- Thursday March 29th, 2001
Southwest Chicken, Corn and Lime Soup
1 ½ tsp (7.5ml) vegetable oil
1 ½ cups (750ml) finely diced onion
5 cups (1.25L) chicken broth
1- 14 oz (385ml) can diced tomatoes
2 cups (500ml) frozen corn kernels
1 1/4 tsp (6.25ml) ground VE Cumin
1 Tbsp (15ml) VE Caliente Salsa Spice Mix
2 boneless chicken breasts, skinned and thinly sliced (or diced)
2 Tbsp (30ml) fresh lime juice (reamer)
crumbled tortilla chips
1. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat.
2. Add diced onion and garlic, VE Cumin and saute until onion is
3. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, corn kernels, VE Caliente Salsa
4. Reduce heat and simmer until corn is tender and flavors begin to
5. Add chicken, simmer for 4 minutes, add lime juice. Serve
6. Add crumbled tortilla chips to this soup before serving.
- Thursday May 31st, 2001
Crab and Lemon Fettucine
1 lb (500g) fettucine
2 Tbsp (30ml) olive oil
1 small red pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp (15ml) fresh lemon zest
2 Tbsp (30ml) lemon juice
2 tsp (10ml) VE Lemon Dilly Dip Mix
2-4oz (120g) cans crab meat, drained
VE Sea Salt & VE Pepper to taste
1. In pasta pot cook fettucine according to package directions. Drain
and reserve 1 cup (250ml) of cooking liquid.
2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in frying pan. Cook red
pepper, onion, garlic over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add lemon zest,
juice, VE Lemon Dilly Dip Mix and crab meat. Cook until crab is heated
through. Season to taste with VE Sea Salt 7 VE Pepper. Add reserved
pasta water for additional moisture. Toss with hot pasta and serve
- September 13th, 2001
Here is a great recipe - they are yummy and the recipe makes a lot! You
can make 20 extra large cookies, or bake regular ones. With a recipe
this large, you might want to bake half and freeze the remainder. I
suggest rolling the cookies into 2" balls, freezing them on a parchment
lined bun pan and when they are frozen completely, store them in an
airtight container. When you are ready to bake these, place on parchment
lined baking sheets, thaw partially, press down slightly. Bake according
to following recipe. Enjoy!
Lunch Box Cookies
2 cups (500ml) all-purpose flour
2 cups (500ml) large flake oats
1 tsp (5ml) baking soda
½ tsp (2.5ml) VE Baking Powder
½ tsp (2.5ml) salt
1 cup (250ml) butter at room temperature
3/4 cup (180ml) white sugar
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp (210ml) packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp (5ml) VE Vanilla Extract
1 ½ cup (375ml) VE Belgian Chocolate or 3/4 cup (180ml) each of VE
Belgian Chocolate and VE Dried Fruits
1 cup (250ml) toasted walnuts
1.Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Whisk together first 5 ingredients.
3. Cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs
and VE Vanilla Extract. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Fold
in VE Belgian Chocolate (and VE Dried Fruits) and toasted walnuts. Chill
for 30 minutes.
4. Form into balls using 1/4 cup of dough for each. Place on parchment
lined baking sheet and press to form 3 ½" rounds. Bake 12 minutes or
until golden at the edges.
- October 4th, 2001
Here's wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! It is a wonderful holiday,
sharing a hearty meal as you celebrate with family and friends. I hope
your holiday weekend will include our favorite seasonal blends - a hot
buttered rum or a mulled wine (cider, apple or cranberry juice). I am
sure you all have your favorite family recipes for this time of year -
but how about a new recipe or two? I have had calls from customers
wondering how much of the Holiday Seasoning to use - so I will once
again offer up this recipe that was created at the same time as our
Speaking of Holiday Blend - I did have a call from one of our most
seasoned' cooks who wondered about the little furry bits' in the
Holiday Seasoning - she was relieved to hear that this is in fact wooly
sage'. It is quite different in appearance from the ground sage that we
are all used to, but the taste is just as wonderful.
For a 12 lb. Turkey
3/4 cup (180ml) cup diced onion
1 ½ cups (375ml) diced celery
½ cup (125ml) butter
½ to 3/4 cup (125 to 180ml) chicken stock *
7 cups (1.75L) soft bread crumbs
1 cup (250ml) VE Dried Fruit
1 cups (250 ml) diced apple
1 Tbsp (15ml) VE Holiday Seasoning
Season to taste with VE Sea Salt & VE Pepper
1. In a large pan, sauté onions and celery in butter until onion is
tender. Add VE Dried Fruits, diced apple and VE Holiday Seasoning. Add
chicken (or vegetable)* stock, bring to a quick boil, then remove from
2. Add to bread crumbs, season to taste with VE Sea Salt & VE Pepper.
Toss gently to combine.
3. Stuff turkey (loosely) just before roasting. Rub skin with VE Oven
Roast or Poultry Seasoning and coarsely grind VE Sea Salt over the
surface. Roast according to your favorite recipe.
*NOTE: Use vegetable stock to create a Savoury Vegetarian Casserole.
Vegetarian Main Course
It is easy to accommodate a vegetarian guest at this time of year.
Prepare the above stuffing using vegetable stock. Scoop the seeds out of
a small pumpkin or cut a squash in half. Partially bake in 350°F oven
for 20 minutes. Spoon prepared stuffing into cavity. This can be done
ahead of time.
Finish baking at 350°F while you are cooking the remainder of the meal.