Pan Pizza

This recipe is brilliant in it's simplicity, the dough doesn't require any kneading, and it goes straight into the pan without any painful rolling on a countertop.  All credit goes to Serious Eats for one of the best pizzas I've ever made.   Pan…

Porchetta

Elegant enough for a dinner party, Porchetta combines all things pork into a beautiful roast that serves a crowd.  You'll need a good butcher to source out the pork belly, but once you've got that it's easy enough to finish and even prepare…

Cinnamon French Toast

This quick and easy brunch recipe is the perfect blend of rich and fluffy.  Baking the french toast after frying causes it to souffle up.  Just be sure to serve immediately with syrup, fresh fruit and whipped cream, if you like.   Cinnamon…

One Dish Chicken Thighs

This is as easy as it gets...throw everything into a casserole dish and bake.  We call for cooked potatoes in this recipe to speed the cooking process.  Our tip: cook the potatoes in the microwave until just done, then cool a bit before…

Braised Pork Shoulder

Nothing beats smoked pork, but up here in the dead of winter we still need to get our pulled pork fix.  This braising recipe yields super soft meat, and almost makes us forget about summer.  Almost.   Braised Pork Shoulder   2…

Broccoli Salad

I think this was one of the first dishes I made consistently as a kid, and it's still a big hit at summer parties.  The dried fruit and nuts are infinitely replaceable, so make this salad your own.   Broccoli Salad   3…

Roasted Beet Salad

This elegant salad combines beets, goat cheese and nuts, which pair together perfectly.  Substitute the hazelnuts with pecans or walnuts if you like, but don't mess with the goat cheese, it's a natural match for the other ingredients.   Roasted…

Sangria

This wonderful summer drink originated in Portugal and Spain, so using a good Spanish Rioja wine is traditional.  Make sure to make the sangria ahead of time for the flavours to meld.  Other fruit like apples and berries can be added,…

Spring Rolls

Also called summer rolls, these delightful appetizers can be filled with almost anything.  Consider adding a protein such as cooked shrimp, shredded pork or grilled beef.  To work with the rice paper, we recommend using hot water to soak…

Minestrone

There's no set way to make minestrone, the tradition is to use whatever vegetables are in season.  Add a starch such as pasta or beans, and you have a simple one pot meal.  Feel free so throw in whatever you have on hand.  We save our…

Sticky Beef

This Asian inspired dish is rich, a perfect accompaniment to a bowl of sticky rice and some stir fried vegetables.  Be sure to use good beef, such as flank steak or sirloin, otherwise the result will be tough.  You can use either oyster…

Gravlax

This Scandinavian specialty is super easy to prepare, and a great way to serve salmon, trout or Arctic char.  The method is simple, but be prepared to cure the fish for several days.  The longer you cure, the firmer the texture.  Make…

Thai Beef Salad

This unusual salad is light and fresh, perfect for a summer evening.  The recipe is wildly adaptable - you can change up the herbs or add various vegetables.  The toasted rice powder is hard to find, but you can make your own by toasting…

Ginger Soy Lime Marinade

This quick marinade is great with anything - steak, chicken, fish or pork.  Marinate the meat in a zip lock bag for 30 minutes to several hours.  We sometimes add 1/2 cup of pineapple or orange juice to the mix just to liven things up.   Ginger…

Osso Buco

This Milanese dish uses veal shanks braised with good white wine and tomatoes.  The addition of fennel seed adds a floral note, but you can omit it if you like.  The gremolata topping adds a nice sharp counterpoint to the rich meat. …

Tortellini and Spinach Soup

This soup really qualifies as an entree, both healthy and filling.  You can substitute the cheese tortellini with another type.  Omitting the pancetta and replacing the chicken stock with water makes this a great vegetarian meal.  Also,…

Irish Soda Bread

This quick bread requires no kneading or proofing, just mix and bake.  Additional ingredients like raisins or nuts are welcome additions.   Irish Soda Bread   2 Cups Flour 2 Cups Whole wheat flour 1/3 Cup Packed…

Crème Brûlée

This French classic means "burnt cream" and is the definition of simplicity.  Four ingredients combine to make a creamy delight with a crisp sugar top.   Crème Brûlée   8 egg yolks 1/2-3/4 cup sugar 4 cups…

Chickpea Salad with Herbs

This salad makes a great side dish to any summer dinner.  The anchovies aren't essential, but adds a bit of body to the party.  Make this ahead, and keep the leftovers for several days.   Chickpea Salad with Herbs   4…

Ranch Dressing

Skip the store bought and make this simple dressing now.  It's great for salads or as a dip for vegetables, chicken, pizza or anything you like.   Ranch Dressing   2 tsp. garlic, minced 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 10…
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Jambalaya

This Louisiana specialty has its roots in French and Spanish cuisine.  The addition of tomatoes makes this a Creole Jambalaya, omitting them yields a Cajun jambalaya.   Jambalaya   1 Lb. Sausage, preferably Andouille,…