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Recipes by Darina Kopcok

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Apricot Coconut Granola

Apricot Coconut Granola by Darina Kopcok

From time to time, I go through my recipe index and think about what’s missing. What I need a bit more of, what’s been overdone. I try to fill the gaps but like a lot of cooks, I tend to mostly make what I love to eat. Which is why it’s odd to me that I have never posted any breakfast recipes, given that on some days I’ll tell you…

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Chicken, Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni with Walnuts and Asiago Cream Sauce

Chicken, Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni with Walnuts and Asiago Cream Sauce by Darina Kopcok

From time to time I do recipe development outside of this blog. A while back I was asked to come up with a recipe for stuffed pasta, and I quickly rose to the challenge since stuffed pasta would surely appear somewhere in my last meal on earth–probably…

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Fresh Fettuccine and a Pasta Class

Fresh Fettuccine and a Pasta Class by Darina Kopcok

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking a pasta making class with Peter Ciuffa, the owner and operator of an artisanal pasta line sold in Vancouver called Pasta Famiglia. Peter grew up in an Italian family, so pasta is in his blood. However, he has also finessed his pasta-making abilities by working with some of the best…

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A Trip to Paris and an Apple Tarte Tatin

A Trip to Paris and an Apple Tarte Tatin by Darina Kopcok

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally going to Paris! I was supposed to go last year but my plans were unexpectedly thwarted. Now I’m packing my bags, trying to figure out which shoes to bring, researching what to see so I can squeeze every ounce I can out of ten days in my favourite city in the world.The last time I was in…

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Roasted Provençal Chicken with Hasselback Potatoes

Roasted Provençal Chicken with Hasselback Potatoes by Darina Kopcok

People who love to eat are always the best people – Julia ChildGrowing up, I used to think every family ate like mine. We had a smokehouse in our backyard, where my dad cured his own bacon and prosciutto. Sausages regularly hung from the roof of the tool shed like stalactites. My mother canned beets and pickles and cherries, and I…

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Jersusalem Couscous with Sundried Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peas, and Mint

Jersusalem Couscous with Sundried Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peas, and Mint by Darina Kopcok

It is finally spring and I’m researching which fruits and vegetables are in season and planning my recipes. This is a far cry from how I used to eat, when I cared about fruit but certainly not vegetables. I could handle Greek salad, potato salad, and…

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The New Potato Salad

The New Potato Salad by Darina Kopcok

This weekend poured rained. Last year was one of the driest on record for us here in Vancouver, so I’d almost forgotten what it was like to have my windshield wipers cracked up to the maximum while driving down the highway. Today was a perfect day to be inside and I spent a good number of hours cooking. I made a batch of spinach pesto…

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Ragu Three Ways and A Seafood Pasta Dish

Ragu Three Ways and A Seafood Pasta Dish by Darina Kopcok

I have a guest post over at Oggi pane e salame, domani …., a popular Italian blog that I love. It means, “Today, bread and salami, tomorrow ….”. The recipes are posted in both Italian and English, which gives me a chance to practice my Italian while checking my understanding of the vocabulary as I go along. It’s been a long, long…

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Jamie Oliver’s Aubergine al Forno and Roasted Grapes with Cheese

Jamie Oliver’s Aubergine al Forno and Roasted Grapes with Cheese by Darina Kopcok

As far as addictions go, my hoarding of foodie magazines is relatively benign. I have subscriptions to Saveur, and Bon Appetit, and pick up Donna Hay whenever I can find it at The Gourmet Warehouse. Having subscriptions makes them much cheaper and I…

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and a Garlic Herb Mashed Potato Gratin

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and a Garlic Herb Mashed Potato Gratin by Darina Kopcok

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and a Garlic Herb Mashed Potato GratinI’m not one of those people who is really keen on celebrating holidays. A quick flip through my blog makes the point glaringly obvious. In my four-and-a-half years of blogging, I can…

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