Classic Meat Sauce One of my fondest childhood memories was having a big family pasta meal at my grandparent’s house on Sunday afternoon. The whole family would gather around the table. Aunt’s, uncles, cousins, mom and dad’s, siblings and of course, grandparents. My grandma made the best spaghetti sauce. To this day it’s one of those things that always comforts me with both taste and memories! Things don’t need to be complicated to be amazing!
Ingredients: 2 tbsp of Olive Oil 1/12 cups of chopped leeks 2 cans (2x 796 ml)of diced tomatoes (without salt or spices) 1 can (796 ml) of crushed tomatoes (without salt or spices) ½ cup of water ½ cup of white wine 1 celery stalk (cut in half) 2 carrots (cut in half) 2 pepperoni sausages (cut in half) 1 side of pork ribs (halved) 300 g of ground pork 2 sprigs of rosemary 2 cloves of garlic 1 hot pepper
Method: In a large pot, add the olive oil, leeks, carrots, celery, pepperoni, pork ribs, rosemary, garlic, hot pepper, ground pork, cans of tomatoes, water and white wine. Stir and set to high heat. Bring to a boil, turn the heat to low, cover and let simmer for 1.5 – 2 hours (or until the meat from the pork ribs falls off the bone). Serve with your favorite pasta. 🍝
Bruschetta: September always brings an abundance of tomatoes in the garden. There is nothing better than fresh Bruschetta packed with freshly grown ingredients. Bruschetta can be served as is on toasted bread, as a salsa with chips or even piled on top of your favorite pasta or pizza!
Ingredients: 1 large onion (roughly 2 cups diced) 2 cups of fresh cubed tomatoes 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary 4 tbsp of Olive Oil 4 cloves of garlic (chopped in sliced) The juice of half a lemon salt and pepper to taste
Method: In a large pan, add two tablespoons of olive oil. Once heated, add the onion and garlic. Cook the onion and garlic on medium to low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring as needed. Add the rosemary and mix well. Add the mixture to the food processor. Add the 4 cups of cubed tomatoes, 2 tbsp of Olive Oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse a few times until the mixture has a slightly chunky texture. Serve on your favorite bread.
No birthday is complete without a little cake! Oreo gets spoiled with our Tiny Tuna Cakes, purrfect for sharing!
Recipe: 1 can of low sodium flaked *tuna in water ¼ cup of all purpose flour ¼ cup of grated cheddar cheese 1 egg Olive Oil (or you can use a non-stick cooking spray)
Method: (Makes about 10 mini muffins) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Drain the tuna and add it to a mixing bowl with the flour, cheese and egg. Mix well. Using a mini muffin tin, grease 10 of the muffin cups with Olive Oil (or a non stick cooking spray). Fill the greased cups evenly with the mixture. Bake in the oven for 18 – 20 minutes. Let cool, top with your cat’s favorite kitty treat and serve!
These are also perfectly fine for human consumption! Just omit the kitty treat topping!
*note: Always check the ingredients on the can of tuna to be sure they do not include soy or other preservatives. Only purchase tuna with the ingredients: tuna, water, salt (and nothing else!)
This recipe and others available in Oreo’s cookbook. Music by E’s Jammy Jams
Bacon, Cheese & Rosemary bread: Who does not love the smell of fresh baked bread? Add a little bacon, cheese and rosemary and you’ve got a timeless classic that needs no extra toppers!
Ingredients: 3 ½ cups (525 g) unbleached all-purpose flour 1 ½ tsp salt ½ tsp instant dry yeast 1 ¾ cups (430 ml) cold water 3 cups (300 g) grated sharp cheddar cheese ¾ lb (340 g) chopped bacon, cooked but not crisp 2 tbsp of fresh rosemary leaves 1 tbsp of bacon grease
Method: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and yeast. Add the water. Mix with a fork until moistened but not completely smooth. Stir in the cheese and bacon. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 8 to 12 hours at room temperature. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Punch down the dough in the bowl, add the bacon grease and fold the dough onto itself about 6 times or until the cheese, bacon and rosemary are evenly distributed. Form the dough into a loaf shape and place in the middle of the baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
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Sautéed Pepper and Onion Tapenade: Tapenade is a Provençal dish traditionally consisting of puréed or finely-chopped olives, olive oil and capers. Popular in the south of France, Tapenade is generally is eaten as an hors d’œuvre spread on bread. We’ve added some freshness from the garden to our version of this classic French dish.
Ingredients: 1 can (398 ml) of pitted green olives 1 can (398 ml) of pitted black olives 2 green peppers 1 onion 2 cloves of garlic 4 tbsp of Olive Oil 1 hot pepper Fresh Oregano leaves
Method: Cut up the peppers and onions. In a large pan, add the olive oil and allow to heat. Sautée the peppers and onions until browned (about 10 minuted), add the oregano leaves and mix well. In a food processor, add the olives and the sautéed mixture. Pulse until you reach desired texture (should be that of a chunky spread). Serve as a spread with fresh bread.
Cheddar and Sage Spread: Sharp cheddar and fresh sage are two flavors that marry so well together. With a hint of Dijon, this flavorful cheesy spread is a perfect appetizer along with some fresh bread!
450g of sharp cheddar
2 tbsp of dijon mustard
4 tbsp of Olive Oil
1 bunch of fresh sage leaves
Place all of the ingredients into the food processor. Process until smooth. Spread on your favorite fresh bread 🥖
Fennel Salad: Fennel is part of the carrot family and is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean. It is an aromatic herb with many culinary and medicinal uses. It has a mild licorice flavor and can be used in a variety of salads and soups. Fresh fennel salad not only has many health benefits but also packs a whole lot of taste!
Ingredients: 1 fennel bulb, sliced thin 1 orange ½ cup of Greek black olives 2 tbsp of Olive Oil 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar Fresh basil leaves (sliced) ½ cup of Feta cheese (crumbled) salt and pepper to taste
Method: Cut the orange in half, juice half the orange and set aside. In a large bowl, add the thinly sliced fennel, drizzle with the olive oil and fresh squeezed orange juice. Cut the other half of the orange into slices and then quarters. Add the orange slices, olives, basil, salt and pepper and feta cheese to the bowl. Mix well and add the tablespoon of wine vinegar. Serve as is or as a side dish with grilled meats or fish.
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Mediterranean Tilapia: One of my favorite meals in the summertime is fish. It’s hearty yet light and it leaves you feeling satiated buy comfortable on a hot summer night. We’ve paired up meaty Tilapia with Mediterranean flavors that are purfect for a dinner below the summer stars.
Ingredients: 3 Tilaipa fillets 1 bunch of green onions 1 14 oz can of cherry tomatoes ½ cup of pitted black olives A handful of fresh basil leaves ½ cup of crumbled feta cheese salt and pepper
Method: Cut up the green onion and add it to a pan. Place the tilapia fillets on top of the green onions
and sprinkle with salt and pepper
. Pour over the cherry tomatoes and olives. Add the basil leaves, cover the pan and turn on to medium heat. Once the tomato sauce starts to bubble, turn the heat down to low and allow to cook for 15 minutes (or until the fish is cooked through). Garnish with feta cheese. Serve on top of fresh spinach or other greens. 🍽️🍷
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Tagine a la Québécoise: Historically Tagine is an ancient Berber dish made of meats and vegetables and traditionally cooked in a conical clay pot to allow the steam to rise, condense and drip back down. Although traditionally used to cook stew type meals, we like to use our Tagine for all sorts of delectable dishes. With a new homemade sausage place just recently opening up in our city, we decided to make one of their specialty meats the star of this recipe. With an added French Canadian twist our Tagine a la Québécoise proves itself utterly indulgent and satisfying!
Ingredients: 1.5LB / 600G of small potatoes 2 medium sized onions, sliced. 4 fresh sausages (“Bacon et Fromage en grains” from Ils en Fument du Bon) 398ml of Poutine gravy 40g of Cheese Curds 2tbsp of Olive Oil Salt and pepper to taste
Method: Preheat the oven to 375°(F). Add the sliced onions, potatoes, Olive Oil, salt and pepper to the Tagine. Place the thyme on top. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, place the sausage on top, cover with the Tagine cover and bake for 30 – 40 minutes. Remove from oven and discard thyme sprigs. Heat the Poutine sauce in a saucepan. Drop the cheese curds on top of the sausage and potatoes and pour over the Poutine gravy.
*Tajine cooking can be replicated by using a slow cooker or similar item, but the result will be slightly different. If Poutine gravy is not available, it can be substituted with any dark brown gravy.
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Strawberry Avocado Salad: The beginning of summer is strawberry season in Quebec. Every roadside fruit stand is overflowing with these juicy little treats. Strawberries don’t just have to be for dessert! They can also make up a great meal! I love anything sweet and salty and these red berries are the perfect pairing for a colorful afternoon salad!
Ingredients: 1 bunch of strawberries (about 10 – 12) cut in quarters 1 avocado cut in cubes 1 bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley and basil, sliced 5 or 6 slices of genoa salami 2 tbsp of Olive Oil salt and pepper to taste
Method: In a bowl, add all of your ingredients, mix well and serve alongside grilled meat or fish. For a variation, you can also top the salad with some soft goat cheese.
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*Recipe for human consumption only music by John Deley
Disclaimer: Oreo did not eat the salad, he ate a plain strawberry which is purrfectly safe for cats! 🙂