Canadian Food Bloggers We Love: Cookin' Canuck


Cookin' Canuck
Dara Michalski, Sandy, Utah, USA (but grew up in Vancouver)

How did you get into food blogging?
At first, food blogging was a means of sharing my recipes with family and friends.  It was a lot easier than writing down a recipe for each person that asked.  However, as time went on, my blog became a very important part of my life and took on a greater purpose.  I came to realize that many people are very intimidated by cooking.  By providing step-by-step photos with each of my recipes, and including weekly how-to tutorials for various cooking skills, it is my hope that my readers will be able to step into the kitchen with confidence and produce a meal that is healthy (most of the time) and tastes great.

What is your ultimate foodie fantasy?
My dream is to rent a modest villa in Italy, preferably one with a large kitchen and a patio overlooking neighboring olive groves and vineyards (okay, so maybe it wouldn't be that modest after all).  My family and I would explore the area, making daily jaunts to the market to pick up the freshest produce, cheeses, and meat.  Of course, our neighbors would be fabulous chefs and would willingly teach us the ins and outs of Italian cooking. Someday.

What are your top 3 favourite recipes on your blog?
Three of my favourite recipes on my blog are Bacon Polenta with Sauteed Crimini Mushrooms & Thyme, Chocolate Nutella Fudge with Sea Salt, and Mushroom, Caramelized Onion & Cannellini Bean Salad.  As you can tell, I have a thing for mushrooms. They are, hands down, my favourite vegetable.

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Thanks so much Dara for taking the time to be apart of our series. I love that you are a big mushroom fan ;)

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