Rice Pilaf

I learned to make rice pilaf in cooking school, I thought it was so fancy. At the time I was living at home with my parents and I probably made it so many times, they got sick of it. I make it as a side dish quite a bit at home still, almost everyone loves…

Coconut Rice

The first time I had coconut rice was in cooking school, until then I had really only had minute rice. In fact, the idea that rice took longer than a minute and you could incorporate other flavors to be absorbed into the rice, blew my mind. Rice is what I call a “blank canvas food”,…

Arancini

Many of us wish we were something that we’re not, we wish we were taller, skinnier, more talented, smarter etc… Sometimes I wish I was Italian, I am in no way Italian, not even a bit. I am a Canadian from way back, so far in fact, the other stuff barely matters but to be…

Buttery Leek Risotto

Growing up, I was always cooking, even when I was a toddler I wanted to stand at the stove and create. I have a sister who does not have a love for cooking but most certainly has a love to be cooked for. Every year for my sister’s birthday, her gift from me is that…

Creamy Polenta

In an effort to make more interesting sides, I have a go to recipe for polenta. Interestingly, this was a favorite of my daughter’s (Sophia) when she was a toddler, it was sort of her baby food. Polenta is faster than mashed potatoes and can be used in place of mashed potatoes in most cases….