RATATOUILLE
Feb26

RATATOUILLE

8 servings | 50 min INGREDIENTS: 3 onions500 g tomatoes500 g peppers (red, yellow and green)500 g zucchini500 g of eggplants100 ml of olive oil2 cloves of garlic1 sprig of thyme1 bay leaf1 pinch of saffron threadspepper, freshly groundsalt DIRECTIONS: Wash and prep the vegetables. Slice the onions, core the tomatoes and cut into cubes. Halve the peppers; deseed and remove all the white parts, then cut into julienne strips. Cut the...

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CRÈME BRÛLÉE
Feb26

CRÈME BRÛLÉE

6 servings | 30 min INGREDIENTS: 350 ml heavy cream1 vanilla bean85 g granulated sugar4 egg yolks DIRECTIONS: Pour the heavy cream into a saucepan. Split the vanilla bean in half, then scrape out the seeds. Add the vanilla pod, the vanilla seeds, and half of the sugar to the heavy cream. Cook over medium heat for five minutes, or until boiling. Remove the vanilla pod. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks with the remaining sugar until...

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VOL-AU-VENT
Feb26

VOL-AU-VENT

Prep Time: 1 hour | Cook Time: 30 min | Servings: 18 INGREDIENTS: 18 puff pastry shells thaw and cook per package directions1¼ lb boneless skinless chicken breasts4 ozs butter 1 stick8 ozs mushrooms cut in quarters or eights depending on size1 clove garlic minced1 tsp fresh thyme leaves chopped¼ cup white wine¼ cup all-purpose flour2 cups chicken stock1 tbsp dijon mustard¼ cup whipping creampinch salt and pepper to taste1 medium egg...

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SOUPE À L’OIGNON GRATINÉE
Feb26

SOUPE À L’OIGNON GRATINÉE

6 servings | 60 min INGREDIENTS: 250 grams of onions25 grams of flour2 liters of consommé or waterbutterbread, sliced and driedcheese, grated, preferably Gruyère or Comté DIRECTIONS: Start by preparing the bread. Arrange the slices of bread on a baking tray, sprinkle with grated cheese and broil in a pre-heated oven at 180 °C. When browned, take out of the oven and set aside. Next, fry the onions. In a large pan add butter and sliced...

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QUICHE LORRAINE
Feb26

QUICHE LORRAINE

8 servings | 30 min INGREDIENTS: SHORTCRUST PASTRY 200g flour100g butter1 pinch of saltcold water, as needed FILLING 4 eggs200 ml crème fraîche200g smoked baconpepper & nutmeg, as desired (optional) DIRECTIONS: Set the oven to preheat to 200°C. Place flour and salt into a large bowl, add the cubes of butter, and work the butter into the flour with your fingers until the mixture becomes breadcrumb-like. Knead, adding cold water...

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BEEF BOURGUIGNON
Feb26

BEEF BOURGUIGNON

6 servings | 210 min INGREDIENTS: STEW 6 oz chunk of bacon, cut into small cubes1 tbsp olive oil3 lbs beef chuck, cut into 2-inch cubes1 carrot, peeled and sliced1 onion, peeled and sliced1 tsp salt¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper2 tbsp flour3 cups of red wine (a full-bodied young wine like Bordeaux or Burgundy or Chianti)2 -3 cups beef stock (preferably homemade)1 tbsp tomato paste2 garlic cloves, mashed1 sprig thyme (or 1/2 tsp...

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DRINKS from Around the World: FRANCE
Feb26

DRINKS from Around the World: FRANCE

FRENCH CONNECTION INGREDIENTS: 1 1/6 oz (1 part) Cognac1 1/6 oz (1 part) Disaronno liqueur PREPARATION: Pour all ingredients directly into old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently. SERVED: On the rocks; poured over ice DRINKWARE: Old Fashioned glass THE BOULEVARDIER INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ ozs bourbon, preferably Maker’s Mark¾ oz sweet vermouth, preferably Dolin Rouge¾ oz CampariTwist of orange peel, for garnish PREPARATION:...

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Jerk Chicken Marinade
Feb26

Jerk Chicken Marinade

Chiquitita EVOO, Key Lime White Balsamic, & Red Cayenne Chili Fused Olive Oil INGREDIENTS: MARINADE 1 kg cubed chicken breast½ yellow onion, roughly chopped6 garlic cloves1/2 cup Chiquitita Extra Virgin Olive Oil3 tbsp Key Lime White Balsamic Vinegar2 tbsp fresh thyme2 tbsp minced ginger2 tbsp allspice2 tbsp brown sugar2 tbsp Red Cayenne Chili Fused Olive Oil1 tsp kosher salt1 tsp cracked black pepper½ tsp nutmeg SKEWER 3 bell...

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Apple Butter Recipe
Feb26

Apple Butter Recipe

spread it on buttered toastadd it to bbq saucetry it on a burgertop your pancakes or waffles with itadd it to your charcuterie board INGREDIENTS: 5 lb cooking apples1 cup apple cider2 tbsp orange juice1 cup brown sugar1/2 cup granulated sugar DIRECTIONS: Combine the apples, cider, and orange juice in a large Dutch oven and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft...

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RESTAURANT FEATURE: Black Birch Restaurant
Feb26

RESTAURANT FEATURE: Black Birch Restaurant

A community is only as strong as the people who contribute to it. While a community can be a wonderful place to turn to for support, encouragement and even entertainment from like minded people who understand your struggles as well as your successes, it cannot do this alone. It is so important to remember that every member of the community needs to do their part, giving back just as much, if not more, than they take. To steal the...

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Endless Taste; Endless Flavour
Feb26

Endless Taste; Endless Flavour

Who doesn’t appreciate good food? You don’t need a cooking degree, a job at a fancy restaurant, or a refined palate to know that strong, vibrant flavours will certainly please everyone. In fact, there are likely few things in the world that please so universally as good food. Sure, we might all disagree on which flavours ‘reign supreme’, but we can all agree that nothing warms the heart like your favourite dish or a thrilling new...

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Drinks from Around the World: POLAND
Nov30

Drinks from Around the World: POLAND

POLISH STRAWBERRY KOMPOT (non-alcholic) INGREDIENTS: 2 litres (0.5 gallon) water125g nectarines500 g (1 lb) fresh strawberries1 tbsp citrus zest125g (0.25 lb) rhubarb, choppeda few mint leaves100g (8 tbsp) fine sugar DIRECTIONS: Bring the water to boil in a large pot. Wash strawberries, remove the caps. If they’re large, chop them. Keep small strawberries whole. Add sugar to the boiling water, stir. Drop in the fruit. Reduce the...

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Foods from Around the World: POLAND
Nov30

Foods from Around the World: POLAND

RYBA PO GRECKU – Greek style fish Prep: 10 min | Cook Time: 20 Min | Serves: 5 INGREDIENTS: 500g white fish fillets (cod, haddock, or any firm white fish)3 tbsp flour5 tbsp oil4 med carrots, coarsely grated2 med onions, chopped2 med parsnips, coarsely grated½ med celeriac (celery root), peeled & coarsely grated6 tbsp tomato paste5 tbsp fresh parsley1 large bay leaf2 allspice berries1 tsp paprika3 tbsp olive oil + more for...

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Christmas Tree Cheesecake Brownies
Nov30

Christmas Tree Cheesecake Brownies

(Family Features) Festive fun and baking holiday treats go hand-in-hand, and these Christmas Tree Cheesecake Brownies provide a perfect way to enjoy a holiday tradition in the kitchen with loved ones. Decorate your own version using green and white frosting, sprinkles of your choice and candy canes for “stumps” in the tree-shaped sweets. Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more holiday inspiration. Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 30 min |...

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Honey, Lavender, Beet, Cherry & Pecan Salad
Nov30

Honey, Lavender, Beet, Cherry & Pecan Salad

INGREDIENTS: SALAD: 3 med red beets1 large sweet potato (or 2 small to medium sized ones)1 cup quinoa, rinsed2 cups vegetable or chicken stock2 oranges, segmented1/2 cup sun-dried cherries1 cup candied pecans2 cups arugulaNocellara Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or any EVOO of your choice) DRESSING: 1/4 cup Lavender Dark Balsamic Vinegar1/2 cup Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil2 tbsp Honey2 tbsp Grainy mustard1/2 tbsp Kosher salt1 tsp Crushed...

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