gnocchetti

baked asparagus bacon gnocchetti

May 15, 2024

To celebrate Spring, try this baked gnocchetti with asparagus and tomatoes. Toss in bacon and this dish makes me happy. Local asparagus is now in season and I crave it this time of the year.

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puff pastry tacos

puff pastry tacos

May 1, 2024

At the start of 2024, I began following Dominic Franks on Instagram.  His upside-down puff pastry cooking for sweet and savoury dishes got my attention.

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turtles candy

diy turtles candy (a canadian confectionery)

April 23, 2024

I enjoy noshing on select candies, and Turtles is one of them.  Pretty impressive considering I don’t have a sweet tooth but the combination of pecans with caramel and chocolate makes it hard for me to resist.  This candy recipe is foolproof.

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tomato rings with scrambled eggs a breakfast treat

tomato rings filled with scrambled eggs (breakfast treat)

April 19, 2024

Breakfast celebrates each morning as we break the overnight fasting — hence the term.  I enjoy breakfast.  It’s not something I have ever skipped unless I have to fast for medical reasons.  I was always taught the best meal of the day is breakfast. 

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fruit & nut crackers

fruit and nut crackers

April 16, 2024

This copycat version of gourmet fruit and nut crackers is easy to make and budget-friendly.  And, they make a perfect hostess gift (yes, please!).

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stuffed spaghetti squash rings

stuffed spaghetti squash rings

April 2, 2024

Do you enjoy eating spaghetti squash?  I’ve been using it for over 15 years and it’s so versatile. 

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chocolate mini egg bark

chocolate mini egg bark

March 25, 2024

Switch up the Easter egg hunt with pieces of mini egg bark. Chocolate mini egg bark is super easy to make and will be a hit with the kiddos. Wrap up a few chunks of bark in small bags and hide it throughout the house.  While I am not a fan of mini eggs, I…

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cookie tiramisu

cookie tiramisù

March 19, 2024

Tiramisù (pick me up in Italian) hails from Northwestern Italy in Veneto.  It’s been around since the 1960s.  I have made it a few times and have always enjoyed it.  Desserts sometimes ‘happen’ by chance or a failed recipe needs to be saved.  I made chocolate chip cookies last week.

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fried potato chips

homemade fried potato chips

March 8, 2024

According to the Smithsonian magazine, England’s earliest known recipe for chips dates to 1817.  In 1853 in upstate New York Chef George Crum worked at Moon’s Lake House restaurant.  He prepared thinly sliced potatoes and fried them to a crisp after Cornelius Vanderbilt sent back his french fries saying they weren’t cooked enough.  It was…

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avocado toast with poached egg

February 23, 2024

Avocado toast has been around for thirty-one years.  Australian chef, Bill Granger, added it to his first Sydney restaurant’s menu in 1993.  It gained popularity when Gwyneth Paltrow included a recipe in her 2013 cookbook, “It’s All Good.”

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zucchini scarpaccia

zucchini scarpaccia

February 22, 2024

Scarpaccia (bad shoe in Italian) is a zucchini tart from Tuscany.  It’s a favourite food during carnival celebrations and is believed to have originated from retired sailors who used zucchini from their gardens.

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portobello parmesan

portobello parmesan

February 14, 2024

An easy mid-week meal, portobello parmesan served atop a dressed salad will satisfy any hungry tummy.  The portobello mushroom can be served in many ways from a burger or as a pizza base to soup.

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bourbon candied pecans

bourbon candied pecans

January 25, 2024

Candied nuts are a favourite of mine and are even better when homemade.  I serve them in salads, over fresh fruit, as a snack or packaged as a hostess gift.  I love the taste of pecans and incorporate them into my dishes whenever possible. Roasting them is a welcomed sight on a charcuterie board.

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