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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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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I love Indian food.  I love the aromas of the cooking spices wafting through my kitchen.  And I love them even better when the meal comes together as quickly as this one.  This recipe is a one-pot wonder.  Throw everything into the slow cooker and walk away.  But don’t forget to come back and eat […]

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Do you have recipes that everyone loves and ask you for them but you hesitate to give them away?  Well, this is one of them but I’m learning to let go and share. Recently I read an article in Buzzfeed Food: How to Make the Best Granola Ever and I wondered, is mine the best?  […]

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I really enjoy making homemade spice blends for a number of reasons: I can use whole spices, I can control the proportions of each spice added, I know that the blend is freshly made and is more aromatic than store-bought, and I have the option of dry roasting the spices. Garam Masala is an Indian […]

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