watermelon baby carriage

watermelon baby carriage

September 21, 2021

Last month I happily hosted a baby shower for my daughter (it’s our first grandchild).  I loved planning it!  The last time I hosted a baby shower was for my friend Michelle who was expecting twins…that was 35 years ago!  I was trying to recall what I served and what stood out was the watermelon…

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passatelli

passatelli with parmigiano cream & balsamic vinegar

September 14, 2021

A pasta made from breadcrumbs?  Umm, yep!  When I was preparing this, Mr. S was dubious but one bite and all doubts were erased. Passatelli hails from Italy’s Emilia Romagna region. This frugal traditional Italian dish is made with stale bread, Parmigiano Reggiano, eggs, and lemon zest.

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gummy robots

gummy robots

August 31, 2021

On Sunday I hosted a baby shower for our daughter, Laura.  It was a stunning day and the event was a huge success; lots of laughter and mini conversations all about the momma-to-be.  Laura is expecting a boy! Our party planning discussions included gummy bears.  The thing was, though, the gummies we wanted weren’t available.…

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cherry shrub soda

cherry shrub syrup

July 27, 2021

It’s cherry season!  Plump and juicy, cherries are one of my favourite stone fruits.  The thing is, though, their shelf life is limited (5 to 7 days) and they are not cheap.  To not waste any, I usually end up making a dessert.  This time I decided to make a shrub syrup.

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grilled pineapple

grilled pineapple with italian meringue icing

May 4, 2021

I started grilling pineapple well over twenty years ago!  I love it as it’s a super easy dessert to make.  Grilled pineapple is scrumptious on its own but throw in sweet dips like melted chocolate, dulce de leche, whipped cream, and this grilled fruit is bound to delight all age groups.

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fish pasta

fish pasta

April 14, 2021

Ever wondered what to do with leftover cooked fish?  For the record, I am not a fan of eating day-old cooked fish.  However, Mr. S is and he enjoys constructing a cold fish sandwich…eww!  However, this fish pasta has changed my view.  Last week I was in the mood for pasta but didn’t fancy a…

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baked spaghetti

creamy baked spaghetti with leeks and anchovies

March 19, 2021

Who doesn’t like a one-pot pasta dish?  This isn’t my first time making baked spaghetti and definitely won’t be the last.  I am always drawn to dishes that include anchovies and this baked spaghetti is a keeper!  I made it for two consecutive days, that’s how delicious it is!

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cabbage rolls

cabbage rolls

February 18, 2021

It’s been a long time since I made cabbage rolls.  So long, in fact, I had to search my recipe files to jog my memory.  My great, great paternal grandmother was born in Bohemia (western part of the Czech Republic) and emigrated to Canada in 1892.  Out of all the old-world Bohemian dishes she made,…

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prawn curry soup

prawn curry soup

February 11, 2021

Brr, it’s cold out!  Time to get a pot of soup on the stove and warm up.  Soup is as old as the history of cooking and enjoyed by the poor and the rich.  It makes us feel better when we’re ill, provided sustenance when food was scarce, and warming on a cold day.  Previous…

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greenn olive purée

green olive purée

February 4, 2021

When we entertain, I am always on the hunt for new appetizers.  And, when you come to our home, you’re greeted with a choice of beverage along with a few things to nibble on.  Mr. S always jokes the snacks are the main meal!  It’s a delicate balance to satisfy any hunger pains and to…

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Tuscan soup

tuscan soup (zuppa toscana)

February 2, 2021

It seems I’m on a soup kick.  Nothing like a bowl of hot soup to warm you all over when there’s a storm outside.  Over the years I have amassed numerous soup posts on my blog; there’s something for everyone!  Soups are so versatile one can make according to what’s on hand.  My Tuscan soup…

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tomato soup

best homemade tomato soup you’ll ever make!

January 22, 2021

Up until a couple of days ago, we were enjoying above normal temperatures.  When the mercury dips below freezing, I crave soups and stews.  What I don’t crave is the effort and time involved to make these.  I recently posted a curry dish ready in 30 minutes.  This made me think about making a simple…

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lemon chia seed pudding

lemon chia seed pudding

January 18, 2021

So, looking for a new breakfast dish?  Don’t be put off by the title; lemon chia seed pudding is delicious to enjoy first thing in the morning.  It’s light, fresh, and tangy with creaminess from the coconut milk and chia seed.  Yes, you can also serve as a dessert or afternoon snack.  In addition, this…

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