Nine Day Pickles

This recipe is called Nine Day Pickles – but it actually takes 11 days (go figure) but the long curing time is worth the effort, because you end up with a melt-in-your-mouth pickle with a tangy sweet and sour bite. The recipe is from a wonderful homemade spiral bound cookbook called “The Summer Kitchen: 40…

Warm Potato Salad with Crispy Bacon

An old-fashioned warm potato salad recipe, with a distinctive sweet and sour bite. This salad goes great with barbecued burgers on a hot, summer night and is a welcome change from regular old potato salad with mayonnaise. Warm Potato Salad with Crispy Bacon 6 slices bacon, sliced into 1/4 strips 4 potatoes, peeled and diced…

Homemade Marshmallows

Two extremely weird things about Quebec: the first is, everyone moves on July 1. Literally, thousands of renters pack everything up and switch apartments. There is a collective flurry of unpacking then, the second weird thing:  everyone goes on vacation together during the two-week construction holiday at the end of July. Most people head to…

Peppery Arugula Pesto

For me, nothing beats basil pesto, but arugula pesto comes a close second.  Plus, farmer’s markets are bursting with fresh spring greens this time of year, so it’s a great time to try this recipe. It’s also an interesting way to use arugula in something other than just salads. Arugula’s peppery tang mixes beautifully with…