John Bil’s Oyster Mignonette

The late John Bil was Canada’s oyster shucking champion in 2006 and one of the most knowledgeable (and modest) seafood experts we’ve seen. “The first 20,000 are the hardest.” he quipped. But Bil is also very serious. “Oysters are the essence of the ocean…and they are environmentally very...

The Ultimate Chocolate Brownies

Okay, okay….this recipe has very little to do with purely Canadian ingredients but I’ll defend it as part of our historical culinary tradition. Get yourself the best chocolate you can find.  I was lucky enough to be given 1 kg of Cacao Barry’s single estate chocolate pieces as a thank...

Apple & Cider Cobbler

Cheddar cheese and apple pie is a classic combination.  This recipe takes it to new heights by adding Canadian cheddar cheese into the biscuit topping of the cobbler and it can be baked all year round.  Fresh apples and cider from Canada are available even in the late spring and early summer...

Buttermilk Corn Bread

This Loyalist quick bread was likely brought to Canada with the first wave of immigration in the late 1700’s. More and more often, it’s possible to find good locally grown/milled corn meal.  For this corn bread recipe I’ve used a New Brunswick product from Speerville Mills and jazzed it up with a...

Lamb and Prune Tagine (Agneau aux Pruneaux)

A tagine is a deep, glazed clay dish with a domed top that has a vent in it to allow the excess steam to escape.  It must be seasoned before use by putting it on low heat, adding 1 cup (250 mL) milk, covering it and heating it for 20 – 30 minutes.  The milk should only simmer but not boil dry....

Peppery-spiced Steak with Southwestern Ontario Summer Sauté

Beside this great (and easy) steak recipe, we’re pairing a Southwestern Ontario Summer Sauté. It’s a simple side-dish that’s supremely local with all the ingredients being sourced in SW Ontario, even the salt. It’s a perfect market-fresh pairing with the steak rubbed either...

Lentil & Sweet Potato Calzones

Accompany these delicious calzones with homemade Chimichurri Sauce or salsa verde made from local grown herbs. 1 cup (250 ml) warm water 2 tsp (10 ml) active dry yeast 3 cups (750 ml) organic flour 1 1/2 tsp (8 ml) salt 3 tbsp (45 ml) cold pressed canola or sunflower oil 3 sweet potatoes, scrubbed...

Not Your Ordinary Fish Burger

This recipe is courtesy of the team at Taste of Nova Scotia…and the proud fisherfolk of that great Province. Make your own homemade mayonnaise and you’ll never go back to store-bought…plus the fact when you make your own, it’s Canadian!  For Burger: 4 sesame buns 16-20 oz...

Tangy Herb Potato Salad with Asparagus

Atlantic Canada grows amazing potatoes…that’s why much of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s research is done there. This recipe, one provided by Taste of Nova Scotia, uses some of the finest ingredients of the Province.  2 + 1/2 kg baby or fingerling potato 14 asparagus spears,...

Maple Bacon Crêpes

What a tremendous brunch or supper dish!  For Crepe Stuffing:  4 eggs (sunny-side up) 1 package local maple smoked bacon, fried or baked 1 package local breakfast maple sausages, pan fried and sliced into rounds 2 large potatoes washed, peeled, cubed small, seasoned and pan fried (hash browns)...

Bacon Fat Caramels

A candy thermometer is absolutely essential for this recipe.  They’re inexpensive and a terrific tool for any serious kitchen. 1 cup whipping cream (35%) 5 tbsp smoked bacon fat (which is about the amount rendered by cooking one pound of bacon in the oven, on a rack or in a pan) 1 tsp salt 1...