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Crazy-good Mac and CheeseIt’s hard to imagine a childhood without macaroni and cheese. We all have our own idea of the best version (usually your mother’s), but I wanted to incorporate certain things into my “ultimate” recipe. A creamy mac and cheese should have visible macaroni noodles and not be a solid brick of mushy starch. There needs to be lots of flavour from some of my favourite local artisanal cheeses, and a tangy zip to balance the richness. And there needs to be a golden, crunchy crust on top. After several tries, I found that a classic Mornay sauce with the addition of some store-bought Velveeta cheese (yes, you read that correctly) gave me the texture and balance that I desired. So, here it is. Make modifications if you like, but I feel confident that mac and cheese lovers will find this quite appealing.Scallop, Bacon, Asparagus and Spinach CarbonaraMany people love the classic combination of scallops wrapped with bacon. Some may call this a dated cliché appetizer, but not me. I think it is one of the most-beloved and legitimate pairings in our ingredient base here in Nova Scotia. However, you can play with the combination and create some new dishes that speak to a more modern palate. Pasta dishes like carbonara are incredibly popular in Italian restaurants here, but also quite simple to make yourself. This version is one that takes the famous Digby scallop, our excellent smokehouse bacon and two of our most commonly found spring vegetables and elevates them in a very non-traditional, “Nova Scotia meets Italy” comforting dish that I love.
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