

I have lived a stone’s throw away from Joe Beef for the last 3+ years, but oddly enough last Friday was the first time I had eaten there. This place was popular and well regarded when I first moved into the neighbourhood but since that time it has soared far up into the stratosphere of the Montreal restaurant scene. I’m always skeptical about places that are as popular as Joe Beef has become. So, I was eager to find out for myself what the deal really was (we were lucky enough to nab reservations on the garden terasse on very short notice).  Continue reading

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Bloody Caesar with Snow Crab Legs

Bloody Caesars are right up there on my list of favourite cocktails. I drink them year round, but I appreciate them most during the summer. If you ask me, they’re the perfect start to a meal, especially anything on the BBQ. Refreshing, salty, spicy (not surprisingly, I like mine extra spicy) and substantial with a serious kick all at once, what more could you want on a summer afternoon in front of the grill? Last weekend I picked up some snow crab legs from the market. Inspired by the great seafood Caesar I had at Lucille’s Oyster Dive, I decided to turn this cocktail into a full fledged appetizer.  Continue reading

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Grilled Veal Chop Topped with Burrata and Mushroom Ragu

The inspiration for this recipe came from two sources. First, my brother told me about a great veal chop covered in mozzarella and a mushroom sauce that he recently had which blew him away. Sounded like a nice combo. As for the inclusion of burrata, I had heard that Joe Beef serves up a mushroom / burrata kind of crostini thing which is apparently great. I figured if it’s good on bread it must be good on grilled veal. For this style of dish I felt that I had to go with a grilled veal chop rather than a pan roasted one. I’m not sure exactly why, something about the rusticity of grilling, I think. Continue reading

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Regular readers will have noticed that I haven’t reviewed a restaurant in a while. The reason for that is simple: I haven’t been eating out at new places lately. Last Friday, I figured it was time to break that streak. It has been pretty hectic at work lately and I felt like the GF and I deserved a great meal. After a bit of deliberation I settled on Toque!, thinking that we couldn’t go wrong. Continue reading

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Prosciutto, Apple and Honey Sandwich

This Saturday was one of the first Saturdays in a while that I was able to lounge around the house and do nothing. When lunchtime rolled around I was in the mood for a quality sandwich. I poked my head into the fridge and noticed that we had some prosciutto. A good start, but I was missing a few key ingredients. As I wasn’t feeling the idea of prosciutto between two slices of whole grain bread, I decided to take a quick trip to the market to get what I needed to make a sandwich worthy of this great day. Continue reading

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