6 tips for helpful hosts
While we all know that good hosts should never serve unidentified wild mushrooms as a side dish, apparently there are some lesser-known offences by hosts that are driving guests nuts. The following is a list of practical tips for...
6 tips for good guests
In a perfect world, cottage entertaining is pleasant and relaxed, a simple and simpatico exercise where hosts take it easy with like-minded guests. No spats. No tears. No hurt feelings or bitter recriminations. How hard could it...
Guide: Outdoor ovens
Everybody loves good pizza, but the thin-crust version, cooked in as little as 90 seconds in an 850°F wood-fired oven,
sets a higher standard for goodness with its crispy base and blistered crust, and
How to buy, prep, and grill fish
At our home in the suburbs, dinner was a central event, much anticipated and consumed with the brutal efficiency of a pillaging army. Meals were everyday fare: healthy, tasty and, because we were a family of 10, pumped out in...
How to test fish for doneness
Previously accepted wisdom suggested that fish is cooked when it “flakes easily.” That dogma needs revising: Fish that’s flaking is actually overdone. And since cooking times are affected by grill temperature, wind, and the...
3 ways to grill fish
The convenient foil pack
Cooking in foil packages is a riff on the classic French technique of baking in parchment parcels, en papillote. The package creates a steam chamber, so while fish cooked this way won’t have an...
Many cookbooks suggest identifying “fresh” fish by bright scales, clear, shiny eyes, and pink or bright-red gills. All fine and good if you visit a fishmonger in a seaside town, but that’s just not how most of us buy...
3 tips for grilling fish
Grilling directly above the flames brings high reward (intense char-grilled flavour and crispy skin) with high risk (the fish is more likely to stick or burn). Choos-ing fish that can stand up to direct grilling...
4 ways to spruce up a wooden deck
The best time to appreciate the beauty of a wooden deck is exactly one minute after the last screw has been driven. It will be a lovely sight, with fresh lumber gleaming in the sun, perhaps accompanied by the heady perfume of...