News From The Cold Cellar

Lovin’ Me A Cast Iron Pan
October 16

A few years ago on one of my culinary traveling adventures, I met a lovely couple from Louisiana. Our quick hello then turned into an afternoon of wine on a rooftop patio and ended with an invitation to their home for dinner in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Our conversation never touched on politics […]

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Sweet Summer Memories
August 21

There is nothing like sweet memories to inspire you with a recipe. Such was the case a few weeks ago as my husband and I traveled through the East Coast of Canada on our first driving holiday “sans children”. We spent two glorious weeks exploring Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and the Gaspe/Charlevoix region of […]

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It’s Getting A Little Fishy Around Here!
February 29

The best part of having a mid-winter getaway in a warm location, is having a chance to relax, read a good novel, take an extended walk along the beach and eat some great seafood – as was the case a couple of weeks ago when Donna-Marie and family escaped the clutches of a Waterloo winter […]

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Seeking A Little Italian Fall Comfort
November 14

We always love it when we have special visitors to Relish and this week we are looking forward to a return visit from Chef Antonio Bedini – who arrives in Waterloo this Thursday from his home in Pesaro Italy along the Adriatic coast.   Chef Bedini made his first visit to Relish last year as […]

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Rockin’ The Raclette
October 28

The holiday party season will soon be upon us.  Friends, family and co-workers gather to celebrate the season, cheer on sports teams and exchange holiday cookies.  Invitations flow and impromptu casual gatherings abound.  Its such a wonderful time of year and soon it will be time for me to host my favourite holiday fete – […]

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The Comfort of Smoked Paprika
January 9

This is the time of year when I begin approaching the winter blues. It’s gray outside for days on end, the snow is all muddy and slushed from tire grit, and it seems that spring is an eternity away. With these oncoming sentiments, I also find myself needing the nourishment and love of some comfort […]

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Oh To Be A Water Buffalo!
November 6

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Southern Italy, was an excursion to Paestum – the buffalo mozzarella capital of the world!  Located about 2 hours northwest of Positano, we arrived at 9:30 am, just in time to see the production of this world-famous delicacy at the Tenuta Vannulo dairy. This family-run farm […]

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Memories To Last A Lifetime
November 5

Vacations come and go, but my trip to the Amalfi coast in southern Italy, has memories that will last a lifetime!  I set out with three friends to explore the culinary landscape of this spectacular area and discovered all the hidden wonders that this picturesque region had to offer.  Our trip was arranged by Ciao […]

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Trip of a Lifetime!
September 30

It was only a few short years ago (or so it seemed), when I turned 40, but I vowed to myself then, that when I turned 50, I would take a dream-trip of a lifetime – a culinary exploration of Italy. Well, that time is here! On October 13, I will leave be leaving Waterloo […]

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Chicago – A Foodies Walking Tour Paradise
July 29

Last weekend, my husband and I took a short get-away vacation to Chicago.  Of course there was a purpose for the trip, as he was running in the Rock “N Roll 1/2 Marathon.  I had no desire to train for anything quite so taxing, but a 5 km run I could accomplish. So Mini Marathon […]

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