Bleu D’Élizabeth Cheese, Dark Chocolate and Date Bites

This recipe features the 2013 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix winner in the Blue cheese and Organic cheese categories. A unique and mouth watering chocolate treat to satisfy any craving. 6 oz (180 g) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped 6 oz (180 g) pitted Medjool dates 3 oz (90 g) Bleu d’Élizabeth...

Canadian Couscous and Emmental Salad

The unique texture and mild flavour of couscous lends a light-yet-satisfying quality to this salad, making it equally suitable as a main course or a hearty side dish. Great for picnics and potlucks. 1/4 cup (60 mL) dried cranberries  1 cup (250 mL) Canadian couscous 1/3 cup (75 mL) BC Hazelnuts 3...

Trout Rolls with Ricotta & Asparagus

Creamy Canadian Ricotta cheese mixed with fresh garden herbs and local asparagus, stuffed inside trout fillets, makes for an impressive spring or early-summer dinner.     1 Container (500 g) Franco’s Ricotta 1/2 French shallot, chopped 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh basil, chopped 1/2 tbsp (7 mL)...

Glazed Beef Medallions with Feta

Beef Medallions with a flavour upgrade! The contrast of sweet and spicy from the red pepper jelly, paired with tangy Canadian feta cheese, makes for a simple and impressive main course.  Bonus points for making your own red pepper jelly.   2–3 tbsp (30–45 mL) hot pepper jelly 1 1/3 lb (600 g)...

Roasted Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts

If you think you don’t like cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and brussel sprouts, here’s a dish that will totally change your mind. And if you already like them, well – this will completely blow your mind. 3 cups (750 mL) broccoli florets 3 cups (750 mL) Brussels sprouts, halved 2 tbsp (30...

Baked Ham and Egg Cup

This quick and easy baked egg in a cup is perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch. The combination of Canadian Havarti cheese and egg is delicious and you can assemble the ramekins ahead of time and bake them when needed, making this a great dish to serve for a group. 1 large slice of ham 1/4...

Greek Yogurt (a.k.a. labneh )

The marketplace is full of a variety of brands of Greek yogurt – all expensive and rarely with 100% Canadian content.  It’s also one of the easiest ingredients to make at home!  Recipes abound…under the headings of ‘labneh’ or ‘yo-cheese’ but here’s...

Utterly Awesome Maple Butter Tarts!

After a flurry of comments and shares on an Instagram post I did of Stacey Kanelos’ butter tarts, I decided to take a run at them myself. Here’s the recipe. You’ll need 12 deep tart shells. I made them with a sweetened lard pastry using locally-milled whole wheat cake and pastry flour. I usually...

Winter Pear Clafouti

Canada’s great pear crop lasts, with proper storage, till mid-winter.  For this dish we like the rough-skinned Bosc. It’s a simple, egg-rich dessert so easy that even youthful bakers can whip it up. 2 tsps (10 m L) unsalted butter 1/3 cup (75 mL) + 1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar 3...

Healthy Barley Waffles

When using barley flour with 4% beta-glucan content, 1 ½ waffles would contain over 3 grams  of beta-glucan, enough to meet the required daily intake for lowering cholesterol. 2 cups (500 mL) barley flour 4 tsps (20 mL) baking powder 1 tbsp (15 mL) sugar 2 cups (500 mL)  skim milk ¹⁄₃ cup ( 75 mL)...