The best aromatic flavours come from the freshest ingredients. When cooking Italian, look for fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and good quality olive oil.
For best results, use dried beans as they’re firmer and hold their shape better. If time is an issue, substitute canned beans, but be sure to thoroughly drain and rinse them before using. Be gentle when folding them in.
Italy is a country rich with beans. You can use many types of beans in this recipe, including Romano, chickpeas, fava, or cannellini—all are great substitutes in this delicious salad. Spike up the flavour with fresh basil and oregano.
To soak beans, rinse and place in large bowl. Cover with 1 in (2.5 cm) cold water and soak at room temperature for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Drain and rinse before cooking.
To cook, place beans in large pot with 3 cups (750 mL) water along with bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, and garlic. Cover and boil gently for 1 1/2 hours. Drain; remove bay leaf, herbs, and garlic. Spread beans on towel-lined baking sheet and cool to room temperature.
Heat oil in skillet. Add fennel slices and onion and sauteu0301 over medium heat until soft. Transfer to bowl. Fold in cooked and cooled beans, tomatoes, and greens.
Whisk vinaigrette ingredients together, adding salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over bean mixture and gently fold in. Sprinkle with parsley and pine nuts.
To make ahead, refrigerate beans and fennel mixture separately from tomatoes and greens. Toss together with vinaigrette just before serving.
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.
Treat yourself to a steak dinner, using tofu instead of meat. The tangy chili-spiked marinade does double-duty as a finishing sauce and transforms otherwise bland tofu into a dish that’ll sound your taste buds’ fire alarm. Bird’s eye pepper would be a good substitute for habanero if needed. Dousing the fire If you find yourself with a mouth on fire after taking a bite of a chili-infused dish, don’t try to douse it with water. Instead, reach for a glass of milk. The protein casein in dairy is known to help subdue the flame. Water won’t help nearly as much.
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.