Cooking Club

In May 2010, I started a delicious new tradition with a dear friend of mine.

It sort of happened by accident. We were flipping through the LCBO Food & Drink magazine, salivating at all of the amazing-looking recipes and claiming that we could never make food like that.

Why not? Oh, we had lots of reasons. The ingredient lists were intimidating and expensive… they required fancy kitchen tools we didn’t own… we’d have to go out and buy a spice rack… but mostly, the recipes just seemed so time-consuming.

So Joanna and I thought: what if we chose a recipe, went to the market, headed to one of our houses and spent the evening cooking up a storm? Throw in a bottle of wine or two, a few good friends and you’ve got a pretty rockin’ party. 

Our ‘Cooking Club’ has evolved over time — we’ve branched off from Food & Drink, mixed up the locale and hosted different dinner guests. But the core ingredients are always there: new recipes + wine + friends + team effort. It’s amazing what magical concoctions you can create when you’ve got four (or six, or eight) hands instead of two.

For your convenience, here’s a list of posts I’ve written about our Cooking Clubs:

Cooking buddies rock (Scallop Cassoulet) – May 2010

Cooking Club gets a new member (Squash ravioli, sauteed halibut) – May 2010

Cooking Club returns (Orange glaze chicken & vegetable penne) – July 2010

‘Tis the season for stew (Hearty beef stew) – September 2010

Bottomless Baked Penne – September 2010

Ladies who Lobster  (Lobster tails with dill butter & pistachios, saffron-leek risotto) – November 2010

Tastes of India (Chana masala, saag paneer, aloo gobi) – December 2010

A night of pasta-bilities (Homemade pasta: creamy chicken linguini) – February 2011

Enticing (vegan) Enchiladas with cilantro-avocado cream sauce – May 2011

A Midsummer Night’s Cooking Club (Beef kabobs, Summer in a Bowl salad) – July 2011

I spell Fall: P-U-M-P-K-I-N (Pumpkin ravioli, Tomato & cheese salad with basil salsa verde) – September 2011

“Can’t believe it’s not cheese” Butternut Squash Mac & Cheeze – October 2011

The founders of Cooking Club reunite! (Vegetarian Moroccan Stew) – November 2011

Wonderful Warming Winter Curry – January 2012


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