Author archives: Jenny Arena

Fried Chicken in the Kitchen

The great poet Maya Angelou once said, “The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread and fried chicken” and I must say that I’m inclined to agree, particularly after being part of an informative and interactive culinary workshop series presented by Canola Eat Well. I had the pleasure of taking part in one of…

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Of Course I Can!

The fleeting days of summer are always marked by canning rituals: tomato sauce; roasted peppers, pickled eggplant, fruit jams and pestos to name a few.  It’s all about taking the bounties of the garden at their prime and preserving their vibrant colors and flavors to brighten up cold and dark winter day. This year I…

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Scarpaccia: The Dish with Sole

Given the choice to live in a shoe or eat one, I’d take the latter particularly in the case of an Italian regional specialty known as scarpaccia. Scarpaccia is a savoury zucchini tart (think zucchini bread but better) originating from the Tuscan coastal areas of Viareggio and Camaiore.  Its name roughly translates to “old shoe”,…

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Bauli Cappuccio Zuccotto

Whenever I am Italy my morning routine consists of a cappuccio (short for cappuccino) and cornetto (croissant).  It’s the perfect morning wake-up and a wonderful combination of flavors; a soft, sweet croissant filled with crema accompanied by a warm brew of strong espresso and frothy milk.  As any good Italian knows its sacrilege to order…

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Skillet Scallions and Eggs

*Photos courtesy of Frank Mazzuca Warren Buffet once said, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and he was right; you shouldn’t put them all in a basket but rather you should put them in a skillet and cook them up Calabrese style for a simple and delicious dish. Earlier this week I spent…

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Growing Photography Skills at the Farm

I had the wonderful opportunity recently to visit Plan B Organic Farms in Hamilton.  I was there not to farm but rather, to take part in a photography workshop. A farmhouse kitchen might seem like an unlikely classroom setting but in the words of Elliot Erwitt “Photography is an art of observation…it has little to…

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The Stop Night Market 2017

*Header image from Canadian Architect Magazine Guest post by Denise K. Livotti of Petits Chefs Academy I had the pleasure this year to be invited to The Stops Night Market 2017, (please see the hashtag #TheStopNM for all posted pictures and information) charity event, supporting food initiatives and food programs in the Greater Toronto Area, and I…

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Nonna Carmela’s Melangiani Chini

Melangiani chini, dialect for a southern Italian staple, stuffed eggplants. I have eaten countless numbers of these growing up and the mere smell of these vegetable delights turning golden brown in a frying pan conjures up wonderful memories of unforgettable moments. I don’t know of any Calabrese woman, nonna or otherwise, who doesn’t have this…

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