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Sometimes I get my inspiration to try a new recipe in the strangest places.  I was at Whole Foods sampling some Rainforest Nut Butter with Coconut (made by Proudly Canadian, Nuts to You Nut Butter Inc.), made with Brazil nuts, cashews and coconut pieces.  There was a recipe handout on the sample table which looked […]

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I dined with a friend for lunch last week to a great vegetarian/vegan restaurant, Pure Kitchen, on Richmond Road in Ottawa, for those of you in town.  And if you come and visit me from out of town, I will take you there.  The food is fresh and delicious and I ordered a tasty sandwich, […]

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I remember when I was a kid and my mother used to buy Bac-Os, simulated non-bacon bacon bits, to sprinkle onto salads.  Absolutely no nutritional value and the ingredients were questionable.  However, the satisfaction I got from them was the smoky-saltiness and crispy texture they added.  Well now, folks, I have discovered something new and […]

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I love to peruse cookbooks. And since the library has an abundance of them, I usually have one borrowed at any one time.  Last week, after being on the waiting list for months, I got my hands on Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook. This is a great cookbook with a ‘best recipe’ […]

I have rules when I try a recipe for the first time:  One, I follow the recipe as closely as possible.  Two, I accept all comments, suggestions, criticisms from family and dinner guests without getting defensive.  Three, if I don’t hear a complaint or suggestion, it gets made again.  This recipe was near perfect for […]

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Planning future travel to Spain in the Fall and already I am researching the local foods and flavours.  Paella, a traditional Spanish dish, is known to have seafood, sausage and chicken incorporated with the rice. This recipe, modified from the vegetarian variation in Plenty, a cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi, is full of vegetables, edamame beans, […]

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When I invite friends for dinner and they ask me what they can bring, I always ask for dessert.  I would rather make the main course.  Every so often though, I am intrigued by a simple dessert that fits the bill.  Chia pudding is one of these recipes. I keep chia seeds in the house […]

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