Creamy, sweet, and tart, this dessert is destined to become a favourite. You can buy créme fraiche or make your own by combining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) buttermilk with 2 cups (.5 L) whipping cream. Let this mixture sit uncovered on kitchen counter for 24 hours. Refrigerate overnight and you have créme fraiche.
2/3 cup (150 mL) graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup (60 mL) walnuts
2 Tbsp (30 mL) melted butter
1 Tbsp (15 mL) organic sugar
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
1 lb (500 g) cream cheese
1/2 cup (100 g) organic sugar
1 Tbsp (15 g) unbleached flour
3 drops natural vanilla extract
1 free-range egg
1/2 cup (100 g) créme fraiche
2 cups (500 mL) chopped organic rhubarb
1 cup (250 mL) water
1/4 cup (60 mL) organic sugar
Juice of half an organic lemon
1 Tbsp (15 mL) chopped ginger
As baking containers, choose 4 cans that are about 2 to 2-1/2 inches (5 to 6 cm) tall; for example, use empty canned pineapple tins. Remove both ends and the label, and wash each can. Line with parchment paper and place cans on baking tray.
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Combine all ingredients for Graham Crust and divide mixture among 4 cans, tamping each down with bottom of a glass or bottle that fits just inside the can. Bake 15 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 250 F (120 C). Beat cream cheese, sugar, and flour until light and fluffy. Add egg and scrape down bowl. Add vanilla and créme fraiche. Scrape bowl and continue to mix at medium speed. Divide mixture among 4 prepared cans. Bake 1 hour. Turn off oven and allow cheesecakes to cool in oven for another hour. Remove from oven and run a knife between can and parchment paper. Lift cans and gently unwrap paper from cheesecakes.
Meanwhile place all ingredients for Rhubarb Compote in saucepan and simmer until soft, about 30 minutes. Chill and serve on cheesecakes. Garnish with mint.
source: "Open to Inspiration", alive #284, June 2006
These Asian-inspired salmon burgers won’t leave you missing the beef < or > the bun. And keep this fruity and fiery salsa in mind the next time you want to jazz up grilled chicken or taco night. Serrano pepper or chile de arbol would be good swaps for bird’s eye pepper in the salsa. You can even mix some Sriracha sauce into the burgers to further punch up the meal. Skin deep Skinless fish is the only way to go for burgers. A helpful fishmonger will kindly skin fillets for you before purchase. As an alternative to salmon, you can also blend up skinless fillets of arctic char or rainbow trout.
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This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.