Monday, June 18, 2012

Cooking With Canal House

Happy Monday, everyone! Did you have a good weekend? We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking for friends and family.

Have you ever met the Canal House ladies? A few months ago, I noticed that several stacks of brightly colored, slightly slim volumes had popped up at my friend Pam's Red Ticking. Of course, Pam has impeccable taste. What she loves, I love--especially when it comes to food.

So I was tickled to open a birthday gift from her and see the sunny yellow cover of Canal House Volume Four waiting for me. And tickled even more to turn to the first chapter and find it titled "It's Always 5 O'Clock Somewhere."

 Ah, I thought, leave it to Pam to introduce me to new friends and kindred spirits in the kitchen!

My new cooking buddies are Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton. Between them they have 30 years in the food industry, from Saveur to Martha Stewart Living to Cook's Illustrated. But when they decided to produce their own book, they went it alone and self published, with no major imprint behind them, no marketing and no distribution besides independent stores and the internet.

Canal House Cooking prints three seasonal volumes each year. Pam knows I love farm stand cooking in the summer and Volume 4 is filled with perfect preps for the big juicy tomatoes, ripe berries and fresh herbs I'll be bringing home in the months ahead. And the photos look good enough to eat, too. 


They say that Canal House Cooking is "home cooking by home cooks for home cooks." The ingredients are fresh, the recipes simple. The perfect meals to serve to people who you love to cook for, but love to talk to even more-- you can actually have conversations while you're making dinner.

If you live too far away to wander into the Ticking and scoop up a few volumes of your own, you can find them here. And their blogs, Canal House Cooks Lunch and Life At Canal House are pretty delicious, too.

What are your favorite ingredients for summer cooking?


  1. Oh, thanks so much for this Jeanne! This is exactly how I like to cook, especially in the summer--easy and casual.

    Right now it is all about tomatoes--I am eating them every day! And when I can add some fresh violet garlic in there, of course I do. :)

  2. These books are perfect for me exactly the way I like to cook year round. I'm on my way over to order the books and then get cooking. I can't wait fresh veggies should be at the farm stands anytime now.

    Enjoy your day!

  3. such a wonderful post friend... so glad you love the book... they will be on my website very soon...xx

  4. Pam, I made the berry cobbler on Saturday night with fresh strawberries and raspberries from the Madrona Farmer's Market. It was heaven. OMG. Can't wait to make it again! Thanks again for the great book! XOXO

  5. LOVE this recommendation! Love a farm stand, but also spied 2 of my favorites. Pink champagne and potato chips. It's my birthday this month too....might just have to order myself a little present!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  6. Sounds like birthday wishes might be in order?? If so Happy Belated Birthday. :) That books sounds amazing and love that they did it independently. I have yet to make it into Pam's store but will get there sometime soon!

  7. Having spent the weekend cooking up some goodies for Father's Day (the apricot and berry tart was a huge hit!), these books are right up my alley. I'm off to explore more... Hope your week is off to a delicious start, Jeanne!

  8. this looks like a must own. we are all about fresh fruits and veges right now. just baked two crumbles: one with blueberries & strawberries, one with apples. and don't get me started about fresh cherries. i cannot stop eating them.

    happy new week to you.


  9. This looks like a fabulous book, especially since I'm such a fan of farmer's markets - one of my favorite things about Summer. Can't wait to order!!

  10. I discovered Canal House just this past year and am so happy I did. I love the idea seasonal cooking. Wouldn't you love to join them for lunch in their studio?

  11. Annie, yes! I would LOVE to join them in the studio for lunch. Just to be be a fly on the wall there... it seems like they have such a great time, doing what they love!



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