Crispy, fresh and healthy, this Apple Fennel Salad is so flavourful and fast, it’s showing up at our table regularly. It is early January as I write this and I, like many are craving salads after the rich foods of the holidays and I think this is the perfect salad. These fruits and veggies are readily available throughout the year and keep well in the crisper if you’re trying not to hit the grocery store too often.
THE best and easiest, whole ingredient Seafood Alfredo Pasta recipe that is perfect for Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Alfredo itself isn’t particularly festive but when you load it up with fresh, marinated seafood, it is elevated to Christmas Eve dinner status. The creaminess of this wholesome alfredo (splurge on the real Parmesan for this one!) lets this seafood shine and you get to skip the fuss of shelling and prepping. A luxurious, restaurant worthy recipe, easily made at home? I promise!
Warm marinated olives are a truly spectacular appetizer despite their seeming simplicity. If you like olives, you will love these. Gentle heat makes the olives intoxicatingly fragrant with the scent of spices and herbs and citrus peel adds bright, fresh notes to really elevate them.
I love radicchio and as we move into fall, the cooler temperatures produce a more sweet and mild flavor (though still pleasantly bitter) as opposed to the stronger flavor in summer. Radicchio is a member of the chicory family and a traditional Italian ingredient. It is crunchy and refreshing, full of bold flavor, very colorful and makes a beautiful addition to a fall or winter menu.
I love dip. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s easy, I can make it ahead and it’s always a crowd pleaser. This caramelized onion and blue cheese dip recipe is the adult version of French onion dip. Made with crumbled blue cheese, a splash of white wine, caramelized Spanish sweet onions and a sour cream (or yogurt) base.
You all know by now that I love wild mushrooms and have quite a few mushroom recipes on here already. Today’s recipe, Chanterelle Mushroom Croustade, is one I’ve made quite a few times over the last few years but for some reason, it never lasted long enough to photograph! (PS. Read through to the end for the exciting launch of my new home wares shop- www.westcoastkitchengarden.com
As fall begins, my family is craving heartier meals and honestly, I am too. Pasta is always a winner and Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Fettuccine is a regular on our weekly roster. Sliced chicken thighs, wild mushrooms and tender, sweet sun dried tomatoes come together in this pasta recipe for the perfect balance of healthy, hearty, sweet and savory.
Have you had roasted red pepper soup before? The first time I had this sweet, slightly smoky soup, I was hooked. It is a relatively simple soup and roasting the peppers gives a sweetness and depth of flavour you just can’t get anywhere else. Vegetarian and easily made vegan, this is the best, really quick recipe. Use Sardo Fire Roasted Sweet Peppers to make this in under 30 minute
Oh peanut sauce, you are so good and so versatile. Dipping sauce for summer rolls or skewered satays, dressing for a buddha bowl or sauce for a stirfry. But I am going to suggest the very easiest recipe of all…Peanut Sauce Baked Chicken.
Miso roasted salmon (especially sockeye salmon!) is one of my all time favourite, go-to fish recipes. This recipe really lets fresh and healthy salmon shine. Lemon adds light and bright tartness while savory miso paste keeps this thick enough to cling to the fish and creates a nice caramelized, bubbly glaze. Also check out a picture of me commercial fishing back in the day!