Category Archives: Meat, poultry, fish

Better Than Takeout Sweet & Sour Shrimp

When I was a kid, as soon as saw the words ‘sweet and sour’ on any Chinese restaurant takeout menu, I simply had to have it. I didn’t care if there was a cup of icky red food colouring in … 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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Quick Herbed Trout Fillets

While I sometimes enjoy getting carried away in the kitchen, preparing elaborate dishes with myriad ingredients, there are days when I just need to get something healthy and tasty on the table FAST. Having Saslove’s, a great butchery with a … Continue reading

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Quick Moroccan-style Chicken Stew

For those unfamiliar with the cuisine of Morocco, its tastes are layered, subtle and absolutely delicious, blending both sweetness and heat. Spices such as cinnamon, cumin, coriander and peppers are typically combined with fruit and meat, often in slowly-simmered tagines … Continue reading

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Quick Tropical Shrimp

When I started thinking about dinner yesterday, it was late, we were hungry and worst of all, it was -25 Celsius (-35 C with a horrid windchill factored in). Weather like this gets me thinking not only about hot, nourishing … Continue reading

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Mussels in white wine broth

I never knew how truly delightful mussels are were until the first time I ate some cultivated (farmed) ones. Prior to that, my family often dug mussels at low tide, carefully extracting their gleaming blueish-black shells from the sand. We’d … Continue reading

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