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,...

Maple Bacon Crêpes

What a tremendous brunch or supper dish!  For Crepe Stuffing:  4 eggs (sunny-side up) 1 package local maple smoked bacon, fried or baked 1 package local breakfast maple sausages, pan fried and sliced into rounds 2 large potatoes washed, peeled, cubed small, seasoned and pan fried (hash browns)...

Bacon Fat Caramels

A candy thermometer is absolutely essential for this recipe.  They’re inexpensive and a terrific tool for any serious kitchen. 1 cup whipping cream (35%) 5 tbsp smoked bacon fat (which is about the amount rendered by cooking one pound of bacon in the oven, on a rack or in a pan) 1 tsp salt 1...

Spicy Barbecue Sauce

My recipes often have stories and this one sure does. I flew across from Prince Rupert on a huge Sikorski helicopter and landed at Langara Lightstation where, at that time, the Brunn family were the lighthouse keepers.  Ken loved to grill things, especially salmon.  This is a modified version of...

The Art & Science of Homemade Ice Cream

Summertime and Ice Cream together so we thought it’d be fun to let readers learn from the master ice cream maker himself.  But first a little background. Dairy Processing Education at the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, has been part of our mandate for nearly 140 years....

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...

Battery Park Stout Cake

This great cake comes from the kitchens of Dartmouth’s  Battery Park where they brew one of the main ingredients…stout!   1/2 cup (125ml) local stout (dark ale)* 1/2 cup (125ml) unsalted butter 1/3 cup (80ml) cocoa powder 1 cup (250ml) all-purpose flour 1 cup (250ml) white sugar 1 tsp...

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...