Peppery-spiced Steak with Southwestern Ontario Summer Sauté

Beside this great (and easy) steak recipe, we’re pairing a Southwestern Ontario Summer Sauté. It’s a simple side-dish that’s supremely local with all the ingredients being sourced in SW Ontario, even the salt. It’s a perfect market-fresh pairing with the steak rubbed either...

Tangy Herb Potato Salad with Asparagus

Atlantic Canada grows amazing potatoes…that’s why much of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s research is done there. This recipe, one provided by Taste of Nova Scotia, uses some of the finest ingredients of the Province.  2 + 1/2 kg baby or fingerling potato 14 asparagus spears,...

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...

Grilled Marinated Cucumbers and Eggplant

Recipe author Cara Tegler writes, “Never thought about grilling cucumber? Think again. Marinating them ahead of time and quickly cooking to char, infuses them with tons of flavour.” Kirby cucumbers are the smaller “cocktail” size version of greenhouse English cucumbers.  ¼...

Canada Day Maple-Laced, Strawberry-Tarragon Dressing

Here’s another ALL-Canadian dressing for your summer salad developed at the height of Ontario strawberry season on Canada Day.  There is no reason, ever, to buy dressings.  Homemade is cheaper, completely additive free and utterly delicious!  Buy fresh strawberries…they can even be a...

Homemade Mayonnaise

Since so little mayonnaise (if any) on our supermarket shelves is a Product of Canada — and since it’s so very easy to make, here’s our recipe.  Update it with fresh herbs or minced garlic or simply use, as is, in a classic potato salad (we like to mix it with a bit of sour...

Fabulous Wheat Berry Salad

This is another one of Joan Heath’s excellent recipes, she says that it may be made ahead and refrigerated, without the nuts and sunflower seeds, for up to 3 days. While the cooking of the various grains may seem a bit fussy, the results are worth it. Serve the salad on a bed of spinach or baby...

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...

Honey-Tarragon Salad Dressing for Fresh Greens

This is my go-to dressing for summery greens. Use your imagination and add fresh summer fruit like blueberries or sliced strawberries, petals from a few favourite edible flowers…we love tulips, nasturtiums and begonia blossoms! All canola oil sold in Canada IS Canadian. Sadly, not the same for...

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...