Halibut with Strawberry Basil Salsa

 The summery flavor of strawberries and basil lend a refreshing tang to tender halibut. This salsa is also good with salmon or red snapper

Halibut with Strawberry Basil Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. Strawberry Basil Salsa
  2. 11⁄2 cups chopped fresh strawberries 375 mL
  3. (about 8 oz/250 g)
  4. 1⁄2 cup drained canned mandarin orange 125 mL
  5. segments in juice, chopped
  6. (see tip)
  7. 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion 15 mL
  8. 1 tbsp shredded fresh basil 15 mL
  9. 1 to freshly squeezed lime juice 15 to
  10. 2 tbsp 30 mL
  11. 1⁄8 tsp salt 0.5 mL
  12. 1⁄8 tsp freshly ground black pepper 0.5 mL
  13. 4 skin-on or skinless halibut 4
  14. fillets (each about 6 oz/175 g)
  15. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  16. 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil 30 mL
Instructions
  1. Strawberry Basil Salsa: In a bowl, combine strawberries, mandarin oranges, onion, basil, 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 2 hours. Taste and add more lime juice, if desired.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or greased foil. Rinse halibut and pat dry with paper towels. (If the fish has been frozen and thawed, it will be quite wet, so be sure to dry it well.)
  4. Season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook halibut, skin or skinned side up, for about 2 minutes or until bottom is nicely browned. Transfer to prepared baking sheet, browned side up, and bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until fish is barely opaque and is just starting to flake when tested with a fork. Do not overcook. Serve halibut topped with salsa.
  5. Serves 4.
Notes
  1. Tip: You can use 1 or 2 fresh mandarin oranges instead of canned, if you prefer. Peel the mandarins and separate into segments. Remove any white pith and seeds, then chop.
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Vodka Lemon Shrimp

 Your guests will be clamouring for a second and third helping of these tasty shrimp

Vodka Lemon Shrimp
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Ingredients
  1. Vodka Lemon Sauce
  2. 3 tbsp granulated sugar 45 mL
  3. 1 tbsp grated lemon zest 15 mL
  4. 1⁄3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 75 mL
  5. 1⁄4 cup vodka 50 mL
  6. 1⁄4 cup olive oil 50 mL
  7. 11⁄2 tsp minced gingerroot 7 mL
  8. 1 clove garlic, minced 1
  9. 1⁄4 tsp salt 1 mL
  10. 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 mL
  11. 30 medium or large shrimp, peeled 30
  12. and deveined (about 1 lb/500 g)
  13. 1⁄2 tsp cornstarch 2 mL
Instructions
  1. Soak 10 wooden skewers in cold water for 30 minutes. Preheat barbecue grill to medium-high and grease the grates.
  2. Vodka Lemon Sauce: In a small saucepan, over low heat, combine sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice; heat gently until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Let cool, then stir in vodka, oil, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Place shrimp in a deep bowl and spoon 3 tbsp (45 mL) sauce over top; toss to combine. (Do this no more than 30 minutes ahead or the lemon juice will start to toughen the shrimp). Set the
  4. remaining sauce aside in the saucepan. Thread shrimp onto skewers, leaving space between pieces. Grill, turning once, for 5 minutes or until pink and opaque. Arrange skewers on a serving plate.
  5. Whisk cornstarch into the remaining sauce and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes or until thickened and glossy. Transfer to a bowl and place next to the shrimp skewers, along with small cocktail plates for your guests.
  6. Makes 10 skewers.
Notes
  1. Tip: When buying fresh gingerroot, look for firm pieces. If the skin is wrinkly, it’s past its best. To peel ginger, hold it in the palm of your hand and use the edge of a teaspoon to scrape away the skin, getting into all the crevices and around the knobby bits. Break the peeled ginger into smaller pieces and wrap tightly in a double layer of plastic wrap. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks and in the freezer for several months.
  2. Variation: You can also cook the marinated shrimp on the stovetop. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté shrimp, shaking pan, for about 4 minutes or until pink and opaque.
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Fresh Strawberry Sherbet

Definitely a frozen asset!

Fresh Strawberry Sherbet
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Ingredients
  1. 2/ 3 cup Granulated Sugar 150 ml
  2. 1/ 3 cup Water 150 ml
  3. 5 cups Strawberries, Pureed and Chilled 1.25 L
  4. 2 TBSP Grand Marnier Liqueur 30 ML
  5. Grated Zest of 1 Lemon
  6. 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar and water in saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Cool and chill. Combine pureed strawberries, Grand Marnier, lemon juice and lemon zest and blend well. Add sugar syrup to strawberry mixture. Freeze in an 8-inch (20 cm) square metal pan. After mixture is frozen, about 3 hours, partially thaw and beat in a food processor. This breaks down the ice crystals and gives it a fluffy texture. Refreeze for at least 3 hours.
  2. Serves 4.
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Sticky Asian Pork Burgers

 Add some sizzle to your next BBQ

Sticky Asian Pork Burgers
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Ingredients
  1. 1⁄4 cup dry bread crumbs or 60 mL cracker crumbs
  2. 1⁄4 cup milk 60 mL
  3. 1 lb lean ground pork 500 g
  4. 1 clove garlic, minced 1
  5. 2 to 3 tsp minced gingerroot 10 to 15 ml
  6. 2 tbsp hoisin sauce 30 mL
  7. 1 tsp Asian chili paste (see tip below) 5 mL
  8. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  9. 2 tbsp sweet chili dipping sauce 30 mL
  10. 4 kaiser buns, halved and toasted 4
  11. Mayonnaise
  12. Shredded lettuce (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs and milk; let soak for 5 minutes. Add pork, garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce and chili paste. Season with salt and pepper. Stir or use clean hands to mix thoroughly. Shape into 4 patties, about 1⁄2 inch (1 cm) thick (or more if you like smaller burgers). Place on a plate, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 4 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat barbecue grill to medium. Place patties on greased grill and cook for about 5 minutes per side or until no longer pink inside. Just before the end of cooking, brush both sides of burgers with chili sauce. Spread mayonnaise over toasted buns and make sandwiches with burgers and lettuce.
  3. TIP: Asian chili paste (not to be confused with sweet chili dipping sauce) is a mix of chile peppers, vinegar, sugar and salt. It’s a great way to add heat to soups, sauces and stir-fries. It is fiery, so use it cautiously. A popular version is Sambal Oelek, usually found in the Asian foods aisle of the supermarket. A good substitute is hot pepper flakes, added to taste.
  4. Serves 4.
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Bruschetta

 

Bruschetta
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Large Garlic Cloves, Chopped
  2. Salt & Pepper to Taste
  3. 1/3 Cup Olive Oil 75 ml
  4. 6 – 8 Roma Tomatoes, Coarsely Chopped
  5. Handful of Chopped Fresh Basil
  6. 24″ Baguette 61 cm
  7. Grated Provolone, Fontina or Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. n a shallow bowl, combine garlic, salt, pepper and a few drops of oil. Mash with the back of a wodden spoon to make a paste. Stir in Olive oil. Add tomatoes and basil. Toss gently and set aside. Cut bread in half, lenghtwise. Brush each half with additional oil and place under a preheated broiler until golden brown. Spoon tomato mixture onto each half and drizzle with remaining oil. (If desired, sprinkle with grated cheese) Broil – watch carefully! Cut and serve immediately.
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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Fleshy Roma tomatoes make great soups and sauces. Check your local farmer’s market for good buys and build a batch of this great soup – freezes well for a quick winter’s dinner

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
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Ingredients
  1. Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
  2. Fleshy Roma tomatoes make great soups and sauces. Check your local farmer’s market for good buys and build a batch of this great soup – freezes well for a quick winter’s dinner.
Ingredients
  1. 3 lb. ripe Roma tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 1 Tbsp. salt
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  5. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  6. 2 cups chopped onions
  7. 6 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  9. 1 – 28 oz. (798 ml) can plum tomatoes and juice
  10. 2 cups torn fresh basil leaves
  11. 1 tsp. thyme
  12. 4 cups chicken stock
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Toss tomatoes with oil, salt and pepper. Spread in one layer on baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.
  2. In large pot over medium heat, heat oil and saute onions,garlic and red pepper flakes until onions start to brown.
  3. Add canned tomatoes, basil, thyme and chicken stock. Add oven-roasted tomatoes, including any liquid on baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Puree in batches to a coarse mixture. Serve hot or cold.
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