Pasta with Beans (Pasta e fagioli)
Feb10

Pasta with Beans (Pasta e fagioli)

This is classic vegetarian Italian pasta. Fresh beans are best but the dish is easily made with dried beans in the winter time.  Many Italian families grow their Romano beans, garlic, basil and tomatoes. To use fresh beans, shell them and freeze them with no additional processing. To use the fresh or frozen beans, barely cover them with water, bring to a boil and simmer till tender, about 10 minutes. Then proceed with the recipe by...

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Buttermilk Corn Bread
Nov10

Buttermilk Corn Bread

This Loyalist quick bread was likely brought to Canada with the first wave of immigration in the late 1700’s. More and more often, it’s possible to find good locally grown/milled corn meal.  For this corn bread recipe I’ve used a New Brunswick product from Speerville Mills and jazzed it up with a healthy dose of ground flax.  It’s tremendous with almost any sort of soup although we like it a lot with a traditional onion soup! •...

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Zucchini-Corn Pancakes with Herbed Yogurt Sauce
Jul11

Zucchini-Corn Pancakes with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

This is fabulous skillet late summer brunch, lunch or dinner!   Cara provides this tip. “To make your own oat flour, clean out your coffee grinder and grind what you need. Alternatively, you could grind a larger batch in a food processor.” 2 medium zucchini/summer squash, grated and squeezed dry ½ cup corn kernels 2 scallions, thinly slices ¼ cups basil, chopped 1 large egg, beaten ½ cup oat flour or all-purpose flour 2...

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Chunky Chicken, Vegetable and Rosemary Stew
Mar10

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 stand 30 minutes to develop flavors and texture. It’s even better the next day! 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil 12 oz boneless chicken breasts,...

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The Great Canadian Beluga Lentil Burger – A Whale of a Burger
Jan09

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 as a wrap.  Brilliant! Charles and his wife/partner Jennifer Warren Part have an attachment to their environment is strongly reflected in the...

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