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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Clean Out the Fridge Crustless Quiche
Jun10

Clean Out the Fridge Crustless Quiche

When I first wrote this recipe for crustless quiche, my sons were teenagers and I was attempting to inspire them. Seemed to work as three have their chef’s papers.   There is never, ever a reason to buy a quiche. Period. The bit of flour that’s added helps it puff up and give the eggs some texture. And the bonus? It’s Canadian dairy and eggs at their very finest! You can add a myriad of extra ingredients….sautéed mushrooms, steamed...

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Sweet Potato and Curried Red Lentil Pizza
Mar18

Sweet Potato and Curried Red Lentil Pizza

A high protein, utterly delicious new way of making a pizza. ¾ cup (180 mL) dry red lentils 1½ (375 mL) cups water 1 Tbsp (15 mL)  olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped ½ small eggplant, diced 1 lb (500 g) sweet potato, cubed 1 can (28 oz – 796 mL) Italian Style diced tomatoes, un-drained 1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger 1½ (7 mL) tsp curry powder 1½ tbsp (22 mL) ground cumin Salt and pepper to taste 1 (12 inch)...

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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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Dressed up Wild Mushroom Mac & Cheese
Jul18

Dressed up Wild Mushroom Mac & Cheese

Canada produces several varieties of delicious mushrooms.  We love how this recipe uses a mix of mushrooms and is served with a cheesy, garlicky, fresh herb sauce. Comfort food at it’s finest!     Gouda mornay sauce: 6 tbsp (90 mL) unsalted butter 3 tbsp (45 mL) white truffle oil 1 onion, finely diced 1/2 cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) 2% milk 2 tsp (10 mL) fresh lemon juice 1 tsp (5 mL) kosher salt...

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