End of Summer Zucchini Casserole

Fall Vegetables and Sides, Summer Vegetables and Sides

We’ve headed into fall and the remaining Romanesco zucchini need to be used…now what? I’d pretty much run through the  “zucchini repertoire” and I needed to come up with something for dinner.  There’s that leftover barbecued corn from the night before…hmmm.   Here it is…kind of macaroni and cheese without the macaroni using zucchini and corn instead! …

Anne’s “Cheater” Pickled Beets

Fall Vegetables and Sides, Spring Vegetables and Sides, Summer Vegetables and Sides, Winter Vegetables and Sides

When I was working in the executive dining room, we made these every couple of weeks and now, for old time’s sake, I make them at Christmas. My Mom always made pickled beets from scratch which included growing her own beets! Molto lavoro (much work); this seems a whole lot easier to me!  I love pickled beets! …

Corn On The Cob Butters

Fall Vegetables and Sides, Fundamentals, Summer Vegetables and Sides

A couple of ideas to slather on fresh, fantastic, local corn! Lime-Chive Butter ½ cup (4 oz.) unsalted butter, room temperature 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh chives 2 tsp. fresh lime juice 1 tsp. finely grated lime peel ½ tsp. fine sea salt ¼ tsp. Hungarian sweet paprika Pinch of cayenne pepper Mix all ingredients …

Caponata (Sweet And Sour Eggplant)

Summer Appetizers, Summer Vegetables and Sides

You just gotta love summer! It’s delicious! The recipe makes a lot, but it keeps very well, for up to 1 week. It’s bit time consuming but I think the end result is well worth it and you can cut up everything but the eggplant the day before. Terrific to have in the fridge in …

Crunchy Dill Pickles

Fundamentals, Summer Vegetables and Sides

Dill pickles are one of the things that we like a lot at our house. We have been canning/preserving them every year for it seems like forever…and when you present a jar to friends, are they ever happy! Cold, crisp and crunchy! We now get our organic dill cucumbers, dill weed and garlic from our local …

Green Beans With Shallots And Lemon

Summer Vegetables and Sides

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. This has been my go-to for making green beans for many years…they seem to go with everything and most people like them! The lemon adds a nice citrusy zing!  When I make this  with locally grown beans it’s pretty awesome! Makes 8 – 10 Servings 2 – …

Phyllis’ Tomato Salsa

Summer Appetizers, Summer Mains, Summer Vegetables and Sides

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. A good salsa is a wonderful thing! This version has both grape tomatoes and Sungold’s from the plants in our backyard. It certainly makes an eye catching and delicious salsa! Terrific on burritos, tacos or as a topping for grilled fish or chicken. You know …

Grilled Artichokes With EVOO, Lemon And Mint

Barbequing and Grilling, Fall Appetizers, Fall Vegetables and Sides, Summer Appetizers, Summer Vegetables and Sides

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. We are lucky enough to get local artichokes from Glen Valley Artichokes at both Kits Farmer’s Market and Yaletown. The first time I made this recipe we shared the artichokes with our neighbours; they made quite the impression! I know artichokes are a bit fiddly to prep. …

Grilled Mushroom And Onion Packages

Barbequing and Grilling, Summer Vegetables and Sides

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. This makes a really good side dish for all sorts of meats as well as a delicious topping for grilled steaks; add a nice bottle of red vino & you’re good to go! Makes 4 Servings ¾ lb. brown mushrooms, sliced 2 large onions, thinly …

Green Corn Tamale Casserole

Fall Vegetables and Sides, Spring Vegetables and Sides, Summer Vegetables and Sides, Winter Vegetables and Sides

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. Known as Tamal de Elote en Cazuela in Mexico, I make this casserole quite often. It’s a really tasty dish to serve as part of a Mexican meal or with BBQ ribs, chicken or as a vegetarian main course with some Mexican beans and a …