Clean Out the Fridge Crustless Quiche

When I first wrote this recipe for crustless quiche, my sons were teenagers and I was attempting to inspire them. Seemed to work as three have their chef’s papers.   There is never, ever a reason to buy a quiche. Period. The bit of flour that’s added helps it puff up and give the eggs some...

Summer Black Cherry Clafoutis

The recipe for a black cherry clafoutis is easy and very forgiving. The buttermilk adds another layer of flavour and it’s really quite spectacular. Please use only Canadian black cherries…our growers need our support because tons are shipped in before our season can begin and are grown with...

Homemade Mayonnaise

Since so little mayonnaise (if any) on our supermarket shelves is a Product of Canada — and since it’s so very easy to make, here’s our recipe.  Update it with fresh herbs or minced garlic or simply use, as is, in a classic potato salad. Depending upon the acidity of the vinegar,...

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...

Chilled Sour Cream-laced Cucumber Soup

This is our absolute favourite summer soup! 2 English cucumbers 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil 1 small onion, minced. 2 tbsps (30 mL) all purpose flour 3 cups (750 mL) chicken or vegetable stock Salt and white pepper, to taste 1 cup (250 mL) sour cream or buttermilk 1 garlic...

Easter Cheese & Food Traditions

Spring is springing…thank goodness.  Snow’s beginning to retreat and the rivers are opening.   Although Easter is early on the calendar this year, it’s never too early for Easter cheese. It’s the quintessential springtime dessert in many Mennonite homes, easy to make and...

Creamy Broccoli, Cheddar and Mustard Chicken Chowder

An invigorating, hearty chowder, perfect for when the weather turns cold. Serve this soup with biscuits and a green salad for a light supper.  Use cooked, chopped turkey instead of chicken and/or stir in 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) chopped herbs, such as dill, parsley, basil at the end. Preparation Time:20...

Cheddar, Chive and Mustard Spelt Biscuits

These light and cheesy savoury biscuits, with pops of bright mustard flavour, are wonderful when spread with lashings of butter. Serve alongside bowls of soup or stew for a comforting meal. If so inclined, do make a double batch as they freeze remarkably well. Vary the cheeses using shredded Swiss...

Savoury Clafouti with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Cheddar and Basil

This was one of the great recipes Chef Anne Desjardins shared on stage at the Foire Gourmande in the lovely town of Ville Marie on the shores of Lake Temiscaming.  Being her sous chef was great fun.  We used the spectacular Cru du Clocher cheddar made in nearby Lorrainville.  On the side she did a...

Dressed up Wild Mushroom Mac & Cheese

Canada produces several varieties of delicious mushrooms.  We love how this recipe uses a mix of mushrooms and is served with a cheesy, garlicky, fresh herb sauce. Comfort food at it’s finest!     Gouda mornay sauce: 6 tbsp (90 mL) unsalted butter 3 tbsp (45 mL) white truffle oil 1...