Recipes

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Romanesco

Despite looking like something from Deep Space Nine Cardassian cuisine, this spiral-studded vegetable has been growing right here on Earth for a few hundred years. Romanesco, or Roman cauliflower, might look strange, but its taste is very familiar -- a gentle cross between broccoli and...

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Maple-Roasted Chicken Breasts

This hardly looks like a substitute for chicken wings, but I assure you, if your mouth wants honey-garlic drumettes and your brain balks at deep-frying, this variation on pub grub will keep every body happy -- low-fat roasted chicken for your waistline and a tangy-sweet...

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Earth to Table French Onion Soup

I didn't take this picture. I wish I did. But I didn't. This is just a taste of the mouthwatering photos that illustrate Earth to Table: Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm. While eating local is a hot topic these days, this book is not a...

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Quick Fresh Tomato and Herb Pasta

Bet you thought I was done with the fresh tomato recipes for a while. So did I. But I was given some environmentally conscious, on-the-vine hydroponic Ontario tomatoes (say that three times fast!) at the Royal Winter Fair and I just couldn't bear to toss them in...

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Concord Grape Sorbet

The comments are rolling in in response to the cookbook give away. Your fabulous ideas make me want to rent a delightful, impractically located venue and throw a great big bash. (If you missed the post, Rose Murray's wonderful A Taste of Canada is up...

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Kitchen Scraps and a Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Every once in a while I do something unpredictable. Like cook Brussels sprouts. I don't like Brussels sprouts, but Pierre A. Lamielle's book Kitchen Scraps made me do it. Here,  Monty Python dukes it out with Edward Gorey as Martha Stewart barks encouragement from the wings....

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Maple Syrup - The Messy Baker
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

A while ago, Cari from Dinnervibe suggested I make a Halloween-themed ice cream. As you know, it doesn't take much to persuade me to whip out my Cuisinart, so even though the weather is turning cold, I accepted her ice cream challenge. Perhaps I'm in a...

Matar Paneer - The Messy Baker
Matar Paneer

I got out the good china and fancy napkins for this one. Not that matar paneer is an elaborate dish or extremely challenging. Instead, this recipe is a long, long overdue thank-you to fellow writer and Indian cuisine lover, Lora Shinn. But why am I polishing the...

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Ginger Gold Apple and Squash Soup

Pastry is fussy, cake requires precise measurement, fish over-cooks in a flash, but soup? Soup is incredibly forgiving. And it's the perfect way to  handle the abundance of fall. Got too many carrots? Make soup. More cauliflower than you know what do do with? Soup. Your...

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Saag Paneer

What are those things? Slivered almonds? Potato chips sprinkled a spinach dip? No. Crispy garlic slices atop a quick-cook version of saag paneer. See. And it's so good I ate it two days in a row. Spinach is one of those foods that doesn't photograph well when...

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