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Whipped Shortbread

These melt in your mouth! The secret is in the beating

Whipped Shortbread
Whipped Shortbread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter (do not use margarine)
  2. 1/2 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  3. 1 1/2 cups flour
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add flour and beat for 10 minutes. Drop from small spoon onto cookie sheet. Decorate with maraschino cherry pieces if you wish. Bake at 350 F. for about 10-12 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned. makes about 3 dozen small cookies.
Notes
  1. This recipe doubles well
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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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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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Jelly Balls

Your next favourite appetizer – rally round the chaffing dish

Jelly Balls
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. (500 g.)lean ground beef
  2. 1 egg, beaten
  3. 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
  4. 3 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  5. 1/2 cup chopped onion
  6. 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. Chili Grape Sauce
  9. 12 oz. (341 ml) bottle chili sauce
  10. 10 oz. (284 ml) jar grape jelly
  11. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  12. 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  13. 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Mix ground beef with egg, bread crumbs, parsley, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Roll into balls 1″ in diameter. Heat chili sauce, jelly, lemon juice, brown sugar and soy sauce in a large pot. Bring to a boil and add uncooked meatballs. Simmer meatballs in sauce for 30 minutes. Serve in a chafing dish. (avec toothpicks!) Makes about 50 balls. Freezes well.
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Parmesan Portobellos

Portobello mushrooms are a hearty complement to beef

Parmesan Portobellos
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp. sliced shallots
  2. 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  3. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  4. 1/4 cup butter
  5. 1 lb.(500g)sliced portobello mushrooms
  6. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  7. 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  8. pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Clean tops of mushrooms with brush or moist paper towel. Don’t peel them – you’ll lose the flavor! Saute shallots and garlic in oil and butter for 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms, stirring until golden. Add vinegar and stir well to deglaze pan. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Season with pepper and serve immediately. Serves 4.
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Napa Cabbage Salad

You MUST make this salad – everyone asks for the recipe and it’s excellent for picnics, buffets – and teenagers! 

Napa Cabbage Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large Napa cabbage(suey choy)cabbage, chopped
  2. 2 bunches green onions, chopped
  3. 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  4. 1/4 cup butter
  5. 1 cup slivered almonds
  6. 2 pkg. chicken-favoured oriental soup noodles with seasoning mix
Dressing
  1. 1 cup vegetable oil
  2. 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 2 tsp. soy sauce
  5. 1/3 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Place chopped cabbage, green onions and red pepper in large salad bowl.
  2. Melt butter in frying pan and saute almonds, broken noodles and seasonings until golden. Add to cabbage mixture and toss.
  3. Shake dressing ingredients in a jar. Pour SOME over salad and toss at least 1/2 hour before serving. NOTE: You will have extra dressing – refrigerate and use again.
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Berry Topped Chocolate Torte

A very showy and easy way to celebrate fresh raspberries. We like to “demo” this recipe in front of live audiences -it always works and we get rave reviews

Berry Topped Chocolate Torte
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup ground almonds
  2. 3 Tbsp. flour
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 3/4 cup butter
  5. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  6. 1/2 cup sugar
  7. 3 eggs, separated
  8. 1/2 cup sugar
  9. 3 Tbsp. Grand Marnier liqueur or orange juice
  10. 1 cup whipping cream
  11. 1 Tbsp. Grand Marnier liqueur
  12. 2 cups raspberries
  13. good quality chocolate bar to make chocolate curls
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9″ springform pan and line with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine almonds, flour and salt. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in saucepan and stir in cocoa and sugar.
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick; gradually blend in cocoa mixture. Stir in almond mixture.
  4. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually add sugar. Fold whites into chocolate mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 375 F. for 25 or 30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of torte and remove sides of springform pan. Gently peel off parchment paper.
  5. (The torte will fall in middle, but don’t worry, you can fill it with whipped cream!)
  6. Drizzle 3 Tbsp. Grand Marnier over cake. Cool completely and wrap with plastic wrap. This can be stored in refrigerator for two days.
  7. Whip cream and fold in Grand Marnier. Spread on torte and decorate with berries and chocolate curls.
Notes
  1. To make chocolate curls: Shave room temperature chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler directly onto the cake. Be sure to scatter some on the plate for a “chefly” look!!
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Eggs Ole!

You’ll love this recipe – easy, colourful and delicious and it’s great for the holidays

Eggs Ole!
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Ingredients
  1. 12 Eggs
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. salt and pepper taste
  4. 3 Tbsp. butter
  5. and then
  6. 3 Tbsp. butter
  7. 1/2 – 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  8. 1/2 cup chopper green onion
  9. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped green pepper
  10. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped red pepper
  11. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped zucchini
  12. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped tomatoes
  13. 1/4 cup chopped green chilies (canned or fresh)
  14. salt and pepper to taste (again!)
  15. 1/2 lb. (250 g) Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  16. salsa
Instructions
  1. Beat eggs and water together. Season with salt and pepper. Melt butter in frying pan and add egg mixture. Scramble JUST UNTIL MOIST. Place in large ovenproof dish and keep warm in oven. Melt that other butter in frypan and saute all veggies till tender. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon over eggs, sprinkle with grated cheese and return to 300 F. oven until cheese melts. Serve with lots of salsa. Good for 6. CARAMBA!!
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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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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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Christmas Cherry Cake

A delicious and never fail moist white cake and half the work of a regular Christmas cake and it freezes well

Christmas Cherry Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white sugar
  2. 1 cup butter
  3. 2 eggs, beaten
  4. 1/2 cup orange juice
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 1 tsp. baking powder
  7. 12 oz. sultana raisins
  8. 8 oz. halved red glace cherries (or use half red and half green cherries)
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs and orange juice.
  2. Sift four and baking powder. Reserve 1/3 cup of flour mixture and toss with raisins and cherries (This will keep them from sinking to the bottom of the cake.)
  3. Add floured raisins and cherries to dough.
  4. Bake in a large greased, wax paper lined loaf pan at 300 F. for 2 1/2 hours.
Notes
  1. Don’t serve until several days old. Wrap in plastic or foil wrap and store in a sealed container.
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Chicken in Wine

One of our all-time favourites!

Chicken in Wine
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Ingredients
  1. 3 lb. cut-up chicken pieces
  2. 1/2 cup seasoned flour
  3. 6 Tbsp. oil
  4. 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  5. 1 Tbsp. butter
  6. 1 – 10 oz. can mushroom soup
  7. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  8. 1/2 cup orange juice
  9. 1/2 cup dry white wine (or vermouth)
  10. 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  11. 1/2 tsp. salt
  12. 4 carrots, sliced
Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry chicken pieces. Put flour in plastic bag and shake chicken in it. In frying pan, heat oil and brown chicken. Remove chicken to large casserole. Cook mushrooms in butter and add to casserole. Combine remining ingredients; pour over chicken and mushrooms and bake at 350 F. for 1 hour. Serve over rice with a fresh green salad.
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Roasted Vegetable Manicotti with Cheese Sauce

A delicious dish to celebrate fall and a visit to the market garden

Roasted Vegetable Manicotti with Cheese Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 onion
  2. 2 cups chopped broccoli
  3. 2 cups chopped cauliflower
  4. 2 cups chopped carrot
  5. 1 red pepper
  6. 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  7. 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  8. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  9. 3 cups spinach
  10. 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  11. 1 cup ricotta cheese
  12. 1 egg, beaten
  13. 2 slices bread
  14. 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  15. 1/2 cup fresh basil
  16. salt and pepper to taste
  17. 16 manicotti shells
  18. 2 – 14 oz. cans tomato sauce
  19. Asiago cheese, grated
  20. Cheese Sauce
  21. 3 Tbsp. butter
  22. 3 Tbsp. flour
  23. 3 cups milk
  24. 2 cups grated mozzarella or Swiss cheese
  25. 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  26. dash hot pepper sauce
  27. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop vegetables into 1″ pieces. Toss with oil, vinegar and garlic. Roast at 350 F. for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix spinach with hot vegetables and set aside to cool. Pulse vegetables in food processor to a coarse texture.
  2. Mix together Parmesan, ricotta and egg. Blend with vegetables.
  3. In food processor, whirl bread, herbs and seasonings. Add to vegetable mixture.
  4. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Drain well. Fill with vegetable mixture using spoon or very small knife.
  5. Pour tomato sauce in bottom of two 9X13″ baking dishes and arrange stuffed manicotti in each baking dish.
  6. Make cheese sauce and pour over manicotti. Sprinkle with grated Asiago. Bake at 350 F. for about 30 minutes.
To make cheese sauce
  1. Melt butter over medium heat and blend in flour. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly until smooth and bubbly. Reduce heat to medium-low. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Add cheese, Worcestershire and hot pepper to thickened mixture and stir until cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper.
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