Kari Chellouf

As a little girl, Kari Chellouf was entranced by watching her mum bake breads, cakes, pies, and cookies from scratch. Eventually, she grew up and went to culinary school so that she could learn in kitchens while inventing recipes that could be passed along. Her cooking style often features comfort foods that have been reworked with healthier ingredients or substitutions for allergies.

Genuine love and appreciation for beautiful ingredients, and the opportunity to share them with good company is what fuels Kari's motivation. She sleeps next to a stack of cookbooks, is a ravenous dessert fiend, and loves to test out new recipes on her coworkers when they are hung-over on weekend mornings.

Kari is a graduate of Northwest Culinary Academy. More of her recipes and musings can be found on her food blog, I Heart Big Flavour!

Vegan-licious chocolate truffles

Today's delectable chocolate truffle recipe made its debut at a vegan bake sale for the SPCA.

Pork braise for a snowy Vancouver day

If you're shivering in your boots, give this easy braise a try.

Muy rico: chipotle and whole wheat tortilla-quiles

If you're over the winter blahs and want to get fired up for a healthy year, try this spicy adaptation of Mexican chilaquiles.

Hearty whole wheat breakfast cobbler

In need of a high-energy breakfast that will keep you motoring along until lunch? Try this sweet and savoury cobbler!

Wintry apple butter

Letting this recipe bubble away on the stove will warm your kitchen and make it smell like grandma's house. It's time for some holiday nostalgia.

Must have holiday gifts for foodies

Does gift shopping for food-lovers make you want to climb into a pressure-cooker? Relax, grab a mug of hot chocolate, and click here.

Va-Va-Voom vegan chocolate peppermint truffles

Here's something to get excited about sharing: Chocolate truffles that are vegan-friendly and lactose-free!

Warm hugs and winter polenta

If you're looking for something rich and creamy or satisfyingly crunchy to heat things up this season, look no further! Kari's take on this classic Italian dish will leave you swooning for more. Belli

Taking baby steps: Roasted vegetables with a hint of curry

A simple dish with a hint of warmth that is bound to perk up nasty winter days.

Mumbai pan hustle: East is East Van chicken curry

Perfect for spice cabinet newbies, Kari's ten-minute recipe will save you from imminent hunger. Just don't serve this to anyone who cooks authentic Indian food.