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001 Easy Asian Beef Stew
Motivated by the cold weather, Michael creates a comfort-food dinner for two. Starting with a beef blade simmering steak,
Michael concentrates on building big, bold flavours.
An Asian theme emerges when baby spinach, bean sprouts and hot cocoa complete the meal.
** A Cup of Hot Mocha
** Hot Hot Cocoa
** Orange Ginger Beef
1002 East Coast Chowder
Michael discovers a bounty of culinary pleasures on the beaches of his East Coast home, when he takes his son Gabe digging for clams.
Back in the kitchen, Michael is inspired by the fresh clams and makes an East Coast favourite, clam chowder.
Biscuits topped with brown butter, and a simple green salad with sherry maple vinaigrette finishes the feast.
** Brown Butter Spread
** Frozen Butter Biscuits
** My Favourite Clam Chowder
** Sherry Maple Vinaigrette
1003 Vanilla Chicken Dinner
After a day in the workshop with his buddy Dave, Michael repays the favour by inviting him to dinner.
Faced with the challenge of making an impromptu meal fit for a guest,
Michael raids his pantry and settles upon a central special ingredient – vanilla. Michael builds an entire meal around vanilla,
pulling together braised chicken thighs; couscous; endive salad and an easy panna cotta – all with a subtle taste of vanilla.
** Belgian Endive Salad with Vanilla and Raisins and Vanilla Vinaigrette
** Panna Cotta
** Rosemary Vanilla Chicken
1004 Tomatoes 101
Michael is inspired by his garden and decides to create a meal by relying on a common ingredient – fresh tomatoes.
In the kitchen, Michael lets his favourite ingredient guide him and creates a chorus of dishes for a few friends that are stopping by.
A simple roast penne pasta; green salad with tomato lemon vinaigrette and tomato water martinis complete the themed meal.
** Penne with Roast Tomato Sauce
** Tomato Lemon Dressing
1005 Steak for One
After an energizing bike ride, Michael has worked up an appetite for a protein-packed meal.
He decides to prepare a dinner for one based on a Japanese belief that there is a fifth taste sense after sweet, sour, salty and bitter.
It’s called “umami” and it triggers our need for protein.
Michael combines a New York strip loin steak with hearty shiitake mushrooms,
a bacon and potato cheese tart, and tops it off with steamed asparagus.
** Miso Broth
** Pan Roast Striploin with Tarragon Onion Butter
** Potato Bacon Cheddar Tart
1006 Simple Baked Trout
Three generations of Smiths go on a fishing trip.
With the catch of the day - trout - Michael creates a new version of an old family cooking tradition.
Pan-fried whole trout, baked trout filets, a simple eggplant arugula salad with balsamic vinaigrette,
and a barley risotto make up Michael’s special family meal.
** Arugula Eggplant Salad
** Pan Fried Trout with Barley Asparagus Risotto
1007 Cider Braised Pork
After spending the afternoon picking apples with his family,
Michael goes out on a limb and works an apple theme into several savoury dishes. By following a few simple rules about how flavours complement each other,
Michael creates a fall feast of cider braised pork shoulder, roasted acorn squash and sp**tzle.
** Acorn Squash with Applesauce
** Apple Braised Pork with Whole Wheat Spatzle
1008 Spicy Southwestern Soup
Believe it or not, spicy heat actually helps cool you down on a hot day! Michael decides to experiment with chilies, and,
taking his son Gabe’s young palette into consideration, he creates a few versatile chili-infused soups and salads that complement almost any dish.
Recipes include: Grilled Corn Soup with Roasted Red Peppers, Chicken and Cheddar; Fennel Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette;
and Red Pepper Puree for garnishing.
** Chicken Broth
** Fresh Salsa
** Southwestern Corn Soup with Red Peppers
1009 Spicy Barbequed Lamb
Michael takes his cooking outdoors and grills a leg of lamb over a wood fire when a friend and fellow chef comes to visit.
Michael completes the Mediterranean-inspired feast with sun-dried tomato/olive/mint salsa, grilled polenta and roasted vegetables.
** Corn Polenta
** Grilled Lamb with Dried Tomato Mint Tapenade
1010 Tarragon Roasted Lamb
Michael is planning a birthday feast for his partner Rachel and decides to experiment with lamb, her favourite food.
Michael lets the ingredients guide him and ends up making a rack of lamb in a tarragon crust with a Zinfandel sauce, foccacia, bulgar,
and hearty beet greens.
** Roast Rack Of Lamb With Grain Mustard Crust And Zinfandel Sauce
1011 Outdoor Favourites
Michael takes son Gabe on his first camping trip - in his own backyard! He prepares fun and easy meals ready to be fired up on the grill.
Camping favourites include fresh salmon with an Asian flavour base wrapped in foil, roast potato salad, vegetable kebabs and of course,
a camping must - homemade marshmallow smores.
** Campfire Salmon
** Grilled Vegetable Skewers
** Roast Potato Salad
1012 Classic Chicken Dinner
It’s been raining for days and Michael wants to chase the blues away.
He decides to make a comfort meal of simply spiced roast chicken and garlic steamed broccoli.
A smooth vermouth sauce tops off the homemade mashed potatoes with brown butter, completing this cozy family meal.
** Brined Roast Chicken
** Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
** Chocolate Chip Cookies
** Power Smoothies
1013 Aromatic Duck Breast
Michael has been travelling on business and looks forward to reconnecting with his family and his own kitchen.
Inspired by a duck entr?e he had earlier in the week, Michael creates a simple, flavourable pan-seared duck breast by marinating it with
thyme, mustard and soya sauce.
Bibb lettuce with a goat cheese vinaigrette and gnocchi with sweet baby peas complete this reunion meal.
** Goat\'s Cheese Vinaigrette
** Pan Roast Duck Breasts With Grain Mustard And Gnocchi
1014 Fennel Fish Stew
Starting with fresh halibut and haddock, and a little East Coast inspiration, Michael devises a Mediterranean-style fish stew
with the addition of fennel and tomato.
He finishes it off with a tangy orange and garlic garnish.
A French loaf with anchovy butter and a little zest of lemon perfects the meal.
** Mediterranean Fish Stew
1015 Three Meat Pasta
After a long day of errands and chores, Michael opts to make a quick and easy meal.
A tasty three-meat sauce that includes beef, pork and veal turns good old spaghetti into an original feast of flavour.
The meat sauce is rounded off with a few slices of pancetta and finely chopped vegetables.
Roasted garlic bread and a salad of romaine lettuce with croutons and Italian dressing complete this scrumptious dinner.
** Italian Basil Salad with Red Wine Herb Vinaigrette
** My Favourite Meat Sauce For Pasta
** Roast Garlic Bread
1016 Easy Pizza Party
Michael serves up a rich and zesty pizza that appeals to both adults and kids. He starts off with a good tomato sauce base that
includes essential ingredients like onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste and of course, oregano.
This is a great party meal. Guests can personalize their pizzas from a selection of toppings.
Panzerotti and twisty bread with dipping sauce round out this simple but delicious party hit.
** Butterscotch Sauce
** Pink Lemonade
** Pizza Parlor Sauce
1017 Simple Chicken Stew
Michael believes cooking is like life.
You don’t need to have it all figured out in advance, just follow your adventurous spirit and see where it leads you.
Using chicken thighs and two or three different types of mushrooms, Michael creates an impromptu chicken and mushroom stew.
Mashed potatoes, carrot sticks and saut**ed asparagus complement this meal.
** Chicken & Mushroom Stew
1018 Lazy Day Beef Stew
With summer fast approaching the Smith family is busy with their annual spring-clean, and the refrigerator is no exception.
Michael decides to use up all his ingredients to prepare one of the last hearty meals of the season, a beef stew with aromatic vegetables and potatoes.
Homemade whole-wheat cheddar biscuits are the perfect accompaniment.
** Biscuit Crusted Beef Stew
** Coconut Macaroons
** Country Inn Pancakes
1019 Easy Thai Dinner
Michael receives a postcard from a friend in Thailand, inspiring him to explore Thai flavours at home.
Building flavour in three simple steps and using readily available ingredients from his refrigerator and pantry,
Michael creates his favourite Thai noodle dish, with a cucumber salad, steamed Asian greens with spicy peanut sauce, and a pineapple salad for dessert.
** Cucumber Mint Salad with Spicy Asian Dressing
** Pineapple with Cilantro
** Thai Curry Noodle Bowl
1020 All-Veggie Dinner
A last-minute dinner guest, who happens to be vegetarian, prompts Michael to raid his refrigerator and pantry for an all-vegetable meal.
Michael works complete protein and flavour into a vegetarian dinner by creating a savoury vegetable stock that results in a
power-packed protein soup served with an asparagus salad and pita chips.
** Asparagus Red Onion Salad
** Pickled Red Onions
** Vegetable Power Protein Soup
1021 Great Grilled Burgers
A package of fresh ground beef motivates Michael to find new ways of spicing up the ‘good old’ burger.
Michael combines the ground beef with some leftover shredded stewing beef.
By adding blue cheese and bacon to the mix, the burger turns into a tantalizing feast.
Smashed potatoes with fennel and a Caesar salad are the perfect sides to this mouth-watering meal.
** Beefy Burgers with Smashed Potatoes
** Caesar Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing
1022 Lobster Three Ways
Michael has picked up some fresh lobster from the wharf.
Steamed lobsters are a must, but Michael wants to be a bit more inventive.
A simple macaroni and cheese dish is made decadent by adding lobster.
It’s given an extra kick with paprika, Dijon mustard and cayenne pepper.
A simple lobster salad rounds out this trio of lobster dishes.
** Cocktail Sauce
** Lobster Macaroni and Cheese
** Salt & Pepper Watermelon
1023 Pan-Roasted Salmon Supper
Walking along the shoreline with his son, Michael spots fresh mussels and is immediately struck with an idea
for a seafood delight using these gems as the centerpiece.
A cornmeal-crusted salmon filet is the base for an inspired basil and pesto infused mussel broth.
Steamed spinach on the side turns this seafood treat into a delectable meal.
** Basil Pesto
** Cornmeal Crusted Salmon With Basil Mussel Broth
** Smoked Salmon Sandwich
1024 Simply Seared Tuna
An Asian theme starts to emerge as Michael sears tuna steaks crusted with a variety of three peppercorns.
Braised leeks cooked in a red wine broth are the base and for the final flourish, the tuna is topped off with a ginger mint salsa.
A basic salad with Japanese vinaigrette is served as a light complement.
** Asian Spinach Salad with Miso Ginger Vinaigrette
** Tuna With Pinot Noir Leeks And Ginger Mint Salsa
1025 Easy Jerk Chicken
Michael takes chicken in a new direction when he experiments with chipotle peppers to create a deep smoky marinade.
A Jamaican theme quickly emerges when he adds molasses and limes.
The “jerk” chicken is served with brown rice and salsa.
This delightful and easy dish becomes a new family favourite.
** Fennel Salad
** Jerk Chicken with Brown Rice
1026 Simple Turkey Dinner
Michael doesn’t wait for a special holiday to cook turkey for his family.
A simple turkey dinner can be made any night.
With freshly picked wild blueberries, Michael creates a vinaigrette for the spinach salad, which is a perfect complement to the roast turkey breast.
Baked beets, rice and lentils provide the earthy texture to ground the meal.
** Brown Rice and Lentils
** Fruit Crisp
** Spice Roast Turkey Breast