Taste of the Week

Mini Shortbread with Ginger and Preserves

Mini Shortbread with Ginger and Preserves

If you’re looking for a simpler way to make shortbread, try a “whipped” shortbread recipe. The ingredients are simply beaten together to create a pliable dough that can easily be shaped. Click on “dig in” for a sweet recipoe!

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Taste of the Week

Sumptuous Seafood Melts

Sumptuous Seafood Melts

If you’re into seafood and are looking for an appetizer to serve at a cocktail or other party, click on “dig in.” You’ll find a recipe for an ultra-tasty, easy-to-make, bite-sized appetizer that your guests will love.

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Can everyone cook? That’s a question I’ve been asked frequently since I published the first cookbook in my Everyone Can Cook series in 2003. More than nine years later, and seven books into the series, my response to that query has remained the same: Yes, they can!

To me, it’s not whether or not you can cook; it’s whether or not you have the desire, the confidence and the inspiration to do so. If you have those traits, learning to cook, or improving the cooking skills you already have, can be a very tasty experience.

If you don’t have those traits, I hope that my cookbooks and this website will help you develop them. But I’m also writing for those of you who already enjoy cooking, but are seeking a reliable source of straightforward but delicious recipes, great cooking tips and other practical culinary information. See "What's Cooking" below for links to my recent newspaper columns, recipes and other exploits.

Thank you for visiting my website!

Eric Akis

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Shrimp Cocktail    |    December, 2014    |    Food articles and recipes

Hello everyone! If you're planning a retro-style Christmas or New Year's dinner, shrimp cocktail might be the perfect appetizer. To find a recipe and to learn about the history of this appetizer, read my latest newspaper column here timescolonist.com

Roasting Duck 101

My December 3, Victoria Times Colonist newspaper column provided great tips on roasting duck and a festive recipe that inlcudes a divine citrus brandy sauce. To see that story click here timescolonist.com

Excellent Egg Dishes

My November 26 column was all about eggs and featured three recipes that would be perfect for the Christmas season. To read the story click here timescolonist.com.

Thrifty Foods Recipes

I create recipes for Thrifty Foods; a fine-quality British Columbia-based supermarket chain. On the menu this week are recipse designed for a festive feast. They include roast prime rib with horseradish crust; mini yorkshire puddings, colorfull vegetable medley, and roasted mini potatoes with honey and spice. To view those recipes click here thriftyfoods.com.


Praise for Eric Akis’s books

For Everyone Can Cook: “this collection of lively, user-friendly recipes makes me want to start cooking at once.”

Julian Armstrong, food editor, Montréal Gazette


For everyone can cook midweek meals: “Eric Akis is my kind of super- man . . . He offers more than what we have come to expect of him—food clearly explained. He serves it all forth with genuine goodwill and wry humor, the telltale sign of a true Clark Kent beneath the cape. With this culinary crusader’s gentle guidance, we can all cook.”

Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, author of the Curious Cook at Home


For Everyone Can Cook Clow Cooker Meals: “Eric Akis is Canada’s most talented food journalist, a man whose skills aren’t just in creating beautiful-looking recipes, but in creating recipes that we love, we crave and we return to again and again.”

Shelley Boettcher, food and wine writer, Calgary Herald


For Everyone Can Cook for Celebrations: “Eric Akis has always created delicious, easy-to-follow recipes . . . He takes the mystery out of cooking, with clear directions and lots of helpful hints.”

Bruce Mackenzie, features editor, Victoria Times Colonist