Month: March 2015

Tarragon Health Benefits and Uses

Tarragon

Although tarragon is originally native to Siberia and western Asia, it is one of the classic herbs found in a French kitchen. The name itself, is derived from the Latin word “dracunculus” which means “little dragon” and also has ties to the French word ‘estragon’ which also means ‘little dragon’. The origins of this name […]

Shaved Fennel & White Asparagus Salad

Shaved Fennel & White Asparagus Salad

“White gold” or “edible ivory” – considered a spring delicacy, white asparagus makes it way to produce markets and grocery stores only one season a year. During the German “Spargelsaison” or “Spargelzeit” (“asparagus season” or “asparagus time”), the season usually starts in late April and finishes in mid to late June. Thanks to a mild […]

Green Risotto (Spinach, Tarragon, Parley and Chive Risotto)

Green Risotto (Spinach, Tarragon, Parsley and Chive Risotto)

With Saint Patrick’s day directly around the corner, what better than to celebrate with a “green” risotto! Rather than traditional Irish recipes, you could turn to something a little healthier and brighter. Unless drinking dyed-green beer appeals to you more! In Canada we observe March 17th as a day for celebration and take it very […]

Tagliatelle al Ragù (Classic Bolognese) with Veal

Tagliatelle al Ragù (Classic Bolognese) with Veal

I’ve been told a bolognese cannot be called a bolognese at all and that a true and authentic bolognese is actually called tagliatelle al ragù because Italian chefs insist that it should be served with a flat pasta rather than thin spaghetti because the meat clings to it better…AND like all ragùs, it’s characterized by […]

Belgium Endive and Winter Purslane in a Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Belgium Endive and Winter Purslane in a Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Here’s a super salad dressing that makes even the simplest plate of greens memorable. Walnut oil lends the salad a light nutty flavor and blends well with watercress, Belgian endive and postelein. Postelein is the Dutch name for winter purslane or miner’s lettuce; a delicious but often overlooked wild green, resembling tiny lily pads and […]