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...

Annapolis Cider Vinegar & Poppyseed Dressing

Across Canada apple cider vinegar is being made in small, artisanal batches. In Cambridge, Nova Scotia, Boates Farm (www.boatvin.com) is producing what they are calling a “balsamic style apple cider vinegar.” When I picked up a bottle at their great roadside stand, I immediately thought of a...

Mustard Roasted Asparagus with Breadcrumbs and Herbs

Tender asparagus, salty cheese, crisp crumbs, tangy mustard and aromatic herbs make this a stellar side dish or even an appetizer course. Serve alongside grilled chicken or fish. If you have an end of a baguette or any fresh bread that has dried out, break it into a few pieces and pulse it in the...

Maple Flank Steak with Peach Chutney Mayo

These rich little toasts are the perfect beginning to a dinner party. 1 lb (500 g) Beef Marinating Flank Steak 1/2 cup (125 mL) maple syrup 2 tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce 2 tbsp (30 mL) cider vinegar 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 loaf French bread, thinly sliced on the diagonal 3/4...

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...

Savoury Clafouti with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Cheddar and Basil

This was one of the great recipes Chef Anne Desjardins shared on stage at the Foire Gourmande in the lovely town of Ville Marie on the shores of Lake Temiscaming.  Being her sous chef was great fun.  We used the spectacular Cru du Clocher cheddar made in nearby Lorrainville.  On the side she did a...

Chickpea Flatbread (Socca)

Essentially a large chickpea pancake, socca comes from Provence and neighbouring Liguria, where it’s called farinata. Made using chickpea flour, it’s naturally gluten-free, high in protein and truly delicious. After baking, it can be used as is or as a base to top with any seasonal...

Golden Flax & Buttermilk Crackers

Absolutely perfect to go along with a selection of Canadian cheeses or charcuterie.   1 1/2 cup (375 mL) whole wheat flour 1/2 cup (125 mL) oat bran 1/4 cup (50 mL) ground golden flax 2 Tbsp (25 mL) whole golden flaxseed 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1/4 cup (50 mL) canola oil 1/2...

Soupe à l’oignon à la Blanche de Chambly

This may be the most delicious onion soup you’ve ever tasted. Using the great wheat beer, Blanche d Chambly, brewed by Unibroue (Sleemans), it is best when topped with a a full flavoured, well-aged cheddar like l’Ancêtre, also from Quebec. • 2 tbsps (30 mL) unsalted butter • 4 cups(1 L) chopped or...