Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies
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I’m not what you would call a cookie person. I know, I know. I must be some kind of reverse Cookie Monster. It’s not that I hate cookies; hate is far too strong a word. It’s just that I’m underwhelmed by cookies. I don’t find them all that interesting in terms of flavor or appearance. I should also probably mention I don’t have the biggest sweet tooth in the first place. So maybe I’m not the person to ask for hot dessert-related takes. But now and then a cookie idea wanders into my head and I am instantly smitten. And that was precisely the case with these Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies. These blushing beauties are so compelling that they’re capable of converting a reverse Cookie Monster like me. 

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Rapini Linguine with Cambozola and Walnuts

Rapini Linguine with Cambozola
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Bitter greens are among my favorite things to eat and cook with. They are versatile, toothsome, and bring contrast to every dish. When I was a child, it was quite the opposite. I suppose there’s nothing noteworthy about a kid turning their nose up at anything bitter. It’s part of biology after all. Our aversion to bitterness at a young age is an evolutionary feature; it supposedly keeps us from ingesting poisons. We are drawn to sweetness because it usually indicates a high-calorie count – something we need when growing. But we tend to get over this as we enter adolescence and that was certainly the case with me. I don’t precisely remember when rapini captured my attention but it has been my ride-or-die for at least a decade. And today’s Rapini Linguine is my love letter to the green. So let’s get romantic and make this beauty.

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Smoked Trout Croquettes with Beet Labneh

Smoked Trout Croquettes with Beet Labneh
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Well, I guess it’s time to call it – I am a croquette addict. I can’t stop making them, eating them, thinking about them. What I love best about them is their versatility. They can take on just about any flavor profile you care to impose on them. They have a place in multiple cuisines, so it is well within the limits of “authenticity” to use far-from-home flavors and ingredients. The croquette, croquetas, korokke, etc. is truly a blank canvas ripe for creativity and adventure. Okay, maybe I’m overselling the croquette as a whole. But I am confident I am not overselling these Smoked Trout Croquettes with Beet Labneh. These beauties are a bright spot in the already gleaming croquette genre. So let’s make them!

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Smoked Duck Split Pea Soup with Swiss Chard

Smoked Duck Split Pea Soup with Swiss Chard
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Spring is here at long last, so why doesn’t it feel like it? Well, it could be in full swing where you are, but here in Canada we recently shoveled our way out of a snowstorm. I wish I could say this was a freak incident. It is not. If you grew up in Canada, you’ve had your heart broken by a late March blizzard. You’ve probably also been burned by the ever-charming April version as well. So if spring snow is par for the course for us hearty canucks, we should be fine with it, right?! No. We’re grumpy and impatient as all hell, or at least I am. The only upside I see to this bonus winter is the opportunity to squeeze a few more comfort foods into the season. Dishes like today’s Smoked Duck Split Pea Soup.

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