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Wild Mushroom Soup

A mixture of fresh, wild mushrooms is good for making this quick, woodsy-tasting soup.


Grilled Fish with Heirloom Tomato, Asparagus & Almond Salad

Colourful heirloom tomatoes and asparagus make a perfect accompaniment to a firm, hearty grilled fish. Make sure to use freshly...


Tagliatelle with Mushrooms, Lemon and Breadcrumbs

This terrific dish is simple to make. Prepare the mushroom and lemon sauce and breadcrumbs ahead of time and boil...


Classic Chili Con Carne with Cornbread

Slow-cooked beef and beans in a rich tomato sauce spiced with chilis and cumin make this an inviting meal on...


Roasted Cherry Tomatoes in Parmesan Cups

Parmesan is the key to this recipe; richer cheeses such as pecorino or Romano may have too much fat to...


Grilled Vegetable & Bulgur Salad

This seasonal twist on the Lebanese dish tabbouleh is made with bulgur, a processed form of whole wheat that is...


Slow-Braised Beef and Barley

Here, beef is simmered until meltingly tender while nourishing pot barley thickens the gravy to make a hearty casserole and...


Basil-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This stylish main course is, surprisingly, not laden with fat. The chicken breast halves can be prepared in advance, covered...

Cod with Spicy Puy Lentils

Dark-green Puy lentils, grown in the south of France, have a unique, peppery flavor that is enhanced by chile. They...


Mussels with Saffron and Fennel

The sautéing fennel, onion and saffron is my favourite of all kitchen aromas. They are also a classic combination that...


Pizza Primavera

Savour the flavours of feta cheese, olives and herbs in this pizza primavera, and pour a glass of Sangiovese wine.


Frittata Florentine

Serve this elegant egg dish with a green salad and a glass of sparkling wine. Frittata Florentine is also a...


Savoury Pan-Roasted Fish

Serve this flavourful pan-roasted fish with boiled new potatoes and a glass of chardonnay.


Tuna and Tomato Pizza

Add canned tuna to a good tomato sauce, spread it on a ready-made pizza base and you have a delicious,...


Double-Cheese Pizza Bites

What a delicious way to welcome your guests! These mini double-cheese pizza bites are loaded with fresh tomato slices, black...


Focaccia

This light Italian flat bread is prepared from a soft dough enriched with olive oil. This focaccia recipe uses just...

Grilled Asparagus and Peppers

Here, spears of asparagus, peppers and green onions are grilled in a ridged cast-iron pan, then mixed with oven-baked Parmesan...


Baked Eggplant with Yogurt

In this delicious dish, grilled slices of eggplant and zucchini are layered with a rich tomato sauce and cumin-flavoured yogurt,...


Sesame Stir-Fried Asparagus and Peas

When asparagus is in season, run to the nearest grocery store and buy a big bunch. Cook it quickly and...


Butternut Squash Gratin

Hiding inside a butternut squash's skin is dense, mildly sweet orange flesh that's an excellent source of disease-battling beta carotene....


Rustic Broiled Vegetable and Rigatoni Salad

Broiled vegetables are delicious with chunky pasta in a tangy dressing. Serve this rustic broiled vegetable and rigatoni salad as...

Garlicky Tomato Salad

When tomatoes are at their peak of sweetness, this garlicky tomato salad is particularly delicious. It's eye-catching, too, if you...


Spicy Jamaican Barbecued Chicken

Because the flavour of chicken is mild, it benefits from a tasty baste when barbecued or broiled, such as in...


Hungarian Chicken Meatballs

Ground chicken and mushrooms make succulent meatballs'delicious simmered in a smooth tomato sauce with red and green peppers. Paprika warms...


Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This stylish-looking main course is surprisingly easy to make. The prosciutto-stuffed chicken breasts can be prepared in advance and kept...


Spicy Chicken Tostadas

'Tostadas' comes from the Spanish word for toasted. These flat, crisply toasted corn tortillas can be topped with all sorts...


Veal Escalopes with Herbs

In this light summery dish, ultra-thin, tender veal escalopes are quickly fried and covered with herbs, and the pan is...