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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plum jelly

plum jelly

September 19, 2023

I have fond memories of jelly desserts.  My mom made many jellied salads and aspics – some I liked, some I did not. As a kid, I was always fascinated with the ‘jiggly dessert’. My siblings and I would break it down by whipping it around our bowls or to see who could try to…

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roasted tomato sauce

roasted tomato sauce

August 29, 2023

It’s tomato season and nothing is more satisfying than fresh, local ones.  Tomatoes have varied uses; one of the most popular is tomato sauce.  My version of marinara sauce uses fresh tomatoes that are roasted in the oven first and then puréed.  A rustic method with little effort but the flavour profile is downright scrumptious!

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cod en papillote

cod en papillote (cod in parchment paper)

August 24, 2023

The French word en papillote means “in paper”.  It’s a lovely technique that requires minor cleanup afterwards.  Cooking en papillote is the combination of baking and steaming in a hot oven.  The food cooks in its juices. You can use parchment paper or tin foil – I’ve used both.  If hosting a dinner party, these…

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tomato stuffed with rice

pomodori con riso (tomatoes with rice)

August 18, 2023

I couldn’t imagine Italy’s cuisine without the tomato.  But in the 15th and 16th centuries, the tomato was considered poisonous!  Later on, the Spaniards showed the Italians how to pan-fry the tomato with onions and eggplant in what we know today as ratatouille.  The Italians soon learned that the ‘golden fruit’ was perfect for flavouring…

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pickled cherries

bocconcini with pickled cherries & mint

August 9, 2023

August is the time of year when local produce is in abundance.   Cherries from British Columbia have been in the farmers’ markets for about a month.  We all have our favourite cherry dish when in season but I’ll bet you’ve never tried pickled cherries.  Yours truly has not.  So, when I saw an Instagram story…

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pork cutlet pizzaiola

pork cutlet pizzaiola

July 28, 2023

With a name like pizzaiola one immediately thinks of Naples, the birthplace of pizza. It is believed that pizzaiola was created as a way to use leftover pizza sauce.  Pizzaiola is typically made with sliced beef or veal cooked with tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and oregano.

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blueberry dutch baby

blueberry dutch baby

July 24, 2023

The Dutch baby pancake has been around since the early 1900s.   A cafe in downtown Seattle began offering it on their menu.  These oven pancakes are famous and can be sweet or savoury.  I made a Dutch baby for the very first time for breakfast on Sunday.  Even though it was a hit, I…

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strawberry shortcake

strawberry shortcake

July 20, 2023

The strawberry plant is native to Europe and North America and grew wild for centuries.  I used to pick wild strawberries when I was a kid.  My grandfather loved strawberry jam and used to give us money if we picked the wild version.  Little did I know the strawberry we consume today was first bred…

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smash burger tacos

smash burger tacos

July 12, 2023

The humble taco has been around for several centuries.  Jump ahead to 2023 and smash burger tacos are a social media sensation.  What the heck is a smash burger?  Well, it turns out that in 2007 two guys decided to open a burger joint.  The idea was to offer high-quality burgers (never-frozen beef) smashed on…

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homemade taco seasoning

homemade taco seasoning

July 6, 2023

I’ll admit it’s been a very long time since I made tacos.  It’s not something we eat regularly.  The taco packets available in the grocery store contain too many additives for my liking (maltodextrin, silicon dioxide, and citric acid to name a few).  However, I am all in when it comes to making my taco…

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pistachio feta dip

pistachio feta dip

July 5, 2023

Dips are one of the most accessible snacks to make (IMHO).  This pistachio feta dip is easy and can be ready to enjoy in less than 15 minutes.  When you have company over, dips are one of the first things your guests dig into.  As much as I enjoy an ooey-gooey cheese dip,  I also…

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blueberry dump cake

blueberry dump cake

June 29, 2023

If ever there was an award for a recipe with super low effort and delicious results, this blueberry dump cake would grab first place!  I made this yesterday and let me tell you, it’s THE easiest cake you will ever make.  With just four ingredients, it’s foolproof.  Lately, it’s been circulating on social media but…

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