Dinner Tonight: Kale Salad with Cranberry Dressing

kaleThis coming weekend is always a little bittersweet. Here in Canada, our family celebrates Thanksgiving, but we also close down our cottage for the winter every year at this time. For us, this is the true marker of summer end, and the beginning of cold weather.

But it is also usually the nicest weekend to be at our cottage. Crisp cool mornings, beautifully colored leaves, no bugs, and the best part… Thanksgiving dinner!

We have a rustic, yet fairly traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, corn, and this year, kale salad with cranberry dressing. I had this at a friend’s house the other night – it was delicious and the perfect complement to a traditional meal.

Kale is a winter collard and at only 36 calories per cup, it provides a boat-load of nutritional goodness. Every serving of kale provides: Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Kale Salad with Cranberry Dressing”

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Bring Intuition Into the Kitchen: ‘Create Your Own’ Stew

jared s cooking intuition blogIf you’re a strict “recipe-follower” in the kitchen, this blog is for you.

Many of us learn to cook by following recipes – maybe alongside a more experienced family member or while watching a celebrity chef on TV. Then when we want to prepare something, we find a recipe for it and make it. But all too often the left-brain task of following the steps in a recipe leaves us completely clueless about how to actually prepare the food. After following a recipe for balsamic vinaigrette dressing, do you know how to make a vinaigrette in general? Or only that specific balsamic vinaigrette?

Most recipes can be boiled down to a framework of cooking techniques and food groups. Understanding this framework for a dish can make it simple to revise and personalize, bringing creativity into the kitchen and rendering cooking more fun and gratifying.

Although spring is near, there’s enough chill left in the air to enjoy at least one more winter stew, which is good because stew is probably one of the best dishes to try your hand at this new concept of intuitive cooking. It may sound intimidating, with so many ingredients and steps, but the long, slow and moist cooking process actually makes it an incredibly forgiving dish on which to cut your culinary teeth.  Continue reading “Bring Intuition Into the Kitchen: ‘Create Your Own’ Stew”

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October 2021