Bacon Jam

bacon-jam

We love a good bacon jam — it’s so easy to make in the slow cooker. Make a batch over the holidays and serve it with baguette slices as an easy party food and then spread the leftovers on a flatbread crust for a pre-Christmas pizza night. Read More

Our New Favorite Flatbread

Our New Favorite Flatbread
This is really fun to make on family night. Yes, the salad goes on top - use your fingers!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 mild Italian or herb-flavored 4 pork sausages
  2. 3 tbsp olive oil, divided 45 mL
  3. 4 6-inch (15 cm) Greek-style pitas 4
  4. (no pockets), naan or
  5. other flatbread
  6. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  7. 2 red-skinned apples, thinly sliced 2
  8. 4 oz mild blue cheese, such as 125 g
  9. Cambozola, sliced, or Stilton,
  10. crumbled (see tip, opposite)
  11. 3 cups packed arugula or baby spinach 750 mL
  12. 1⁄4 cup chopped toasted pecans 60 mL
  13. (see tip, opposite)
  14. 2 to bottled honey Dijon 30 to
  15. 3 tbsp salad dressing 45 mL
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Remove sausages from casings and crumble. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, for 6 to 8 minutes or until well browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Place pitas on 2 large baking sheets. Brush tops with the remaining oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Arrange apple slices on pitas, followed by a layer of cheese. Scatter sausage on top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until cheese has melted and edges of pitas are browned.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss arugula and pecans with salad dressing. Cut each pita into quarters, then place on serving plates and push the pieces back together. Top each pita with arugula mixture.
  6. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
Notes
  1. Tip: Toasting nuts, seeds and shredded coconut helps to bring out their flavor. Although you can toast them in the oven, we have more success - and fewer burnt nuts - on the stovetop. Spread nuts, seeds or coconut in a dry nonstick skillet and cook over medium heat, shaking or stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes or until fragrant and lightly browned. Tip nuts onto a cold plate to stop the cooking process and let cool completely.
  2. Variation: For more kid appeal, replace the blue cheese with shredded sharp (old) Cheddar. You can also substitute canned peach slices, thoroughly drained, for the apples.
  3. Variation: Mango, tangerine, pear or other fruit-flavored salad dressings also work well with this recipe.
  4. Variation
  5. Orange Dijon Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil, 1 tbsp (15 mL) cider vinegar, 1 tbsp (15 mL) freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 tsp (5 mL) granulated sugar, 1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) Dijon mustard and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Toss with the arugula and pecans instead of the bottled dressing.
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Pulled Pork

 

 

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Whether you’re cooking for two or serving a busy family, slow cookers make easy work of creating delicious and soul-satisfying meals. We love being able to switch on the slow cooker in the morning, head out the door and then arrive home to a house filled with the mouthwatering aromas of dinner. 

 Shredded, or “pulled,” pork is the perfect slow cooker food and we think the BBQ flavours taste extra special in January when we all need a reminder of warm summer days. Enjoy!Read More

Pork Tenderloin with Honey-Glazed Apples

Pork Tenderloin with Honey-Glazed Apples
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Ingredients
  1. Marinade
  2. 1⁄3 cup apple juice 75 mL
  3. 1⁄4 cup liquid honey 60 mL
  4. 2 tbsp soy sauce 30 mL
  5. 2 tbsp vegetable oil 30 mL
  6. 1 tsp Dijon mustard 5 mL
  7. 4 green onions, chopped 4
  8. 2 cloves garlic, minced 2
  9. 1 tbsp grated gingerroot 15 mL
  10. 2 lbs pork tenderloin 1 kg
  11. Glazed Apples
  12. 1 tbsp butter 15 mL
  13. 1 tbsp liquid honey 15 mL
  14. 1 tbsp lemon juice 15 mL
  15. 2 apples, peeled and thinly sliced 2
Instructions
  1. Put marinade ingredients into a large sealable plastic bag and mix. Add pork. Seal and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours. Remove pork and place in shallow dish. Pour marinade over.
  2. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 40 to 50 minutes. Cover and let stand 10 minutes.
  3. To glaze apples: In frying pan, heat butter, honey and lemon juice together. Add apples and toss to coat. Cook 2 to 3 minutes. Slice pork and spoon glazed apples over top. Enjoy!
  4. Serves 4.
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Beef Bourguignon

Beef bourguignon, An Elegant and Delicious French Stew to share with good friends

Beef Bourguignon
Serves 8
An elegant French stew for 8 good friends
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Ingredients
  1. 1⁄2 lb thick-sliced bacon 250 g
  2. 12 to 15 small whole onions, peeled, or 4 handfuls pearl onions, skins removed
  3. 3 lbs lean beef chuck, cut into 1.5 kg 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
  4. Olive oil
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 3 TBSP flour 45 mL
  7. Salt and black pepper to taste
  8. 3 cups dry red wine 750 mL
  9. 2 cups beef broth 500 mL
  10. Bay leaf
  11. 1⁄2 TSP dried thyme 2 mL
  12. 2 cups sliced mushrooms 500 mL
  13. 4 to 6 large carrots, peeled and 4 to 6 cut in bite-size pieces
  14. 2 TBSP butter 30 mL
  15. Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). In a Dutch oven, sauté bacon until crisp. Remove, cool and coarsely chop. Reserve 1 to 2 TBSP (15 to 30 mL) bacon drippings. Add onions and sauté lightly; remove to another dish.
  2. Add beef to pot (and some oil if necessary) and brown over medium-high heat for 5 minutes; add garlic for the last minute (be careful not to burn). Sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper; stir until flour begins to brown. Add wine, beef broth, bay leaf and thyme. Stir to loosen browned bits on bottom of pot, add onions, cover and place in oven for at least 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, lightly sauté mushrooms and carrots in butter and set aside. Remove pot from oven, add sautéed veggies and return to oven for another 1⁄2 hour. If more liquid is needed, add beef broth. Garnish with parsley.
Notes
  1. Serve with beaucoup baguettes . . . c’est si bon!
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Shepherd’s Pie

This comfort-food favourite tastes even better topped with garlic mashed potatoes

Shepherd’s Pie
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Ingredients
  1. THIS COMFORT-FOOD FAVORITE TASTES EVEN BETTER TOPPED WITH GARLIC MASHED POTATOES.
  2. INGREDIENTS
  3. 11⁄2 LBS. LEAN GROUND BEEF OR GROUND 750 g
  4. LEFT-OVER ROAST
  5. 1 CUP CHOPPED ONIONS 250 mL
  6. 2 GARLIC CLOVES, MINCED 2
  7. 1⁄4 CUP FLOUR 60 mL
  8. SALT & PEPPER TO TASTE
  9. 1⁄4 TSP. DRIED THYME 1 mL
  10. 1⁄4 TSP. DRIED SAVORY 1 mL
  11. 10 OZ. CAN BEEF BROTH 284 mL
  12. 1⁄2 CAN WATER 1⁄2
  13. 2 TSP. WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE 10 mL
  14. 1 BAY LEAF 1
  15. 1⁄2 CUP FINELY DICED CARROTS 125 mL
  16. 1⁄2 CUP FROZEN CORN 125 mL
  17. GARLIC MASHED POTATOES
  18. 2 LBS. POTATOES (5–6 MEDIUM), PEELED 1 kg
  19. AND CUBED
  20. 6 GARLIC CLOVES, PEELED & LIGHTLY 6
  21. CRUSHED
  22. 3⁄4 CUP BUTTERMILK OR 2% MILK 175 mL
  23. SALT & PEPPER TO TASTE
  24. 1 EGG, LIGHTLY BEATEN 1
Instructions
  1. USING A LARGE NONSTICK FRYING PAN, COOK GROUND BEEF OVER MEDIUM HEAT UNTIL NO LONGER PINK. BREAK MEAT UP AS IT COOKS. ADD ONIONS AND GARLIC; COOK UNTIL SOFTENED. STIR IN FLOUR, SALT, PEPPER, THYME AND SAVORY. ADD BROTH, WATER, WORCESTERSHIRE,BAY LEAF AND CARROTS. SIMMER, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY, FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES, OR UNTIL QUITE THICK AND CARROTS ARE TENDER. STIR IN CORN. REMOVE BAY LEAF. SPREAD MIXTURE IN A DEEP CASSEROLE. LET COOL SLIGHTLY.
  2. TO MAKE GARLIC MASHED POTATOES: PLACE POTATOES IN A SAUCEPAN WITH GARLIC AND COVER WITH WATER. ADD SALT, BRING TO BOIL AND SIMMER GENTLY UNTIL TENDER. DRAIN WELL AND MASH. BEAT IN BUTTERMILK, SALT AND PEPPER. RESERVE 1 TBSP.(15 mL) OF BEATEN EGG AND ADD REMAINDER TO MIXTURE. SPREAD POTATO MIXTURE OVER MEAT AND BRUSH WITH RESERVED EGG. BAKE AT 350°F (180°C) FOR 40–45 MINUTES.
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