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Curried Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas have become a staple in my diet.  They are a high protein meat substitute and although I am not a vegetarian, I am trying to add more plant-based meals into my regular routine. And there are many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks out there, and even more recipes to peruse on the internet.  But one […]

Roasted Sumac Chicken with Za’atar and Lemon

I must be one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s greatest fans.  I love his style of middle-eastern fusion cuisine.  I own all six of his cookbooks, the most recent being Sweet, and I hardly ever make desserts but I had to complete my set.  My first purchase was Jerusalem and over the years I have filled in […]

Super Simple Summer BBQ Trout

Every six weeks, the LCBO, Liquor Control Board of Ontario, publishes a free Food & Drink magazine…the day of release is marked in my iPad calendar and I look forward to perusing it from cover to cover.  I think most of the recipes in each issue are available on their website now, and I try […]

Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tart

I love watching Ina Garten, a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa, live on Foodnetwork TV.  She makes everything look so easy to do at home.  I have made lots of her recipes from lots of her books, and I must admit that every one has come out successfully. The appetizer that I am making today is based […]

Marvelous Maple Almond Butter

I don’t like peanut butter.  I like peanuts but I don’t like peanut butter.  However I love almonds and almond butter.  Especially this recipe where the almonds are coated in maple syrup, a little salt and then roasted, cooled and ground.  If you own a food processor or powerful blender, this almond butter is for […]

Easy Za’atar Bread at Home

Za’atar bread: a savoury flatbread slathered with a za’atar/oil/salt topping.  It’s a delicious take out from my local middle eastern bakery (and they even warm it up for you to go) and I buy some every time I go shopping there.  Yummy substitute for plain old pita to serve with hummus or other dip. However, […]

Dairy-free Nacho Cheese-y Sauce

I like having alternatives.  In this case, a dairy-free nacho cheese-y sauce.  Whether it is for a person with a lactose intolerance, a cholesterol issue or another dietary or kosher restriction, it’s good to have something for those reasons. This recipe intrigued me because there is a cup of grated carrots in the mix…a healthy […]