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Beefy Burgers with Smashed Potatoes
8 years ago

Beefy Burgers with Smashed Potatoes

Over the years I’ve tried experimenting with many additions to the classic burger, and I’ve discovered that most just don’t work. One thing that does work is shredded meat from a tender beef stew. It adds a rich layer of beefy flavour and texture that I love! Just the thing to serve with my all-time favourite spud, smashed potatoes!

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Couscous
8 years ago

Couscous

This is a tasty side dish that can be banged out in five minutes. Couscous is a tiny type of cracked, granular pasta that’s already been cooked and dried. It’s actually easier to use than other pastas. Just soak it in some boiling liquid and it’s good to go!

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Acorn Squash with Applesauce
8 years ago

Acorn Squash with Applesauce

Every fall when locally grown squash and apples appear in the farmers market I make this dish. It shows how well ingredients that grow together go together. That’s why it tastes so good!

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Polenta
8 years ago

Polenta

A bowl full of freshly made corn polenta is one of the world’s great grain dishes. Polenta is a traditional Italian pudding thickened with cornmeal. Freshly made, it has a soft, creamy, addictively delicious texture. It can also be served by cooling and hardening it, then slicing it and grilling or pan-searing it until it forms a beautiful crispy crust with a creamy interior.

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Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
8 years ago

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

There are as many ways to flavour mashed potatoes as there are cooks. These are my gold standard. They’re simple, with a twist: brown butter. You won’t believe how much flavour is locked into a stick of butter, but you will believe these are the best mashed spuds you’ve ever had.

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Roast Potato Salad
8 years ago

Roast Potato Salad

Roasting adds flavour to just about anything - including mellow potatoes headed for a salad. The sharp flavours of capers, mustard and vinegar really perk them up. This is a popular dish at my family summer beach picnics but it’s great in the middle of the winter too!

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Grilled Vegetable Skewers
8 years ago

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

A grilled vegetable skewer is one of the best ways I know to get kids to eat vegetables - especially when they’re marinated in a tasty herb vinaigrette. Just about any veggie will grill nicely, so use your imagination and get ready for empty plates.

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Potato Salad with Bacon Dressing
49 years ago

Potato Salad with Bacon Dressing

Here’s a tip older than my grandmother: Potatoes absorb the most flavour when they’re still warm.

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