July 29, 2007

The Windsor Market

The Windsor Market is involved in many of my early childhood memories about food.

Check out my article on the Food Network about Windsor's newest addition.

July 25, 2007

Addicted to Poutine

Poutine can become an obsession.

Food in the News

Diet Coke, though low in calories, is not as safe as once thought - CBC News

Now Canadians finally have a way of determining whether organic products are actually certified - CBC News

Looking for new ways to enjoy those leafy greens? Check out the "Salad Spinner" - Washington Post

July 24, 2007

Belushi's Won the Gold!

Meals on the Fly

In North America there are many of us that eat out entirely too much. I confess, I was guilty of this at one time. After realising how simple it was to come up with a meal that tasted better than 90% of the take out places I frequented - all was changed.

Mark Bittman can help lead anyone to eating better meals at home with his article " Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less " in the New York Times. I plan to put many of them to use.

July 16, 2007

Food in the News

Food & crime never pays - CBC News

Nothing is more soothing than a hot ramen noodle bath after a long day - CNN

Your Parents were Right. Fruit and Veggies = A Healthy Body - CBC News

The 10 Best Wines of the Year, so far - The Sacramento Bee

"Sometimes a lollipop is just a lollipop"

Hmmm, one may wonder what it would imply to suck on one of these?

July 15, 2007

Festival Epicure

Festival Epicure is a great foodie celebration to attend each year in Windsor.

Check out my article for the Food Network for more details.

July 9, 2007

Canadian Favourites

This is for those Canadian expatriates.

Do you ever miss those tastes of home? Do you walk down the grocery aisle pining for a box of Shreddies? Do you miss the flavour of real maple syrup or crave a serving of Poutine?

Well your problems are now solved! - at least food related ones anyway. For those that no longer live in our beloved country, you can now order a piece of home from Canadian Favourites.

Food in the News

Check out the following food related stories:

Buying organic is not always better than buying local - CBC News

17 Foods that Amy Pataki wants everyone to try - Toronto Star

Pizza + Porn=Why???? - CBC News

Kool-Aid Pickles - If you've eaten one I'd love to hear about it - Junk Food Blog

Amuse Bouche

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My in-laws returned after spending about 3 weeks in France not too long ago. Though I am definitely envious of their travelling, I always benefit from the fact that my mother-in-law takes gorgeous pictures of the food they eat - as well as the scenery. This trip I was also able to take advantage of the fact that they returned with food related gifts as well! Pear jelly, fig chutney, and Fleur-de-Sel to name a few.

July 2, 2007

Canada Day!

Yesterday, July 1, I threw a Canada Day Party. It was a riot. I served loads of Canadian food and drinks and had a bonfire and fireworks. What a patriotic day.

There was:

Canadian Beer
Blueberry Mojitos

Poutine with Oka Cheese and Homemade Ketchup *
Beer Steamed Mussels
Mini Tourtiere Burgers
Peaches and Cream Chicken*
Crudite with Yogurt Dill Dip*
Greens with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Strawberries and Green Goddess Dressing*

*see recipes below

Friends brought dessert which included soft-serve raspberry frozen yogurt, strawberry shortcake and lemon squares.

Everything was so yummy!

Homemade Ketchup

6 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 c canned tomatoes, chopped +juices
1/4 c tomato paste
1 c Vidalia onions, finely chopped
1/4 c olive oil
1 c cider vinegar
1/2 c sugar
1 t salt
1/2 t each of dry mustard, paprika, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg
2 bay leaves

Puree onions, tomatoes, vinegar and oil with a hand blender and pour into a saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer, stirring frequently, until it is reduced by half. (about 20 min.) Remove bay leaves and puree ketchup again. Will keep for several weeks in the fridge.

Peaches and Cream Chicken

6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded thin
1 c flour
3 T vegetable oil
5 peaches, skinned and chopped
1/3 c Peach Schnapps
2 c 35% cream

Season the chicken breasts and dredge in flour. In a large skillet heat oil over med/high heat and cook chicken on both sides until brown. Transfer to baking sheet and bake in 350 degree oven for 15 min.
In food processor puree chopped peaches. Combine puree, Schnapps in a saucepan over med/high heat and reduce slightly. Add cream and cook until sauce begins to thicken and coat the back of the spoon. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve chicken with sauce on top.

Yogurt Dill Dip

1 c fat free yogurt
1c fat free sour cream
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 t fresh dill, chopped finely
1 t each salt and pepper
1 T white or red wine vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir. Leave in the fridge for 2-3 hours so the flavours can mingle.

Green Goddess Dressing

1/4 c cider vinegar
1 t each of fresh dill, mint, basil and Italian parsley, chopped
1 t wildflower honey
1/2 c olive oil
1 t each of salt and pepper

Whisk together vinegar, herbs, honey, salt and pepper and a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Taste and add more honey if needed. Will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.