Category Archives: Main Courses

ZUCCHINI AND SWISS CHARD GRATIN . . . Laura Calder’s recipe from Dinner Chez Moi

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It has been pointed out to me I have neglected to identify the origin of this recipe.   I do not steal recipes.  I share them.  Whenever possible I name the source or the cookbook.    It was remiss of … Continue reading

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PASSIONATE PIZZA … you can make it at home!

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In another life we had a pizzeria in the city.  We introduced artisan pizzas to Vancouver away back when.   Our pizzas  won awards,  but they  did more;  they participated in romance (an engagement ring nestled in a bed of basil … Continue reading

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THE BEST BACK RIBS EVER!! WITH A FOXLEY INSPIRED GLAZE

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Foxley’s Restaurant on Ossington in Toronto is one of our favorite  neighborhood restaurant.  We love their ribs and this inspired me to create this recipe.   This is a two step recipe.  You make the glaze first (you can do this … Continue reading

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OLD FASHIONED CANADIAN BAKED BEANS

  January was always  the cruelest month when one grew up in Northern Saskatchewan. The excitement of Christmas still a warm memory, but  January was a biting,  bitter, angry cold that left you weeping.  Freezing eye lashes together.  Turning feet … Continue reading

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THAI RED CURRY WITH CHICKEN AND GREEN BEANS

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  The dog days of August.  Hot, gritty,  rift with boring burgers.   Chicken masquerading as burnt offering.      Over-done steaks.  Our heart and soul cries out for something different.  A little exotic.     A culinary creation that has your taste … Continue reading

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CHICKEN WITH MUSTARD AND RED PEPPER . . . a.k.a. Picnic Chicken . . . POULET GRILLE A LA DIABLE

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My recipe for CHICKEN WITH MUSTARD AND RED PEPPER is a riff on a recipe by Patricia Wells.  Her book, THE PARIS COOKBOOK.  To read or cook from it  is pure delight.   I use French Dijon and coarse-grain French Dijon, … Continue reading

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CHICKEN LIVER PATE WITH FRESH HERBS

You know when Edith Piaf is singing in your kitchen something wonderful will be cooking on the stove.  But first you must wander  into the garden and snip a basket of fresh herbs … some sage, a little marjoram and … Continue reading

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PORK RIBS ASIAN STYLE

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More than forty  years ago ROXY’S BISTRO served French cuisine with a decided Asian flavour.  Today they call it fusion.  We called it “Andy’ style”.   WHERE TO EAT IN CANADA listed ROXY’S BISTRO in the one hundred best restaurant … Continue reading

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BOLOGNESE SAUCE

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BOLOGNESE SAUCE The secret ingredient professional chefs use when cooking meat dishes is the addition of Hoisen sauce.   Any beef dish (stew, casserole) will benefit from just adding a tablespoon or so of Hoisen sauce.  For a Bolognese sauce with … Continue reading

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A SPECTACULAR ONE DISH CREATION . . . BASQUE CHICKEN WITH CHORIZO

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Take some brilliant red peppers, add a red onion, toss in tomatoes and garlic and create alchemy with chicken and chorizo.  The combination is rich and welcoming and fills your kitchen the most delicious aroma.   This spectacular recipe is one … Continue reading

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