Hot and sour soup

Many moons ago, when I was discovering how to make soups, I did a search for hot and sour soup at David’s request and came across this recipe. He had fallen ill, so I was trying out different soup recipes in an effort to cure what ailed him. It was a hit, so much so…

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Roast salmon with bacon and horseradish cream

I had a hankering for something a little creamy and something a little Frenchy. It was nice to return to The Country Cooking of France cook book, that always steered us in tasty directions in the past. We’d actually made this recipe once before, and thought it would be a good one to try out…

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Apple tuna sandwich

Costco is great for many things, but bulk can be both a blessing and a curse. A giant 12 pack of cans of tuna left me searching for variations on the standard tuna sandwich (which would begin to get a bit monotonous after the 5 or 6th tin of tuna). I stumbled across this recipe…

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Salmon with walnut-basil butter

In the interest of healthiness (getting all those good omega-3 fatty acids and all that), David and I have taken a particular interest in incorporating more seafood in our diet. Living in Chicago unfortunately does not guarantee us easy or inexpensive access to fresh fish, but Costco’s frozen food section will do the trick for…

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Broiled trout with bacon, onion and raisins

On our monthly trip to Fresh Farms, we usually endeavour to find some new, bizarre seafood to try. Perhaps it was our recent utter selectional failure that led to the mullet incident (a fish I never again wish to have/smell) that prompted our playing it safe with rainbow trout. I came across this recipe involving…

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Aromatic porgy with fennel

Another new adventure we decided on having at Fresh Farms was porgy. I’d seen recipes in passing for this type of fish before, but I never really knew much about it–its flavour or texture. What we hadn’t realized is that they’re also commonly known as sea breams (which makes me suspect that we may have…

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Skate with brown butter

Every so often we rent a car and make a pilgrimage out to Costco and Fresh Farms to stock up on supplies and fun, interesting seafood. Fresh Farms always seems to have a good selection of seafood, and this time was no different. I spotted skate, for a fabulous $2.99/lb, and we couldn’t resist. I’d…

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Trout with haricots verts and almonds

It has been a busy past few weeks, as I’ve stopped in several different countries in the last week or so. At long last, I have returned to Chicago, where I’ll be for the next five years or so slogging away on a PhD, and re-united with my husband (and dog). In honour of our…

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Salmon with sour cream and dill

There are worse things I suppose than having an entire freshly-caught salmon to divvy up between the two of us. But in the interest of not having exactly the same recipe several nights in a row, it means I need to find different and interesting ways of serving up the salmon. A cursory Google search…

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