Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Rum Glaze

Great for grilling in your shorts or parka – it’s really that good

Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Rum Glaze
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Ingredients
Rub
  1. 1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  2. 1 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
  3. 1 tsp. coriander
  4. 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  5. 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  6. 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. allspice
  8. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  9. 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  10. 8-10 chicken legs, rinsed and patted dry
  11. 1 1/2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  12. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  13. 2 green onions, minced
Pineapple Rum Glaze
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup dark rum
  4. 1/4 cup pineapple juice
Instructions
  1. To make rub: Combine ingredients and set aside.
  2. Place chicken in a 9×13″ pan and drizzle with oil, rubbing over chicken on all sides. Sprinkle rub, garlic and onions on the chicken, patting rub into meat with your fingers. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. To make glaze: combine ingredients in heavy saucepan and simmer 7-10 minutes over medium-high heat.
  4. Oil the grill and heat barbecue to high. Arrange chicken on grill. Brush with glaze and cook, turning frequently, until brown and no longer pink in the middle. Serve drizzled with any remaining glaze
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Island Pork Tenderloin Salad

The superb flavor of jerk pork – the perfect dinner for a summer’s day and while this recipe looks involved, it’s not

Island Pork Tenderloin Salad
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Ingredients
Pork rub
  1. 2 tsp. salt
  2. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  3. 1 tsp. ground cumin
  4. 1 tsp. chili powder
  5. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 2 – 3 pork tenderloins (21/2-3lb. total)
  7. 2 tbsp. olive oil
Glaze
  1. 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  2. 2 Tbsp. finely chopped garlic
  3. 1 Tbsp. tabasco
Vinaigrette
  1. 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  2. 1 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  3. 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  4. 1 tsp. curry powder
  5. 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  6. 1/2 cup olive oil
Salad
  1. 3 navel oranges, peeled, white pith removed
  2. 6 cups baby spinach, trimmed
  3. 4 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
  4. 1 red pepper, cut in thin strips
  5. 1/2 cup golden raisins
  6. 2 firm-ripe avocados, peeled and cut diagonally into thin slices
Salad
  1. 3 navel oranges, peeled, white pith removed
  2. 6 cups baby spinach, trimmed
  3. 4 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
  4. 1 red pepper, cut in thin strips
  5. 1/2 cup golden raisins
  6. 2 firm-ripe avocados, peeled and cut diagonally into thin slices
Instructions
  1. To Prepare Pork: Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon. Coat pork with spices. Heat oil in ovenproof frying pan over moderately high heat; brown pork, turning often. Leave in pan. To Make Glaze: Combine ingredients and pat onto tops of tenderloins. Roast in middle of oven for about 20 minutes. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. To Make Vinaigrette: Whisk together juices, mustard, curry powder and pepper. Add oil in a stream, whisking thoroughly. For the Salad: Cut oranges crosswise into thin slices. Toss spinach, cabbage, peppers and raisins in a large bowl with 1/2 cup vinaigrette. To Assemble Salad: cut pork at a 45 degree angle into 1/2″ slices. Line a large platter with dressed salad. Arrange sliced pork, oranges, and avocado in rows on top. Drizzle some vinaigrette over avocado and oranges. Pour juices from frying pan over pork.
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Pasta with Tomato Salsa and Feta

Serves 6. This is the perfect quick dinner for after work.

Pasta with Tomato Salsa and Feta
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Ingredients
  1. 6 fresh tomatoes
  2. 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, shave into ribbons
  3. 2 cups torn fresh spinach
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 1/3 cup olive oil
  6. 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  7. freshly ground pepper to taste
  8. 1 lb. (500g) penne
  9. 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  10. 3 Tbsp. pine nuts, toasted
  11. 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Cut an “X” through skin at bottom of each tomato. Blanch tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds. Plunge in cold water and peel off skin with sharp knife. Cut in half and remove seeds. Coarsely chop and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Add Parmesan, spinach, garlic, oil, basil and pepper to tomatoes.
  3. Cook penne in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and toss with tomato mixture. Top with feta and pine nuts and sprinkle with parsley.
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Sweet and Spicy Cashew Chicken

A delicious and colorful stir-fry that can be served over rice on a large platter or take the wok right to the table

Sweet and Spicy Cashew Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. Sauce
  2. 1/2 cup ketchup
  3. 4 tsp. soy sauce
  4. 1/2 tsp. salt
  5. 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  6. 3 Tbsp. sugar
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  8. 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  9. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  10. The Rest
  11. 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  12. 1/2 tsp. sugar
  13. 1/4 tsp. salt
  14. 3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  15. 1/4 cup oil
  16. 2-3 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  17. 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  18. 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  19. 2 red peppers, cut in strips
  20. 2 carrots, thinly sliced on diagonal
  21. 2 cups snow peas
  22. 1 1/2 cups cashews
  23. sprinkling of sesame seeds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Combine sauce ingredients and set aside. In a bowl, combine cornstarch, sugar and salt. Add chicken and toss. Heat wok or frying pan to highest heat. Add oil. Heat to hot, not smoking. Add chicken, ginger, garlic and onion. Stir until chicken is opaque (about 1 minute). Add peppers and carrots. Stir 2-3 minutes. Add peas and sauce. Cook until sauce comes to a boil. Add cashews and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
Instructions
  1. Combine sauce ingredients and set aside. In a bowl, combine cornstarch, sugar and salt. Add chicken and toss. Heat wok or frying pan to highest heat. Add oil. Heat to hot, not smoking. Add chicken, ginger, garlic and onion. Stir until chicken is opaque (about 1 minute). Add peppers and carrots. Stir 2-3 minutes. Add peas and sauce. Cook until sauce comes to a boil. Add cashews and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
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Traditional Lasagne

A forever favourite 

Traditional Lasagne
Serves 8
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Ingredients
Meat Sauce
  1. 1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  2. 1 cup diced onions
  3. 1 garlic clove, minced
  4. 1-19 oz. can Italian tomatoes
  5. 1-14 oz. can tomato sauce
  6. 1 – 5 1/2 oz. can tomato paste
  7. 1/2 cup red wine
  8. 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  9. 1 tsp. sugar
  10. salt and pepper to taste
  11. 1 tsp. basil
  12. 1 tsp. oregano
  13. 8 lasagne noodles, cooked according to package directions
  14. 2 cups ricotta or cottage cheese
  15. 1 lb. sliced mozzarella cheese
  16. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Brown beef, onions, and garlic. Drain off fat. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste, wine, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and seasonings. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. In a 9″x13″ pan, layer 1/2 of the meat sauce, 1/2 of the noodles, 1/2 of the ricotta cheese and 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with Parmesan and bake at 350 F. for 40 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with Caesar Salad (on the website). The meat sauce may be served over any cooked pasta.
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Tortilla Soup

This hearty southwestern soup makes a great meal for your family

Tortilla Soup
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Ingredients
Soup
  1. 2 Tbsp. oil 30 mL
  2. 3 corn tortillas, cut into 1″ pieces 3
  3. 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 125 mL
  4. 3 garlic cloves, minced 3
  5. 1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded & minced 1
  6. 2 Anaheim chilies, roasted, peeled, seeded & finely chopped 2
  7. 8 Roma tomatoes, seeded & diced 8
  8. 2 Tbsp. tomato paste 30 mL
  9. 2 tsp. cumin 10 mL
  10. 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1 mL
  11. 5 cups chicken stock 1.2 L
  12. 1 cup picante sauce (medium) 500 mL
  13. 2 whole cooked chicken breasts, shredded 2
  14. 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled & diced
Garnish
  1. 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese 125 mL
  2. 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional) 75 mL
  3. 2 corn tortillas 2
Instructions
To make soup
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the tortillas, reduce heat and cook until they are golden brown and slightly crisp. Add the onion And cook 3 minutes longer; add garlic and jalapeno pepper and cook another 2 minutes. Add the Anaheim chilies, tomatoes and tomato paste; Cook for 10 minutes. Stir in the cumin and cayenne. Slowly whisk in the chicken stock and picante sauce. Simmer the soup for about 20 minutes, or until slightly reduced. Add the shredded chicken and avocado and heat until warmed through.
To make garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180oC). Cut tortillas into strips. Place the strips on a baking sheet and cook for 10 – 15 minutes, or until crisp.
Notes
  1. To serve, ladle soup into 6 bowls and garnish with the grated cheese, cilantro and baked tortilla strips. Serves 6.
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