In My kitchen!

High School ála Goldenrod on Biscuits

High school Home Ec. back in the day taught us essentials like "White Sauce" and recipes we despised like Eggs á la Goldenrod.  Turns out, it's a classic and when not being forced to become happy homemakers, it is really quite delicious.  The secret is in the sauce!

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First day of school - Pot Roast

The first day of school is the first day of the queen of comfort food, the pot roast.  Just be sure to use a cut that is not too lean.  Other than that, it's hard to go wrong.  We all remember coming home from school to the smell of this deliciousness as our soft landing.

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Cinnamon Bread

Sometimes the lure of a traditional recipe is just what's needed.  Though we don't all have a basic bread recipe that we can simply modify, if we did, the base bread of this beauty would be a good one to choose!

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Zucchini, Cheddar Cheese & Chive Buttermilk Quick Bread

It's that time of year when friends present friends with zucchinis the size of their thighs.  Compost them, my friends, or , if you just don't have the hears, perhaps this quick bread.  

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Chimichurri Grilled Chicken Salad with Peaches and Sweet Potatoes

Time to take note of what your family likes and think of serving those things in a new and interesting way.  

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Gnocchi

Time to assess the kitchen cupboards.  How many of these things do we actually use...anymore?  Though the gnocchi board still has predetermining of place in my kitchen

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Funeral Potatoes

The thing about funerals is that, unlike holiday meals where the hostess is expected to do it all, it's suddenly ok to pitch in and bring something.  Funeral potatoes are a perennial favourite, and Three-bean salad smacks of tradition and family.

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Pie Crust!

The perfect pie crust recipe and the importance of calibrating your oven!

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Serving Boards

Choose a theme.  Gather a variety of food!  Relax and enjoy!

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Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

The future is looking bright, but is it really necessary to have food kits delivered to our kitchens when something as delicious as this tortellini soup is so easy?

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Chicken Condon Bleu Casserole

Although casseroles have fallen out of favour in recent decades, they can still be a home cook's trusty friend!

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Farro & Cumin Roasted Carrots and Tahini

Tahini and Farro are finding their way into our kitchens!!

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reflections on how comfort foods hop borders and make themselves at home in our kitchens.

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Fast Food and Cinnamon Buns!

Sometimes it's time for fast food.  

Other times you have time for a lovely, pillowy yeasted dough and the joy that is Cinnamon Buns!

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Jambalaya & Sauerkraut Soup

Jambalaya AND a nice Sauerkraut Soup!

Along with a rant about transported vegetables!

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Sous-Vide Prime Rib!

What is better than a tender, perfectly cooked Prime Rib?  Use your Sous-Vide guarantee perfect results every time!

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Gravy!

Make perfect gravy every time!

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Mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot

Mashed potatoes are divinely creamy prepared in the Instant Pot!

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Incorporating Kale

Kale got to be a bit overdone there for awhile, but let's not throw it out as "yesterday's trend".  Try incorporating it into just about any pasta dish for a splash of colour and a dash of nutrition!

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Classic Lasagna

Lasagna is wonderful.  The classic.  It takes time.  We tend to take so many shortcuts that we lose sight of the glory of the true recipe.  Sometimes it's best to take the time!  It's worth it!

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Cricket powder!

The world is changing and we have to change with it or be left on the shelf.  To try cricket powder, you only have to be brave once.  High diving board!

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Sous Vide Chicken and Beef

Sous Vide sounds fancy, but actually, it is a wonderful secret for busy folks on the go.  This is primarily because it is so forgiving.  If you are an hour late, your roast beef will just be a bit more tender, and still at just your preferred degree of doneness!

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Dinner Salads

How to assemble the essential components of:

.Base

.Veggie/fruit

.Protein

.Topping 

.Bonus

To create a nutritious, delicious, dinner salad!

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Corn Season with Fritters

Whatever your family techniques and traditions, the main thing is that you eat corn until it’s coming out of your ears, because, as we well know, corn season won’t last! Fall is just around the corner! Seize these lovely days!

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Instant Pot Breakfast

This recipe - or collection of suggestions - hopefully will open your eyes to the many useful variations of the types of food we think of cooking in the Instant Pot.

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Simple Pickling

Serve these pickles as part of an appetizer spread with fresh tomatoes, olives, flatbread, and hummus or baba ghanoush. They’re also tasty alongside grilled meats. finecooking.com

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Instant Pot Pho Ga

In Vietnam, pho is eaten morning, noon, and night. The flavorful broth is traditionally cooked for hours to achieve a full-bodied flavor, but with a pressure cooker, you can enjoy this rich and complex soup in a fraction of the time. epicurious.com

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Artisan Bread in Five

This delicious bread is a combination of the master recipe of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and a focaccia idea from Martha Stewart!  So good!

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Discovering Farro

At some point we all get tired of the same old starches and grains.  Potatoes, rice, pasta.  Let's get a little experimental and find out some of the secrets that other cultures have known for centuries!

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Dealing with dodgy vegetables

Option A:
Discard and resolve to do better nest week.

Option B:
Soup!

Option C:
Dog food!

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Bearnaise

Bearnaise is just a tarted up Hollandaise really.  But it can elevate meats and fish to an astonishing new level!

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Spring into Asparagus!

Spring is a time for asparagus.  Wizened winter asparagus is better than no asparagus, but spring asparagus - oh my!

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Madeleines

Thoughts about Late Onset Attention Deficit Disorder and the need to slow it down!  Read Proust!  Make Madeleines!

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Pot Roast!

A lovely memory of my childhood was of Mother's Pot Roast done with her terrifying, death defying pressure cooker!  These days, however, we can recreate the deliciousness without the anxiety!

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Chicken Piccata

Although I made this recipe in the Instant Pot, it would, of course, be easily adapted to a slow cooker or oven.

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Raw Beet and Sweet Potato salad

A recipe can be a gift, but it can also be a trap

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Pumpkin Pie Spice and Bone Broth

A rather negative take on Christmas perhaps - too much Pumpkin Pie Spice and too many goodies!

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Bigos - or what to do with Sour Cabbage!

The national dish of Poland, this dish, or variations thereof, are the comfort food of many slavic folk - or so I'm told.

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Instant Pot Ribs

This is a very official version.  I use whatever rub is handy, and Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce.  Personally.  And these ribs are great!

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Nutella changes their recipe and other tragedies of modern life.

Rumour is afoot that Nutella is changing their time-honoured recipe!

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KD and Real Mac & Cheese

Canadian comfort food - either KD or real Mac & Cheese, stovetop or baked

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Halloween and Fake Blood

If you are a Halloween person, you may already have a favourite fake blood recipe....

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Crepes for breakfast and summer camp

When it comes to breakfast, there's no place like home!

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Boeuf Bourguignon in the Instant Pot!

A reflection on the changing world and the part Julia Child played in all our lives.  And now the Instant Pot!

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

A trip down memory lane and a reflection of the evolution of "gassy vegetables".

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Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce and a reflection on the glories of green sauces in general!

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Easy Ice Cream at home!

This is a recipe for Peach Basil ice cream which will probably not be a favourite with the kids.  Pistachio is delicious. Maybe chocolate to start.... Just saying.  

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Ode to Nigella - Watermelon Salad

Reflections on living life by the rules and daring to, occasionally, colour outside the lines!

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Canada 150 and burgers!

Burgers with traditional Canadian ingredients to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday!

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Seasoning Meat

When you're out of ideas and don't have a hunk of meat handy...

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Sheet Pan Suppers

Canadian life beyond Green Gables

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Kohlrabi

Children have a complex and conflicted relationship with vegetables.  Take kohlrabi, for example...

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Pickled Grapes!

Pickled grapes add a nice addition to "the usual suspects!"

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Baking eggs for a crowd, and a "Wife-Saver"

Baking eggs for a crowd! This is a nifty idea for serving a lot of fried eggs without having to stand by the stove while your guests enjoy breakfast!

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Asian Pho Soup & Zen

A reflection on taking time out of a busy day of irritations and stresses to enjoy the simple task of preparing dinner.

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Winter Blahs and Old Standbys

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin wrapped in bacon brightens up a dull late winter day!  Oh and Pimento Cheese for a touch of the South.

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Sprializer!

Out for dinner and suddenly you need another gadget!

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Paradigm Shifting

Changing the way we do things, from plastic bags to shopping baskets

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