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...

Herbed Pork Chops on Mustard Sauce

Kick your pork chops up a notch with this tasty mustard sauce! 3/4 tsp (4 mL) dried thyme leaves 1/2 tsp (2 mL) garlic powder 1/4 tsp (1 mL) dried pepper flakes  1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 6 boneless pork chops (4 oz/125 g each), trimmed of fat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil Mustard Sauce 1/3 cup (75...

Deep, Dark and Stout Chili

2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil 1 1/2 lb/750 g extra lean ground beef (or 1 lb/500 g extra lean ground beef and 15-oz/426 mL can kidney beans, rinsed and drained) 2 cups (500 mL) diced green bell peppers 1 cup (250 mL) diced red onion 3 cans (14.5 oz/412 mL each) no-salt-added stewed tomatoes 1 bottle...

Skewered Lime-Spiced Chicken

Lime spiced skewers of chicken – perfect for your next barbecue! Marinade 3 medium limes 1/3 cup (75 mL) canola oil 2 medium garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp (10 mL) ground ginger 3/4 tsp (4 mL) ground allspice 3/4 tsp (4 mL) dried thyme leaves 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt...

Smoked Bacon Lentil Ragout

The Waterfont Centre has a marvellous herb garden and was the second hotel in Canada to have it’s own bee hives. When Dana serves this at Heron’s, it’s a menu component in her Pan-seared Qualicum Bay Scallops, Smoked Bacon~ Lentil Ragout, Sherry Jus & Petite Pea Greens. 4 slices double smoked...

Canadian Lentil Meatballs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

This is a wonderful home-style Persian dish, the kind that Hamid grew up enjoying.  The Cucumber Sauce is more of a method than an actual recipe.  Like all great chefs, he tastes as he goes. He’ll combine a cup or so of rich yogurt and grate in a clove of garlic (or more if you like garlic)....

Locals Island Bison Tournedos with Braised Lentil Ragout

This dish is a serious course in the elements of classic French cooking.  The Braised French Lentil Ragout is outstanding.   And yes, bison are being farmed (ranched?) on Vancouver Island, near Black Creek in the lush Comox River Valley.  For six servings 6 X 4 oz  Island Bison Tenderloin 3 Tbsp...

Slow Roasted Bourbon and Brown Sugar Glazed Berkshire Pork Belly on Du Puy Lentils

Chef Jeremy Langemann serves this fabulous dish over double-moked bacon and caramelized-onion Du Puy lentils  with a Manitoba Saskatoon berry gastrique. It’s a great combination..Manitoba-gown pork, Manitoba-harvested lentils, Manitoba-picked berries…a locally inspired recipe could hardly...

Pressure Cooked Curried Duck and Lentil Soup

While Chef Rogalski uses a pressure cooker to prepare this flavour-rich soup, it can be prepared as well in a large, heavy saucepot.  While he suggested buying the Duck Confit, Chef Craig Flinn of Chives Restaurant in Halifax provides a good basic recipe. Makes 8 – 10 servings.  4 Tbsp canola oil...

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