Category Cheese

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Beets were something I avoided growing up.  My mom used to buy the bottled beet borscht for both her and my dad; never fresh, only bottled.  I tried it, hated it and had not attempted to buy them or eat them for years.  In more recent history, another taste of red beet borscht was made […]

Rainforest Nut Coconut Curry

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 […]

Chickpea and Paneer with Basmati Rice, So Nice

And now a chickpea curry with an Indian flair.  I found this recipe in the Food and Drink magazine that the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) produces and it is so delicious and so easy to put together, truly a one-pot wonder.  This recipe doubles up on the protein by combining chickpeas and paneer, […]

Hamantashen – And now for something completely different

It’s Purim time again and it’s the most festive Jewish holiday of the year.  Lots of partying and celebrating and lots of food.  The story of Purim is told through the reading of the ‘Megillah’, the Book of Esther and recounts the heroism of Queen Esther, a Jewish woman who was married to King Achashverosh, […]

Creamy Goat Cheese with Sweet and Hot Peppers

When I have friends and family over for dinner, I love to have everyone in the kitchen talking and keeping me company as I am putting last minute touches on the main meal.  While each person has a refreshing drink in hand, I  put one or two appetizers out on my kitchen island for folks […]

Vanilla, the fantastic aromatic in a Ricotta Cappuccino Dessert

Vanilla is delicious. It is one of my favourite aromas and flavours.  I am pleased to share this easy and quick dessert using vanilla and show the various forms of vanilla available in the photo below.  The most popular is the  vanilla extract; it is the crushed seeds of the vanilla pod dissolved in an […]