• Spa Month

    I am not generally the kind of person who makes sweeping changes every January and few of the ‘resolutions’ I make stick for very long.  However, I do believe that it’s a good idea to take stock on occasion of my health, my diet, my goals and ask mysel… Read more »

  • Holiday Greetings

    December 2012 It’s been a busy fall and I haven’t had much time to blog.  As we work on our holiday specials and listen to Christmas music, I am taking a few moments to reflect on the last 12 months. Personally, it’s been a difficult year.  I lost my s… Read more »

  • Urban Element Re-cap

    October 30, 2012 Yuzu Ginger Slaw with Smoked Mackerel Earlier this month, Robin and I prepared a meal for a group of 12 people at the Urban Element.  For those who are not familiar, the Urban Element is a culinary event studio whose goal is to inspire… Read more »

  • Oh, my Yum!

    October 2012 Had a fantastic trip to Montreal this past weekend to check out a few food destinations.  One of the highlights of the trip was the Patisserie Au Kouign Amann located at 322 av. du Mont-Royal Est.  This tiny little bakery attracts crowds e… Read more »

  • Hop on the Bus III

    September 2012 All Photos Taken by the Lovely Bonnie of Findley Foto (except this one) Last weekend we held our third in the Hop on the Bus series of  tours to visit farmers and producers in our region.  We headed out on Sunday morning from our retail… Read more »

  • Chelsea Market Stew

    September 2012 I try to make a point each year to visit most of the local farmer’s markets.  Main Street and Ottawa are easy because they are in the ‘hood.  I regularly visit the Wakefield market but had not been to the Chelsea market in over a year.  … Read more »

  • The most expensive steak I ever ate!

    September 2012 This month Jo-Ann and I had the pleasure of traveling to Toronto with our good friend Carley from the Urban Element.  A former resident of Toronto who was actively involved in the Toronto food scene, Carley was the perfect guide for our… Read more »

  • Grainstorm

    September 2012 We have a new product line in our retail store and we are very excited about it. The people behind Grainstorm have created an innovative new business using ancient grains, and recipes from your childhood.  They believe that baked goods a… Read more »

  • 2012 – 100 Mile Menus

    September 2012 For over four years at the Red Apron we have been challenging our team to produce two weeks of menus using ingredients sourced from within 100 miles of our store. You might think that for a business like the Red Apron, this would be an e… Read more »

  • Fall Soup

    Labour Day Weekend – September 2012 Inspired by the colder nights, and the start of school on Tuesday, I made my first fall soup.  I started with a whole Saveur des Mont chicken which I cut into pieces and placed in my dutch oven.  I added a diced leek… Read more »