The 3 Chefs: Michael, Jason & Massimo

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Whether they’re in the kitchen, at the table, or on TV Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Jason Parsons bring excitement to the art of cooking. Dabble asked the three kitchen men to agree on a perfect day’s fare. The results are mouthwatering.

Breakfast: Poached Eggs with Swiss Chard, Bacon, Chorizo, and Hollandaise

I’m a creature of habit and this is one of my favourite treats on weekends. It’s a great brunch dish for anyone (like me) who prefers breakfast to be on the savoury—rather than sweet—side. Although the ingredients are fairly simple, I love the complexity of flavours and textures involved. ~ Michael

Lunch: Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

I travel a lot and one of my favourite choices when dining out is a roasted beet salad. This is my interpretation of a standard, where the sweetness of the roasted beets with the tartness of the goat cheese is a match made in heaven. ~ Massimo

Dinner: Ultimate Burger

Many people do not realize that the secret to keeping a burger moist while cooking is adding some kind of fat to it. In this case, I use lean beef and the fat from the bacon. When it comes to taste, bacon fat trumps beef fat any day. ~ Jason

Pick up 3 Chefs: The Kitchen Men for more tasty meal ideas from Michael, Massimo and Jason.

Cooking from the Hip

Cooking from the Hip

As the star of the smash sensation Iron Chef America, Cat Cora is used to improvising exciting dishes on a moment’s notice. In this book she shows you how to do it too, whether you want a spur-of-the-moment supper or a spectacular dinner that doesn’t require spending your whole Saturday in the kitchen.

Cooking from the Hip is divided into four convenient sections, each with its own appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, sides, and desserts. You can turn to whichever chapter best suits your needs and mood, knowing that every dish will be simple and special.

Fast: Spicy Chicken and Peach Stir-Fry, Creamy Fettuccine with Sausage, Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Easy: Watermelon Gazpacho, Thai Chicken Salad, White Cheddar Corn Bread

Fun: Sunday Cheesesteak Sandwiches, Crispy “Fried” Chicken, Lemonade Cookies

Phenomenal: Mango Margaritas, Pomegranate-Glade Cornish Hens with Wild Rice, Italian Cream Cake

Cooking from the Hip is all about flexibility. You’ll be able to use what you’ve got on hand without being afraid to substitute. You’ll learn how to cut down on cooking steps, combine just a few ingredients in inventive ways, pull in leftovers, and wow your family and friends.

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A Day with Mr. Food

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With a name like Mr. Food, Art Ginsburg is well equiped to whip things up in the kitchen.

As a veteren chef whose recipes fill more than 50 cookbooks, Mr. Food was one of the first to promote “Do it Yourself” cooking and food preparations. And, although his take on breakfast, lunch and dinner is “quick and easy”, it’s still long on flavour.

Spend a day with Mr Food:

Breakfast – Brunch Burritos

Lunch – Tuna and White Bean Salad

Dinner – Balsamic Flank Steak

 

Chef Jamie Oliver

A Day with Jamie Oliver

Imagine having TV personality Jamie Oliver as your personal chef for a day. It’s a happy thought, isn’t it?

Well, Jamie’s take on breakfast, lunch and dinner—Italian style—may just be the next best thing.

“I love Italy and everything it stands for,” says the famous chef. “The wonderful ingredients, the beautiful places, the lovely people and the neverending passion they have for their families.”

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Why not bring Jamie and a taste of Italy home with these three tasty recipes?

Buon appetito!

Breakfast – Spicy Scrambled Eggs and Crispy Bacon

Lunch – Fantastic Fish Stew with Tomato and Basil

Dinner – Roast Fish Wrapped in Pancetta and Pesto Mashed Potato

Chef Rob Rainford

A day with Rainford Rob

Some people are born to shop, some born to travel, but Rob Rainford, well… he was born to grill.

This Jamaican born Torontonian, host of the Food Network Canada TV show, License to Grill is now sharing his signature style, The Rainford Method in his latest book Born to Grill (May 2012).

Chef Marc Matsumoto

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One bite at a time. That’s how Marc Matsumoto savours the world around him. A globetrotting chef, he shares international recipes with fellow foodies on NoRecipes.com and complements the pairings with beautiful photography on WanderingCook.com. He’s so busy, he has Dabble wondering how he ever has time for his day job, as a private chef in New York City. Busy or not, Marc says he always makes time for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cooking is simple. It’s 50% technique, 40% inspiration and 10% ingredients. Armed with some basic techniques and a little inspiration, you can make a tasty meal from even the most derelict pantry.

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Spend a day with Chef Marc:

BreakfastBaked Eggs

Lunch – Matsutake Mushroom Risotto

Dinner – Shiso Pesto Pasta

Day in the Life of Lesley Anton

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Dabble visits ceramic artist, Lesley Anton, in her 1923 Spanish-style bungalow in LA and follows her to the office for a ‘day in the life’.

Read the entire article ‘Industry Profile – Lesley Anton 4’ in Issue 9 of Dabble.

At Home with Grace Bonney

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Grace Bonney–the brains behind Design Sponge, a blog that features entries on design, before and after pics and DIY projects–recently shared photos of her apartment.

This kitchen exudes a comfy, homey feel. It’s classic and functional and makes you want to spend your entire day gazing out the window.

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In contrast to the kitchen, this space is both modern and eclectic. The crisp white wall is awakened with a speckled lamp. Very chic!

To read what Grace Dabbles in, check out Issue 7: Apr/May’12.

Read the entire article ‘I Dabble In – Grace Bonney’ in Issue 7 of Dabble.

Landscapes of the Arctic

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Experience for yourself the breathtaking landscapes of the arctic in this travel post by guest blogger, Nellie Huang of WildJunket.com. Nellie was Dabble’s featured blogger in Issue 5‘s I Dabble In… profile.

There’s something haunting about the Arctic landscapes: aqua blue icebergs floating on crystal water, massive glaciers crackling in the background towered by snow mountains.

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Few places boast such striking physical appeal and raw wilderness as the polar regions. Since returning from the Arctic, I’ve found it hard to get the images of sparkling glaciers and sounds of trickling ice water out of my head.

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My arctic expedition with Gap Adventures took me around the Svalbard archipelago of the High Arctic region. This group of islands belong to Norway, although geographically, they are closer to the North Pole than continental Europe.

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Besides being the largest wilderness of Europe, this is also one of the Arctic regions that offer the widest variety of landscapes, wildlife and ecosystems.

Each day of our Arctic expedition presented to us starkly distinctive landscapes: from brown moss-covered mountains one day to thousand-year-old glaciers the next. Through our cabin windows, we would wake up to see frosty ice fields in the morning, then green tundra slopes by night. There wasn’t a single moment of monotiny in our backdrop.

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To read about Nellie’s full experience in the Arctic, please visit Wild Junket.

At Home with Suzanne Rheinstein

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Looking stylish in a black linen ensemble and chunky gold bangles, renowned LA-based interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein takes Kimberley Seldon on a private tour of her gracious Hancock Park home and garden.

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Suzanne’s living room is luxurious and serene. She spotted the blue and white striped Regency chaise in a London shop window and insisted her husband pull over so they could run in to make the purchase.

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‘I design rooms clients can live in, and in this house we live in the family room’, says the designer. We can see why. Who wouldn’t want to relax on that cozy velvet-striped sofa with some late night reading?

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Natural lighting, soft hues and luxurious cotton print drapes accent the elegance of the master bedroom.

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To read the full article on Suzanne Rheinstein, check out Industry Profile, Issue 3 July/Aug 2011.

Aqua Fresca

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Recipe provided by Suzanne Rheinstein. Read more on Suzanne in Industry Profile, Issue 3 Jul/Aug 2011.

Ingredients

1 part pineapple juice (can be substituted with any juice, i.e. pomegranate)
3 parts sparkling water
Clementine slices
Fresh mint from the garden

Directions

Combine pineapple juice and sparkling water in a large pitcher. Stir and pour into glasses. Garnish each glass with a slice of clementine and fresh mint from your garden.