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LASAGNA: A NEW TAKE ON AN OLD TIME FAVORITE

We have had endless days of rain in our neck of the woods which always leads me to comfort food.  Lasagna being a family favorite.  There are a number of different lasagna recipes on my blog and while this is somewhat of a traditional lasagna there are a few new ingredients as well as a [...]

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CROCK POT VEGETARIAN CHILI

This was a recipe that was recently printed in our local newspaper.  I made some changes to the original – and we were delighted with the results.  Slow cooking with a crock pot has always been a little bit of a hit and miss result with me in terms of flavor.  Usually I have found [...]

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VEGETARIAN PAELLA

As mentioned in previous posts, I have been cooking Vegetarian meals about twice sometimes three times a week.  Recently, we found this at our local grocery store:

No paid advertisement here….just wanting to share something yummy – a lovely basmati rice/quiona blend vegetarian meal. Next to dried pasta, this is the only thing in my pantry [...]

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VACATION AND COOKING WITH KITCHEN BASICS AND MUST HAVES

We recently had a week vacation – a lovely cabin on the lake at one of our Gulf Islands.  We love the cabin with its rustic charm, a cozy big fireplace, a kitchen (most important!) and beautiful lake views.

Over the years, I have learned what to bring as usually the kitchens are quite small, and [...]

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TOMATO PESTO PASTA WITH ROASTED GARLIC GOAT CHEVRAI (A RECIPE INSPIRATION)

We are huge lovers of pesto in this household.  Each year I make Organic Garlic Scape Pesto which we freeze to have throughout the year.  This is the first time I have made Tomato Pesto and Oh My Goodness, do we ever love it.

As mentioned in previous posts, every year, we buy our local organic [...]

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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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PORK CHOPS IN A SHALLOT MUSHROOM SAUCE

What is not to love about shallots?  They are in my humble opinion much more flavorful than any onion – hands down.  They are also more of a “killer” on the eyes in terms of their sting!

Regardless, they are my favorite in the Allium family.  So much flavor – and a flavor that retains itself [...]

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SUN DRIED TOMATO BASIL VEGGI DIP

This is a recipe where you could certainly use cream cheese, however, in this household I always make Yogurt Cheese – or dripped Yogurt.  Recently, I discovered there is a company in California called Green Valley Organics that makes lactose free dairy products including sour cream and cream cheese.  Oh heaven!  It is very difficult [...]

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GLUTEN FREE CRANBERRY CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE

Merry Christmas everyone, and all the best for 2016.  Wow, that sure came up fast – where does the time go?

Mercy!  This was one decadent chocolate fudge cake.  It is rich, with full on chocolate flavor, a nice touch of cranberry, dense and ultra moist.  A very special occasion festive cake.

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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, [...]