Vagabond Cookbook

The best you ate on vacation? Make it at home tonight.

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Autobots, roll out (and cook)!

Predaking was always my favourite Transformer. To an eight-year-old boy, nothing’s more badass than robots and vicious animals except robots that turn into vicious animals. Cooler still? Vicious animal robots that join together to form a GIANT ROBOT. There we have it. Predaking: The crowning achievement of late ‘80s toy engineering. I… am not your boss. I am your KING! Really, cooking and Transformers are one and the same. Take some killer stuff, twist it around, smash it together, and BAM! A dish (or robot) better than the sum of its parts. (All due respect to Mr. Lagasse.) Foods that turn into multiple forms? Even better. Look at chili. It’s great on its own, but look what it can do! Nachos, chili dogs, sloppy joes, and that weird Mexican poutine they sell at New York Fries all start with the classic cowboy stew. Everyone’s got a favourite chili recipe though. […]

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What does Prince have to do with cooking?

Alright, I’ll say it: “When Doves Cry” is the greatest song ever recorded. Period. Stuff your “Purple Haze” is a sack, send “Bohemian Rhapsody” to the cleaners. “When Doves Cry” beats them all. Think about it. Is there another song that works in every situation? At a party? Driving late at night? Bored at work? Doing chores on a Sunday? At a wedding? At a funeral? Getting drunk? Getting busy? Fageddaboutit. “When Doves Cry” always rules. Don’t believe me? Listen again. It’s a rare triumph when a song works in every situation. Rarer still is the dish that always delivers. Fancy or casual? A main or a side dish? European or Asian flavours? Sweet or savoury? Gluten-free? Vegetarian? Hell, vegan? I only know one dish that hits every mark and keeps on swinging. Like a white button-down or Gary Oldman, it’s always the right choice. I’m talking risotto — the […]

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The easiest step for better home cooking

Even I don’t want to dick around in the kitchen all the time. Some days, I just want dinner done so I can kick back, crack a bottle, and check in with my old friends Fran and Mr. Sheffield. Truth: No one feels like cooking after a long day. It’s time consuming and it’s messy and, for most people, it’s a tedious chore. But, you want to cook better (or else you wouldn’t read this thing). So, make it easy on yourself — figure out what you’re going to cook beforehand. No single change will have a better effect on your home cooking than planning your meals in advance. No slick Japanese knife. No grass-fed organic ribeye. No $500 blender that can puree an iPhone. Nothing. Think about it: You drag your ass into the kitchen and open the fridge. There’s half an onion, some pickles, some chicken that’s starting […]