Articles about chicken
Craig Claiborne, long-time food editor and restaurant critic for The New York Times once said, "There is nothing better on a cold wintry day than a properly made pot pie." I couldn't agree more. And since I've discovered how versatile WowButter is in sauces, I decided to create a Thai inspired peanut-free chicken pot pie. Using only a cast iron pan to cook everything and a frozen pie crust, this hearty meal is on the table in about an hour.
If you've ever had African braised chicken in peanut sauce, you'll love this dish. The subtle nutty flavour combined with hot peppers, curry and sherry makes this an easy meal to serve up on rice. For those of you on a peanut-free or gluten-free diet (or both), I've found WowButter to be the tastiest substitute. What's more, it's actually healthier than peanut butter and mixes easily into slow cooker recipes.
If you thought butter chicken was too much work or had too many hard-to-find ingredients, you are in for a treat. I found the simplest way to make it in your slow cooker with common everyday spices. What's more, my version is gluten-free, nut-free, and lighter on milk fat than most recipes. There is plenty of wiggle room with this recipe and I include other substitutions to suit your tastes.
Pad thai is a flavourful stir-fried noodle dish that can be made with shrimp, chicken, tofu, egg, or crab. Most pad thai (aka phat thai) dishes contain roasted peanuts, fish sauce, and bean sprouts. But the recent bean sprout recalls are enough to keep my friends from eating pad thai (even those without an allergy to peanuts or fish). Finally, I made a gluten-free, sprout-free, peanut-free, fish-free version that my family and friends love. What's more, you can tweak this recipe to suit your tastes.
When I was in college, I used to enjoy an incredible cashew chicken dish at Castle Dragon (a small mom-and-pop restaurant) in the Dupont and Spadina area of Toronto. Unfortunately, it closed down and I've been looking for a recipe ever since. I have a seafood allergy, so I have to be extra careful. So, I tweaked a recipe from fellow featured author Robert VanNorden.
If you enjoy tender, slow-cooked stews with thick, flavourful sauces, then you must try a tangine recipe. The spicy, aromatic tastes of a tangine dish is kept within the pot by its cone-shaped lid. I'm thoroughly impressed by Jamie Oliver's book "Jamie Does...Spain" which I feature in my article along with his incredible beef tangine video. Also included is a fabulous vegetarian tangine recipe.
If you love to barbecue year-round, this simple dish is a no muss, no fuss way to ensure everyone gets exactly what they want. It's also ideal for those who arrive a little late for dinner. Each serving is baked in foil which helps to keep it warm and prevents it from drying out. There's no fry pan to scrub and you only need to prep a few vegetables. No barbecue? Don't worry, it bakes perfectly in the oven too.
Although I am cooking more vegetarian dishes now, when I was about to start a family, my blood work revealed I was low in iron and folate. To supplement my diet, I looked for natural sources of these nutrients. Broccoli and lean flank are excellent sources and taste wonderful in a recipe which I adapted from world renown Canadian chef, teacher, and author Bonnie Stern.
Since zucchini season is long and extends from May through August, I tweaked a vegetarian casserole recipe in Robert VanNorden's Kindle book Casserole For The Soul: 25 Hearty Casserole Recipes; Comfort Food to Satisfy the Hunger Within. Since this recipe contains rice, it's fairly easy to make gluten-free as well. Just be careful to grate your own cheddar cheese - since prepackaged shredded cheeses sometimes contain flour to keep cheese pieces from sticking together.
I tweaked a fabulous Bonnie Stern mango salsa recipe I found in the Toronto Star newspaper about 15 years ago. It appealed to me since it required no tomatoes. I've simplified it a bit and have sometimes added leftover cherry tomatoes, avocados, or cucumbers to it. What makes it so special is Amore Chili Pepper Paste.
As soon as Thanksgiving was over, my IT guy asked me to make my world-famous pepperpot stew. What I love about this dish is how tender the stewing beef is after being in the slow cooker all day. It's a hearty meal to come home to after a long day shopping, sightseeing, or hitting the slopes. With sweet potatoes, peppers, and the right combination of spices (including cinnamon), I've found this a simple way to feed 8 to 10 people or to halve for a family.
In an effort to get my family to eat healthier, I decided to try Indian and Moroccan spices in a carrot-lentil soup. All you do is combine everything together in your slow cooker in the morning. Later, you come home to the tastiest vegetarian dish in the evening. Bonus: I include my recipe for cottage cheese scones which adds additional protein and calcium to this heartwarming meal.
My all time favourite comfort food is soup. And if you think creamy tomato soup is good, just wait until you try my creamy roasted red pepper soup. The ingredients are healthy and you can tweak the herbs and spices to your liking. If you are feeling up to it, I even include the best method to roast your own peppers (shown in a video by Chef Rich Jacobs).
With Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season almost upon us, I thought a slow cooker turkey stew would make the perfect gift for someone unable to attend family get-togethers. Perhaps a new mom or someone who is bedridden would love to have this simple dish brought to them to enjoy with you. I've tweaked this recipe to make it gluten-free for those who require it but regular gluten-containing ingredients will work just as well.
News that only two AdÃ©lie penguin chicks (from a colony of 40,000) in Antarctica survived breeding season had me on high alert. Yet the narrative (in mainstream media) was already set: changing weather forced parents to travel further in search of food because of changing climate. This is far less likely than Wolbachia infecting their food source coupled with a virus (Zika or West Nile) to cause their deaths. What's more: for the last two decades, the Antarctic peninsula - the tip of the continent nearest to South America - has not become any warmer.
One of my all-time favorite Thai desserts is sticky rice with mango. I always wondered how to make it and was surprised how labor-intensive the authentic version is to create. I don't own a bamboo steamer - but I do have a kick ass rice cooker. After reading some commentary on a recipe website for coconut rice (created in a rice cooker) I decided to skip the stove top method. Instead of using sugar, I Canadianized my version by using maple syrup instead. It was fabulous.
Plums are one of those fruits that I felt were a gamble. Either they were too tart or too sweet. Now that I've researched them, I know how to pick a decent batch of plums (and you will too). Since plums are in season now, I figured I'd tweak and create a few delicious plum recipes. What's more, these recipes are fast and easy.