Simple Sole Meunière
Mac & Cheese
Pan-fried with lemon is how my dad used to cook his freshly caught Georgian Bay bass. Later I discovered this was an age-old classic French dish. The first time I made this for my kids, I was nervous they wouldn't go for it, since they were so used to baked fish sticks. But Fin fell in love with it, and it immediately went on his "Fin's Dinners" list.
Pan-seared Chicken with Morels
We tested this recipe more than any other in this book, or so it feels. The goal was the perfect mac and cheese for kids as well as adults. My sister-in-law Amanda's mom, Wendy, gave us her recipe, and we loved her tangy mayo addition, and I took direction from our kids, whose favourite (until now!) was a prepared mac and cheese with big chunky croutons with paprika. This recipe has just a touch of spice, but feel free to add a bit more cayenne. The penne noodle won, and the key is tons of sauce.
SERVES 8 TO 10
This is adapted from a recipe in Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten. I love the flavours and richness of French food, but I often reduce the fat content without compromising the flavour.