Mains and Entrees

Apple-Wood Smoked Chicken Thighs

Enjoy the smell of steak on the grill? Try firing up the smoker and know what it is to be the envy of all your neighbours.

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce

The bottle of hoisin in the refrigerator has lasted through a Horse, a Sheep and a Monkey. With the Year of the Rooster upon us, we cracked it open again to jazz up some turkey balls.

Baked Penne Rotini with Italian Sausage Sausage, Bacon and Extra Old Cheddar

If you are following a recipe for cheesy baked pasta with sausage, and replace most of the ingredients and some of the directions, what do you end up with? (Answer: Cheesy Baked Pasta with Sausage. It is that foolproof.)

Baked Panko-crusted Cod with Tartar Sauce

In Newfoundland, you’re likely to end up kissing one cod and consuming many others. Here’s a way to get the taste of deep-fried fish and chips without the deep fryer.

Boeuf Bourguignon, Julia Child’s Recipe

First, we watched Julie and Julia. Then we binge-watched The French Chef. Finally — inspired and bit tipsy — we embarked on the glory of boeuf bourguignon.

Bourbon-Braised Short Ribs with Brown Sugar and Coffee

Most of the beef in our house nowadays involves complaints about rising meat prices. Except for that day when we splurged and made bourbon-braised beef short ribs.

Butter Chicken (made using Kitchens of India curry mix)

On the days when you want curry in a hurry, the supermarket pastes can be a lifesaver. Today’s  butter chicken is a delicious cheat.

Cabbage Rolls — Traditional and Deconstructed

When my experiment with unstuffed cabbage rolls went terribly sideways, I called in an expert who taught me everything I need to know to do this humble recipe right.

Cassoulet with Chicken, Bacon and Sausage

First, you fry everything in bacon. Then slow-cook it in the oven for hours and hours and hours. That’s the start of a perfect cassoulet.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Homemade Sauce

I had low expectations for cauliflower crust pizza, but it was a winner from the bottom up.

Chicken in a Hurry: Stir-fried Chicken with Asparagus

Some days, a girl just needs dinner to be easy and fast, without scratching around for unusual ingredients or combinations. Like this “Chicken in a Hurry” stir fry with chicken, asparagus and red pepper.

Chicken (or Beef) Fajitas

Ugly vegetables have always been a thing for gardeners. When our  imperfect supermarket peppers got even uglier, we turned them into a Mexican fajita fiesta.

Chicken with Roasted Figs

I thought I was cooking with figs. I was wrong.

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

With cream, butter and parmesan cheese, Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce is a chicken dinner winner.

Crispy Potato Chicken

A 1988 campaign to help Americans reduce their fat intake had a least one impact north of the border: I am a big, big fan of these chicken breasts with their low-fat skin made of grated potato and mustard.

Crock-Pot Pulled Pork

Making a rare appearance in the kitchen: my 1987 (according to eBay this makes it “vintage”) Rival Crock-Pot.

Curried Chicken and Tomato Casserole

There was a time when spices were more valuable than gold. In the kitchen, they still are.

Curried Lentil and Vegetable Wrap

Overheard in the kitchen: ‘What do you mean, ‘We’re having a meatless meal?’’ Followed shortly by: ‘I’m throwing out the rest of the (expletive deleted) lentils.’

Ground Pork Lettuce Wraps

It’s Feb. 2, so we are going to pig out on these Pork Lettuce Wraps and watch Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day. Again.

Ground Pork with Bamboo Shoots

I guess pandas had it right all along. Ground pork with bamboo shoots is an easy, cheap and tasty main course.

Guinness Beef Stew with Cheddar Dumplings

Who’s in favour of a Guinness Beef Stew with dumplings to mark St. Paddy’s Day? I believe the Irish ayes have it.

Jack-O-Lentil Burger

Nothing like a good scare to get heart beating faster. This Jack-O-Lentil burger comes straight from the Halloween episode of the animated sit-com Bob’s Burgers and allegedly “tastes like arm wrestling.”

Lamb and Date Tagine

In the wake of January’s miscue with dates, we give the dried, sweet fruit another shot, this time in a sweet and savoury lamb tagine.

Leek and Turkey Galette

“So, this project of yours,” Dan began. “I think a new rule should be that you don’t poison us.”

Meatloaf with Quinoa and Sautéed Vegetables

Tucking quinoa into a meatloaf is a sheer genius way to get this healthy grain onto your plate.

Pork Tenderloin with Savoury Mushroom-Jam Filling

Dan’s sweet tooth shows up in this lovely way to prepare a stuffed pork tenderloin. It is good enough to serve as a birthday dinner. (In fact, it was mine.)

Sausage-Cabbage Stuffed Barbecue Buns

“You had me at cabbage sandwich,” said no one ever. But these sausage-cabbage stuffed barbecue buns are a very different story.

Shepherd’s Pie

In the #tbt spirit, we’re revisiting a meal from the past. Leftovers from Sunday’s roast beef dinner are getting a new life as Shepherd’s Pie.

Shrimp and Saffron Paella

Hidden in the pages of a shelf of cookbooks comes this very special saffron and shrimp paella.

Steak Salad with Dan’s House Dressing

This steak salad is good enough to be served in a restaurant — but still leaves room in the budget for a really good bottle of red wine!

Tahini Roasted Chicken

As I tried to smother a thick, sticky tahini-and-honey paste onto a cold, slippery chicken breast, I began to doubt the wisdom of today’s recipe.

Thai Noodles with Chicken and Broccoli

The spicy homemade peanut sauce is absolutely addicting in this Thai Noodles with Chicken and Broccoli dish.

Thai Pork and Noodle Salad with Spicy Asian Dressing

Why are noodles so fun to eat? Is it the slurping? The twirling? We gave a Thai twist to a nest of bean thread starch noodles for a salad that delivered all kinds of fun.

Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

Enter the spaghetti squash, from the heartily unloved winter squash family. It has one-fifth of the calories, one-quarter of the carbs, double or triple the vitamin count, it is a genius carrier for sauces and it tastes like spaghetti. It really does.

Turkish meatballs with garlicky dipping sauce

Kicked-up meatballs get a taste of Turkey.

Triple-Cheese Lasagna with Summer Tomato Sauce

What to do when the mystery sauce was made by your husband, who can’t remember what it is? Stock up on cheese and make lasagna.