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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 […]


No, it is not a spelling mistake in the title — the power of the powder — curry powder is an aromatic combination of many spices and there seems to be as many recipes as there are cooks.  A small amount will add a flavour punch to so many dishes.   My sister found a Jewish […]


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