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Monday night tacos! No matter that today is Thursday & this particular dinner happened months ago. Confession: There MAY have been a moment in time where I was cooking more than I was dining out. Mind you, fleeting. And stop snorting in disbelief. It happened! And then life resumed…… as it always does.

Anyway, this goes down as one of my most favourite spreads. Basa fish tacos. Wickedly good. And it doesn’t hurt that fresh cilantro, lime & avocado are everywhere. Serious contenders. Btw, if this reminds you of summer, wait ’til you try out this recipe in February. No food disparity. Tacos are for every season.

Why you’ll crave it: Basa fish with a touch of cumin, gaucasalsa, spicy cilantro sour cream, cabbage slaw, onion relish… everything except the tortillas & sprouts were made from scratch! Will take time this wknd (or next) to write out recipes. Pinky swear.

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Kitchen renovations = sole reason why I hosted Thanksgiving this year.

And up until Sunday morning when my mother called me, did I habour secret hopes she had been joking. Hosting didn’t mean cooking! Of course not. Crazy sense of humour. Free rein over my oven, stove, knives…entirely welcomed. Not quite.

Why such a big deal? Love to cook. Cook for friends all the time. Even completed Culinary Arts I at George Brown without burning down the kitchen.

Well, for one… I rarely (read: never) cook for my parents. Blessed (read: spoiled).

Second of all: My mother is AMAZING in the kitchen. And I know how to make one Vietnamese dish. Pourquoi? Because I’m too busy stuffing face to learn. Yell at me another time please. 2012 resolution…still a few months away.

So, I had 6hrs to get my sh*t together. Spent an hour menu planning. Spent another hour at the grocery store buying every root vegetable known (or unknown). Swooped in on the squash. Scoured shelves for nutmeg. Scored with disposable roasting pans. Debated organic chicken vs. cornish hen vs. duck for a good 15min (no turkey for Le fam). Lugged it all back home & spent the next 4hrs in the kitchen.

Peeled. Diced. Chopped. Roasted. Peeled. Roasted. Puréed. Simmered. Seasoned. Rubbed. Stuffed. Roasted. Basted. Plated. Served.

And mini-feast turned out magnificently! Bro, wish you could’ve seen it. You would’ve been proud.

Indulgently spectacular weekend. Thankful for the greatest family, friends… and a metabolism that just keeps on giving.

cornish hen w/ garlic & rosemary

roasted & curried butternut squash soup

medley of gorgeous root vegetables

cornish hen w/ garlic & rosemary

Recipes in a pinch. First time making everything. Will tweak & play around next time ;)

Roasted & Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Cornish Hen with Garlic & Rosemary

Roasted Fall Root Vegetables

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