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Category Archives: Salads and Dressings

Magazine Mondays: Farro!

Written on January 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm, by admin

Have you ever heard of farro? I sometimes try to think of how I went so long without ever trying this delicious grain! I was introduced to farro by my family in Italy. One of my aunts, in particular, uses it quite a bit and I have been the lucky recipient of many of her  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Happy Victoria Day!

Written on May 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm, by admin

Happy Victoria Day to all my fellow Canadians! Even though the first day of summer is still roughly a month away, for me, Victoria Day has always been the unofficial beginning of summer. Barbecue season is underway, my strawberry plants are on the verge of yielding some sweet berries and I can now officially wear  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Salad!

Written on April 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm, by admin

Every since my trip to New York City in January, I’ve been on the losing end of the weight gain battle. Just as fast as you can say City Bakery’s pretzel croissant I’m suddenly about 10 pounds heavier. Eeek! I’m as vain as the next cream puff and with bathing suit season on the horizon,  Continue Reading »

My New Favourite Thing

Written on December 3, 2008 at 10:34 pm, by admin

Cream Puffs in Venice readers, meet my new favourite French Apple Tart. French Apple Tart, meet Cream Puffs in Venice readers. I was introduced to my new favourite French Apple Tart in the whole wide world by Ina Garten, author of the brand new Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics. When I write reviews, I try  Continue Reading »

It’s a Salad Monday!

Written on May 5, 2008 at 6:30 pm, by admin

For this week’s edition of Magazine Mondays, I bestowed the honour of “Chosen Recipe” on one that actually hasn’t been laying around my house for all that long. Contrary to my culinary penchant for oohing and aahing over recipes in magazines and then letting them sit there for years before trying them, I actually decided  Continue Reading »

You Most Definitely Can Win Friends with Salad!

Written on June 25, 2007 at 5:17 pm, by admin

I love The Simpsons. Love them! I am one of those people who shares the belief that there are lines from Simpsons episodes that can be applied to virtually every event in life. One of my very favourite Simpsons episodes happens to be “Lisa the Vegetarian” from the series’ seventh season. And for me, the  Continue Reading »

Chillin’ on the Terrace

Written on August 13, 2006 at 12:26 pm, by Ivonne

Chilling on the Italian terrace has been the recent activity of choice here in the House of Cream Puff. These past four days have surely been the most glorious days of this Toronto summer. The heat and humidity of July are but a distant memory as we’ve enjoyed leisurely meals on our little patio. A  Continue Reading »

Bring on the Panzanella …

Written on August 10, 2006 at 7:38 pm, by Ivonne

This is a salad that I would happily call the perfect summer salad. It is one that I look forward to making every summer. As I add each beautifully ripe ingredient to a large bowl, I can’t help but feel that the very act of making panzanella is pure summer joy! Panzanella is a bread  Continue Reading »

An Affair to Remember: I Carciofi

Written on April 19, 2006 at 10:09 pm, by Ivonne

I wasn’t planning on posting this evening, but I had no choice. I am enjoying Lemon Zest so much and I realized that I don’t have many days left in April to post about this cookbook. Having prepared a dish that features one of the vegetable loves of my life, I just had to come  Continue Reading »