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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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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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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How to Roast a Turkey

Easter is coming up quickly, and many families roast a turkey instead of a ham – it’s perfect for feeding a crowd, and provides an excuse to make (and eat) stuffing! If you have a turkey on your menu this weekend, here’s a refresher. We took some guidance from local experts Darrel Winter and Corinne Dahm, who have been raising free range turkeys in the small hamlet of Dalemead, 20 minutes south of Calgary, since 1977, in the same house Darrel grew up in.

Thawing: To quickly thaw a frozen turkey, place it (still wrapped) in a deep sink or a large container, such as a cooler or Tupperware bin, and cover completely with cold water. Allow 1 hour per pound of turkey (2 hours per kg) to thaw. Alternatively, sit it in a large roasting pan (to catch any drips) in the refrigerator and allow 5 hours per pound (10 hours per kg) – keep in mind that large birds can take days to thaw.

Stuffing: Spoon stuffing loosely into the cavity of the bird just before roasting; never pack it tight or stuff your turkey the day before. When you’re ready to eat, remove the stuffing before carving and if you like, pop it in the microwave for a few minutes to ensure it’s thoroughly heated through. Alternatively, bake your dressing in a casserole dish alongside your turkey, and stuff a handful of fresh herbs, a halved head of garlic and/or lemon into the cavity instead. Unstuffed turkeys will cook more quickly.

Seasoning: Place the bird breast side up on a rack in roasting pan, pat dry with a paper towel and rub the skin with soft butter or canola oil. Season the skin and inside the cavity with salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, cayenne, thyme, rosemary or your favourite herbs and spices. If you’re using one, insert an oven-safe thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, being careful to not touch the bone.

Roasting: Cover loosely with foil or a lid and roast in a preheated 325° oven. The general rule of thumb for oven cooking a stuffed turkey at 325° F is 15 minutes per pound (30 minutes per kg). If you choose to baste your turkey, limit the number of times you open and close your oven – once an hour is sufficient. Begin checking for doneness about one hour before the end of the recommended roasting time, and keep in mind that fresh turkeys cook faster. Uncover about an hour before the end of the cooking time for crispy, golden skin. Your turkey is done when a meat thermometer inserted into meaty part of the inner thigh reads 180° F for a stuffed turkey or 170° F for an unstuffed turkey. Temperature is the best indication of doneness, as the juices may still have a slight pink tinge.

Resting: Cover your turkey loosely with foil and let it stand for at least 15 minutes while you make the gravy – this will help retain its juices, keeping the meat tender and easier to carve.

Sticky Honey-Garlic Chicken Drumsticks

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Chicken drumsticks are my son’s favourite – and if I’m honest, I secretly love them too. They’re inexpensive, perfect for eating with your fingers, and are like a meatier version of chicken wings – more meat, less skin, but still wonderfully, finger-lickin’ sticky. I recently tried a version with honey and garlic – my favourite style of chicken wing – and they were a dinnertime hit.

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