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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Final Thoughts on Food

I'm shipping off to grad school in London (no, not Ontario) in the fall - and I'm trying desperately to conjure up some deep, captivating message about food, agriculture, and culinary ethics that hasn't already been put on a bestseller list by Barbara Kingsolver, Jamie Oliver, or Mark Bittman.
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Spring Basil Salad

A few weeks ago, I ran a workshop at Nuit Blanche. We talked about a great assortment of food facts, including a demonstration of a brilliant tool: foodpairing.be, which generates incredible (and often unexpected) flavour matches. This can be useful for writing new recipes and coming up with innovative dishes.
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Mystery Vegetable, Served Two Ways

Fennel is my favourite vegetable by all counts, but not one that I see people cooking with very often. However, I use it all the time, and I'm always pleasantly surprised by the many ways it can be used. Fennel is a root vegetable that looks like a cross between a white onion and celery, with dill sprouting from the top.
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: BAKERY-QUALITY BREAD

A harmless ice-breaker had suddenly gotten kind of awkward. I was on a first-year residence council and I had tossed out the idea that we go around the circle and each list our name, our hometown, and our favourite food. But when we got to my friend Sarah, everything went a bit astray.
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Mom’s Rice and beans

Last week I went out for dinner with a group of friends and I got a serious case of nostalgia. We went to Delicias Colombianas, a Colombian restaurant on St. Zotique, to wish a friend bon voyage before a long trip to the Middle East. The restaurant was very accommodating for such a large group, the portions were more than generous, and the food was fresh and delicious.
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Food for Thought: It’s the attack of the Killer tomatoes

It's not always hard to be an ethical eater. I grew up on Long Island where fresh fish is easily found and organic produce comes from local farms on the east end of the island and nearby New Jersey (surprisingly fertile), and winters are relatively mild. Montreal, however, provides a distinct set of challenges to ethical eaters.
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