In My kitchen!

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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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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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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Soup from leftovers - working down the freezer!

Let's resolve to deal with the chaos that is the freezer - to preserve peace of mind!

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Learning to love Belgian Endives!

The story that began with going to camp and ended with a passion for Belgian endives!

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Learning and pie crust

"Learning is fun!"  

Not true.  Learning is frustrating, exasperating and painful!  Knowing!  That's the fun part!

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Pot Luck/ Olive Cheese Balls

Olive cheese balls - or what to bring to a pot luck!


New Year's Resolution

A good resolution to start the new year, is to inspect the ingredients in your kitchen for freshness!

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Holiday Turkey Dinner

Food magazines struggle to fine their target audience.  This is an even greater problem as they try to reinvent the classic turkey dinner!

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Flourless Chocolate Roulade

This is a bit of a trick because it takes a lot of whisking and maneuvering, but it is really worth the fussing!  I like to add raspberries to the whipped cream filling and for garnish.  

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Parchment paper and Gougeres

Thoughts about the many uses of parchment paper and a nice recipe for gougeres (small bites of cheesy creampuff)

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Nasi Goreng - with adaptations

At our house, we refer to this dish as "Victoire"  because it was the great favourite of my husband, Victor.  It has been tweaked over the years to suit his taste.

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Bolognese Sauce, Canadian style.  If every Italian can have their own version of Bolognese sauce, why can't we?

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Dinner Planning

The best laid plans for a smooth dinner party can run amok when last minute requests have to be accommodated!

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Casseroles and progress

A stroll down memory land when Father always knew best, and Mother made casseroles...

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Popovers and the Big Bang Theory

This is a post about how globalization takes the fun out of travel and other things.

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Fussiness and Game Hens

This is a column about people with food aversions (not allergies or sensitivities) and how a hostess can navigate these waters.

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Rhubarb and Bullying

With apologies to all my gardening friends who actually know what they're doing!

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One pot Swedish Meatball Pasta Dish

We wear approximately 20% of our clothing 80% of the time.  And in our kitchens...

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This post is a reflection on the fun of fresh fruits and vegetables in the spring, complete with a recipe, or rather a technique, for Frittata.

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the Perfect Poached Egg

At last!  The secret to the perfect poached egg!  Try it!  Seriously!  It's magic!

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Maple Syrup season!

Maple syrup. A reflection.

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Food Trends

A reflection on food trends - and a recipe for tuna casserole!

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New Ulm, Minnesota

Some reminiscences and a fact or two about my home town of New Ulm, Minnesota.  Also included, Mother's excellent German Potato Salad, creamy, warm.

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Freezer management!

Meatballs for fifty recipe.  This is a reflection on how we can use a label maker and a vacuum packer to create order from the chaos of our freezers and therefore lead a calmer and less harried life!

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Sweet Corn/Asiago Waffles

This is one of those recipes that just sort of evolves.  Sweet corn, Asiago Cheese, melted butter, eggs, Bisquick.  Hot pepper flakes.  A bit of salt.  

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Polenta and the movies

This is a reflection on how the movies we see can have a lifelong effect on our lives and menus!

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Fresh Produce in Winter

This is a rant about folks complaining that fresh vegetables are too expensive in winter - culminating in a recipe for pea soup.

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Spinach and Parenting

This is a story about how Mother accepted a dare from her friend Alice, that she could get the three of us to love any vegetable.  She chose spinach!

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Sous Vide

As an "early adaptor" I jumped at the chance to try the new and controversial food toy, the Sous Vide Cooker!

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Fish Jello in butter sauce

Joke:  A nice couple had bats in their attic.  They called in an expert.  He said, "Just put lutefisk up there and you will rid yourself of the bats."

When he phoned to be sure the solution worked, the couple said, "It worked like a charm.  No bats.  But now, how do we get rid of the Norwegians?"

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Small Town Secrets

People assume that big cities are complicated, and small towns are easy.  Not so fast!

Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe

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Permanents and Pastry

This post is to encourage folks to be brave and to try mastering pastry. Often people give it a try, have a negative experience and give up for life!

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Two-Drink Rice

Sometimes it's the simple things that are hard to get right.  In my case, that was rice!

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Asiago, corn bread pudding

Fresh Corn and Asiago Bread Pudding - The Inspiration!

Southern Living

1 1/2 cups milk

1 cup whipping cream

3 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 (12-oz.) French bread loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes (8 cups)

4 cups fresh corn kernels

1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded Asiago cheese

Whisk together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add bread, tossing to coat. Let stand 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Stir corn and cheese into bread mixture; spoon into a well-buttered 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until set and golden brown.

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Scones - extra buttery!

No matter how you pronounce them, scones are a delicious treat.  Best not to be enjoyed with every cup of tea, however!  

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Sunfish Breakfast!

Cottage breakfast - Fried sunfish, potatoes and eggs!  Just a story really.  Not a recipe here.

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