French Onion Soup

onion soup

French onion soup is one of those things we used to only eat at a restaurant because I could never get the broth to taste quite the way I liked it. That said, not all French onion soups at restaurants are good, no two are alike.  Here is my “go to” French onion soup recipe […]

Home made fish and chips is all about the batter


Fish and chips are one of those comfort foods that we all love, even those of us who aren’t really interested in seafood. There is something about the crunchy goodness, slathered in tartar sauce with a pile of salty fries and ketchup. If something is that good when you pick it up, just imagine how […]

The loaf is still rustic but with a different finish


Made a couple of loaves of rustic bread earlier this week. Same recipe as last time except I brushed them with egg wash rather than dusting with flour. Not only did these ones look lovely but they tasted even better than last time! If you haven’t tried this yet, you MUST make your own bread […]

Super simple Rustic Bread


There is nothing like the taste and texture of fresh baked bread, yet few people actually make their own bread. Why? Well, if they are anything like me, they are terrified of the process. Baking bread has become one of those tasks that all of our grandparents did that seem entirely too much work in […]

Big naan on campus

bacon 150-1

This will be the second batch of naan that I have made at home. Everyone else in the FAB Whitby kitchen thought my first attempt was awesome, but I was nonplussed. Attempt number 1 was somewhat lackluster. Having at the same recipe a second time though, I discovered a couple of things. First off, I […]

Home made dinner rolls


Those of you who are regular readers have no doubt noticed that I’ve been on a bit of a baking kick lately. Sandy doesn’t bake and my attempts years ago failed miserably, so we just never got into the baking side of food prep. All that changed when OoS convinced me to try making pizza […]

Adventures in flour: Soft Tortillas

soft tortilla

Since I’ve discovered baking lately, I’ve been revisiting some of the simpler pleasures here in the FAB Whitby kitchen to see if we can recreate them ourselves. So far, I’ve been reasonably pleased with the results, so I decided it was time to look for a soft taco/tortilla recipe. My recipe search brought me to […]

Puff Pastry attempt #1


Like many people, I love great puff pastry. I just have never had the knack for making it. While I remember my Mom and Grandmother making great pastry when I was a kid, when I started cooking I was never happy with the results so I just didn’t make it. Over the past couple of […]

Pizza Dough from Scratch

Risen dough

This recipe is a variation on the one that was offered through the LCBO’s Food and Drink magazine, back in the winter of 2008. We make pizza once a week now — I honestly can’t remember the last time we got delivery! Yield: enough for 2 thin-crust 12-inch pizzas, so by all means, halve the […]

Tyrone Mill Cider Donuts: Best of the best!


The lovely gems of deep fried goodness that you see to the left are quite possibly the best donuts on the planet! The Tyrone Mill was built in 1846, well before Colonel Sam McLaughlin established the carriage company that would evolve into General Motors of Canada in a drive shed just down the road. The […]