Various Baked Potatoes For The Summer

We all love to eat outdoors and with a steak or lamb or anything else, baked potatoes are most often on the list. Here are a few ideas you might want to try. Who knows,  you just might invent a new one you like as well.  Here we go:   To maintain a crispy outer…

Lunch On The Run

If you have children in school who must take lunches or you work and, for a variety of reasons, such as time, money or running out of places to grab a quick lunch, try these. They can be frozen and just grab and go. If you walk to work, warm one up and munch as…

Pie In A Bowl

Sometimes it is just fun to make a dessert up and present it in a different way. This is a lovely Apple Pie but made up in a bowl. Read on….   Pastry of your choice (in a box, frozen or your own) 4 Braeburn apples, cored and peeled) 4 Granny Smith apples (cored and peeled)…

Roasted Caprese Crostini

Now the warm weather has finally arrived, get ready to make this delightful snack to enjoy with a glass of the grape, on the deck or patio, and simply enjoy life. If using a larger bread or two of them (company?), then increase the salsa amount.   2 cups of cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1 tbs….

French Inspired Butter Cake

If you REALLY want to stun your dinner guests, this is the dessert to make. It  is so different and the texture is unbelievable.   3 cups flour 1 cup almond flour 1 tsp. baking powder pinch of salt 3/4 cup softened butter 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs 3 egg yolks 2 cups whole milk…

Salmon and Lime Cakes

What a wonderful new appetizer to serve family and company alike. It is so tasty and fresh. Serve with a colourful chilled salad, warm rolls and a chilled glass of your favourite brew.   1 potato peeled 1 can of canned salmon, drained, bones and skin removed 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tbsp. finely chopped…

Grilled Cheese Gourmet Style And Salad

Grilled cheese must be comfort food at its best.  To take it up a notch, try this one. You will be a heroine for sure.   1 tsp. liquid honey 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese 1 thinly sliced apple 12 avocado, thinly sliced 1/4 cheddar cheese, artisanal bread, sliced 1 tbsp. melted butter, Brush each slice…

30 Minute Chicken Tomato Stew

When life becomes busy this might be a quick way to serve a nutritious dinner under 30 minutes. Let’s go.   3 slices bacon, thinly sliced 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 tsp. Crisco oil 1 small onion, thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, grated 1 tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped 1 pkg. white mushrooms (227g) 1…

Chili Crab Dip

Here is another dip using crabmeat and cheese, but it is a real good one. Especially with the Stanley Cup games on now and baseball in the thick of it.   2 tbsp. butter 2 shallot, diced 1/3 cup chili sauce, 1 garlic clove 2 tbsp. flour 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup cream 250g cream…

Warm Olives and Chorizo Sausage Appetizer

We have a few friends who are olive crazy (you know who you are) and this should really tickle their fancy. Okay, that would also include my husband. Try it and you will see for yourself.   2 tbsp. olive oil 5 oz. chorizo sausage, sliced thin 1 cup Kalamata olives 1 cup brined black…

Potato and Carrot Mash

This is a bit unusual, perhaps, but oh so tasty. This would be a wonderful side dish for a barbecued steak.   1 lb. yellow fleshed potatoes 1/2 lb. carrots 2 cloves garlic, grated 2 tbsp. butter 2 tsp. creamy horseradish 1/2 cup sour cream salt and pepper to taste The potatoes and carrots should be…

The Best Crispy Roasted Potatoes Ever

My Mom could make the very best roasted potatoes, especially if cooking a pork roast. Here is another way, perhaps a little longer time-wise, but it is so worth it, you won’t mind. Serves 4 2 lbs. Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes 1/4 cup each butter and olive oil 1…