My Cook: Greek Orzo Salad with Halloumi and Chicken

June 11, 2019

Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

We hope this summery recipe will transport you from your kitchen to the Greek isles. To take you on this culinary adventure we first cook orzo to al dente perfection and then mix in juicy cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, briny halloumi, and herbaceous mint. Halloumi is a flavorful cheese, originally from Cyprus, but found today in cuisines across the Mediterranean, including..

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My Cook: Chicken Caprese Penne

June 10, 2019

Serves 2

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hr 50 minutes

Summer wouldn’t be the same without the classic appetizer found on Italian restaurant menus all over the world. The Caprese salad personifies Italian cuisine becoming greater than the sum of its parts through its adoration of simple ingredients and minimal preparation. Creamy mozzarella dances with the sweet acidity of juicy tomatoes and the lush green snap of fresh basil. All topped..

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My Cook: Salmon and Asparagus Orecchiette

June 3, 2019

Serves 2

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1.5 hour

While salmon and asparagus are the stars of this dish there’s a secret ingredient that steals the show. Crème fraîche is the richer, thicker, French cousin of sour cream and it single-handedly takes this dish to a whole new level. Crème fraîche is not quite as tangy as sour cream, but still has a little pucker that works well with the lemon and complements the mellow flavor of the dill. The..

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My Cook: Ham and Swiss Strata

May 30, 2019
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Serves 6-8

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2.5 hours

We took a classic ham and Swiss sandwich and turned it into an easy to prepare, impossible to ignore breakfast dish: Strata. A quintessential American breakfast casserole, our strata stays true to the basic formula. Fluffy brioche bread is layered with shredded Swiss cheese and diced pieces of ham. Dijon mustard adds a little spice to the custard that’s poured over the casserole and..

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Slow Cook: Mujadara

May 29, 2019

 

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 2 hours

Mujadara is an Iraqi recipe that dates back to the 13th century. This dish consists of lentils and rice flavored with a variety of different herbs and spices. We like to think that this recipe has lasted for as long as it has because it is highly flavored and incredibly delicious. Some recipes call for the finished dish to be topped with caramelized onions and tangy yogurt, which add..

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A Beginners Guide to Coffee: Nicaragua

May 29, 2019

The Nicaraguan coffee industry is fast developing a reputation for its high-quality beans and environmentally responsible output. Nicaraguan coffee is beautifully balanced with a reputation for sustainability and is well worth seeking out.

History and Production

The first coffee plant was brought to Nicaragua at the turn of the 19th century, and the country started large scale coffee production in the mid-1800s. While that may seem like long ago..

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A Beginners Guide to Coffee: Rwanda

May 29, 2019

It may lack the big profile of neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, but Rwanda is fast building a reputation for high-quality and delicious coffee.

History and Production

Coffee trees were first introduced to Rwanda by European missionaries in 1904. It was only decades later in the 1930s when Rwandan coffee production kicked into high gear. The industry continued to grow, albeit slowly, until the 1990 civil war devastated the region. In the wake..

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My Cook: Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

May 28, 2019

 

Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Cook Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes

Rhubarb has a short growing season that only lasts for a few months every spring. To celebrate the small window when this tangy, vibrant vegetable is available, we are cooking up a classic strawberry rhubarb crumble. The strawberries and rhubarb first get tossed together with sugar to soften and get juicy. The fruit and vegetable mixture then gets tossed with..

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A Beginners Guide to Cheese: Feta

May 27, 2019

Nothing brings a salad together like feta. This delicious cheese has its origins in ancient Greece and has gone on to become one of the country's defining foods.

History and Production

The first mention of a cheese resembling feta dates back to the 8th century BCE in Homer's Odyssey, and there are records from the time suggesting that feta was a common product. The name “feta” is Greek for “slice” which refers to the manner in which the..

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A Beginners Guide to Coffee: Mocha Java

May 26, 2019

 

Not to be confused with the chocolate-based mocha beverage, Mocha Java is arguably the worlds most famous and oldest coffee bean blend. A truly multicultural combination, Mocha Java is a blend of Mocha beans from Yemen and Java Arabica beans from Indonesia. Both these beans are regarded for their quality, and when combined together they make for an incredibly tasty cup of coffee.

History

Coffee has been grown in Yemen for centuries, but the..

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