Battery Park Stout Cake

This great cake comes from the kitchens of Dartmouth’s  Battery Park where they brew one of the main ingredients…stout!   1/2 cup (125ml) local stout (dark ale)* 1/2 cup (125ml) unsalted butter 1/3 cup (80ml) cocoa powder 1 cup (250ml) all-purpose flour 1 cup (250ml) white sugar 1 tsp...

Canada Day Maple-Laced, Strawberry-Tarragon Dressing

Here’s another ALL-Canadian dressing for your summer salad developed at the height of Ontario strawberry season on Canada Day.  There is no reason, ever, to buy dressings.  Homemade is cheaper, completely additive free and utterly delicious!  Buy fresh strawberries…they can even be a...

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 (we like to mix it with a bit of sour...

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...

Wildflower Honey Fudge

I was inspired to dig out this old recipe by a jar of honey from the Ontario Agricultural College’s (OAC) Bee Lab in Guelph.  Otherwise known as The Townsend House, it is the oldest school for apiarists in North America.  Wildflowers from strategically placed hives all over the Province are...

Big Barbecued Beef Ribs

Not for sissys, these gooey ribs offer rib-eating satisfaction from ear to ear and are great for dramatic presentation.  Small cans of chipotle peppers can be found in the Mexican section of grocery stores. This hot chile is actually a smoked jalapeño. It adds a spicy smoky flavour to dishes. Use...

THE Classic Icewine Martini

Icewine has been synonymous with Canada since Donald Ziraldo, a University of Guelph graduate (and football quarterback), and his late business partner Karl Kaiser won the Grand Prix d’Honneur, Canada’s first international wine medal, at Vinexpo in Bordeaux, in 1991 with their 1989 Vidal...

Fabulous Wheat Berry Salad

This is another one of Joan Heath’s excellent recipes, she says that it may be made ahead and refrigerated, without the nuts and sunflower seeds, for up to 3 days. While the cooking of the various grains may seem a bit fussy, the results are worth it. Serve the salad on a bed of spinach or baby...

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...