Shepherd’s pie

I was in the mood for some comfort food and realized I’d never made this classic. Meat in one hand, mashed potatoes in the other. Put your hands together! My two favourite food groups in one dish.

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Lasagna

One of our resolutions at the start of the year was to try our hand at making lasagne, which neither of us had ever made. Given the wealth of obscurer dishes we’ve tried, I’m not sure why it’s taken us this long to try it. We had extra ricotta cheese after making our delicious gnudi last week,…

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Swedish meatballs

After having some seriously delicious Swedish meatballs in Stockholm during our recent trip to Scandinavia, I was desperate to try making them at home. Now I’d had Swedish meatballs at Ikea many times before, but they were always kind of bland and strange tasting, particularly in comparison to the real deal I later sampled. The…

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Meat loaf braised in white wine with mushrooms

David is a big fan of my mother’s meat loaf recipe, as am I, since it is a ridiculously simple recipe for me to make. But in the interest of diversity, I thought we’d try a slightly fancier meat loaf recipe I came across in Marcella Hazan’s Classic Italian Cook Book, which added in two…

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Bolognese meat sauce

We discovered in our freezer-of-endless-wonders some reserved ground beef that we’d set aside to make a Bolognese meat sauce and thus couldn’t resist the opportunity to try it out. Mined from Marcella Hazan’s Classic Italian Cook Book, it seemed to be a straightforward if not slow-cooking (3.5-4 hours) recipe.

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Fettuccine with chicken liver sauce

I’m not sure why I’m such a fan of liver and liver-related products (such as foie gras). There’s just such a wonderful creaminess to it along with a lovely, round flavour. To that end, I came across a recipe for a pasta sauce involving chicken livers in Hazan’s The Classic Italian Cook Book and set…

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Beef tacos

Growing up in Vancouver, I had very little exposure to Mexican (or even pseudo-Mexican style) food. About the closest we came was the Taco Time chain at Metrotown Mall. We had leftover ground beef that we bought for our meatloaf the other night, so David suggested we do tacos. After a bit of poking around,…

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Meat loaf

Apparently, we’re starting this week with an arrangement of Mom’s greatest hits. Perhaps it’s being faraway in Chicago that makes me miss a bit of comfort food, something familiar (familiarly delicious!). David was bogged down with work, so I thought I’d try my hand at her meat loaf. Apparently, this recipe has seen a bit…

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