Canadian Farm to Chef

If you want some Canadian creativity in your kitchen this holiday season, Chef Lynn Crawford has a beautiful new cookbook: Farm To Chef. Cooking Through The Seasons. ‘Winter and eating go hand in hand,’ writes this author, owner of Toronto’s Ruby Watchco restaurant and judge on Chopped Canada. ‘Bring on the baking – breads, cookies, loaves – and savoury rich sauces! Surround yourself with the comfort of potatoes, onions, squashes and heavy roots like rutabaga and turnips.’

Breads, cookies, squash – check!

Crawford, who was also Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Toronto and New York, bravely launches the winter section of the Farm To Chef cookbook with brussels sprouts – ‘forget those childhood memories of sad, over-boiled sprouts.’ She offers three recipes here: ‘Brussels Sprouts Dirty Rice with Jalapeños and Chicken Livers,’ inspired by a visit to Louisiana, Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Poached Eggs, and Brussels Sprout Leaves with Pecorino and Quinoa.

Other fresh-grown farm-stuffs inspiring recipes in the Farm to Chef  Winter section are cabbage, onions, garlic and parsnips, with recipes like Parsnip Poutine with Duck and Mushroom Gravy or Parsnip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Or there’s rutabaga, potatoes, squash, turnips and sunchokes, with directions on how to make your own Sautéed Sunchokes with Chilies, Honey and Cumin or Warm Winter Sunchoke Salad.
Whole Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Syrup and Brown Sugar
+ Parsnip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you’re more of a free-floating seasonal type, then you might try the Raw and Pickled Beet Salad with Plums, Dill Sour Cream and Pistachios from Fall, the Asparagus Sesame Fries with Soy Ginger Aoli from Spring or the Angel Food Cake with Berries and Sweet Cream from Summer.


Where does Crawford do her cooking at home? House and Home magazine revealed her recent renovation, built around a long island  – “the heart of the kitchen” – crafted from a fallen tree. “In this kitchen, there are a lot of stories.”

Chef Lynn Crawford’s Website

Written by Elizabeth Newton


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