Swiss Chard Tart With Feta And Currants

Fall Appetizers, Fall Mains, Spring Appetizers, Spring Mains, Summer Appetizers, Summer Mains, Winter Appetizers, Winter Mains

I came across this recipe last year and have made it a few times since.  So far, everyone who has eaten it has given it two thumbs up!  And as Swiss chard is available for most of the year I think a good recipe to keep handy! For the Filling: 1 Tbsp. EVO 1 onion, …

Beer Braised Beef Stew

Fall Mains, Winter Mains

When fall and winter is upon us, there is nothing like a comforting, tummy warming stew. This is one of my all-time favourites. You can make it as spicy as you like and if you like to put potatoes in your stews,(I much prefer serving stew with mashed potatoes) you can change out the turnips for 4 …

Phyllis’ Cabbage Rolls

Fall Mains, Winter Mains

Makes a roasting pan full! And would be great as part of a casual potluck or a buffet! Cabbage Rolls hold a very special place in my heart. I am not sure where Mom got her recipe, probably from someone in her family. I have adapted her original recipe with a couple of my own …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Chicken Or Turkey Salad With Pears

Fall Mains, Fall Salads, Winter Mains, Winter Salads

The first time I made this salad was for the chairman of the organization I worked for. Later in the day he made a point of taking me aside and thanking me for “the best salad I have ever had”. Well, that’s definitely one big pat on the back! By the way, we love it …

Red Wine Braised Oxtails

Fall Mains, Winter Mains

Oxtails have to be one of my favourite things! They are so tender, unctuous and just plain lip-smacking good! This is a recipe I have made for years with a tweak here, and a tweak there along the way. Years ago oxtails were very inexpensive…not any more…I guess they have been “discovered”…never mind the stories …

German Style Meatballs with Ginger/Spice Sauce

Fall Mains, Spring Mains, Winter Mains

Meatballs are hard not to like! They’re quick and easy and you can have a meal on the table in no time, and child friendly too! I think these are especially good with mashed potatoes, Colcannon (a mashed potato/cabbage combo.) or buttered noodles and a green veg. Makes 4 Servings For the Meatballs: 1 large …