Posted in December 2015

My year of Elsewhere

My year of Elsewhere

Christmas Day, 2015 My year of Elsewhere began with a dinner party last December, where friends Helen and Ron invited me to spend a week at their rented condo in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. I arrived the first week of March, catching a ride at Mexico City’s airport for the four-hour … Continue reading

Crazy for cranberries

Crazy for cranberries

Matt French’s cranberry sauce will be smoking this Christmas. French, sales director and winemaker at Johnston’s in Muskoka, Ontario’s largest cranberry farm, teamed up with a Port Carling chef to throw homegrown cranberries in the smoker for 30 minutes before mixing them with sautéed leeks and onions, a splash of his cranberry wine and local … Continue reading

Parsnips a smash hit

Ontario’s biggest parsnip producer is still astonished to see his roots on three-star menus. “When I was a kid the old Anglo Saxons bought them,” says Tony Tomizza, whose family has pulled parsnips from the black muck of the Holland Marsh for more than half a century. “They knew how to cook them and what … Continue reading