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White Bean, Parsley & Chive Croquettes with Arugula & Horseradish Sauce

So by now (if you are a regular Kitchen Operas reader) you probably know all about my friend Louise. You know, my foodie friend who made macarons with me, who introduced me to turning squash into “jam”, who convinced me I could poach an egg, who has mulberry and quince trees (!), who likes all […]

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Cilantro-Ginger Veggie Dumplings

I’ve been having a little too much fun catching up on foodie TV shows, and I have really enjoyed this season’s Top Chef Canada and The F Word (if you’re in Canada, you can watch them here). On one episode of The F Word, they featured Chinese dumplings, and I had to eat them immediately. […]

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Maple Squash Butter

Sometime last year, I lent my copy of Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates to my fabulous foodie friend, Louise.  And then I forgot about it. Louise then brought me one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted: pumpkin butter!   Oh my word, similar to apple butter, but made with pumpkins, this is a spread perfect for […]

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Rhubarb Chutney

I never seem to know when I can find rhubarb around here… But I managed to score a few precious stalks, so I wanted to do something really special with it. Back in the spring, I had found a recipe for rhubarb chutney, and filed it on the “To Eat” list for later in the […]

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Daring Cooks: Food Preservation – Canning & Freezing

The September 2010 Daring Cooks’ challenge was hosted by John of Eat4Fun. John chose to challenge The Daring Cooks to learn about food preservation, mainly in the form of canning and freezing. He challenged everyone to make a recipe and preserve it. John’s source for food preservation information was from The National Center for Home […]

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Penne Pasta for Pemma (and her Peerless Palate)

Today is the birthday of my very dearest friend: Pemma.  We have had so many adventures together from escapades in the kitchen to musical fun and traveling! Pem likes bugs.  And makes friends with them at restaurants: And she is a secret spy… when it comes to the intrigue of avocados: She has such a […]

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Cold Rolls with Spicy Almond Cashew Dipping Sauce

Mmmm, cold rolls.  I have been craving them since my picnic with Ash in the park, and needed to make a set for myself!  As I was off to a dinner party, it was the perfect excuse to make cold rolls: you really do need to make them for a bunch of people! I love […]

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Cashew & Almond Soba Noodle Salad

I didn’t quite make it in by July, but phew!  Another Daring Cooks’ Challenge, and I get to make my own nut butter! The July 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Margie of More Please and Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make their own […]

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Kasha & Tofu with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

I’m loving my buckwheat lately, and thought I’d try my hand at a gluten-free vegan mushroom gravy to go with it, after I was inspired by a suggestion of kasha & mushroom gravy in the amazing vegan cookbook, Veganomicon. I thought I’d experiment with buckwheat flour instead of wheat flour in the gravy, as the […]

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Garlic Scape Pesto

Pesto is not just for basil anymore.  One of my favourite things on earth?  Meghan’s Coriander Pesto. And when I read Dorie Greenspan’s post on garlic scape pesto, well, it just had to happen in my kitchen too. So I’ve been waiting all winter long for the garlic scapes to pop on out of the […]

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