Chilled Sour Cream-laced Cucumber Soup
May15

Chilled Sour Cream-laced Cucumber Soup

A perfect summer soup, served chilled or just as tasty when it’s warm. English or ‘seedless’ cucumbers are one of Canada’s most prolific greenhouse crops 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 clove,...

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Many Salads, One Recipe
Jul18

Many Salads, One Recipe

Having a basic recipe at your fingertips in the kitchen makes life so much easier. This 100% Canadian vinaigrette is one that lends itself to countless variations for your summer salads. Always begin with a natural sweetener to balance the acid – maple syrup, apple butter even a squirt of local honey.  Our Shop Like a Canadian guide has tons of info.  We love apple cider vinegar but other locally fermented ones also are great....

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Lentil & Sweet Potato Calzones
Jul25

Lentil & Sweet Potato Calzones

Accompany these delicious calzones with homemade Chimichurri Sauce or salsa verde made from local grown herbs. 1 cup (250 ml) warm water 2 tsp (10 ml) active dry yeast 3 cups (750 ml) organic flour 1 1/2 tsp (8 ml) salt 3 tbsp (45 ml) cold pressed canola or sunflower oil 3 sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean, roasted at 400°F (200°C)* 2 yellow onions, peeled, sliced, caramelized until brown 2 tbsp (30 ml) local canola oil 8 cloves garlic,...

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THE Classic Icewine Martini
Jun06

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 Icewine.   Teaming up with a newer Niagara entrepreneur, Geoff Dillon of Dillon’s Small Batch Distillery, this cocktail is perfect at the...

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Pickled Pacific Mackerel and Lentil Salad
May01

Pickled Pacific Mackerel and Lentil Salad

Pickling fish is a very traditional way of preserving it but one not as widely used in Canada as it should be.   If you cannot find really fresh mackerel,  any firm white fish will work. This Lentil Salad, provided by  Vancouver chef Jefferson Alvarez,  could easily stand on its own as a filling for pita or as a topping for warm flatbread. 2 lbs  (1 kg)  whole mackerel, heads removed, fillet and deboned. 3 whole cloves garlic, peeled...

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