Monday Meal Review: Canada

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I poured the thick, grade A dark amber maple syrup into the pot and reluctantly added a cup of water to thin it out. Even still, the liquid was viscous, sluggish, sweet. Perfect for simmering dough until tender. I clicked on the range and watched as the syrup shimmered, swirled, and eventually bubbled up. Time to make the doughnuts. I mean... grandpères. One by one, I dropped small, sticky balls of dough into the simmering syrup and watched them dunk, then bob back up to the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grandpa’s Maple Dumplings (Grandpères)

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Serves 4 Hot, sweet, syrupy Grandpères served with two scoops of cold vanilla ice cream. Genius. And we have generations of Canadians to thank for keeping this age-old recipe alive. You can eat this for breakfast or dessert. Or a midnight snack. Ingredients: For the dumplings: 2 - 2 1/4 cups flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt 3 Tbsp butter 3/4 cup whole milk For the cooking liquid: 2 cups maple syrup 1 1/2 cups water Method: In a large bowl, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Canadian Dijon & Maple Grilled Chicken

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Serves 6 If you're looking for a quick and easy marinade, forget the supermarket bottles, loaded up with high fructose corn syrup and chemicals. Our sweet, natural glaze is made with dijon mustard, crushed garlic and rich maple syrup. Special thanks to Kevin from Toronto whose recipe Maple Dijon Grilled Chicken inspired our version. If you haven't already checked out his blog "Closet Cooking," you are in for a treat. This guy is an inspiring cook and photographer. … [Read more...]

Recipe: Butter Roasted Tomatoes

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Serves 2-3 Cherry tomatoes are sweet bursts of summertime. Their flavor deepens when roasted with creamy butter and fresh thyme - a juicy side dish that forgives even the driest chicken and wild rice, while bravely complimenting perfectly cooked meals as well. If that isn't enough reason to try this vegetarian recipe, these tomatoes actually made my picky husband exclaim "pretty good!" That's quite the milestone considering the tomato is one of his major food nemeses. Like Batman's Joker … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: Canada

How to Harvest Canadian Wild Rice: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQBZrTLPgzI Slow Food in Ontario, in the center: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJPY8UozvTk The food of Montreal, to the east: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTJT68cB2U&feature=related The food of Vancouver, to the west: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBirgvIGVQQ … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Canada (with poll)

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Maple Syrup To make 1/4 gallon (1 quart) of maple syrup requires an astonishing 10.5 gallons of tree sap. Traditionally a metal bucket was MacGyvered to a tree to extract the goods. Now a days, a tube connects all the trees into one happy, meandering mess of sap that flows directly into the sugarhouse, where it is finally boiled down into syrup. Dulse Dulse is an edible seaweed eaten in the Atlantic Canada. First it is harvested from the ocean waters, then dried out in the sunl. … [Read more...]

Recipe: How to cook Canadian Wild Rice

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On shopping day, I browsed the bulk bins, hoping against hope that I could find the real thing - Canadian Lake Wild Rice - here, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  As I scanned past basmati, jasmine and wild rice blends, my eye caught something shiny and jet black. I didn't even have to read the label to know I was in business. The long grains gave themselves away. They look like a pile of runway models in sleek black dresses. Canadian wild rice is all together a different plant than American wild rice. … [Read more...]

Menu: Canada

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We chose our dessert in .001 seconds this week. What could possibly be better than dough simmered in maple syrup? I like to think of it as deep-frying, but in sugar instead of oil. While this dessert is decidedly sweet, our maple glazed chicken carries a more subtle sweetness, rounded out by garlic and mustard. The rest of the meal showcases farm fresh produce/grains of Canada. Canadian Dijon & Maple Grilled Chicken [Recipe] Chicken coated with a simple blend of maple syrup, Dijon … [Read more...]