lemonade from scratch

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If we’re ever caught with lemonade concentrate in our shopping carts, many villages are missing several idiots. We’re talking equal parts water + sugar + lemon juice to make a concentrate + four times the water = the best lemonade you’ve ever tasted. The secret is to heat the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves, combine it with the lemon juice and then add the H2O. Feel free to use lime juice – which would be perfect with a Mexican spread or taco night – and don’t forget the tequila!

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What shrieks suuuuummmeeeeeer louder than a glorious batch of lemonade? Whether you’re the proprietor of a stand on the corner, or you’re a full grown adult, lemonade is the quintessential summer refresher. So make yourself a batch, serve as is, or make that your lip-smackin’ beginning – add a few supporting players like vodka, gin, tequila, champagne or ginger beer – and don’t forget the soda water, to add a little fizz, and you’ll be set straight through ’til Labour Day. And if that’s not enough, lemons could not be a healthier thing to be swillin’ back like it’s the Wild Wild West!

wild rice salad with toasted nuts & grapes

wild rice salad

Wild rice in a salad is a great way to enjoy this pricey seed – cook up a cup or two , and have it on hand to toss into all sorts of dishes – soups, omelettes, frittatas, muffins, cookies, pancakes, crêpes – enjoy it in combination to extend your stash!

sweet potato fritters

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Don’t get me wrong – peeled, boiled, smashed and mashed is a lovely way to prepare sweet potatoes, (especially at Thanksgiving), however there are other ways, like 100’s of them, and this is a great place to start! First, these can be made ahead and reheated just before serving, and second, I’ve just discovered that my…

zucchini, chocolate, coconut, nut bread

zucchini bread with chocolate, coconut & pistachios

Zucchini transforms quick bread to a moister loaf than even added fat could provide! Get grating zucchini and rescue any quick bread recipe from dry & boring to moist & glorious with this simple addition – even a handful of grated zucchini will bring much needed moistness to many a quick bread recipe – now that’s using your zucchini!

split pea soup with ham (or not)

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Split pea soup is a classic, so simple to put together, is easy on the pocket book and couldn’t be a healthier dish to enjoy as is or load up with heartier fare to turn it into a complete meal!

roasted red pepper purée

roasted red pepper puree

Red pepper purée is a rich man’s ketchup, minus the price tag. It could not be easier to make and can be used in dressings, dips, sauces, stews, soups – anywhere you want a flavour boost.

asparagus roasted with garlic & lemon

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It’s asparagus season, and if there’s one thing in life worth waiting for – it’s real asparagus from your local farmer, when spring has just sprung – wait – look – spring is sprunging – and with this throw-together in your back pocket, you’ll be eating your local asparagus farmer’s stash right out of house & home!

bok choy 101

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To perfectly cook bok choy, separate the green leafy part from the white stalk to create 2 piles– heat up a pan, swirl in a little olive oil, add the stalks, cook until tender and finish with the leaves.

mirepoix

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Mirepoix is a cooking term referring to a basic dice of carrots, celery and onions, cooked and caramelized into a major flavour maker – make mirepoix the starting blocks of every sauce, soup or stew race you’ll ever find yourself in!

chocolate cinnamon-spiced banana bread

chocolate cinnamon-spiced banana bread

When chocolate, bananas and cinnamon come together you’ve got yourself a quick bread that’ll become a regular in your kitchen. Reason enough to head to the over-ripe bin at your local grocer and stock up on bananas – simply throw them in the freezer and you can make this anytime you like.