Canada For Christmas: A Dispatch From Jonathan Duffy Davis

Jonathan Duffy Davis Wrestling with a freshly cut Christmas tree.
Jonathan Duffy Davis Wrestling with a freshly cut Christmas tree.

I’m back home for a Christmas visit with my family in Muskoka, Ontario. We are definitely a family that likes to eat and stocking the Christmas larder began the moment after I cleared baggage claim.

Our inevitable first stop was the Cheese Boutique in Toronto where we grabbed 7 – 8 amazing cheeses, after sampling 20. Continue reading “Canada For Christmas: A Dispatch From Jonathan Duffy Davis”

A Jonathan Dye Dispatch: Parisian-Inspired Celebratory Cake

I had the chance to travel to Paris in March, and have gained the weight to prove that in the city… there’s nothing better to do than to EAT! From brasseries to bistros to corner bakeries and cheese mongers, the city is ready to feed you, and feed you well! Here in the States, we are no stranger to crêpes. They are sweet or savory, and always a pleasure. Making crêpes is fun, and I love to make the en masse so that I can do the work at once and reap the benefits for weeks to come (they freeze well). Selfishly, I like to make a double batch of batter, put on a movie in the kitchen, and spend 2 hours watching an old flick and flipping French pancakes.  Continue reading “A Jonathan Dye Dispatch: Parisian-Inspired Celebratory Cake”

Steak Frites: Recreating a French Classic

Just back from a trip to Washington, D.C., I wanted to post about a quintessential French brasserie favorite which had been right under my nose for several years… a dish called Steak Frites. A snow storm kept me in the Capital for an extra day, which led to a second meal at Le Diplomate, the town’s new and very French eatery on 14th street. Never having ordered Steak Frites before (though it is an oft offered menu item in many places), I was completely bowled over by the great pleasure I had eating this extremely simple dish: steak with fries, accompanied with compound butter and aioli. This was the stuff of simple pleasures, the embodiment of steak and potatoes.

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