New Potato Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette

Fall Salads, Summer Salads

Here’s a really lovely “new” potato salad.  My personal favourite potatoes to use in this salad are Sieglinde.  I think the lemon dressing adds a nice brightness. Makes 4 – 6 Servings 2 lbs. small new potatoes, unpeeled, Siegelinde (available at Helmer’s)** 1 tsp. lemon rind, finely grated 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 ½ tsp. …

Zucchini “Lasagne” With Tomato Sauce

Fall Mains, Summer Mains

Even though the ideal, or at least my ideal, is to barbecue all summer, I suppose it’s OK to have other options!  There’s no pasta in this “lasagne.” It’s really good!  Of course this is best made with in season zucchini, especially if you can find the Italian ridged ones! The lasagne could be served with …

Farro Risotto With Tomatoes

Fall Rice, Grains and Beans, Spring Vegetables and Sides, Summer Rice, Grains and Beans, Winter Rice, Grain and Beans

Since our first trip to Italy I have been a big fan of farro. Farro is made from Emmer Wheat, not spelt. The first time I had it was in a ribollita at La Bottega, a little restaurant in Volpaia, a small town in Chianti. I had read that the mother of the family who own …

Phyllis’ Mouth-watering Buttermilk Waffles

Fall Egg Dishes and Brunch, Spring Egg Dishes and Brunch, Summer Egg Dishes and Brunch, Winter Egg Dishes and Brunch

The batter for these waffles can be made the night before, an especially good thing for brunch entertaining!  I have included two fruit sauces that are delicious on waffles and we often add a few dollops of yogurt.  We also like using fresh fruit and some maple syrup. Make the Waffles: 2 cups sifted unbleached flour** 2 tsp. …

Coq au Vin – Chicken Braised in Red Wine

Fall Mains, Spring Mains, Winter Mains

My husband invited friends over for Sunday lunch. He suggested we make Coq au Vin and because we haven’t made this “French bistro favourite” for quite some time, I agreed! It’s definitely coming back into our repertoire! Over the years, the recipe from “Joy of Cooking”  has evolved. I figured adding some demi-glace to enrich the …

Braised Lamb Shanks With Dried Cherry Sauce

Fall Mains, Winter Mains

We love  lamb shanks! They are so almost falling off the bone scrumptious. Of course, if you can source local lamb, even better, the flavour is so delicate. We have found them to be smaller, so we adjust the cooking time slightly. Roasted veggies would be a nice accompaniment for the lamb but I have …

Barley Pilaf

Fall Rice, Grains and Beans, Spring Rice, Grains and Beans, Winter Rice, Grain and Beans

An old favourite of mine; excellent served with roast pork loin, especially a juicy, bone-in roast . I also use it as an accompaniment to my hazelnut chicken breasts and anything else that takes my fancy! Like I said before, I love barley. If I have leftovers, they will become part of a soup.  You …

Asian Beef Shortribs

Fall Mains, Winter Mains

My parents often cooked shortribs because they were one of the least expensive meats you could get from the butcher and we liked them a lot!  Those days are gone! It’s the same with oxtails. But they are so delicious that every once in a while we like to cook some for a treat. Chinese …

Tomato Beef Barley Soup

Fall Soups & Sandwiches, Winter Soups and Sandwiches

I have been making this comforting soup for a long time. I adore barley & I adore soup so… I make a large pot of soup and  freeze the leftovers.  The good news is I usually have all the ingredients on hand! It can be made the day before and stored, covered, in the fridge.  If you …

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Fall Soups & Sandwiches, Winter Soups and Sandwiches

There is something so tummy warming about the combination of squash with curry! The roasted red pepper drizzle is a nice, colourful touch. There is a very small amount of milk or cream to give the soup a bit of body and a bit of richness and a bit more deliciousness. Makes 6 Servings 2 …