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Fresh Tortilla Chips

I like to make these chips with leftover flour tortillas. They will keep for a week tightly covered, although they never seem to last that long! 6 flour tortillas 2 tbsp olive oil sea salt Preheat oven to 375 F Cut tortillas into 12 wedges each and toss with olive oil and sea salt Arrange []

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Crème Fraîche

2 cups whipping cream 2 tbsp buttermilk, sour cream, or previous batch of crème fraîche Whisk together all ingredients Cover and stand at room temperature until thickened, 2-3 days Refrigerate until needed Share to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) to share on (Opens in new window) to share on []

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Deli Counter Tapenade

A trip to the local deli will usually provide all you need for a simple tapenade to spread on homemade tortilla chips, fresh bread or your favourite crackers. 1/2 cup roasted red peppers 6 sundried tomato halves 1/2 cup stuffed marinated jumbo olives 1/4 cup oil cured (morrocan) black olives 1/2 bunch basil drizzle of []

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Seared Beef Tenderloin with Shiitake Mushroom Ragout

4 portions beef tenderloin (5-6 oz each) steak spice 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tbsp olive oil salt to taste Season tenderloin well with steak spice and rub with chopped garlic and olive oil. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (may be left overnight) Bring back to room temperature before cooking Season steak []

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Honey (or Maple) Pecan Sticky Buns

I can’t think of anything more satisfying on a rainy day than warm sticky buns fresh out of the oven. Be careful pulling them apart, as the glaze will be quite hot at first! Dough 2 Tbsp instant yeast 5 Tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 4 cups flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup milk, warmed []

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Steak Spice

This will make a nice sized jar, mix well, grind as needed and use to season meats and poultry. 3 tbsp black peppercorns 1 tbsp green or pink peppercorns (dry) 1 tbsp Szechuan pepper 1 tbsp fennel seed 1 tbsp dill seed 1 tbsp coriander seed 1 tbsp yellow mustard seed 1 tbsp brown mustard []

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Sweet Pastry (123 dough)

The name implies simplicity, but has more to do with the ratio of sugar, butter, and flour by weight. I like using sweet dough for two reasons: ease of use, as it is less prone to shrinkage, and taste, especially with fillings that are not overly sweet. This makes enough for 2 pie shells or []

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Potato Puree

2 lb Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes, peeled and diced 1 cup whipping cream 1/2 cup butter salt to taste Boil potatoes until tender, drain well and rice while still hot. Bring cream and butter to a boil and pour over potatoes Whisk well and season to taste Adjust consistency with milk or cream if []

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First pie of the season!

Last weekend brought the first pie of the season! I also barbecued twice which will bring a couple of stories and a few recipes in the next few days, but for now, enjoy the pie. Needless to say, it was delicious! Share to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) to share []

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Goat cheese pâté

A nice savoury spread for bread or crackers, this can be made in about 5 minutes. 8 oz fresh soft goat cheese 2 tbsp finely diced kalamata olives 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes, finely diced pepper 2 tbsp chopped herbs Cream together goat cheese with olives and sundried tomatoes Roll into a log and coat with []

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Ultimate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have become a steadfast believer in direct ratios in cooking, as I find all of the best recipes seem to be based on some direct correlation in measures or weights of ingredients. I now use that methodology when writing a new recipe, and usually end up with good results. These cookies are no different. []

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Roasted Nicola Valley Venison Loin

We are fortunate to have great fallow deer from the Nicola Valley readily available. It is tender and sweet, and a great winter meal with gnocchi and roasted vegetables Marinade 1 cup vegetable oil 1/2 tsp peppercorns 1/2 tsp fennel seed 1/2 tsp mustard seed 1 tsp juniper berries 1/2 tsp coriander seed 1 sprig []

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Game Day Chili

Fall brings football season, and this year all of our son’s games have fallen on Mondays, making it difficult to cook a hearty dinner and catch the game. We’ve resorted to preparing Monday’s dinner the day before, something that can be heated up quickly but will satisfy the hunger that comes from playing hard for []

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Rosemary sherry reduction

All great dishes include some form of a great sauce, and here is a basic recipe for a nice demi-glace based reduction. I usually make demi glace in a largish batch and then freeze it in 1/2 liter (2 cup) bags for future use. 2 shallots, sliced 1 tsp chopped garlic 1 tbsp cup butter []

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