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Ancaster, ON, CA

Recent Reviews

Re:Vietnamese Tilapia with Turmeric & Dill

Nice for a change as it was a different mix of flavors than usual for us. Very fast weeknight dinner, very healthy too. It seemed like an awful lot of dill but it was just right when all cooked down & eaten together over the fish. We served it over jasmine rice. My husband liked it a lot more than I did; I'm not sure if I'd bother with it again but he said he would so maybe I would for him but not in a hurry.

Posted: 02:11 pm on November 18th 2010

Re:Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon & Sage

We loved it! Made as written except that I added the wine to the risotto as the first liquid addition (after stirring the rice into the shallots) rather than mixing it in the broth; as well I did not add the squash until after the wine was absorbed either. Yes the parmesan taste was fairly prominent but we liked that; add less if you don't care for parm. Sage is a pretty intense herb so be cautious about adding more. All in all this was fantastic and easy; elegant enough for company, simple & fast enough for a weeknight. We served it with seared sea scallops, which I seared in some of the excess bacon fat for extra flavor.

Posted: 09:07 pm on October 18th 2010

Re:Grilled Brie, Turkey & Pear Sandwiches

Easy and awesome. I emailed this one to my husband and he put the whole thing together himself before I got home. It is so simple but has such elegant flavours, you'll feel like you're having something more special than just a sandwich made with leftovers! We have a panini grill and used that to crisp it up; slightly more healthy than grilling as described but who's counting calories when you're eating brie anyway!

Posted: 07:48 pm on October 15th 2010

Re:Broiled Salmon with a White Bean, Kale & Bacon Ragoût

Nice for a change but we were a bit disappointed. Would have liked the salmon crisped up a bit more (maybe I'd sear it in a pan first like I often do), and as well was disappointed in the softness of the bacon (seemed soggy....actually the whole thing was swimming in a bit too much liquid for my liking). Maybe if I were to do it again I'd leave out the chicken broth as well.

Posted: 07:44 pm on October 15th 2010

Re:Sear-Roasted Rosemary Steak and Potatoes

excellent! we love to roast potatoes with rosemary in the oven but hadn't tried them with balsalmic vinegar before and it made a beautiful and different finish. We also usually just throw them into a casserole dish but putting them into a hot cast iron pan gave them an extra-nice crispness too. We will do this again!

Posted: 07:41 pm on October 15th 2010

Re:Beef Ragù Over Spaghetti Squash with Garlic Bread

A basic recipe for a nice low-carb spaghetti...the squash took an extra 15 min to steam though. We used veal instead of beef since that's what the store had. I made the sauce my "own" way, by sauteeing the onion & garlic together before adding the meat, and adding the basil at the end to retain its brightness but otherwise followed the recipe. It was easy and fast and quite delicious and my husband was quite happy with it as he felt like he was getting a spaghetti dinner while I was happy that I was getting lots of veg instead of pasta (not a big fan of pasta). I will definitely save this & make it again.

Posted: 02:48 pm on September 29th 2010

Re:Sichuan Braised Cod

Excellent for a truely FAST weeknight dinner. I'm always looking for a different way to have fish, and this was indeed a change from the usual for us, yet still very healthy. Next time I will make double the sauce tho as I found it only made enough to coat the fish without leaving extra to put on the rice, which would have been nice. I don't make the same recipe twice too often but I know I will be looking this one up again!

Posted: 07:47 pm on September 22nd 2010

Re:Pastry Cream

So good, so easy! I did not add the rum but left it vanilla only...and used it to fill a 2 layer banana cake. It was fast to make, simple (never made pastry cream before) and perfect thickness...I can't believe people think you can get away with using a packaged pudding instead when this is just as easy and tastes SO much better.

Posted: 09:01 pm on April 12th 2009

Re:Chinese Pork & Mushroom Wraps

This was absolutely delicious! and fast too! I bought roast pork from a chinese bbq shop near my workplace & also ready-made crepes and the whole thing came off exactly like the mu-shu pork we love at our favorite chinese restaurant. You can't beat this for easy, fast & kind of special for a weekday!

Posted: 08:33 pm on May 9th 2008

Re:Chicken-Vegetable Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Crust

best chicken pot pie EVER. made just as written and would not change a thing. this has become our favourite!

Posted: 04:41 pm on March 31st 2008