Vanessa’s Shepherd’s Pie with Buttermilk Yukon Gold Topping

Vanessa Currie is a potato researcher, the keeper of the progeny of Yukon Gold and a fabulous cook. Never one to miss an opportunity to hold forth on her favourite topic…good spuds, she writes: “A word about the potatoes – I suggest Yukon Gold where available. I would not recommend red...

Beyond Classic Beef Bourguignon

A heart-warming stew is as close to a perfect winter dish as one can get and this Basque version of boeuf Bourguignon is all about the flavour. Its Basque-chef Roger Dufau’s version of the traditional wine-soaked braised beef that is on countless menus but which constantly disappoints. There is...

Chunky Chicken, Vegetable and Rosemary Stew

Here’s a great one-pot meal to warm and soothe a hungry, weary body after a hard workout. By using chicken, vegetables and beans, this stew provides a serving of high-quality protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. Canola oil is a good source of healthy fats. Let stew...

Red Lentil & Beef Sloppy Joes

Add a pinch of dried red pepper flakes during cooking for added spice. canola or olive oil, for cooking 1 onion, peeled and chopped 1 lb. (454 g) lean ground beef or bison 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 – 28 oz. (796 mL) can diced, whole or stewed tomatoes 1/4 cup (60 mL) dry red lentils 1/2 cup (125...

Maple Flank Steak with Peach Chutney Mayo

These rich little toasts are the perfect beginning to a dinner party. 1 lb (500 g) Beef Marinating Flank Steak 1/2 cup (125 mL) maple syrup 2 tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce 2 tbsp (30 mL) cider vinegar 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 loaf French bread, thinly sliced on the diagonal 3/4...

Fall-Apart Beef Brisket

Hearty, comfort food at its best.  A wonderful winter meal.  Buy beef brisket that weighs almost 2 pounds before trimming as there is quite a bit of fat to discard. If a “sliced” brisket is preferred over the shredded variety, cook about 30 minutes less than recommended above. 2 Tbsp (30...

Spiced Lamb Strips with Mint and Cilantro

Combining savory lamb with cumin, coriander, mint, garlic and tomatoes, this recipe combines the best of traditional North American and Middle Eastern lamb preparations. It is perfect for Easter and a great way to use up leftover lamb. 1 lb (500 g) lamb leg, boned, trimmed and cut into thin...

Spiced Lamb Chops with a Spinach Sauce

To Marinate the Lamb: 1 Tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh ginger  2 tsp (10 mL) fennel seeds, ground 2 tsp (10 mL) ground mustard 1 tsp (5 mL) cardamom seeds (removed from green or white pods) 1 tsp (5 mL) ground red pepper (cayenne) 1 tsp (5 mL) coarse kosher or sea salt 8 large cloves garlic,...

Hoisin-Whiskey Glazed Meatballs

8 oz (250 g) ground turkey 1/3 cup (75 mL) quick cooking oats 1/3 cup (75 mL) finely chopped green onion (green and white parts) 1 medium jalapeno chili pepper, finely chopped (with seeds) 2 egg whites 1/4 tsp (1 mL) coarsely ground black pepper 2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil Glaze 2 Tbsp (30...

Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic-Coffee Sauce

3/4 tsp (4 mL) coarsely ground black pepper 1/2 tsp (2 mL) garlic powder 1/2 tsp (2 mL) onion powder 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt 4 beef tenderloin steaks (5 oz/140 g each), about 1-inch ( 2.5 cm) thick 2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil 4 large shallots, peeled and finely chopped 6 oz/170 g sliced portabella...