Dana Shortt Gourmet Made Easy
Dish From Dana
  november 2011 www.danashortt.ca  
::: what's in our fresh fridge today?
  • chicken, cheddar and salsa quesadilla's
  • bacon, apple, cheddar and caramelized onion quesadilla's
  • pumpkin and black bean soup
  • marks famous minestrone soup
  • chicken, bacon & vegetable bake with savoury biscuits
  • Asian glazed salmon rolls with mango chutney
  • lots of fresh scones


::: recipe-of-the-month

orange shorttbread with dark chocolate chips

We are big fans of shorttbread around here!

This is a recipe for a delicious shorttbread that we used to sell in the shop a number of years ago.

They freeze well (use parchment paper to separate layers in a tupperware or air tight container) and would look beautiful on a Christmas cookie platter.


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (packed) grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips


  • Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Butter and flour large baking sheet.
  • Whisk first 3 ingredients in medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, orange peel, and orange extract in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in yolk, then cream. Add flour mixture; beat until dough comes together in moist clumps. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Drop dough by generous tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet, spacing 3/4 inch apart. Using moistened fingertips, flatten each to 1/2-inch-thick round. Bake cookies until golden, about 18 minutes.
  • While still hot, top each cookie with a chocolate chip. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Move to the refrigerator to set the chocolate chip for about 15 to 20 minutes

::: dana's secrets

Did you know that you can substitute crushed crackers (such as saltines) for breadcrumbs in most recipes? The crushed crackers make an extremely light, crisp crust. Try crushed crackers when crusting fish fillets, chicken tenders, and baked soft cheeses such as chevre.


::: 7th anniversary sale

TOMORROW - Friday, November 4th from 10 am - 7 pm

Please join us for our anniversary sale tomorrow!

Hogtails BBQ Restaurant will be on site with their mobile smoker, sampling their delicious pulled pork.

We are now using Hogtails pulled pork and beef brisket exclusively in our:

  • pulled pork quesadilla's
  • pulled pork chili
  • beef brisket enchilada's
  • fajita style beef quesadilla's

We will be offering free samples of the above items all day tomorrow - please come by to have a taste!

We will also be offering the following anniversary specials:

  • banana bread $6 (reg. price $9.98)
  • pesto cheese torte $11 (reg. price $15.98)
  • classic Indian soups $7 (reg. price $9.98)
  • 15% off all items featuring "hogtails" bbq meats
  • (limit of four of each of the above items, per customer please)

Lastly, all of our holiday decor, accessories and new food items will be out and available for sale.


::: coach house shortbread!

I am thrilled to announce that we are now carrying 10 flavours (both sweet & savoury) of "Coach House Shortbread" (in addition to our own horttbread, of course!)

For those of you who attend the "one of a kind show" in Toronto, you may recognize this brand.

These shortbread are all butter, hand-made and are sold in gorgeous, multi-coloured Christmas cracker-style packaging. There are 18-20 shortbreads per package and they retail for $13.98 - $14.98, depending on flavour.

My (personal) sweet favourites are the
pecan and chocolate fleur de sel, and my favourite savoury varieties include the gorgonzola pistachio and the asiago garlic.

They are only available in 16 shops across the country and we will be the only store carrying them in this region.

Click here for their website with more info: www.shortbread.ca

(We'll be sampling these all day tomorrow as well!)


::: november's special of the month

15% off our new beef "chili con carne"
The sale price is $13.58 including tax (2 lbs., about 3-4 portions). Sale runs all month long.


::: corporate & personal gift baskets

We would love to help you with your corporate and/or personal gourmet gift baskets this holiday season.

Baskets start at $40.00 and up and are filled with our made in-house items as well as customer favourites like Rheo Thompson Candies chocolates & Reid chocolates.

Click on the link below to view our gift basket flyer:



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