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French Onion Marinade

A tasty way to prepare chicken by marinating the meat in onions, garlic, beef broth and balsamic vinegar. This dish is typically grilled, cut into tender bite-sized pieces of chicken. This is certainly a family favourite!

Chicken and marinade can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. I use this when going out to a cabin for the week, permitting me to quickly get a meal ready once I get there.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of garlic pressed
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of powdered beef broth
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of water
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken breasts

Preparation

  1. In a freezer bag, add all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Use a straw take out any excess air then seal bag.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least three (3) hours or overnight.  Mix contents of bag occasionally.
  4. Grill chicken, dabbing with marinade occasionally, until meat is cooked throughout.
  5. Cut up chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Ready to serve.

Lobster Melt

This dish that is said to have its origins in Nova Scotia’s South Shore, home of Acadians and several fishing communities. This recipe blends lobster with cream to create a delicious filling that can be served atop fresh tea biscuits or garlic bread. For an extra zing, add a bit of grated cheddar as a topping.

Ingredients

Lobster Melt

  • 5 ounces (140 ml) of cooked lobster meat
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) of butter
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of chopped fine onions
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) of flour
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of milk
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of cayenne pepper

Tea Biscuits

  • 2 cups (470 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons (20 g) of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) shortening
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of milk

Preparation

Lobster Melt

  1. Dice lobster meat and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt butter on medium-high heat.  For an additional dose of flavour, substitute 1 tablespoon (15 g) of butter with garlic butter.
  3. Add onions and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add lobster and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Mix in flour and stir until you have a consistent mixture.
  6. Add milk and cream and stir until sauce thickens.
  7. Add salt and pepper then stir.
  8. Can be in between two-halves of a fresh tea-biscuits. For that little extra top with cheese.

Tea Biscuits

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. Add flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.  Add shortening in cubes and mix.
  3. Add milk, mix and knead until you have a ball of dough.
  4. Roll out dough, and flatten to ¼ inch (0.6 cm).
  5. Cut into rounds using a cookie cutter or glass.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and allow to rest.
  6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  Serve warm.

Macaroni and Mushroom Casserole

featured_macaroni_au_fromage_webWhen I ventured out into the real-world, home cooked meals meant I cooked myself. So this became one of my go-to meals, since it is simple, straightforward and typically offered enough leftovers to keep me going for three to four days.

This recipe combines pasta, cheese, mushrooms and a soup base to create a tasty dish which is ready-to-serve within an hour.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (470 ml) of elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of garlic butter
  • 10 fluid ounces (295 ml) of canned mushrooms
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of ground pepper
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of chopped pimentos
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 10 fluid ounces (295 ml) of condensed mushroom soup
  • 1 cup (235 ml) and ¼ cup (60 ml) of grated velveeta cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cook macaroni according to packaging instructions, rinse then drain.
  3. Over medium heat melt butter and garlic in a pan then add mushrooms, cumin and pepper. Sauté until the mushrooms are golden brown.
  4. Add onions and pimentos, sauté for 1-2 minutes until the onions are transparent.
  5. Drain pan of excess butter, then place in a large bowl.  Add mayonnaise, ¼ cup (60 ml) of cheese, milk and condensed soup.  Mix until you have a consistent finish.
  6. Add macaroni, mix then pour into a 1.5 litre stoneware baker.  Cover with remaining cheese then place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Makes approximately four portions.

Sautéed Mushrooms and Scallops

Featured_Sauteed_Mushrooms_and_ScallopsA recipe that came out while I was out roughing it at a cabin, when one of my guests brought some scallops. Since I had some mushrooms, onions and garlic, I combined the ingredients to create this dish.  This recipe is quick and easy to make and requires only one pan to complete.  Necessity really is the mother of invention!

Dish pictured on a bed of Knorr Sidekicks – Country Mushroom, which compliments the dish nicely.

Ingredients

  • 10 fluid ounces (295 ml) of canned mushrooms (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.75 ml) of pepper
  • 1 small onion, approximately 1.5 ounces (45 g) finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic (5 g) pressed
  • 9 ounces (250 g) of scallops

Preparation

  1. Place a medium-sized pan on medium heat then melt butter.
  2. Add mushrooms, cumin and pepper. Sauté mushrooms until they brown lightly.
  3. Add in onions and garlic, continue to sauté until onions are transparent.
  4. Add scallops and sauté until they are cooked throughout.
  5. Remove from heat and ready to serve.

Ready to Serve Baked Potatoes

Featured_Ready_to_Serve_SpudsWhile not necessarily a French Canadian dish, it has been one of my go-to sides dishes for a while.  This dish combines all of the elements of baked potatoes into one dish (minus the sour cream and bacon).  The heat will melt the butter while it cooks the potatoes, onions and garlic to create this ready to eat dish.

Easy to prepare and cooks in the oven or barbecue while you work on the main dish.  You can also add in leftover chicken, pork or beef to make this a complete meal.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz (350 g) of potatoes
  • 2½ oz  (75 g) of minced onions
  • 2 cloves (7 g) of pressed garlic
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of butter
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of Italian seasoning

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare two pieces of tin foil, approximately 12 x 15 inches (30 x 40 cm) in length.
  3. Scrub, rinse and cut up the potatoes into small cubes then place on the tin foil.
  4. Drop onions, garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning atop potatoes.
  5. Top with butter and close up the first layer of tin foil.  Wrap in a second to prevent any leaks.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 60 minutes.  Alternatively, place on an outdoor grill for the same amount of time.
  7. When done, pull from the oven, mix the contents and it is ready to serve.