Food

Make an eggplant Parmesan without extra breadcrumbs or oil

Make-ahead meals and cooking for the freezer, once relegated to suburban supermoms who had it more together than the rest of us, are now trendy with the healthy-eating crowd. Sure, we call it “meal prep” but it’s pretty much the same thing: Make good food in advance, so that we can eat it sometime in …

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts lovers, you are in for a treat: a side dish that will threaten to steal centre stage. Spanish chorizo, a wonderfully spiced smoked pork sausage, gets sauteed just enough to brown a bit and release its oils. Then fresh bread crumbs are sauteed in the same pan and set aside to become a …

Root Vegetable Gratin is tasty side dish for Thanksgiving

The side dishes on our annual Thanksgiving menu almost always include mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. This year I decided to change up the routine by combining the two, adding a little cream and topping off the hybrid with some crunch. It’s heartier that way and tastier, too. This recipe calls for a pound of turnips …

Turkey fatigue? Bring new life into that poultry with a stew

Raise your hand if you make certain dishes for Thanksgiving just so you’ll have them for leftovers. Yes, buying a huge turkey to feed six counts. Guilty as charged. But even if you live for leftover turkey sandwiches and carrot pudding, you’ve probably faced that Thanksgiving fatigue that hits a few days in, where you …

Seafood fans hope for return of Maine shrimp in 2018

PORTLAND, Maine — Seafood lovers might see the return of Maine shrimp to fish market counters and restaurants next year if interstate regulators decide the critter’s population is strong enough. The Maine shrimp fishery has been shut down since 2013, and a moratorium has been extended every year since. The regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries …

University president’s hot sauces benefit scholarship fund

GLASSBORO, N.J.— The president of a New Jersey university is using his culinary skills and his hot sauces to help raise money for student scholarships. Rowan University president Ali Houshmand has been making hot sauces for years. He began doing it in his free time, providing the sauces to family and friends. In recent years …

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Garlic

There are certain vegetables that I bring home and have a stare-off with for a while before cooking them. I think sweet potatoes top the list, partly because they will last forever, so the staring contest can go on for quite some time. And partly because they have eyes. Oh, yes, you are right, I …

Serve Cornish hens instead of turkey for Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, why not follow presidential custom and grant your turkey a pardon? Sure, the big bird has always been at the centre of the traditional feast, but cooking it is almost always a headache. The problem is how long to cook it. Sometimes a 16-pound turkey is cooked to perfection in three hours …

Not your grandpa’s haggis: Canada to import less ‘offal’ type of Scottish dish

TORONTO — For the first time in nearly 50 years Scotland will start exporting haggis to Canada, but traditionalists may be disappointed as a key ingredient must be left out of the iconic dish to meet Canadian regulations: offal. A traditional Scottish haggis is made with a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, along with oatmeal, …

Quebec City’s Battuto takes the No. 1 spot on Canada’s Best New Restaurants list

TORONTO — A 20-seat Italian diner in Quebec City has taken the top spot on the Canada’s Best New Restaurants list. Battuto is this year’s highlight on the list compiled by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Battuto is described as a 400-square-foot trattoria where chef Guillaume St-Pierre’s dishes include paper-thin rounds of Charlevoix-pork lonza and grilled …

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