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LEEK AND SPAGHETTI SQUASH GRATIN

We are in full swing with rainy season in our neck of the woods.  It is hard to believe that November is already here…where do the months slip by?  Well, with fall comes pumpkins, and squashes of all kinds.  Despite the rainy season, I always look forward to creating new squash dishes of any kind.  [...]

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THIS PAST WEEK IN VICTORIA B.C.

Before commencing with today’s recipe I thought it fitting to make mention of our recent “Royal” visit.

Our fair city has been a whirl wind of activity for the past week. We have just finished our “Royal” visit with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Victoria B.C.  They spent the week touring throughout [...]

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WILD RICE PILAF

Although I do have a number of rice dishes on this blog….rice is not my favorite side dish.  Never has been. (unless it is Risotto or a lovely dessert rice pudding) However, if you make it into a pilaf, adding numerous flavorings and other ingredients, it creates a flavorful side dish indeed.

We recently discovered this [...]

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BALSAMIC CHANTERELLE RISOTTO

Chanterelle mushrooms are by far my favorite mushroom – even re-hydrated they have such a distinct woodsy sweet flavor.  Although, fresh is always the best.  They do have a short window of time for harvest, and as we did not get any fresh ones this year, I was happy to be able to buy dehydrated [...]

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A LOVELY WINTER ROOT MASH

Last year, I was not aware – or more likely not on “the ball” enough to find out about a local farm that delivered fresh weekly organic vegetables – till December no less.   And the farm is only 8 minutes away from where we live.

The above picture, at least to me, is pure delight, [...]

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SWISS CHARD AND MUSHROOM GRATIN

We received 2 huge bunches of fresh Swiss Chard from our Organic weekly farm delivery, so with one bunch I decided to make up a gratin.  Our temperatures are now dropping to freezing levels, so we will probably  not be seeing any more Swiss Chard until next year.

Most of the chard was green, but there [...]

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BRAISED THYME SCENTED LEEKS AND CARROTS

We have been getting the most lovely organic leeks and carrots from our local farmer’s market as well as gorgeous fall/winter squashes.  Such a beautiful time of year when the harvest is coming in, the leaves are turning color – one of my favorite seasons.

Leeks seem to be a much underused vegetable – but one [...]

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GLUTEN FREE RAMEN NOODLE STIR FRY

We love Chinese food inspired dishes in this household.  Having given up Chinese Food many years ago, it was such a delight to find actual Gluten Free Ramen Noodles – at Costco no less!

Millet & Brown Rice Ramen Noodles are from Lotus Foods Company – finally, a real gluten free ramen noodle – yayyy!  Perfect [...]

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GLUTEN FREE RICE A RONI

This gluten free side dish – Rice a Roni, makes a nice change to every day rice or potatoes.  It is a dish I have been making for years, following Bette Hagman’s recipe from her cook book “The Gluten-free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy”.  So, I decided to change things up and create my own [...]

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GLUTEN FREE HARVARD BEETS

Do you love beets?  We have always loved beets in this household.  Back in the day, I used to buy canned Harvard Beets – thinking they were divine.  However, when you look at the ingredients and it says “modified cornstarch”, that is definitely a no go in any gluten free household.  In Canada, fortunately all [...]