Annapolis Cider Vinegar & Poppyseed Dressing

Across Canada apple cider vinegar is being made in small, artisanal batches. In Cambridge, Nova Scotia, Boates Farm (www.boatvin.com) is producing what they are calling a “balsamic style apple cider vinegar.” When I picked up a bottle at their great roadside stand, I immediately thought of a...

Mustard Roasted Asparagus with Breadcrumbs and Herbs

Tender asparagus, salty cheese, crisp crumbs, tangy mustard and aromatic herbs make this a stellar side dish or even an appetizer course. Serve alongside grilled chicken or fish. If you have an end of a baguette or any fresh bread that has dried out, break it into a few pieces and pulse it in the...

Beet, Bocconcini and Tomato Lentil Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Making use of sweet, ripe tomatoes and fresh herbs, the secret ingredient in this beet and lentil salad is a good Dijon-style mustard. It’s great to take along on summer picnics and potlucks. Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time:30 minutes SALAD: 2 cups (500 mL) cooked green beluga...

Penne with Broccoli and Tomatoes

Substitute spinach, zucchini or arugula for the broccoli. • 3 cups (750 mL) uncooked penne pasta (275 g) • 3/4 cup (175 mL) broccoli florets • 1 cup (250 mL) diced onion • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 3/4 cup (175 mL) halved cherry tomatoes • 1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped sun-dried tomatoes • 1 (250 mL)...

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...

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...

Homemade Tomato Ketchup

One of the mother sauces, ketchup has roots in many cultures and it was always home made. I’ve streamlined this by draining and pureeing canned tomatoes. You’ll need 2 – 28oz/796 mL tins of whole Product of Canada canned tomatoes.  Break them apart with your hands, removing seeds if you wish....

Honey-Tarragon Salad Dressing for Fresh Greens

This is my go-to dressing for summery greens. Use your imagination and add fresh summer fruit like blueberries or sliced strawberries, petals from a few favourite edible flowers…we love tulips, nasturtiums and begonia blossoms! All canola oil sold in Canada IS Canadian. Sadly, not the same for...

Warm Balsamic Lentil Salad

The friend who shared this recipe writes that he uses it under his grilled salmon fillets. It’s great with the balsamic-style cider vinegar from Nova Scotia, maple vinegar from Quebec, an off-dry wine vinegar from Niagara or the fabulous, authentically-made, balsamic from Venturi-Schultz Vancouver...

Roasted Beet Salad with Feta

We love the addition of sunflower seeds and tart green apple with earthy beets and salty feta cheese. Tip: If removing beet skins leaves you “red-handed”, just rub with sea salt and lemon juice until the beet juice stains are gone. This trick works on wooden cutting boards, too....