Chocolate Scones

Chocolate SconesWhat is it about a storm that makes me want to bake? We were bracing for what was supposed to be THE storm of the century.  Forecasters got it wrong…it was just another snow storm – no crippling affect felt here.  All the hype, I suppose, got to me.  Continue Reading →

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Beet Soup

beet soupFood that looks as pretty as this soup does makes me smile and my mind wanders off to warmer weather.  The days are getting longer and even though it’s a glorious day today filled with sunshine, a major snowstorm is heading our way.  This beet soup is my cup of happiness regardless of what’s happening outside.  It’ll soothe the soul and it can be the main attraction at the dinner table or a simple way to add another veggie to the meal.  Continue Reading →

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Lentil and Vegetable Stew

Lentil & Vegetable StewStews can take a while to cook but this lentil and vegetable stew can be ready in 35 minutes.  It’s loaded to the brim with vitamin and mineral goodness and will fill you up and keep you satiated for hours.  Lentils are slow-burning, high-fiber, and lean protein food.  Continue Reading →

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Roasted Haddock and Bacon

roasted haddock & baconI really try to incorporate fish into our diet (read: lay off the meat for a while).  Sometimes that can be a challenge for me as my childhood memories of fish and tiny bones play havoc with my mind.  I can’t tell you how many times I choked on fish bones!  Yuck!  The only way I’ll eat fish is if it’s been filleted and even then I’m checking to make sure none were left behind.  Haddock is a family favorite and is perfect in this recipe.  I like to buy my fish from our local fishmonger, Afishionado.  Continue Reading →

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Baked Chocolate Pudding

Baked Chocolate PuddingDessert is one of the things I tend to drag my heels on when planning a meal.  It can be the highlight of the meal OR it can be the opposite.  Let me explain.  By the time I come around to serving dessert, my belly is about to burst.  No matter how diligently I focus on ‘saving room’ the appetizers, drinks, and main meal have stolen the show.  Continue Reading →

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Baked Vegetable Custard

Vegetable CustardYears ago I bought a book to hold all my scraps of paper that I scribbled recipes on or ones I cut from magazines and newspapers.  I remember, after the last recipe was glued down, how triumphant it felt to see my collection in one place.   The other day I went through one I started back in 2005.  I had forgotten these recipes.  The baked vegetable custard is one I made once before, most probably in 2005, and it’s a pity I forgot about it as it’s darn delicious and relatively easy to make.  As much as I like to view recipes online, I still enjoy the tactile nature of paper. Continue Reading →

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Ferments

grilled cheese sandwich with fermentsNothing takes me back more to my childhood than biting into a sandwich with a warm, gooey cheese center between crunchy slices of buttered toast.  As a young adult, in my first apartment, one of my favorite meals was a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of scotch broth.  Grilled cheese sandwiches these days are looking all grown up and designer-like.  I’ve seen them dressed up with prosciutto, tomato marmalade and cheese curds; artisanal sourdough with aged cheddar, Gruyère and roasted tomatoes; four cheeses with mushrooms and truffles; brie and fig jam and the ingredient list goes on.  A far cry from the quintessential American grilled cheese sandwich – white bread with processed cheese.  Americans consume more than two billion grilled cheese sandwiches a year. Continue Reading →

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Citrus Salad with Pork Tenderloin

citrus salad with pork tenderloinOn wintery, cold days a citrus salad is an easy way to bring a bit of sunshine to your dinner table.  Add roast pork tenderloin (aka fillet) and you have a meal that’s light, scrumptious, and can be easily made any night of the week.  Pork tenderloin, a very tender cut of meat, is a good source of protein, low in fat, and more B vitamins than many other types of meat…check! for all who are into the New Year with weight loss goals.  Continue Reading →

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Lamb Chops Asian-Style

 

Rack of Lamb Asian-Style2015 resolutions?  The New Year is the single most important time to reflect on your life and we all naturally do it.  It’s a milestone that continues to remind us of the importance of time. We reflect on our achievements and re-evaluate our future.  As the year progresses, I am constantly re-evaluating mine, making subtle adjustments as I go.  The month of December flies in seeing us indulging, attending Christmas parties, socializing, shopping, all of which can make the first week of January seem rather empty.  Continue Reading →

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Merry Christmas!

 Merry Christmas

Bye for now folks.  Enjoy the holiday season and I hope to see you back to visit my blog in 2015.   xo

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