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Ad Hoc at Home: Summer Vegetable Gratin

If you’re looking for a cosy baked vegetable dish, look no further than Ad Hoc’s Summer vegetable gratin. Seeing as Summer officially ended yesterday I had to hurry up and make this before it was too late. I was able to find all the vegetables, except the yellow squash. I guess yellow squash season is officially over.

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Ad Hoc at Home: Brownies

I love brownies. They’re soft, chocolately, dense and delicious. I haven’t had a lot of success with baking brownies because, I confess, I compare every brownie I’ve bake to those Two Bite Brownies that they sell at Costco. Am I the only one who finds them insanely delicious? I won’t go as far as to buy them myself (I do have some pride, after all), but I do get unreasonably excited when I go over to my mom’s house and I see that over-sized clear container filled with those tiny, cupcake-shaped, fudgey bites.

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Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home Scallion Potato Cake Recipe

I love potatoes; they were and continue to be my favourite root vegetable. Once as a child, when asked to draw my favourite food, I drew potatoes – or so I thought. The teacher was confused by the brown lumps on my paper, but when I explained that I couldn’t choose between mashed potatoes or french fries, she burst out laughing.

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Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home Creamed Summer Corn Recipe


Nothing says summer more to me than corn. The first time I went corn picking I was 10. My family drove out to a u-pick farm in late August on a muggy, hot afternoon. Driving up, the rows and rows of corn seemed endless. The cornstalks were well above my head and even though it would have been so easy to get lost, I wasn’t worried. It was cooler in the rows of corn.

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Ad Hoc Chicken Soup with Dumplings Recipe

I’m not a big fan of the dumplings in chicken and dumplings, there’s something about filling-less dumplings that doesn’t sit quite right with me. Then again, it could just be that I haven’t had proper chicken and dumplings. When I have had them, the dumplings are dough-y, thick and strangely flavourless. Generally, they taste like un-cooked balls of dough.

I was hoping that Keller’s recipe for Chicken Soup with Dumplings would change all my biases against filling-less dumplings. All of the Ad Hoc recipes I’ve tried so far have been winners, so it was a good bet that this recipe would be a winner as well. The photo of the soup in the book is gorgeous: succulent chicken, creamy soup and dumplings that look like they’re made out of mashed potatoes.

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