August 26, 2010

Recipe News: Healthy Recipes: Summer Vegetable Soup

"With summer heading toward its waning stages, enjoy the best of the farmers’ market or your garden by creating a tasty vegetable soup enhanced by a combination of herbs.

Brown rice is the best choice from the paddies because it hasn’t been hulled and refined, retaining its fiber and nutrition and producing a slightly nutty taste. For the best leeks, look for large white bases that are not slimy, dried out or browning.

Celery, rich in vitamin K, originated in the Mediterranean and was used as a medicinal herb. The ancient Greeks called it selinon, and it’s mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, which dates back to 850 BC. Available year round, the most common variety is the pale green Pascal. Purportedly, it was introduced to the United States when a Dutch immigrant arrived in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a sack of celery seeds in the 1870s. Cooking softens it and celery provides a wonderful texture to the soup.

The dill, an ingredient in many Scandinavian and German dishes, is in the same family of plants as anise, fennel, cilantro, caraway and cumin. Pungent and aromatic, it adds a decidedly refreshing taste to the mixture. The thyme contributes a somewhat lemony, earthy flavor."

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  • Summer Vegetable Soup

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August 24, 2010

Recipe News: Fresh black bean and corn salsa

"Two things that appear on my dinner table just about every night in August, are corn and tomatoes.

This late summer duo is reaching it’s prime right now and I never tire of enjoying them on their own, or paired together in a multitude of recipes.

This week I’m turning to Mexico for inspiration for two recipes. The first is a zesty salsa and the second a salad recipe featuring tomatillos along with tomatoes.

Canned black beans form the backbone of the salsa recipe. The addition of fresh, diced tomatoes, corn, green pepper, jalapeno and fresh cilantro make this salsa filling, yet vibrant and flavourful.

This salsa is much more substantial than the variety that is made primarily with tomatoes. I like to serve this version with corn tortilla chips, or it can be the base on which to place a grilled piece of fish or chicken."

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  • Fresh Black Bean and Corn Salsa

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August 16, 2010

Recipe News: Blueberries abound in sweet, savoury recipes

"Just recently I was visiting my sister when i spied a bowl of fresh blueberries on her kitchen table.

I casually popped a handful in my mouth and couldn't believe the burst of tart sweet flavour that sent my tastebuds into the stratosphere! I surrendered to the lush texture and wonderful mouth feel these gorgeous little balls of blue gave me, and I devoured the whole bowl.

It turned out I did myself a world of goodness as, according to the BC Blueberry Council, blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of dietery fibre and they contain substances that have antioxidant qualities. And that's just for starters. And — at only 80 calories per cup, there's no feeling blue when you bite into this blue food! Enjoy the following recipes courtesy of BC Blueberry Council. ("

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August 11, 2010

Recipe News: BBQ Salmon With Cucumber-Mashed Potatoes

"Today’s recipe utilizes the unusual combination of potatoes and cucumbers, for barbecue salmon served on top of cucumber-mashed potatoes that have a little dill. As a restaurant item, this combination was super-popular, and the texture is really nice because the diced cucumber is folded in just before serving."

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  • BBQ Salmon With Cucumber-Mashed Potatoes

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August 2, 2010

Recipe News: Family Meals Matter: Summer foods with a twist Read more:

"If the summer heat has lulled your family into a culinary stupor, it's time to wake up your taste buds! This week we're featuring recipes that use familiar summer foods in delicious but unexpected ways.

Take the cucumber, for instance. This summer staple comes alive this week in Cucumber and Black Eyed Pea Salad paired with grilled Ranch Chicken. Wrap up the meal with Aunt Dotty's Rhubarb Pie where a creamy custard sauce balances sweet-tart fruity flavors."

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  • Cucumber and Black Eyed Pea Salad

  • Ranch Chicken

  • Aunt Dotty's Rhubarb Pie

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August 1, 2010

Recipe News: Oddfellows Whoopie Pie Bake-off's 'Best Traditional' winners share their recipe

"Last week, we covered the baked good all-stars of the first (annual?) Whoopie Pie Bake-off held at Oddfellows.
We asked the winners of the "Best Traditional" category, seven-year-old Eliza Dworkin and a-little-bit-older Robin Wehl Martin from the team entry, Chef Eliza and Sous Chef Robin, if they would share their secrets and winning recipe with CHS. Here's the recipe but, sadly, the teammates delivered none of their secrets other than that Robin is celebrating her birthday this week. Happy birthday, Robin. Enjoy some pie."

Includes recipe for:

  • Classic Whoopie Pie

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