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...

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...

John Bil’s Oyster Mignonette

The late John Bil was Canada’s oyster shucking champion in 2006 and one of the most knowledgeable (and modest) seafood experts we’ve seen. “The first 20,000 are the hardest.” he quipped. But Bil is also very serious. “Oysters are the essence of the ocean…and they are environmentally very...

The Great Canadian Beluga Lentil Burger – A Whale of a Burger

As one of Quebec’s top chefs, when Charles Part of the legendary Les Fougères dubbed this a “Whale of a Burger”, I listened.  Then I read…and headed to my local lentil purveyor immediately.  You could substitute dried cranberries (Canadian-only please) for the apricots or serve it in a flatbread...

The Ultimate Chocolate Brownies

Okay, okay….this recipe has very little to do with purely Canadian ingredients but I’ll defend it as part of our historical culinary tradition. Get yourself the best chocolate you can find.  I was lucky enough to be given 1 kg of Cacao Barry’s single estate chocolate pieces as a thank...

Keiko’s Japanese-style Baked Salmon w English Cucumber Salad

Keiko Yakimo, who grew up in B.C. and whose brother, Rickey, is the Dean of Agriculture at UBC, roasts salmon, which she’s marinated for about half an hour salmon, at a very high temperature. Whereas Kaori, my daughter-in-law bakes her salmon right in the teriyaki-style sauce, Keiko removes it,...

Barley with Caramelized Vegetables

This recipe is a delicious and easy way to incorporate vegetables into dinner. Canola oil is used to sauté and toast the barley to bring out its great flavor. • 4 cups (1 L) low-sodium vegetable broth • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil • 3/4 cup (175 mL) pearl barley • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil • 1...

Nana’s (Utterly Fabulous) Multi-Grain Rolls

When Joan Heath of Radisson, Saskatchewan, shared this great recipe, she explained its title. “My mom (a.k.a. Nana to our children, Audra and Aidan) bakes the best rolls and bread that I have ever had. So light and fluffy. She didn’t start until she was in her 40’s. I had no interest...

Savoury Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Mustard and Apples

This simple pork dish, elegant enough for company, is made even better by browning the roast and onions before adding them to the slow cooker. Apples, herbs and two kinds of mustard ensure the pork has a lovely balance of both sweet and savoury. Thinly sliced leftovers make great sandwiches the...

Smoked Bacon Lentil Ragout

When Dana was at The Waterfont Centre she had a marvellous herb garden.  After the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, the Waterfront was the second hotel in Canada to have its own bee hives. When Dana  Hauser worked there she was the first female executive chef in the entire Fairmont chain.  She served...