7 Canal House Dishes That Make Good Meals Even Better

April  7, 2015

This week, to celebrate the launch of the Genius Recipes cookbook, we're taking a look at a few recipes from some of the geniuses featured in the book.

When it comes to cooking a reliably good meal, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. But that doesn’t mean the meal shouldn't be special. Christopher Hirscheimer and Melissa Hamilton, the geniuses behind Canal House, excel at creating the kinds of recipes that are classic and dependable, yet innovative and inspiring.

Here are 7 recipes from Canal House that will make your good meals into great ones:

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Pork Belly with Gingery Rhubarb Compote


Pasta with Spring Vegetables, Bathed in Cream


Cranberry-Port Gelée


Wine-Poached Apricots with Ricotta


Chicken alla Diavola


Zucchini with Anchovy Butter


Mezzi Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Lots of Herbs, Hot Oil, and Mozzarella

What's your favorite recipe from Canal House? Tell us in the comments!

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Granny S. November 21, 2021
I, personally, like Canal House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Always bakes up perfect!
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Foodie Novels I have enjoyed...Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser; Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado; The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken by Laura Schenone; and The Man Who Ate Everything by H Jeffrey Steingarten.