Roasted Pear Salad with Pumpkin Seeds & Chèvre

A robust winter salad can break the monotony of root vegetables and mash. This roasted pear over crisp greens salad with a sprinkling of seeds makes a lovely starter. We recently served this salad to a group of sixty, and it was so simple to do for a large group, but its taste and presentation…

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

1 Garlic clove, pressed 1 T maple syrup 1 T Balsamic vinegar 1 T Red wine vinegar 1 t Dijon ¼ olive oil salt Whisk together until emulsified. Store covered in the fridge for up to a week. Click here for printable version.

Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Cream Sauce

Last weekend we were catering for a large group, with multiple meals.  Menus were gone over carefully making sure we weren’t duplicating anything, and that each meal would be memorable on its own. Dish selection for buffets can be quite difficult, when you’ve got the same group of people back again the next night. The…

Rutabaga with Dijon

The under-loved rutabaga (swede, neeps or yellow turnip) has been part of the European diet since pre-historic times, and been used as livestock fodder since at least the 1400’s. It has fed folks through famine, and kept livestock alive through the winter.  It may be whimsy, but I can easily visualize a young serf walking…

Herb Crusted Pork Roast

When my parents would visit my younger sister and I in our apartment in the late 70’s (returning to the city from their back-to-the-land adventures on Thetis Island) I would try to make a really sumptuous feast at least once during their visit.  I can remember buying a huge pork roast (in reality it was…