John Bil’s Oyster Mignonette

John Bil was Canada’s oyster shucking champion in 2006. “The first 20,000 are the hardest.” he quips. But Bil is also very serious. “Oysters are the essence of the ocean…and they are environmentally very sensitive. So if there are any chemicals around, they die.” He shucks Malepeque, the branded...

Winter Pear Clafouti

Canada’s great pear crop lasts, with proper storage, till mid-winter.  For this dish we like the rough-skinned Bosc. It’s a simple, egg-rich dessert so easy that even youthful bakers can whip it up. 2 tsps (10 m L) unsalted butter 1/3 cup (75 mL) + 1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar 3...

Warm Balsamic Lentil Salad

The friend who shared this recipe writes that he uses it under his grilled salmon fillets. It’s great with the balsamic-style cider vinegar from Nova Scotia, maple vinegar from Quebec, an off-dry wine vinegar from Niagara or the fabulous, authentically-made, balsamic from Venturi-Schultz Vancouver...

Great-Grandma’s Sour Cream Apple Pie

As many realize, a recipe can be a chronicle of a way of life. My now 98 year-old mother wrote: “We always called this ‘Dutch-apple pie.’  It was quite a favourite in my growing-up years.  I recall vividly my grandmother making it.  She was from Prussia.  The sour cream came, of course, from the...

Whole Wheat & Flax Dinner Rolls

Packed with flax seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, these irresistible rolls have a slight nutty flavour. No harvest supper is complete without them! Ingredients: 1-1/4 cups skim milk (300 mL) 2 Tbsp honey (30 mL) 2 Tbsp canola oil (30 mL) 1 tsp salt (5 mL) 1/4 cup water (60 mL) 1 Tbsp...

Pan-Fried Pickerel

This simple pickerel supper allows the delicate flavours of freshwater fish to shine. Serve with a garden green salad topped with Saskatoon Berry Vinaigrette. Ingredients: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (60 mL) 1/4 tsp salt (1 mL) 1/4 tsp pepper (1 mL) 2 lbs pickerel fillets (1 kg) 3 Tbsp canola...

Blueberry Scones

Few things can top fresh-baked scones bursting with Canadian blueberries. Ingredients: 1 cup whole-wheat flour (250 mL) 1 cup all-purpose flour (250 mL) 3 Tbsp granulated sugar (45 mL) 1 Tbsp baking powder (15 mL) 1/4 tsp salt (1 mL) 1/4 tsp baking soda (1 mL) 2 tsp lemon juice (10 mL) 3/4 cup...