“At Home with Chef D” Rogers TV

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by Carla Johnson No Comments

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin alcohol booze Irish Cream “Instead of going out to dinner, buy good food. Cooking at home shows such affection. Make yourself feel good.” ~ Ina Garten

Some of my favourite people are those who live spontaneously. Early on a Monday morning, back in July, I received a Facebook message from my friend Chef D asking me if I would be available to do a guest shot on his show that day… in a few hours! He was taping several episodes for his new show on Rogers “At Home with Chef D.” Of course, I said an enthusiastic “Yes!” and I am so glad I did.

At Home with Chef D Rogers TV logo

The episode aired today and I have been so pleased to hear great feedback about it. Chef D’s recipes are spectacular and one of the recipes on today’s episode is featured here on Cooking With Sin “Edible Magic” Scallop Martini. It also happens to be my husband’s favourite recipe of the collection.

Scallop Martini scallops in pan wide

“At Home with Chef D” airs every Wednesday on Rogers TV here in the K-W-C area and beyond. Be sure to tune in.

Thank you Chef D for including me in the fun today!

Chef D headshot 2012

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Gourmand International Winner!!

Posted on: December 8th, 2011 by Carla Johnson 4 Comments

Carla Johnson’s first cookbook “Cooking With Sin” has just won the award for Best Wine Book for Canada, in the prestigious Gourmand International’s “World Cookbook Awards.”

Next is the world judging at the “Gourmand Best in the World” where “Cooking With Sin” will represent Canada in the international competition at the Paris Cookbook Fair in March!

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Founded by Edouard Cointreau in 1995, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are presented every year to the best cooking and wine books. They are regarded as the Oscars of the culinary book world. The prizes are awarded in 36 categories for cooking and 14 for wine. Every year, Gourmand presents the awards in a gourmet food capital, this time in Paris. The ceremony is a unique opportunity for meeting personalities from the food and drink literary world, as publishers, authors, chefs, vineyard owners and journalists from all over the world attend the event.

More Awards for “Cooking With Sin”!

Best Books USA Awards Finalist!

Cuisine Canada Nominee!

See what the Benjamin Franklin Awards had to say about it!

“WHAT WORKS It’s about time someone did this and the author grabbed it and ran with it – great job! There are terrific ideas for any celebration for those over 21. Very creative and a mouthwatering blend of booze and food for instance, “Better than recess.” The Russian proverbs as well as the other quotations with credit are great – what a fun book with smashing photos, good color and the alcohol burn-off chart is helpful. Great cover – it’s a grabber. WHAT DOESN’T Nothing – it’s good.”


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Republic of Bacon Love!

Posted on: November 7th, 2011 by Carla Johnson 1 Comment

Every once in a while, kindred spirits meet and sparks fly – in this case great, hot, snappy sparks of bacon grease!

You can imagine how many times I am asked whether my recipes are healthy or vegetarian or gluten-free. Who can blame people for asking? Health is important. But here on Cooking With Sin, well… the name pretty much says it all. So when I met some of the guys at Republic of Bacon, the attraction was undeniable! These guys cook, eat and promote one of the most beloved and least respected foods in the world. Heck, in some cultures bacon is a sin! We knew we belonged together!

If you love bacon and can’t get enough – you know you can’t! You will love their site!

Cooking With Sin sends out a big, greasy, crispy “Thank you” to the guys at R of B for featuring some of our recipes on their weekly special “Bacon Love Friday.”

Thanks for all the love guys!


Best Books 2011 USA Award!

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011 by Carla Johnson No Comments

Just this morning I got an email letting me know that Cooking With Sin was a finalist in the Best Books 2011 USA Awards! I am profoundly honoured to be alongside such wonderful cooks and chefs. Thank you Best Books USA!

Congratulations to everyone on this list and in the other categories, too!

Here is the link to the full list:

UPDATE! December 5, 2011 – See the latest award!

“Best Bites 2011” Bravo!

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by Carla Johnson No Comments

On Sunday I spent the afternoon along side the best chefs, restaurants, wineries and breweries in the region. At the Cooking With Sin booth we were “doctoring” up pieces of cake  at Best Bites 2011 where all our efforts helped raise $80,000 for Cambridge Memorial Hospital!!

Wayne, Michèle, Me & Shelley

Thank you Shelley Stone, Michèle Atack & Wayne Atack for joining me! We sure had a LOT of fun!

Thank you to my daughter and her friend for all your help setting-up, decorating and taking-down.

We were “doctoring” up pieces of cake donated by our local Metro grocery store for the event. Thank you Metro! It was based on Shelley’s “Special Delivery” Black Forest Cake.

Thank you Grand Marnier for providing a bottle of your spectacular liqueur to inject into each piece with my fun metal turkey baster. :)

If you live in the K-W-C area, you gotta join us next year!

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