Cream of Mushroom & Leek Soup with Thyme

This could be the best mushroom soup ever!  Use a mixture of mushrooms if you can. I used both white, cremini and a few portabellos. The more varieties, the better! If thyme isn’t available, use a generous handful of flat leafed parsley.  ¼ cup (60 mL) butter 3 medium leeks, cleaned, trimmed and...

Ricotta Pancakes with Thyme

The thyme provides an extra, and unusual, spark of flavour in these really delicious, surprisingly light pancakes.   They are great with good bacon or well-browned breakfast sausages…or with applesauce, maple syrup or even last summer’s stewed plums!  If you make them small, they’d be...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Spicy Winter Squash Soup

This soup is light and has tons of flavour. Dollop it with good plain yogurt or a swirl of buttermilk.  It may be made with any of the dark yellow winter squash varieties or local sweet potatoes. 1 large cooking onion, chopped 2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil 3 garlic cloves, chopped coarsely ½ – 1...

Creamy Broccoli, Cheddar and Mustard Chicken Chowder

An invigorating, hearty chowder, perfect for when the weather turns cold. Serve this soup with biscuits and a green salad for a light supper.  Use cooked, chopped turkey instead of chicken and/or stir in 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) chopped herbs, such as dill, parsley, basil at the end. Preparation Time:20...