You may have noticed mention of my new blog, Sweet Life a la Carte, in a few of my previous posts. I started a la carte as a companion blog back in September, but it has quickly grown into a place where I am able to share all my passions – and it felt wrong to not include cooking in the same place as everything else! Please continue to follow my recipes in their new home – I hope you love reading it as much as I love writing it every day.
This past July I spent about a week at my childhood summer home on Prince Edward Island, Canada. It was such a treat to go back and re-explore the place where I spent every summer of my life from age three through about seventeen (it had been a few years since I had been able to go back).
Not only was it fun to see and eat all my old favorite things (like Cows Ice Cream and preserves at the Island Preserve Company), but I had a fantastic time eating all the things that as a kid (and, okay, teenager) I had always refused to try. Malpeque Oysters and Lobster were the big “new” things. My dad the chef was incredibly proud that I have finally, finally come around in my eating habits. I even cooked the lobsters all my myself…
I was recently introduced to Wasabi Mayonnaise by my boss, Kelly. He has been suggesting that I try it for years, but I was never a fan of wasabi until recently. Well, I finally added some to an avocado and tomato sandwich last week, and I was instantly smitten – so smitten that I posted on my Facebook page for more ideas for what to do with this amazing mayo. Kelly came through again with the suggestion to use it as a dipping sauce for garlic fries. OF COURSE. Why didn’t I think of that?
…Two days later, done and done!
By the way, a similar situation happened with Pepper Plant sauce earlier this summer. Kelly (and the kids!) have been telling me how great it is for, literally, years, and I never tried it until this June. Again, smitten. I should probably take this as a sign that I need to trust Kelly’s food recommendations! BIG thanks!