Dana Shortt Gourmet Made Easy
Dish From Dana
  january 2010 www.danashortt.ca  
::: new products!  

We have several new products available this month:

-lots of new soups (beef barley, onion, and vegetable are currently in stock, in addition to our regular line-up) Mark, Brian and Ana are also going to be making a LOT of different soups this month so be sure to come in or call us to see what's cookin' today

Mark will be making more of his famous "turkey dinner casserole" - I don't know about you, but I could eat turkey dinner at least once a week for the rest of my life! So if you didn't get your fill this Christmas, check out our new hearty casserole - turkey and veggies in a rich gravy with a cranberry stuffing topping.

New products from the Village Kitchen:
-pulled beef (awesome with mashed potatoes)
-thai coconut chicken
-new soups

We are now carrying Reid's peanut butter melts (yum) and our Valentines Day chocolate and candy will be arriving soon.

Speaking of Valentines Day, we are due to receive more brie bakers (and goat cheese bakers) this week. If you didn't get one for x-mas, this would be a great gift to give or to receive for St. Valentine's Day.


::: recipe of the month

chicken with apple brandy cream sauce

This is fantastic served with buttermilk mashed potatoes and steamed green beans!

yields: 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • all-purpose flour
  • 3 golden delicious apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup applejack or Calvados (apple brandy)
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 cup whipping cream


  1. Melt butter in a heavy large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Coat with flour, shaking off excess. Add chicken to skillet and cook until brown on both sides and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to platter.
  3. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon butter from skillet. Add apples and both brandies; simmer over medium heat until apples are tender and liquid is slightly syrupy, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer apples to platter with chicken.
  4. Add cream to skillet, boil until thickened to sauce consistency, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Return chicken and apples to skillet/sauce and heat through, about 2 minutes. Serve hot.

::: correction to waterloo chronicle column yogurt recipe

When my last article (published December 30th, 2009) was being edited at the Chronicle, they mistakenly changed 1/4 cup of honey to 1 cup of honey.

Please, please, please only add 1/4 cup of honey to the strained yogurt! The correct recipe can be found on my website at www.danashortt.ca under "recipes". FYI - The chronicle is also going to print the correction in this week's edition.


::: st. valentine's day 5-course pick-up dinner

We are offering a 5-course, pick-up gourmet dinner on Saturday, February 13th in celebration of Valentines Day!

You can enjoy the meal that evening OR you can enjoy the meal on Sunday, February 14th (the meal will hold well in the fridge overnight)

Avoid the restaurant crowds, finding a parking spot (uggh) and the snow (double uggh). And like I always say, the best part about eating-in is that you can nosh in your comfies!

1st - our new cheese torte! - brie, smoked cheddar and spiced apple cheese torte, served with crackers and flatbreads (one cheese torte to share amongst 2 people)

2nd - silky potato, cheddar and chive soup

3rd - mixed greens with creamy mustard vinaigrette

4th - your choice of entree:

chicken marbella (chicken with tangy olives, capers, prunes and oregano)


seared pork tenderloin with a maple mustard cream sauce
note: both entrees come with smashed sweet potatoes with applee

5th - decadent chocolate ganache cupcakes


  • only $38.98 per person
  • we provide complete reheating instructions
  • pick-up on Saturday, February 13th from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (enjoy it that evening or the next day on Feb 14th as the meal reheats well).


::: january's special-of-the-month

Save 10% off any size pot pie (from Summerhill Market OR That Pie Place) all month long!

My favourite pie from Summerhill is their classic chicken pot pie, while my favourite pie from That Pie Place is their pulled pork pie with caramelized onions and bbq sauce.


::: thank you!

We had a great December -thank you so much for your business and support. I hope that you all had a relaxing, fun and delicious holiday. Happy New Year, as well. Can you believe that it's already 2010!?!?!


::: eco coffee can now be purchased on-line! 

We are proud to feature ECO coffee in our store (available by the cup or by the bag for your percolator).

In addition, ECO has just launched an on line site - www.ecocoffeestore.com, where you can purchase their fantastic coffee at great prices to ship to your friends and family who live outside of K-W!


::: how to unsubscribe! 

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If you would like to be removed from this list, please let me know and we will fulfill your request asap.


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