Tuesday October 31, 2023

Locally-inspired Holiday Recipes

Original blog by Tourism Windsor Essex

Recipes worth making and eating! Eat, drink and be merry with these local dishes and desserts.

Many of the ingredients listed below can be found at local markets. Visit weheartlocal.ca for a list of businesses offering the freshest local ingredients to whip up the most delicious recipes! Pick up your vegetables, fruit, meats and other items to see just how local you can make the following dishes!

Breakfast Hash from: The Twisted Apron


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 6-8 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley or chives for garnish (optional)

Ingredients for the Hollandaise:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure Ruscom Maple Syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional, for a hint of heat)

Rigatoni Arrabbiata from: Mettawas Station Mediterranean Restaurant


  • 500g Rigatoni
  • 4 Links of Italian Sausage cooked and sliced
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 500ml Majanna’s Tomato Basil Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Majanna’s  Mediterranean Hot Peppers
  • 1 Fresh Local Sweet Bell Pepper Sliced
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ Cup White Wine
  • ½ Cup Grated Parmesan

Beef Tenderloin with Seasonal Sides from: The Goose Kitchen & Bar, by Jacks Gastropub

Beef Tenderloin set onto Smashed Butternut Squash with Blue Cheese & Sage Butter accompanied by Roasted Maple Pears.


  • ~ 3lb Tenderloin (to be cut into 6-8 individual medallions for serving)
  • Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2c grainy mustard
  • 1 sweet onion
  • Clean, trim & pat dry Tenderloin
  • Sear all sides of Tenderloin on hot griddle or skillet, let cool
  • Cover with olive oil and generously apply spice rub, then cover top with your favourite grainy mustard then apply spice rub  (Salt, Pepper, Granulated Garlic)

Honey Apple Bundt Cake from: The Farm House Market

PREP TIME – 15minutes | COOK TIME – 1hour  15minutes | COOL TIME – 20minutes | TOTAL TIME – 1hour  50minutes


  • 1 cup chopped pecans divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup Hawksview honey
  • 3 large local eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Chalice Spices’ ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Chalice Spices’ ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups Honeycrisp apples peeled & chopped from Meleg’s Orchard

Honey Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup local butter
  • ¼ cup Hawksview honey
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or half and half from Kawartha Dairy

Lavender Shortbread from: Anchor Coffee House


  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp dried culinary lavender, plus 1 additional tsp for sprinkling on top
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Strawberry Cake from: Taloola Cafe


  • Place oven rack on middle ledge, preheat over to 350F.
  • Prepare two 9″ round cake pans – oil sides, place sized parchment paper in bottom of pans
  • 375g frozen Mucci strawberries thawed, pureed
  • 500g all purpose flour
  • 7g salt
  • 6g baking soda
  • 215g canola oil
  • 400g white sugar
  • 60g apple cider vinegar from The Fruit Wagon
  • 13g vanilla extract
  • 2.5g strawberry extract or flavouring
  • 7g frozen Mucci strawberries, thawed
  • 250g vegan butter
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 7g vanilla



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