Recipes

Niagara is a great place to live, and especially in the fall with autumn colours around and harvest season upon us. We have a garden and usually grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and (thanks to a well designed cage to outsmart very motivated bunnies), beans. A great thing about our location is an abundance of local farms: everything from pick-your-own strawberries in June, cherries in July, to apples, pears, and peaches in the fall. We cook and bake a lot, as well as do a lot of home canning.

The recipes presented below are some of our favourites. In many cases we’ve learned how to make dishes we have enjoyed at restaurants and in other cases I have some rare European delights such as kifli. Enjoy!

Artichoke Spinach Dip

This is a classic recipe from Disney's Sci-Fi restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios Park in Florida. At the Sci-Fi, patrons can enjoy "good food" while watching "bad movies" while sitting in a car at the drive-in. You can reproduce the effect, I suppose, by nibbling on the following recipe while watching a "classic" like "Plan 9 from Outer Space".

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup (Soupe a L’Oignon Gratinee)

This is a modified recipe from Chefs de France in Disney's EPCOT park. It was modified from a recipe found on a Disney planning board.

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Wenny's Salsa Dip

Wenny’s Salsa Dip

This one, borrowed from a friend, made me a lover of sour cream!

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Shrimp Creole

Shrimp Creole

Over the years I have made several version of Shrimp Creole but this one is the best. Adapted from a recipe we got while on a cruise. Serves four.

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Chicken Wings (HOT)

Here's an interesting recipe developed with a good bit of prototyping over many years. These are HOT wings and trust me, the flavour and HEAT blows other wings out of the water! Nowadays, we no longer use wings but uinstead pieces of chicken breast cut into pieces about 1 inch long ... lower fat than wings and far less waste.

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Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken Souvlaki

If you like garlic and you like oregano you're sure to love this Mediterranean dish, adapted from three recipes I found on the web.

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Puffed French Toast

Puffed French Toast

Another Disney recipe, this time from the Crystal Palace buffet. Found of the "kids" table, I always dive into these gems when at the crystal palace and evidently I'm not the only adult to do so! Serve with bacon (I'm Canadian, after all, and following the stereotype really love my bacon).

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Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork

Since discovering pulled pork on a trip to Williamsburg Virginia in 2006 (or, as the locals called it, "Barbequed Pork" despite the fact it has never seen an actual barbeque), this has become a staple.

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Hungarian Gulyas (Goulash)

This recipe was adapted from the original recipe of the Hungarian Hall in Welland, famous (at least in the area) for their Gulyas.

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Meat Sticks

Meat Sticks

Since I was small, I always enjoyed these meat sticks which were served only at special meals like Christmas and Easter (probably owing to the relatively long preparation time). These are common in Slavic cultures and always considered a treat!

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