Natalie Knezic is a Process Development Manager by profession and an avid foodie and wine collector in her spare time. Inspired by daily trips to the market with her grandmother as a child, Natalie loves to explore different community markets and share her love of cooking with family and friends.
Feb. 25, 2013: Reaching for your favourite go-to wine is adequate, but experimenting is a great way to discover new grape varietals. Have you tried Viognier? It seems to be undergoing a renaissance of late, undoubtedly due to its unique flavour profile of floral and stone fruit notes. FULL STORY
May. 16, 2012: I was always intrigued with fiddleheads, but I was never able to cook them in a manner that was delicious enough to warrant rushing to the market whenever spring came around. All of that changed when I met a woman named Isabelle who runs the Jardins Sauvages stall at Montrealís Jean-Talon Market. FULL STORY
Jan. 20, 2012: It was a blustery day when I decided to make this soup for our latest post. I love the rustic texture and vibrant colour with a kick of heat from the black pepper. There is nothing more comforting from the kitchen than a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day, so sit back and enjoy this one with a nice glass of red Burgundy and some crusty bread.
Dec. 12, 2011: I recently ran into Nico Schuermans, Chef and owner of Chambar and Cafe Medina in Vancouver. Both establishments offer exceptional cuisine that eschews formality and puts the focus on tantalizing flavours. In the words of Chef Schuermans, "I'm not here to feed you, I'm here to entertain you." FULL STORY
Nov. 29, 2011: I have this wonderful memory of my uncle Milenko sitting in the garage with his old paring knife, carefully carving off a piece of his house-smoked prosciutto for me to try. I was only about seven years of age at the time, and little did I know how much I would grow to appreciate the art of what he was doing. FULL STORY
Oct. 11, 2011: I never liked lobster as a child. To be fair I never tried lobster as a child, but in my defence I had sound reasons. The mere thought of pulling limbs from a prehistoric-looking creature with seemingly endless jagged parts held little appeal, and eating the creepy thing was simply out of the question. FULL STORY
Sep. 19, 2011: I love Spain. There are many things to love about it, not the least of which is the passion and extravagance of its people and the intensity with which they gesture, speak and love. One can easily understand that this same intensity and passion finds its way into the food, and I can certainly vouch for that.
May. 6, 2011: Spring is here, right? I dare say the snow is permanently gone for the season, but nature can throw the odd cruel twist. In the meantime, there is nothing like a refreshing dessert to clear away any residual winter blahs that may be lingering in your mind. FULL STORY
Apr. 22, 2011: As winter releases her grip on the soil and all things green begin to force their way through the surface, it gives us hope that summer's harvest is soon to follow.
This has been a particularly challenging winter for all of us, and few could argue that the signs of spring are more than a welcome break.
Apr. 8, 2011: Unlike my love of wine, my zeal for cooking was not inspired by my family. Sadly, there are no nostalgic memories of standing on a step stool watching as my mother whipped up homemade pies or specialty dishes. In fact, I was too busy adventuring in neighbours' gardens or biking down nearby dirt hills to care. FULL STORY
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