A Belly Satisfying Sandwich

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Not only is pork belly a very economical cut, it is easy to prepare and available at most local grocery stores. One of its most popular uses is a Vietnamese sandwich or banh mi. With sweet, salty, sour, and spicy elements, the banh mi is a sandwich for everyone. For a more authentic version, try…

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Greek Panzanella

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There is no better way to showcase the freshness of summer produce than a chunky salad. Drawing inspiration from three salads – a classic Greek, Italy’s famous bread salad, and a Middle Eastern fattoush – this has something for everyone. Occasions Recommends Norton Barrel Select Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina $15.99 Next Week In the first in…

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Asian Pasta Salad

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Kathy Jollimore | Cooking Class Pasta salad and summer go hand in hand. This season, replace those heavy, mayonnaise-laden salads with a Vietnamese inspired cold noodle salad. Packed full of both crisp and pickled vegetables, fresh herbs and a tangy yet light dressing, this makes the perfect main dish salad. It is also fully customizable; simply…

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Super Summer Potato Salad

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Kathy Jollimore Perfect as a side for a summer barbecue, this Grilled Corn and Sweet Potato Salad can also hold its own as a filling salsa. Serve it along with corn chips and a bottle of your favourite Crisp & Light white wine. The wine pairing, like the salad, should be fresh and lively and…

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Tasty Tomatoes

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Kathy Jollimore A spin on a classic Caprese, this simple tomato salad is bursting with seasonal flavor. With the addition of creamy avocado, a basil dressing and tangy goat cheese in place of the usual mozzarella, it’s only missing a glass of crisp, white wine. Other great additions include chunky croutons and olives. Try serving…

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A New take on Potato Salad

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Ditch the heavy mayonnaise laden potato salad for this summer inspired Grilled New Potato Salad. Made with sweeter new potatoes, crisp green beans and radishes, it is the perfect salad to celebrate the season’s freshest ingredients. Occasions Recommends Folonari Pinot Grigio, Italy, $14.99 Grilled New Potato Salad 4 servings Prep Time: Less than 30 minutes…

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Savour the freshness

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By Kathy Jollimore Late spring marks asparagus season in Nova Scotia. To savour the freshness of the crop, try this raw shaved asparagus salad with Parmesan, crispy prosciutto and a simple lemon vinaigrette. If desired, blanch, grill or roast the asparagus until tender but still crisp. Shaved Asparagus Salad 4 servings Prep Time: Less than…

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Nanaimo bars: An East Coast Treat

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Kathy Jollimore Nanaimo bars are to Western Canada what blueberry grunt is to Eastern Canada. Blueberry grunt is a simple dessert consisting of biscuit-like dumplings simmered in blueberry sauce. This version uses red wine to bring out the dark fruit flavour. Though it is best made at the height of blueberry season, frozen berries work…

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Lobster luxury

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In this recipe local lobster is incorporated into a true Canadian classic dish, poutine. It makes for a little of lobster luxury.  Lobster Poutine 4 servings Prep Time: Less than 1 hour Total Time: Less than 1 hour INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp butter 1 shallot, minced 2 tbsp Sherry or white wine 1 cup lobster stock*…

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Spicing Up Canadian Beef

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Though there is much speculation, ginger beef, a staple on all Canadian Chinese menus, originated in Alberta. The Canadian beef is first fried until crisp then tossed in a sweet and sour ginger sauce. Serve with rice or noodles for a dinner as quick as take out. Occasions Recommends Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Cabernet Merlot…

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