Tangy Summer Slaw


The lowly cole slaw dressing has been the root of many family picnic debates over the years. Some like oil and vinegar based dressing, while others prefer a creamy base and others are happy to go with the standard Kraft offering. Cole slaw has been a staple at picnics and barbecues for so long not […]

Brussel Sprouts in a Cream Sauce

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Growing up in an English family, brussel sprouts were always a part of any big meal.  My mom would boil them perfectly every time and I really enjoyed them as a kid.  When G and I got married and I mentioned making sprouts as a side dish for Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner, he was never […]

My new food obsession: Home baked bread


The good folks in the FAB North kitchen have been prattling on a good bit lately about their weekly homemade pizza regimen. It sounds great and I’ve been dying to try it here. At the last minute the other day, we decided we should give it a go except we were going to buy the […]

Red Pepper Corn Muffins

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, our last dinner party was themed “Touched by Fire”.  G spent the entire night (and I mean entire night) smoking a pork shoulder for pulled pork.  He woke up every couple of hours throughout the night to tend to the smoker.  I was afraid that the neighbours would […]

Acorn Squash with Maple Syrup Butter


Our latest dinner party was themed “Touched By Fire”.  Everything that was made had to be either touched by the flame or extra hot in some way.  I gave the oldest child the job of finding a veggie that would fit the bill and this is what she came up with.  Even though our first […]

Mediterranean Potato Salad

I really love my mother’s potato salad.  But, you know, it’s kind of the Kraft Kitchen potato salad of my youth (and hey, that’s no slam whatsoever against the Kitchens at Kraft – heck, it’s the food I was brought up on, after all!). Anyhoo, one summer day a few years ago, I was planning […]

Orange-Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

Christmas is less than two weeks away?!?  Well, go ahead and get a jump on things if you like, since this recipe is ideal for freezing!  It was originally a combination of two recipes that I found one Christmas, but then the orange magically entered the picture and now I use it year-round, even on […]

Barley Risotto

Modified only slightly from a recipe I found years ago in The Flavours of Canada:  A Celebration of the Finest Regional Foods by Anita Stewart (one of my all-time favourites!  ISBN 1-55192-182-0), this recipe is an amazing accompaniment to the rich braises of deep winter.  It’s also a nice alternative to mashed potatoes on any […]

Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes with Garlic

My girlfriend, Kate, who is herself quite a Foodie, sat down to our Lavender-Scented Lamb Loin Chops (and she loves lamb)….  Upon tasting these potatoes, she said, “Okay, so I could just sit down to a pot of these potatoes…”.  ‘Nuff said.  Serves 6. 2 tbsp (30 ml) grapeseed or canola oil 1 ½ cups […]

Potato Puree with Fresh Oregano

Mmmm, potatoes.  Now’s the time to select from a wonderful variety at your local farmer’s market!  Serves 4 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into uniform chunks 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter ¼ cup (65 ml) milk or half and half cream (or less… or more…) Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 3 […]