Oh Canada! From river wide and racing to prairie flat and vast. From rocky shore to soaring city tower—this Tuesday, July 1, 2014 will mark the anniversary of the Constitution Act of 1867 and the union of three colonies into a single country known as Canada.

In anticipation of the approaching celebrations, I’m honoring this great country of ours, our home and native land, with eight red and white-inspired recipes…

1. Beaver Cupcakes

You might not consider the beaver a mighty enough emblem for Canada. However, the animals’ resilience and amazing ability to engineer their environment is certainly admirable. The largest beaver dam, built in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta, Canada, is a massive 850-meters in size, not to mention it can observed from space. Pay tribute to the spirited beaver with these sweet treats!

Source: Canadian Living

2. Atlantic Lobster Rolls

If you come from a Maritime family like I do, seafood is a comforting call home to the Eastern and Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Surprisingly, lobster is inexpensive on these rocky shores, which is reason why summer lobster rolls will make an appearance at many holiday luncheons, picnics, and potlucks.

 

Source: AllRecipes.com

3. BLT Caesar

Let’s face it; while a Bloody Mary is A-OK a Caesar is Eh-OK! The spicy Canadian cocktail is like an appetizer in a glass—a tasty blend of Clamato juice (a mix of clam and tomato juice), vodka, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, prosciutto-salt and pepper rimmed, and garnished with lemon wedges and a stalk of celery or if you’re daring a spicy bean!

 

Source: The Food Network

4. Nanaimo Bars

Haling from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada these quintessentially Canuck dessert squares are an ideal way to celebrate the beauty and freedom of this great nation of ours! Take a bite and feel the sticky, sweet ooze in layers of thick butter, vanilla, chopped walnuts, custard, icing sugar, dark chocolate, and graham cracker crumbs.

Source: HiddenPeonies.com

5. Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

To celebrate Canada Day, take a bite out of these red and white delights. These Strawberry Cheesecake Bites are made from local strawberries, graham cracker cookies cut in the shape of maple leaves, and a hearty dollop of vanilla bean cheesecake frosting that will surely make your guest stand at attention.

Source: Oh She Glows

6. Peameal Sandwiches with Coleslaw

Your dinner guests will be bursting with national pride when you serve up layers of salty, seared peameal—or back bacon as us Canucks like to call it—brushed with sweet maple glaze, topped with grated cabbage and carrots drenched in a creamy sauce of mayonnaise, mustard, and yogurt sandwiched between two pieces of thick whole grain bread…salivating yet? Are you kidding, the whole country is!

Source: Première Moisson

7. Maple Bacon Cupcakes

In Canada we don’t believe you can have too many cupcake recipes, which is why I couldn’t resist featuring these Maple Bacon heaven-sent sweets. They go hand in hand with Canada Day potlucks just like Canadian Tire money goes with Tim Horton’s coffee. So don’t be shy with the crisp bacon and maple syrup, eh?!

Source: Make-Fabulous-Cakes.com

8. Authentic Canadian Poutine

Undoubtedly, Canadians are best known for two things—hockey and poutine, a traditional Quebec concoction of French fries, mozzarella cheese curds, and savory beef gravy. Celebrate the many great foods produced in this great nation by using local russet potatoes and white cheddar cheese curds then top with piping hot gravy…hot enough to warm any hockey rink.

 

Source: SeasonsandSuppers.ca

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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