I had a dream last night where I was planning our dinner for the night. First off, it was sad that I was dreaming about planning dinner. Secondly, in my dream, my child was small again and to my surprise was asking for hummus. What is hummus? It spurred me to do a little research on the subject and it all started with a simple definition.
(NC) Grilled mini pizzas are a fun and entertaining option in the summer.
“Serve these Creamy Asiago Mini Naan Pizzas as a quick and easy appetizer at your next backyard barbecue,” recommends Chef Tom Filippou, Executive Chef for President’s Choice Cooking School. “Get your guests involved by setting up a selection of toppings and having them create their own pizza before popping them on the grill.”
Creamy Asiago Mini Naan Pizzas
• 6 PC Whole Wheat Naan Rounds
• 6 tbsp (90 mL) PC Artichoke & Asiago Dip
• 3 PC Cocktail Tomatoes, thinly sliced
• 1/3 cup (75 mL) Very finely sliced shallots
• 1/4 tsp (1 mL) Freshly ground black pepper
• 1 cup (250 mL) PC Organics Baby Arugula
(NC) After such a long Canadian winter it’s finally time for sunny days and warm evenings that make our summers worth the wait. Without a doubt, one of the things that Canadians are anticipating most is al fresco dining. Whether it’s a picnic down by the river, snacks on the dock at the cottage or dinner in the backyard, eating and entertaining outdoors is one of our most beloved summer activities.
“After such a tough winter, Canadians want to make the most out of summer—that means spending every second possible savouring good food and warm weather,” says Tom Filippou, Executive Chef for President’s Choice. “Outdoor eating is a summer luxury and a quintessentially Canadian past time.”
Follow Chef Tom’s tips to plan the perfect al fresco dining experience.
(NC) The smell of BBQ smoke is in the air and grilling season is in full swing. As you stroll down the grocery aisles, you’re probably thinking about what meat to buy for your weekend get-together or family dinner. “The good news about selecting top-quality meat is that it’s not as complicated as many people think,” says Tom Filippou, Executive Chef for President’s Choice Cooking Schools. “There are a few simple things you can look for to ensure the meats you are selecting are fresh and flavourful.”
Follow chef Tom’s tips below and you’ll be well on your way to perfect summer grilling.
Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck
Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular web site to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (“This might be my favorite thing ever”) and named Saveur’s Best New Food blog of 2013–with half a million Facebook fans and counting–Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.
Yeah, plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with microgreens and nettles. But they are dull or pretentious as hell–and most people can’t afford the hype.
Thug Kitchen lives in the real world. In their first cookbook, they’re throwing down more than 100 recipes for their best-loved meals, snacks, and sides for beginning cooks to home chefs. (Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos? Pumpkin Chili? Grilled Peach Salsa? Believe that sh*t.) Plus they’re going to arm you with all the info and techniques you need to shop on a budget and go and kick a bunch of ass on your own.
This book is an invitation to everyone who wants to do better to elevate their kitchen game. No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more drive-thru lines. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. Sh*t is about to get real.