Category Archives: Meat

Homemade back bacon

A truly Canadian breakfast or brunch treat! I remember the first time I tasted back bacon as a kid. I loved that it was so much less salty than ‘regular’ bacon though I couldn’t understand why it was also known … Continue reading

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Chinese Five-spice duck with scallion pancakes and salad

A fun and flavourful meal that’s sure to impress While I initially created this menu in honour of the upcoming Chinese New Year, it’s one I now plan to serve regularly. It’s one of those meals where each component is … Continue reading

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Smoked Cheddar Stuffed Meatballs with Cheesy Beer Sauce

Meatballs are the perfect party food. A perennial favourite, these one-bite wonders are simple to prepare, versatile to serve and easy to eat. You can make them as plain or as spicy as you like, and dish ‘em up with … Continue reading

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Spiced Lamb Meatballs

Meatballs are a great party food. Bite sized yet full of flavour, they’re also a great vehicle for many different kinds of dips. When I saw a package of minced lamb from Milkhouse Farm and Dairy in my Holiday Farmers’ … Continue reading

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Braised Beef Shanks Osso Bucco Style

Beef shanks are an inexpensive cut that, cooked properly, can be incredibly flavourful and tender. Some of our area’s best beef, including the shanks I used to test this recipe, comes from Roadapple Ranch, one of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market’s … Continue reading

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Italian Sausage and Vegetable Bake

As you can imagine, my taste testers get quite the workout during Farmers’ Feast weeks. Day after day, they wait patiently for their first bites of new dishes inspired by seasonal, local foods from the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. Their opinions … Continue reading

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Belgian-style Elk Stew

I first tasted traditional Belgian stew (sometimes called Carbonade Flamande), as a teen on a trip to Europe. The sweet-sour flavour combined with the tenderness of the meat made it an unforgettable dish for me. It’s a great make-ahead recipe … Continue reading

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