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Eric Akis: Colourful caprese salad will grab your guests’ attention

Eric Akis: Colourful caprese salad will grab your guests’ attention

If you need a side dish to serve with a Mediterranean-style grilled fish, chicken, pork, lamb or other entrée, my deluxe version of caprese salad would work well.
Eric Akis: B.C. sockeye salmon served chilled with salad makes tasty summer meal

Eric Akis: B.C. sockeye salmon served chilled with salad makes tasty summer meal

B.C. sockeye salmon is in season and I have a very cool, perfect way to serve it in summer. Simply season the fillets, and then bake, chill and serve with a cool, creamy, tasty cucumber potato salad.
Eric Akis: Deluxe cheeseburgers feature zesty homemade sauce

Eric Akis: Deluxe cheeseburgers feature zesty homemade sauce

If you having a craving for a fast-food-chain burger, you know the type, with two patties, cheese, a middle layer of bun, sauce, pickles and onions, drive past the drive-thru.
Eric Akis: A deluxe dinner from the sea

Eric Akis: A deluxe dinner from the sea

If your partner and you are in the mood for a deluxe seafood dinner, I have a plan. Buy a fine selection of seafood, arrange them in a skillet, flavour them with a buttery mixture, set that skillet on a hot barbecue and start cooking.
Eric Akis: A tale of two Caesars

Eric Akis: A tale of two Caesars

One of Canada’s most popular salads, and one of our favourite cocktails, have at least four things in common. Both are named Caesar, both have an Italian connection, both are highly seasoned, and both have a key ingredient made from a sea creature.
Eric Akis: Ice cream cake is cool for summer

Eric Akis: Ice cream cake is cool for summer

If you need a cake for a summer gathering, but don’t want to fire up the stove, make sure your freezer is functioning correctly. That’s because you’ll need it to make a dessert that requires no baking at all, an ice cream cake.
Eric Akis: Keep dining cool for the hot weather

Eric Akis: Keep dining cool for the hot weather

When dining on a very hot summer day, flavourful food served very cold is obviously well suited for that kind of weather.
Eric Akis: Sandwiches add class to your summer tea time

Eric Akis: Sandwiches add class to your summer tea time

If you’re planning to have friends over for tea, why not turn it into a summer meal by serving sandwiches. Tea sandwiches, of course. Daintily prepared bites you artfully arrange on plates or a platter.
Eric Akis: Homemade beef dip, roasted on the barbecue

Eric Akis: Homemade beef dip, roasted on the barbecue

Beef on a bun with jus for dipping is a popular dish served in pubs and diners. But I like to make it at home and when I do that in the summer, I take the cooking outdoors. I start by choosing my beef roast.
Eric Akis: A fruity summer sauce for chicken

Eric Akis: A fruity summer sauce for chicken

Sometimes when I’m selecting items for dinner my eyes do the shopping, as they did the other day at my corner food store. Not long after walking in, I spied some plump Vancouver Island-raised chicken and B.C.