Taste of the Week

Silky hummus

Silky hummus

I recently wrote a newspaper column on how to create a silky, smooth and memorable hummus. There were a few tips I doing so that I think you'll find interesting. To read the story click on dig in below.

 

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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

What's Cooking

About wild rice    |    October, 2014    |    Food articles and recipes

Hello everyone! My latest Victoria Times Colonist article is all about wild rice, a food that is not actually rice at all. To read that story and to find recipes using wild rice in a soup and pilaf, click here timescolonist.com

Tips on buying nuts

My October 1 story in the Victoria Times Colonist answered a reader's question about buying and storing nuts. It also offered two tasty recipes to use nuts. To read the story click here timescolonist.com

Risotto 101

My October 1, column in the Times Colonist offered great tips on making that famed Italian rice dish, risotto. The story also includes a fine recipe for risotto and you can see it here timescolonist.com

Cioppino

If you love seafood simmered in a delicious broth you'll have to check out my September 24 column on that famed San Francisco dish cioppino. I've come up with a great recipe for it and you can see it 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 recipes all using pumpkin. They include pumpkin dip; curried pumpkin soup with ginger and pear, heavenly-spiced pumpkn pie; and pumpkin muffins. To view those recipes click here thriftyfoods.com.