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Cedar Plank Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Don’t let your summer go by without serving this delicious salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 untreated cedar plank
  2. 2 shallots, diced
  3. 10 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 3 Tbsp. snipped fresh dill
  5. 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
  6. 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  7. 2 Tbsp. grated lemon zest
  8. 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  9. 2 green onions, chopped
  10. 1 tsp. olive oil
  11. 3-4 lb. salmon filet
  12. salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Cucumber Dill Sauce
  1. 1/4 English cucumber
  2. 1/4 tsp. salt
  3. 1 cup plain yogurt
  4. 1/2 cup sour cream
  5. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  6. pepper to taste
  7. 3 green onions, finely chopped, white part only
  8. 2 tsp. chopped dill or 1 tsp. dried
Instructions
  1. Soak cedar plank in water for several hours.
  2. In small glass bowl, combine shallots, garlic, dill, thyme, cilantro, lemon zest and juice, green onions and olive oil. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow flavours to get acquainted.
  3. Place salmon on cedar plank and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with herb mixture. Set plank on barbecue and close lid. Bake for 30 minutes on medium heat, until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  4. To prepare Cucumber Dill Sauce: finely chop cucumber, toss with salt and let stand for 15 minutes.
  5. Combine yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, pepper, onion and dill.
  6. Drain water from cucumber and add to yogurt mixture.
  7. Book Reference - The Rest of the Best - Vol. 2 (Page: 192), A Year of The Best (Page: 18)
Instructions
  1. Soak cedar plank in water for several hours.
  2. In small glass bowl, combine shallots, garlic, dill, thyme, cilantro, lemon zest and juice, green onions and olive oil.
  3. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow flavours to get acquainted.
  4. Place salmon on cedar plank and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with herb mixture. Set plank on barbecue and close lid. Bake for 30 minutes on medium heat, until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  5. To prepare Cucumber Dill Sauce: finely chop cucumber, toss with salt and let stand for 15 minutes.
  6. Combine yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, pepper, onion and dill.
  7. Drain water from cucumber and add to yogurt mixture.
  8. Book Reference - The Rest of the Best - Vol. 2 (Page: 192), A Year of The Best (Page: 18)
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Ginger Cookies

This recipe makes about 6 dozen spicy cookies

Ginger Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups shortening
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 eggs, beaten
  4. 1/4 cup molasses
  5. 4 cups flour
  6. 4 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp. salt
  8. 4 tsp. ground ginger
  9. 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  10. 2 tsp. ground cloves
  11. 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper (optional)
  12. sugar
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, cream shortening and sugar together.
  2. Beat eggs and molasses together and blend with creamed sugar mixture.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and white pepper.
  4. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and blend well. Chill for 1 hour.
  5. Shape dough into 1″ balls and roll in sugar.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 F. Place balls on cookie sheets 2″ apart and bake for 8-9 minutes.
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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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Chicken Artichoke and Wild Rice Casserole

We love serving this with the Avocado and Grapefruit Salad from, “Year of the Best” but any salad will work

Chicken Artichoke and Wild Rice Casserole Serve with Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups water
  2. 1 cup wild rice
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. 1 Tbsp. butter
  5. 1 cup chopped onion
  6. 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  7. 1 cup shredded carrot
  8. 1 3/4 cups chicken stock
  9. 2 cups light cream
  10. 1/4 cup flour
  11. 3/4 tsp. salt
  12. 2 Tbsp. sherry
  13. freshly ground pepper
  14. 3 cups cooked, cubed chicken
  15. 14 oz. can artichokes, drained and chopped
  16. 1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. In medium-sized saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in rice and salt. Cover and simmer 45-55 minutes or until rice is tender but still chewy. Drain rice in colander.
  2. Melt butter in large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrot. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  3. Add stock to veggies in frying pan and bring to a boil.
  4. In bowl, whisk cream and flour until smooth. Gradually whisk into boiling broth. Add salt, sherry and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add rice to sauce.
  5. Add chicken and artichokes to sauce and mix well. Pour mixture into shallow 2 1/2 – 3 qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 F. for 35-40 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
  6. Sprinkle with almonds.
  7. Book Reference – The Rest of the Best – Vol. 2 (Page: 206), A Year of The Best (Page: 117)
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Honey Baked Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Mmmmmmm

Honey Baked Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. Honey Baked Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients
French Dressing
  1. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  2. 2 Tbsp.white wine vinegar
  3. 1/2 tsp. paprika
  4. 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
  5. 1/4 tsp. dried tarragon
  6. 1 garlic clove, minced
  7. 1/3 cup liquid honey
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. 8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  10. salt and pepper to taste
  11. 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
Instructions
  1. To make dressing: mix oil, vinegar, paprika, dry mustard, tarragon, garlic, honey, salt and pepper together.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and place in deep casserole (you don’t have to brown it). Pour dressing over chicken; cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Boil potatoes just until fork tender. Drain. After chicken has cooked for 30 minutes, add sweet potatoes to casserole, stir to coat, cover and cook another 20 minutes.
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Lemon Shortbread Cookies

The Christmas baking list just increased by one

Lemon Shortbread Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup butter softened
  2. 1/3 cup icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  3. 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  4. 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  5. 1 1/4 cups floour
  6. 1/2 cup cornstarch
Frosting
  1. 3/4 cup icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  2. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  3. 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  4. 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and icing sugar. Mix in lemon zest and juice. Add flour and cornstarch and mix thoroughly. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 1″ roll. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350 F. Using sharp knife, cut into 1/4″ slices. Place each slice 2″ apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until set. These cookies do not brown. Cool completely.
  2. Frosting: In a small bowl,combine icing sugar, butter, lemon zest and lemon juice. Beat until light and fluffy. Frost cooled cookies then hide them before the children discover your new best recipe!
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Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and icing sugar. Mix in lemon zest and juice. Add flour and cornstarch and mix thoroughly. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 1″ roll. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350 F. Using sharp knife, cut into 1/4″ slices. Place each slice 2″ apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until set. These cookies do not brown. Cool completely.
  2. Frosting: In a small bowl,combine icing sugar, butter, lemon zest and lemon juice. Beat until light and fluffy. Frost cooled cookies then hide them before the children discover your new best recipe!
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Oven-Roasted Autumn Vegetables

You’ll love these flavour combinations

Oven-Roasted Autumn Vegetables
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
  2. 1 fennel bulb, scrubbed, trimmed and cut into wedges
  3. 8 oz. (250 g) small red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
  4. 6 oz. (170 g) shitake mushrooms, stems removed, cut in half
  5. 4 large shallots, peeled and cut into quarters
  6. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  7. 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  8. 1 tsp. coarse salt
  9. 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. In a large roasting pan toss sweet potato, fennel, red potatoes, mushrooms and shallots with oil and 1 Tbsp. vinegar and salt. Roast uncovered for 30 – 35 minutes, stirring and tossing once or twice, until vegetables are lightly browned and tender. Place roasted vegetables in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. vinegar. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. In a large roasting pan toss sweet potato, fennel, red potatoes, mushrooms and shallots with oil and 1 Tbsp. vinegar and salt. Roast uncovered for 30 – 35 minutes, stirring and tossing once or twice, until vegetables are lightly browned and tender. Place roasted vegetables in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. vinegar. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Patio Ribs

A great summer favourite

Patio Ribs
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Ingredients
  1. 4 lb. (3 – 4 racks) pork babyback ribs
  2. 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  3. 1/2 cup oyster sauce
  4. 3 Tbsp. hot chili sauce
  5. 2 Tbsp. liquid honey
Instructions
  1. Remove skin fom underside of ribs. (Place ribs meaty side down on a flat surface. Using point of a knife or your fingers, loosen skin and pull back along end of last rib. Grasp membrane with a paper towel or pliers and peel away. Discard.)
  2. To tenderize ribs, slice each rack in half and add to large pot of boiling water. Boil gently until ribs are fork tender (45 minutes). Drain.
  3. Stir hoisin, oyster, hot chili sauce and honey together.
  4. Generously coat ribs with sauce on each side. When ready to barbecue, spray grill and cook over medium heat, basting with sauce and turning often until well glazed, about 15 minutes.
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Caesar Burgers

A burger above reproach

Caesar Burgers
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
  2. 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  3. 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  4. 1 Tbsp. anchovy paste
  5. 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1 egg, beaten
  7. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  8. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  9. 1 garlic clove, minced
  10. kaiser buns, halved
  11. lettuce
Instructions
  1. Combine beef, half of the Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, anchovy paste, Worcestershire sauce, egg and pepper. Shape into 4 patties about 3/4″ thick. Broil or grill. Combine oil and garlic, brush over cut side of buns. Grill until toasted. Sprinkle burgers with remaining cheese. Top each with lettuce and serve on buns. Seves 4.
Instructions
  1. Combine beef, half of the Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, anchovy paste, Worcestershire sauce, egg and pepper. Shape into 4 patties about 3/4″ thick. Broil or grill. Combine oil and garlic, brush over cut side of buns. Grill until toasted. Sprinkle burgers with remaining cheese. Top each with lettuce and serve on buns.
Notes
  1. Serves 4.
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Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

A classic pair in a classic dessert

Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble
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Ingredients
Topping
  1. 3/4 cup pecan halves, toasted 175ml
  2. 1 1/2 cups flour 375ml
  3. 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 125ml
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. grated orange zest 7ml
  5. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1ml
  6. 1/2 cup butter, softened 125ml
Filling
  1. 4 cups 1″ (2.5cm)pieces of rhubarb 1L
  2. 2 cups sliced strawberries 500ml
  3. 3 Tbsp. flour 45ml
  4. 1/2 cup sugar 125ml
Instructions
  1. To Make Topping: Preheat over to 350F (180C). Spread pecans on a baking sheet and place in oven for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove and let cool. Coarsely chop nuts and set aside. Stir together flour, brown sugar, orange zest and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the softened butter and mix with a fork to form a crumbly mixture; add pecans and stir into mixture until evenly distributed.
Notes
  1. Serves 8
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Cornmeal Currant Griddle Cakes with Apple Cinnamon

Cornmeal and currants – you gotta try this!

Cornmeal Currant Griddle Cakes with Apple Cinnamon
Cornmeal and currants
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Ingredients
Syrup
  1. 2 cups (500 ml) apple juice
  2. 1/2 cup (125 ml) apple jelly
  3. 3″ (7 1/2 cm) cinnamon stick
Griddle Cakes
  1. 1 cup (250 ml) flour
  2. 1/2 cup (125 ml) cornmeal
  3. 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) sugar
  4. 2 tsp. (10 ml) baking powder
  5. 1 tsp. (5 ml) baking soda
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 1/3 cup (75 ml) currants
  8. 1 1/4 cups (310 ml) plain yogurt
  9. 2 large eggs
  10. 1/4 cup (60 ml) melted butter
Instructions
Syrup
  1. Put syrup ingredients in a medium size saucepan and gently boil over medium-high heat for 20 minutes(watch carefully last 5 minutes). Reduce to 1 cup (250 ml).
Instructions
Syrup
  1. Put syrup ingredients in a medium size saucepan and gently boil over medium-high heat for 20 minutes(watch carefully last 5 minutes). Reduce to 1 cup (250 ml).
Griddle Cakes
  1. In a large bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir currants into flour mixture. Mix yogurt and eggs together in a small bowl and stir into flour mixture. (This is a very thick batter.) Stir in butter. Heat a lightly greased frying pan or griddle over low heat until hot. Spoon batter in batches forming 1 1/2″ (8 1/2 cm) cakes. Cook about 3 minutes on one side or until bubbles form and bottom is golden. Turn and cook other side until golden. Keep warm while cooking remaining cakes. Serve with warm syrup.
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Fresh Pear and Curry Pasta

A vegetarian dinner for 2 and because  you can never find ripe pears,  buy some a couple of days ahead and ripen in a paper bag. Enjoy the rest for dessert with Stilton cheese

Fresh Pear and Curry Pasta
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Ingredients
  1. Vegetarian dinner for 2. You can never find ripe pears! Buy some a couple of days ahead and ripen in a paper bag. Enjoy the rest for dessert with Stilton cheese!
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 small onion, chopped
  2. 2 Tbsp. oil
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 Tbsp. medium curry paste
  5. 1 tsp. tomato paste (store the rest in the freezer for future use)
  6. 2 Tbsp. honey
  7. 2 cups chicken broth
  8. 1 unpeeled ripe pear, sliced in thin wedges
  9. 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  10. 2 Tbsp. cream or milk
  11. 3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  12. pasta for 2: rotini or bow ties
Instructions
  1. In a frying pan over medium heat, saute onion in oil until soft. Add garlic and curry paste and stir 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste and honey and stir another 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, increase heat to medium high and boil gently, reducing liquid to less than 1 cup. (This takes about 15 minutes: now is a good time to start cooking the pasta.) Add pear slices and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cream and stir another 2 minutes. Stir in chopped cilantro. Pour over pasta and toss gently. If your dinner companion insists on meat, serve with grilled chicken breast or pork tenderloin. Mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette is perfect compliment.
Instructions
  1. In a frying pan over medium heat, saute onion in oil until soft. Add garlic and curry paste and stir 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste and honey and stir another 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, increase heat to medium high and boil gently, reducing liquid to less than 1 cup. (This takes about 15 minutes: now is a good time to start cooking the pasta.) Add pear slices and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cream and stir another 2 minutes. Stir in chopped cilantro. Pour over pasta and toss gently. If your dinner companion insists on meat, serve with grilled chicken breast or pork tenderloin. Mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette is perfect compliment.
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Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns

 

Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns
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Ingredients
  1. 20 frozen dough rolls (or 1 frozen bread loaf, thawed (approx. 1 hour) until sliceable and cut into 12 pieces
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup vanilla instant pudding
  4. 1-2 Tbsp. cinnamon
  5. 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  6. 1/4-1/2 cup melted butter
Instructions
  1. Before you put the cat out and turn off the lights, grease a 10″ bundt pan and add frozen rolls. Sprinkle with brown sugar, pudding powder, cinnamon and raisins. Pour melted butter over all. Cover with a clean, damp cloth. (leave out at room temperature). Turn out the lights and say goodnight!
  2. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 F. and bake for 25 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes and then turn out on a serving plate. Now, aren’t you clever?
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