Parmesan Crisps

Delicious with soups or salads (or just nibbling a few at a time)

Parmesan Crisps
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 Cup (175mL) coarsely shredded fresh parmesan cheese
  2. 1 Tsp. Flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. (180C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or coat with vegetable oil. In a small bowl, stir cheese and flour together. Spoon 1 rounded teaspoon cheese mixture onto baking sheet. Gently spread mixture to form small circles about 2″ in diameter. Fill sheet with 4 or 5 circles, leaving at least 2″ between each one. Bake in center of oven until golden, about 5-7 minutes. Cool crisps completely on baking sheet before removing. Repeat until all cheese mixture is used. Crisps can made up to 1 day before serving. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Makes 10-12 crisps.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. (180C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or coat with vegetable oil. In a small bowl, stir cheese and flour together. Spoon 1 rounded teaspoon cheese mixture onto baking sheet. Gently spread mixture to form small circles about 2″ in diameter. Fill sheet with 4 or 5 circles, leaving at least 2″ between each one. Bake in center of oven until golden, about 5-7 minutes. Cool crisps completely on baking sheet before removing. Repeat until all cheese mixture is used. Crisps can made up to 1 day before serving. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Makes 10-12 crisps.
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Vegetable Couscous

This recipe is incredibly flexible…. if you’re a vegetarian, simply use vegetable broth otherwise use chicken broth and serve this couscous dish with grilled chicken breasts that have been marinated in Italian dressing

Vegetable Couscous
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Ingredients
  1. Vegetable Couscous
Ingredients
  1. 1 onion, chopped
  2. 1 red pepper, chopped
  3. 1 green pepper, chopped
  4. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  5. 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  7. 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  8. 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  9. 3 – 4 roma tomatoes, chopped
  10. 1 cup frozen peas
  11. 1 cup garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained
  12. 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  13. 1 cup couscous
  14. 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  15. 1 lemon cut in wedges
  16. fresh parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Saute onion and peppers in oil until they begin to soften. Stir in garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper. Add broth, tomatoes, peas, garbanzo beans and carrots. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add couscous to vegetabe mixture. Cover and simmer 1 minute more. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. When serving, fluff couscous with fork. Garnish with artichoke hearts, lemon wedges and parsley. Serves 6-8. Serve with grilled chicken breasts – very healthy!
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Instructions
  1. Saute onion and peppers in oil until they begin to soften. Stir in garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper. Add broth, tomatoes, peas, garbanzo beans and carrots. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add couscous to vegetabe mixture. Cover and simmer 1 minute more. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. When serving, fluff couscous with fork. Garnish with artichoke hearts, lemon wedges and parsley. Serves 6-8. Serve with grilled chicken breasts – very healthy!
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Orzo with Veggies

Excellent make-ahead salad and a  great complement to grilled meats

Orzo with Veggies
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Ingredients
  1. 6 oz. (170 g) snow or sugar snap peas, trimmed
  2. 2 cups orzo
  3. 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters and seeded
  4. 1 cup seeded, chopped cucumber
  5. 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  6. 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  7. 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. Lemon Garlic Dressing
  10. 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  11. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  12. 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  13. 1 tsp. minced garlic
  14. 1/2 cup salad oil
  15. salt and pepper
  16. lettuce for garnish
Instructions
  1. To make salad: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add peas and cook 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, remove peas to a strainer, rinse under cold water and drain on a paper towel. Add orzo to same pot and boil until tender but still firm to bite (about 10 minutes). Drain, cool and place in a large bowl. Add peas, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, parsley and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. To Make Dressing: Combine lemon zest, juice, vinegar and garlic in medium bowl. Gradually blend in oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour half the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Cover salad and remaining dressing and chill. Let sit at least 6 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving. To serve, toss salad with remaining dressing to coat generously. Line shallow serving bowl with lettuce and mound salad in center. Serves 6-8
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Curried Apple and Sweet Potato Pilaf

This is a great accompaniment for ham and serves 4 -5

Curried Apple and Sweet Potato Pilaf
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) olive oil
  2. 1/2 cup 9125 mL) chopped green onions
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 cup (250 mL) uncooked long-grain rice
  5. 2 cups (500 mL) water
  6. 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) peeled & diced sweet potato
  7. 2 cups (500 mL) peeled & cubed Granny Smith apples
  8. 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen green peas
  9. 1/4 cup (60 mL) currants
  10. 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) curry powder
  11. 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) cumin
  12. 1/4 tsp. (1 mL) salt
  13. pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; saute 1 minute. Stir in rice and saute 1 minute. Add water and sweet potato; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes, or until liquid is almost absorbed. Stir in apple, peas, currants and seasonings. Cover and simmer 3 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.
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Caramelized Onion and Potato Flan

This is one of the first recipes Chef Vincent shared with us for “A Year of the Best” and it’s excellent with ham

Caramelized Onion and Potato Flan
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp. butter
  2. 2 large onions
  3. 6-8 medium baker potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  4. salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  5. 1/2 -3/4 lb. Emmenthal or Gruyere cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. In large frying pan over medium heat, saute onions in butter until deep golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cook slowly to caramelize.
  2. Grease a 9″x13″ pan or large round baking dish. Layer half the potato slices in a shingle fashion and season. Top with half the onions and Emmenthal. Repeat next layer, ending with cheese. Bake at 350 F. for 50 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender. Cut in squares or wedges to serve.
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Lemon Risotto

This delicious recipe transforms simple rice into a wonderful dinner or side dish and it’s excellent with grilled seafood or chicken

Lemon Risotto
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Ingredients
  1. This delicious recipe transforms simple rice into a wonderful dinner or side dish. Excellent with grilled seafood or chicken.
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1 1/2 cups sliced shitake mushrooms
  3. 2 shallots or green onions, thinly sliced
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. dash of pepper
  6. 1 cup arborio or short grain rice
  7. 2 cups chicken stock
  8. 1/2 cup dry white wine or water
  9. 1 large carrot cut into 1″ matchsticks
  10. 1 small bunch aspargus spears, cut into 1″ pieces
  11. 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  12. 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  13. fresh basil or parsley
Instructions
  1. In large saucepan, heat oil and cook mushrooms, shallots, garlic and pepper until vegetables are tender but not brown.
  2. Add rice and cook and stir 2 minutes more. Stir broth and wine into rice mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes (do not lift cover). Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in carrots, asparagus, Parmesan and lemon zest. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Add a little additional water, if necessary for the desired consistency.
  4. Garnish with basil or parsley.
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