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Fish Tacos

Fish tacos have become the hot new item on restaurant menus. Most kids adore tacos, and fish is less recognizable when it’s seasoned, flaked and hidden under other ingredients like shredded lettuce or fruit salsa. If you have canned chipotle chilies en adobe, a finely chopped chili and some...

Potato Fish Cakes

Historically, fish cakes have been one of the most common ways to eat fish in the Maritimes. Usually they were made with preserved salt cod, but today they’re much tastier with fresh salmon. These crispy cakes are as easy to make as they are to enjoy. INGREDIENTS: a splash or two...

Fish Sticks

Any food served on a stick is infinitely more appealing to kids than that which is not. For a new spin on fish sticks, cut fish fillets into strips or cubes and marinate them in any flavourful marinade you like, then thread them onto soaked bamboo skewers and quickly...

Curried ginger carrot soup

Enhance your immune system with beta-kerotene this winter by preparing this curried ginger carrot soup. The yogurt adds calcium and a slight creaminess to the soup.

Boeuf Bourguignon

INGREDIENTS: 6 slices bacon, chopped canola or olive oil, for cooking with 3 lbs (1.4 kg) lean stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes (I used inside and bottom round) 1 large onion, halved and sliced salt and pepper to taste 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour 3 cups (750 mL) full-bodied red wine, such as a...

Pink Popcorn

You can use any red Jell-O powder for this; I tried cherry and raspberry and liked raspberry better, although cherry was a paler pink. Ingredients: Lots of popped popcorn – a big bowl (around 15 cups) 2 cups (500 mL) sugar 1/2 small box red Jell-O gelatin powder 1/2 cup (125 mL) water 1 tbsp...

Sticky, Spicy Drumsticks

These are reminiscent of sweet and sour chicken, but with a spicy kick. Use less hot sauce if you’re feeding kids; more if you like to live dangerously. These do the trick when I’m craving a big sticky basketful of chicken wings. Cook them under the broiler or throw...

Stromboli

A Stromboli is a calzone-like sandwich stuffed with meat, cheese and other fillings enclosed in chewy pizza dough. Without drippy sauce inside, Stromboli are easy to eat. If you’re feeding a crowd or small children, slice them on a slight diagonal into 2.5-cm...

Sloppy Joes

INGREDIENTS: olive or canola oil, for cooking 1 onion, peeled and chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped (optional) 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 1/2 lb (750 g) lean ground beef, bison, turkey or chicken, or a combination 1 28 oz (796 mL) can diced, whole, or stewed tomatoes 1/2 cup (125...

Turkey Chili with Barley

Does it get more comforting than a simmering pot of chili? This one swaps beef for leaner turkey and the addition of nubby barley for nice texture.

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