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Mark Picone’s recipes

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This summer risotto is an ideal way to get those fresh peaches into a main course

In the middle of a work week, when it is hot and steamy in the city, it’s a dream to think of spending the day in Niagara having lunch with Mark Picone, one of Canada’s top chefs. Picone, former chef at Vineland Estates Winery, now has his own culinary studio in Vineland, where people can book private meals or classes for eight to 12 guests. Our lunch, sponsored by Ontario Tender Fruit Producers, included nectarines, peaches and plums, but Mark promotes local food every chance he gets.

After lunch I visited The Moyers’ Cherry Avenue Farms “Pick-Your-Own” and picked (and ate) apricots in the middle of the orchard. If you can’t make it to Vineland, they have three stands on Saturdays at St. Lawrence Market (north side) in Toronto and also sell the red fife wheat pasta they make from the wheat they grow near their peach trees.

NECTARINE SALAD WITH MINT CHILI DRESSING

Add grilled steak or chicken for a main course salad.

Dressing:

– 3 tbsp (45 mL) Niagara Ice Wine vinegar

– 1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup

– 1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt or more to taste

– 1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) hot red pepper sauce

– 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) extra virgin olive oil

– 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh mint

– 2 tbsp (25 mL) sniped chives

Salad:

– 12 cups (3 L) mixed greens

– 3 nectarines, cut into wedges

– 1⁄2 small red onion, thinly sliced

1. For dressing whisk vinegar with maple syrup, salt, hot pepper sauce and olive oil. Add mint and chives. Season to taste.

2. Place lettuce in a salad bowl and top with nectarines and onions. Toss with just enough dressing to coat the greens. Makes 6 to 8 servings

SUMMER RISOTTO WITH PEACHES

To peel peaches you can use a soft skin peeler or drop them into boiling water for 30 seconds, refresh under cold water and pull skins off with a knife. (Often I don’t peel them at all.) Mark served this with sautéed scallops. more…

Tivoli Miniature World

Here is some home video from 1983 of Tivoli Miniature World, which was attached to Prudhommes Landing.

Current Prudhommes Landing Photos

A user on Flickr.com has placed some current photos of Prudhomme’s Landing, most recently known as Wet and Wild. The park was closed without notice about 10 years ago.

Also see: Tivoli Miniature World

Wet and Wild Prudhommes LandingWet and Wild Prudhommes Landing

Armed Robbery in Vineland

Yesterday around 3:55 pm a male, armed with a knife, attended a pharmacy in Vineland.

He demanded and received a quantity of narcotics from the store and then fled the business on foot, last seen running in the area of King Street and Victoria Avenue in Vineland.

The man is described as having tan like swarthy complexion, 5’2”, slight build, wearing a dark colored jacket with white lettering on the front and back.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 905-688-4111 ext. 5411 or 5420.