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Jacques Pépin’s Superb recipe for Spinach and Gruyère Stuffed Pork Chops

Jacques Pépin’s Superb recipe for Spinach and Gruyère Stuffed Pork Chops

If you follow me on Instagram (@montemathews) you know that I have been in Scandinavia all last week.  I boarded Viking Star in Germany and sailed to Denmark and Norway. As soon as I can cook them, I’ll be sharing some wonderful discoveries on my […]

Here’s an offer that’s too good to refuse!  From Swire Hotels and Cathay Pacific

Here’s an offer that’s too good to refuse! From Swire Hotels and Cathay Pacific

Last winter, I had the good fortune to fly home from Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific. And oh what a wonderful flight it was. I immediately knew why their Business Class consistently lands in the Top 10 Business Class Cabins for seat comfort, splendid service […]

Our First-Ever Guest Post…and we’re going to Georgia…the Republic not the State

Our First-Ever Guest Post…and we’re going to Georgia…the Republic not the State

I wrote my first article for www.Travel-Wise.com last month.  I shared the link with you to my story on my latest European adventure from Budapest to Nuremburg. (I’ve included the link after the recipe, which is another first for Chewing The Fat!  A video recipe!) […]

Caramelized Black Pepper Chicken from Charles Phan of San Francisco’s The Slanted Door

Caramelized Black Pepper Chicken from Charles Phan of San Francisco’s The Slanted Door

Food & Wine Magazine’s September 2018 issue attempts a task that must have almost impossible.  It’s the magazine’s 40th Anniversary issue and its editors had to decide which recipe best represented every single year’s output—literally hundreds of recipes.  In Food & Wine, you can trace […]

Gail Simmons’ Bumbleberry Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

Gail Simmons’ Bumbleberry Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

Gail Simmons is such a glamorous presence on “Top Chef” that it’s easy to forget she’s first and foremost a great cook.  She’s also a fellow Canadian so I took a great deal of heat from Andrew for not knowing what a Bumbleberry was.  I’d […]

Dinner Party Dishes:  Vegetable Biryani

Dinner Party Dishes: Vegetable Biryani

After I published this post, I shared it on Jonell Galloway’s Facebook page “Culinary Travel by Jonell Galloway, The Rambling Epicure”.  One of  Jonell’s readers got involved when I mentioned the multiple spellings of “biryani” and Jonell asked whether it was the English spelling of […]

Ovenly’s Banana Nutella Coffee Cake

Ovenly’s Banana Nutella Coffee Cake

“Ovenly” is a bakery that was started in, where else, Brooklyn.  It was the love child of two self-taught cooks, Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin.  The pair are given to experimentation which has resulted in out-the-door lines of people waiting to buy items like their […]

A Summer Dinner Party Menu in 3 Parts

A Summer Dinner Party Menu in 3 Parts

When Andrew and I plan a dinner party, the menu starts to percolate once the RSVPs have been received.  We try to think of our audience and we try to make things interesting.  Generally that means doing something completely new.  We have a fair amount […]

Pollo Tonnato, a Hamptons Italian Dish straight from Ireland.

Pollo Tonnato, a Hamptons Italian Dish straight from Ireland.

This week, I got an email from my cousin Simon who lives in Britain but who once lived with my family in Montreal while he attended McGill University.  I’d just seen Simon and his wonderful wife Martha on my recent trip to England.  But we’ve […]

A riff on Ina Garten’s Chicken Salad Veronique

A riff on Ina Garten’s Chicken Salad Veronique

One of the best things to have in the refrigerator in summer is a large quantity of chicken salad.  You can serve it on a bed of lettuce or make it into sandwiches.  You make it once and you have it all week. And I […]

Ice Cream Sandwiches…Portable Summer Treats

Ice Cream Sandwiches…Portable Summer Treats

I must admit to having been slightly taken aback when Andrew told me his weekend plans included making Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Not that I didn’t want one.  And when the smell of his dark chocolate ‘biscuit’ wafted through the kitchen, I could hardly wait until […]