Cook Spotlight

cookinginvictoria

By • August 16, 2011 • 23 Comments

cookinginvictoria  Sunday Pork Ragu

We have always pictured this stalwart Food52 voice from the north as Canadian through and through: after all, she is "cooking in Victoria." Fine print, people! But this cook's a transplanted New Yorker who opted for "a yard with plum and apple trees, a raspberry and strawberry patch and a Concord grape arbor" over the fresh ravioli and bagels back east. Frankly, it sounds like a more than decent trade when you tack on her mushrooming vegetable and herb garden and the inevitably divine let's-all-move-out-west-shall-we farmer's market around the corner. Not even a sesame H&H (may she rest in peace) toasted dark with cream cheese holds a candle to that sort of bounty.

Uprooted, replanted, and yet, many a Sunday lunch recipe lets on that cookinginvictoria grew up by the stove. The granddaughter of immigrants from the Southern Italian province of Basilicata, this cook puts the nonna in locavore. Her recipes look (and taste!) loved-up. Do your own patties with her Italian "Sausage" Sandwiches with Spicy Grilled Peppers and Fennel-Onion Mustard or stuff those meatballs with Jenny's fave, ricotta. From her Spaghettini with Clams and "Rings" to Weed Soup, her headnotes (see the soup) always inform and charm, her instructions (see the pasta) delineate and guide. We're pretty sure her grandmother would be proud.

Read cookinginvictoria's profile Q&A below and follow her on Twitter.

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Some stringy, unidentified meat in China (hopefully, it wasn't dog or cat!)

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Pasta with lots of butter and Parmesan cheese -- comfort food from childhood.

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    My grandmother's salad bowl and a rolling pin my father made for me.

  • Your ideal meal:
    Homemade pasta, grilled lamb, locally grown vegetables, something chocolate for dessert, lots of good wine, all enjoyed with family and friends.

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    I would like to take a cook's tour through all of the regions of Italy.

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    Usually about 2-4 at any given time -- not enough!

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:4-6

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Not having a gas stove or a dishwasher!

  • Your favorite cookbook:
    My list changes all of the time, but right now my current faves are Adhoc at Home, Urban Italian, NY Times Essential Cookbook, and Good to the Grain (thank you, Food52, for introducing me to this book!)

 

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almost 3 years ago joyeux

Congratulations cookinginvictoria. Your Aunt Loretta sent me your recipe for Ragu and though I haven't yet made it, I plan to as soon as it cools off a little bit here. I will be looking forward to future recipes.

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about 3 years ago mcs3000

Congrats on the spotlight! Adorable pic.

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Great to see you spotlighted CookinginVictoria! I love the coziness of your style!

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about 3 years ago healthierkitchen

congratulations Cooking in Victoria!

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about 3 years ago TXExpatInBKK

Congrats! And I'm totally with you on not having a gas stove or dishwasher...

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about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Congratulations and nice to see you in the Spotlight Cooking in Victoria!

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about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations! What a terrific spotlight. Great to get to know you better. :)

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about 3 years ago sufitt

Just thought I'd put it out there: New York bagels are not real bagels. You have to go to Montréal for that. And in Vancouver, a ferry ride from Victoria, we have Siegel's Montréal bagels: boiled, then wood-fired baked. New York bagels taste like buns with holes. xsut

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about 3 years ago francesca gilberti

Francesca is the former Assistant Editor of food52 and believes you can make anything out of farro.

I think it's safe to say they're two different animals! Everyone has their loyalties :)

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about 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Wow -- what a huge surprise to turn on the computer this morning and find myself in the spotlight! I so floored and honored by this! Thank you food52 for the lovely write-up, and thanks everyone for all of the wonderful comments I love being a part of such a generous, supportive, and wise community of cooks. I really do feel like I am among friends here. I learn so much about food and cooking every day from all of you. This is such a great place to hang out -- I love food52!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Great to see you in the spotlight, CV! Your yard sounds beautiful, love Victoria and taking a little drive north to Nanaimo, too! Hope to meet up soon with you and all the F52 Potluckers :)

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about 3 years ago Panfusine

Lovely to see you in the spotlight, Congratulations!

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about 3 years ago Midge

So nice to see you spotlighted cookinginvictoria! Love your recipes and thoughtful comments.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on the spotlight, so good to get to know you!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

What a fantastic spotlight! Congratulations, cookinginvictoria! I love your recipes.

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about 3 years ago SKK

Looking forward to our PNW meet-up! Love you are in the spotlight!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Lovely! I have more than once contemplated moving to BC, and this makes me think about it yet again.

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about 3 years ago nogaga

Congratulations! Great to see you spotlighted :)

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations! So nice to see you in the spotlight!

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about 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Great spotlight - love cookinginvictoria's recipes and also totally jealous of the garden and the farmer's market!!!!

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

You can count me as one of your fans! So nice to see you in the spotlight! You're always so thoughtful with your recipes, testing notes, and comments.