Chard and Leek Puff Pastry Tart

This recipe is incredibly simple, takes no time at all, and is flexible to accommodate whatever seasonal vegetables you have on hand.  Many combinations of vegetables, cheeses and herbs would work here.  I’ve made it in the spring with tomatoes, basil and goat cheese.  Or with asparagus and sharp cheddar.  It also makes a great appetizer, just cut it into smaller pieces when it comes out of the oven.  Continue reading

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Quinoa and Chard Patties with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Tonight was one of those nights where I felt I had nothing to make for dinner.  I rummaged through my fridge and pantry, pulled out a couple of ingredients that caught my interest, and threw them into Google to see what I could find.  This was the result and they were really tasty, and incredibly healthy too!  If you don’t have chard on hand, any sort of cooking greens would work well here such as kale or spinach.

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What to Eat Now: Apples!

I’ve posted a couple of desserts with apples recently (Groundcherry-Apple Pie with Red Fife Crust and Strawberry Apple Crisp) but apples can be used for so much more than dessert.  For last night’s dinner, we incorporated apples into sauce for pork chops as well as in the salad.  I love fruit in salads!

Fall is a great time of year to make salads heartier and play with unexpected ingredients – this one I topped with walnuts, dried cranberries and some amazing local cheese from Back Forty Artisan Cheese.  Their cheese is made by hand using heritage cheese making methods.  The one I used for this salad was called Bonnechere (love how they even used Ottawa Valley history to name the cheese!).  It has a colourful rind, creamy texture and sightly smoky taste that I thought worked perfectly in this salad.  Another trick I use for Fall salads is to mix different varieties of greens, including heartier greens generally reserved for cooking.  Adding a couple of leaves of rainbow chard helps the body of the salad stand up to the more rugged toppings.

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

1 tbsp butter
1 small onion
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into eighths
1/4 cup white wine (I used Trumpour’s Mill Pinot Gris – the flavour was perfect)
2 pork chops, bone-in (about 1 inch thick)
Freshly ground salt and pepper

Directions

1. Heat broiler to high; set rack 4 inches from heat. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high. Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Cover pan; reduce heat to medium. Continue cooking until onions are soft, about 5 minutes more.

2. Add apples and wine; cover, and cook until apples are beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Uncover; cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated and apples are tender, 2 to 4 minutes more. Remove from heat; cover to keep warm.

3. While apples are cooking, season pork chops generously with salt and pepper; place on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil until cooked through, 5-6 minutes per side (less if your chops are thinner).


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Harvest Salad

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
Freshly ground salt and pepper
6 large romaine lettuce leaves
2 large leaves of chard, spinach or other hearty green
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
handful of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 Macintosh apple, diced
chopped walnuts
dried cranberries
small amount of local cheese

Directions

1. Whisk olive oil, cider vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

2. Tear lettuce and chard into bite size pieces in large bowl.  Add tomatoes, apple, onions. Pour in dressing and toss to combine.

Dressing from Martha Stewart

To serve:

Pile salad on serving plates and top with walnuts, cranberries and crumbled/sliced local cheese.  Spoon apple-onion mixture over pork chops.

Serves 2.