Soy Ginger Flank Steak

This is the absolute easiest thing to grill when you have a crowd coming over. Just be sure to plan far enough ahead to let the steak marinate — you need to let those flavours make their way into the meat

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Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers

It is finally here! Time to celebrate and enjoy Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers. It is chock full of recipes that are perfect for helping to get you through the week, any time of the year. 

For many of us, October officially kicks off entertaining season and is the perfect time of year to enjoy so many seasonal and tasty foods. We hope that you are able to pop into a market, visit a farm, or harvest your own garden bounty and enjoy it with those that you love. 

And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, thoughts of family gatherings are strong with all of us. We love sharing these special times along with delicious food with family and friends, while creating memories for our children and grandchildren. Whether you are making dinner this Thanksgiving or have been asked to bring a dish, Best of Bridge has you covered.

Happy Thanksgiving and Harvest Time! 

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Pork Carnitas

A pot of flavorful braised pork shoulder is a great way to feed a small crowd — set out tortillas or taco shells and accompaniments like salsa verde, avocado, cilantro, lime wedges and sour cream, and let everyone build their own. If you like, swap beef brisket for the pork shoulder, for beef carnitas — “little meats.”

 

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Salsa Verde

The name just means “green sauce.” This recipe — not to be confused with the Mexican sauce of the same name, made with tomatillos — is so easy to make, and is a perfect accompaniment to rich meats. We particularly like it with pork shoulder steaks.

2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup (125 mL) packed fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley leaves (about 1 small bunch)
Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
1-1/2 tbsp (22 mL) lemon juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) red wine vinegar
1/3 cup (75 mL) olive oil

In a food processor, combine garlic, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice and vinegar; pulse, scraping down the bowl a few times, until very finely chopped. With the motor running, through the feed tube, add oil in a thin stream and process until nearly smooth (it will be very green, with some flecks remaining). Keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days.Read More

Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  2. 2 to 3 green onions, chopped
  3. 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  4. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  5. 2 tsp grated fresh ginger 10 mL
  6. 1⁄2 cup hoisin sauce 125 mL
  7. Butter or leaf lettuce leaves
Instructions
  1. Combine chicken, green onions, red pepper, garlic, ginger and hoisin sauce in the bowl of a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until chicken is very tender.
  3. Shred the chicken with two forks. Serve in a bowl, with lettuce leaves alongside to fill, wrap and eat.
Notes
  1. Serves 4 to 6
  2. Variation
  3. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Ditch the ginger and swap 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) Buffalo-style hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot) and 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) butter for the hoisin sauce.
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Seafood Kabob

No fuss gourmet. Serve this with salad for a  low cal and delicious dinner

 

Seafood Kabob
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz scallops 250 g
  2. 12 oz raw shrimp (tails on) 375 g
  3. 1 cantaloupe melon (30 balls) 1
  4. 1 honeydew melon (30 balls) 1
  5. 1⁄4 cup lemon juice 60 mL
  6. 2 tbsp butter, melted 30 mL
  7. 1⁄4 cup brie cheese (remove skin) 60 mL
  8. 1⁄4 cup light cream 60 mL
Instructions
  1. On six 8-inch (20 cm) skewers, alternate seafood and melon balls. Mix lemon juice and butter. Broil kabobs 10 minutes, turning and brushing occasionally with lemon juice mixture. (Seafood should be opaque.) In a small saucepan, melt cheese and gradually whisk in cream. Drizzle the cheese mixture over kabobs. Broil until golden brown. Serve over rice. Serves 6.
Notes
  1. Note: 2 lbs (1 kg) of firm fish such as monkfish, shark or swordfish is a tasty alternative to the scallops and shrimp.
  2. What you seize is what you get!
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Lavender Butterscotch Blondies

Dried lavender — the kind that can be added to baked goods to give it a distinctive flowery taste — is becoming more and more readily available across the country. But once you’ve got your hands on a jar of these little purple buds, what do you do with it? A little bit of lavender goes a long way; the flavour is strong and you have to make sure it complements your other ingredients. That said, if the flavour appeals to you, a pinch of lavender can take an otherwise ordinary dessert from plain to special occasion-worthy.

We’re big fans of blondies. Like brownies, they’re chewy and delicious, but without the fudgey-ness there’s more room to play with different flavours and add-ins. These blondies combine lavender with good ol’ butterscotch chips for an easy, but slightly fancier treat. Read More

Chicken Breasts Stuffed With Asparagus

Celebrate the rites of spring

Chicken Breasts Stuffed With Asparagus
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Whole chicken breasts, halved, boned and pounded
  2. 24 medium asparagus spears, lightly blanched
  3. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  4. 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  5. 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  6. 1/4 cup white wine
  7. 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  8. 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  9. 2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley
  10. Book Reference – The Best of the Best – Vol. 1 (Page: 212), Aces (Page: 120
Instructions
  1. Prepare chicken and asparagus. Combine butter, mustard, garlic and wine. Dip chicken breasts in this mixture to coat. Place 3 asparagus spears on each breast and roll securing with a toothpick. Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan and parsley together and roll breasts in this mixture. Bake 30 minutes at 350 F. Serves 4 – 6. Pass the blender hollandaise sauce and hear the raves.
Notes
  1. Serves 4 – 6. Pass the blender hollandaise sauce and hear the raves.
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Traditional Strawberry Jam

It’s strawberry season! The flavor, texture and appearance of this jam outshines a store-bought version every time. The difference is amazing and store-bought can’t hold a candle to jam you make at home, where you hand-select the fruit and other ingredients and add a little love to every jar. 

Traditional Strawberry Jam
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Ingredients
  1. Strawberry jam is one of the most popular preserves to make, especially when local fruit is in season. This recipe uses the long-boil method, with no added pectin.
  2. 6 cups crushed strawberries 1.5 L
  3. 3 tbsp lemon juice 45 mL
  4. 5 cups granulated sugar 1.25 L
Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, combine strawberries and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar in a steady stream, stirring constantly. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium-high and boil rapidly, stirring often and reducing heat further as mixture thickens, for 20 to 22 minutes or until thickened. Test for setting point (see page 24). Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Stir for 5 to 8 minutes to prevent floating fruit.
  2. Ladle into sterilized jars to within 1⁄4 inch (0.5 cm) of rim; wipe rims. Apply prepared lids and rings; tighten rings just until fingertip-tight. Process jars in boiling water canner (see page 27) for 10 minutes. Transfer jars to a towel-lined surface and let rest at room temperature until set. Check seals; refrigerate any unsealed jars for up to 3 weeks. Makes about five 8-ounce (250 mL) jars.
  3. Tip: If you leave the lemon juice out of strawberry jam, it will not set — strawberries are not high enough in acid.
Notes
  1. Tip: If you leave the lemon juice out of strawberry jam, it will not set — strawberries are not high enough in acid.
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Pineapple, Rhubarb, Watermelon and Mango Sorbets

Sorbet is so simple to make – and the flavour is amazing

 

Pineapple, Rhubarb, Watermelon and Mango Sorbets
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Ingredients
Simple Syrup
  1. 1 1/2 cups water
  2. 1 1/2 cups berry sugar
Pineapple Sorbet
  1. 1 large whole pineapple, peeled and cored
  2. 2 cups simple syrup
  3. 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Rhubarb Sorbet
  1. 5 cups diced rhubarb
  2. 1 1/4 cups simple syrup
  3. 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Watermelon Sorbet
  1. 1/4 medium-sized watermelon, skin and seeds removed
  2. 1 cup simple syrup
  3. 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mango Sorbet
  1. 3 ripe mangoes, peeled
  2. 1/2 cup simple syrup
  3. 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Instructions
To make Simple Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan bring water and sugar to a boil. Simmer until sugar has dissolved. Yields 2 1/2 cups.
PINEAPPLE SORBET
  1. Cut pineapple into chunks and puree in food processor. Mix 2 1/2 cups pureed pulp with simple syrup and lemon juice. Strain through sieve. Freeze in a 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. When solid, break into pieces and pulse in chilled food processor until smooth. Store in plastic container in freezer for up to 2 weeks.
RHUBARB SORBET
  1. Puree rhubarb in food processor. Strain through sieve or cheesecloth, pressing to extract all of the juice. Discard pulp. Mix juice together with simple syrup and lemon juice and freeze in a 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. Process as for Pineapple Sorbet.
WATERMELON SORBET
  1. Cut watermelon in pieces and puree in food processor. Mix 3 cups of puree with simple syrup and lemon juice. Freeze in a 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. Process as for Pineapple Sorbet.
MANGO SORBET
  1. Cut mango pulp from pit and puree in food processor. Mix 1 3/4 cups mango puree with simple syrup and lemon juice. Strain through sieve. Freeze in 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. Process as for Pineapple Sorbet
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A Sunday Suppers Favourite – Browned Butter Blondies

A pan of blondies can be stirred together in 5 minutes and slid into a warm oven as everyone sits down to eat; when it’s time for dessert, it’s ready. If you like, bake them in a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan and serve in slightly fancier wedges, with a scoop of ice cream.

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Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts Carbonara

Pasta carbonara (also known in less fancy circles as “bacon ‘n’ eggs pasta”) is delicious, but in the springtime, it’s nice to lighten up the classics with some green veg. This version of carbonara brings in Brussels sprouts and asparagus for some spring flavour. If you have a food processor, use it to get your sprouts nice and thin — if you don’t have one handy, just trim off the ends and loose outer leaves (and wash them!) and slice them as thinly as possible with a sharp knife. Read More

Our New Year’s Resolution

Hi Friends,

Last year was certainly an exciting one with the release of our new book, Best of Bridge Sunday Suppers, and a cross-country tour in which we were able to connect with so many of you.

We enjoyed a much-needed break to spend time with friends and family over the holiday season and we spent the first few weeks of January reflecting on resolutions for the new year ahead.

If we had to prioritize one resolution for 2018, it would be what we’re calling the “Sunday Suppers Resolution.” In 2018, we resolve to reserve a few Sundays each month to reconnect with those that mean the most to us over – you guessed it! – a truly fantastic meal.

We’re hoping that you will join us in making this one of your goals for the new year, and we have just the perfect cookbook to help you accomplish this!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2018!

 

Classic Gingerbread

Everyone needs a good gingerbread recipe in their repertoire; this is a classic, and can be used for gingerbread men or any other shape. If you want to hang them, poke a hole with a straw near the top of each cookie before baking, and slide a string or ribbon through after they cool. Decorate with royal frosting, which will harden and not be sticky. To make chocolate gingerbread, swap about 1/3 cup of the flour for cocoa.

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