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Food: August 2012 Archives

Chuck Hughes goes to Mexico

Chuck Hughes in Mexico.jpgThere was no way Chuck Hughes was going to do Mexico on his usual "day off."  So he took a week.

Chuck's Week Off premieres on the Food Network Canada on Tuesday, August 28th. The series is about the Montreal's chef's wild and tasty adventures in Mexico, from Barbacoa in Humantla to Chocolate Clams and Salsa in Loreto.

And when Chuck isn't on a day or week off, he's the chef and co-owner of the restaurants Garde Manger and Le Bremner.

He came into studio to tell Sonali Karnick about his Mexican adventures.

(Photo, above, Chuck Hughes cooking in Mexico; courtesy of Chuck's Week Off)

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Cooking with garlic at Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue festival

Patti Murphy aka Madame Taco.jpgThe annual garlic festival in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue starts in less than an hour at the local farmers market. It's a day devoted to tasting, shopping and learning about garlic.

Local farmers will be selling their certified organic garlic bulbs.

The Great Garlic Dessert Challenge asks cooks to come up with a delicious garlic dessert - like last year's Triple Garlic Cheesecake, chosen for its 'garlicocity."

And there are workshops about garlic braiding, the curative powers of garlic -- and of course, cooking with garlic.

That last one is led by a woman known as Madame Taco at the farmers market.

Everywhere else, she's Patti Murphy. (photo, above, courtesy of Patti Murphy)

Elizabeth Robertson spoke with her about cooking with garlic and Patti gave us some of her favourite recipes. (For her delicious spicy Roasted Red Salsa, click on "Read More" to get the recipe! )

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Derek's Kitchen: hot summer, cool dishes

cucumber_and_dill_shrimp_salad.jpgWe've had some pretty extreme heat this summer. And who wants to turn on the stove when the humidex is at 40?

But we still have to eat. So to help us find some creative solutions, we've invited back Derek Bocking.

Derek is the sous-chef at the Montreal restaurant Chez Ma Grosse Truie Chérie. He's also an alumnus of the first season of Top Chef Canada on the Food Network. And his food blog is called Derek's Kitchen.

On the menu today: Melon Soup with Prosciutto Chips and Cucumber and Dill Shrimp Salad.

Click here to find menus for these delicious summer dishes!

(Photo courtesy of Derek's Kitchen.)

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