Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto

If you’ve never had Risotto, it’s an Italian dish made with a specific type of rice – Arborio. Risotto is like an artist’s palette. A basic mixture of rice and broth is the starting point, then you can add any ingredients you like. Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto includes protein and vegetables so it’s a complete meal in one pan.

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Rhubarb Loaf

Sometimes a vintage recipe is the best. In this case, a sweet loaf made with real ingredients like butter, sugar, flour and eggs is a perfect balance for tart rhubarb. You may not know this but rhubarb is actually a vegetable. And, there are a number of varieties grown locally so you may find green or red stalks or a mixture of both. Green stalks don’t mean they aren’t ripe and there’s no difference in the sweetness of either colour so go ahead and use whatever kind you want to make Rhubarb Loaf.

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Roasted Artichoke Hearts

Our friend Rob used to make an artichoke dish when we came to visit. He called it Carciofi. Pronounced Car-Cho-Fee. A little research confirmed that what he was making wasn’t actually Carciofi but it was really good anyway.  Maybe I should call this Robciofi. If you don’t normally eat artichokes, these Roasted Artichoke Hearts will win you over. They’re really easy to prepare and they’re delicious!

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Coq au Vin

As kids we loved when our mom made Coq au Vin. Because we got to say cock out loud. For the same reason, we were also mesmerized by the musical stylings of Engelbert Humperdinck. But seriously, this classic French dish that translates simply to Chicken in Wine is a delicious slowly braised stew. Surprisingly, the wine used in this recipe is red.

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