Chili Shrimp

Chili Shrimp With Beans & Edamame Recipe

“I don’t know if this Chili Shrimp with Beans and Edamame is Asian or Italian, but I do know it’ll make your mouth dance.”  Chili Shrimp with Beans and Edamame Ingredients 2 cups medium-sized shrimp, shelled and deveined 2 cups green beans, cut diagonally lengthwise 2 cups cherry tomatoes, larger ones chopped in half 2 […]

Strawberry Shortcake

Mile High Strawberry Shortcake

For Canada Day this year, I’ve created this super easy variation to the personalized Strawberry Shortcake that will allow you to prepare ahead, wow your guests and keep them coming back for more. I have to admit, I love June.  Why you ask?  Well it’s strawberry season.  It may be the only time you’ll see […]

Potato & Prawn Salad with Lemon Yogurt, Capers & Radish

Serves 2 comfortably, serves 4 as a starter. Takes 20 mins Bright and light, this salad is bursting with bold summer flavours. 400 grams baby white potatoes, cooked to fork tender in well salted water, and cooled 250 grams large shrimp, peeled, cooked in well salted water and cooled 2 radishes thinly sliced (a mandolin […]

Sun-dried Tomato & Feta Hummus

A luxuriously rich spin on a classic, this sun-dried tomato hummus is perfect on a crispy pita or as my girls do, dip n’ lick it off your fingers.  In a food processor combine until smooth: 3 cups of chickpeas (canned or cooked) ½ cup of sun-dried tomatoes 150-200 grams of feta juice of ½ […]

Lemon Cream Cheese Shortbread Snowstorms

I’m not a huge fan of the rigid recipe that’s typically required for baking—but this super easy, hard-to-mess-up, six-ingredient concoction hits the note for my daughters and I. And they taste like heaven.  Prep 45 mins/cook time 20 mins Cookie ingredients: 3/4 cup icing sugar 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 teaspoon salt […]

The World’s Richest Tomato Sauce

Sure, basic marinara sauce works OK, but this sauce takes it to the next level. Puree it for any dish that works with tomato sauce. I even use it as ketchup with my kids! Takes 20 mins – Serves 4-6 700/800g linguine or fettuccine 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced ½ white onion, finely chopped 1 […]

Hot Winter Cocktails

Anyone can add a splash of Irish cream to a hot cup of coffee. But, delicious as that is, it’s hardly enough liquid fortitude to make it through the polar vortex months. Summer cocktails abound, but when it comes to winter warmers, we are too often creatively challenged and end up short-changing ourselves at a […]

Smoked Nachos

The year was 1943, and a group of Americans straggled into the Victory Club in Piedras Negras, Mexico, after closing time. The chef had left, but the maitre d’, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, topped some tostadas with jalapeños and cheese and melted it under the broiler. A classic was born. His legacy lives on, and I […]

Honey-Cured Ham Ribs

Combine the briny, smoky, umami flavours of country ham with the crusty, gnaw-off-the-bone pleasure of barbecued baby backs and you wind up with ham ribs. I wish I could say I thought of it, but I got the idea from a man utterly obsessed with pork, smoke, and fire: Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, […]

Red Hot Wings with Pac-Rim Seasonings

My take on the Buffalo wing involves—you guessed it—wood smoke. Crank your smoker up to 375°F. This is hotter than the usual 225°F low and slow, but the heat helps render the fat and crisp the chicken skin. To further pump up the wings, I call for Pac-Rim flavours like sesame oil and sriracha, and […]

Curry Pumpkin Soup

My grandmother would prepare a big batch of pumpkin soup for the adults to eat while the kids went out to get their treats for the night, and my mom took on this tradition when we were growing up. This is my rendition of the recipe she has been using for decades. SERVES 6 2 […]

Steamed Clam and Mild Italian Sausage with Tomato Broth

Sausage makes a flavourful addition to almost any seafood recipe. With this recipe, celebrity chef Mark McEwan has combined the savoury taste of steamed clams with the robust flavour of mild Italian sausage for an unbeatable combination. 40 min prep time 15 min cook time 4 servings WHAT YOU NEED 1/3 pkg. (17.64 ounces/ 500 […]

Crostini with Sausage Ragout and Ricotta Cheese

The recipe for a great party is some good conversation, good music and delicious food. So celebrity chef Mark McEwan has put together a special recipe for your next great get-together. Flavourful small bites, perfect for entertaining. PREP TIME 20 COOK TIME 40 SERVINGS 18 WHAT YOU NEED 1 pkg. (17.64 ounces/500 g) Johnsonville Italian […]