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Barley and Bacon Risotto

Stir. Stir. Stir. This is my cheats version of risotto and does not require frequent visits to the stove top.  A typical risotto recipe involves going back to the pot to stir in each ladleful of stock when the last one has been absorbed.  Although it doesn’t take long to cook (roughly 30 minutes), you…

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Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti

Biscotti (twice-baked), is an Italian cookie that is formed into a log shape, baked, sliced and then toasted to a crisp texture.  This has to be one of the easiest desserts to make.  Cranberry and pistachio are a perfect duo for this biscotti recipe by balancing the sweetness of the dough with a bit of…

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Turkey Stew

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas we indulge in a massive turkey dinner and each year I say next time I will buy a smaller turkey with enough food for the evening and leftovers for the following day.  Every Thanksgiving and Christmas we end up having too much turkey leftover and as a result eat our way…

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Fried Cauliflower Rice

fried cauliflower rice

Cauliflower rice?  Ok, well of course it isn’t rice but for those trying to cut back on carbohydrates, try this recipe.  Local cauliflower is now showing up in the grocery shops and boy do they look good!  Cauliflower rice has been hitting the cyber world for over a year now and all you have to…

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Fish Piccata

Anyone who knows me knows of my phobia of fish bones. As a kid, I choked on one too many and as a result I steer clear of fish that isn’t filleted. And, if I do find a bone in a piece of fish, it’s akin to an appetite suppressant and am turned off by…

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Glass Noodle Salad

Glass noodle, you ask? Well, it’s a noodle made from mung bean flour and when water is added to reconstitute it, the noodle looks transparent, glass-like. And, because they’re made from mung bean flour, it’s gluten-free (make sure to read the ingredient list as cheaper varieties can be made from wheat). The dressing is the…

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Inside Out Burger

America is considered the true home of the hamburger, but chopped beef had been a staple of Eastern European cuisines for centuries.  German immigrants from Hamburg arrived in America in the 19th century bringing their Hamburg-style beef with them.  Burgers are all about the toppings and this recipe focuses on the topping you can’t see. …

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Minced Duck and Scallops on Pineapple

There’s nothing quite like a new recipe to try and plan a dinner menu around. Sometimes we’ll choose a wine and build a meal from that but most times it’s the former. I had originally thought of a Mediterranean-based meal for Saturday’s get together but wondered if this Thai-inspired dish would be out of sync.…

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Pad Thai

Living overseas provided us with an opportunity for our palates to mature and enjoy food we never would have tried back home either because it wasn’t being offered or the ingredients weren’t available (that was 15 years ago). I was never a big fan of spicy foods but that changed over time and I now…

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