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  • TUESDAYS ORGANIC VEGGIE DELIVERY AND A VERY VEGETABLE NOURISHING SOUP TUESDAYS ORGANIC VEGGIE DELIVERY AND A VERY VEGETABLE NOURISHING SOUPI have fallen in love with Tuesdays.  Once our summer Organic Local Farm Market closed for the season in the first week of October, it used to be that that was it for farm fresh organic veggies until next year.  Happily that is not so any longer.  I joined one of our favorite local Weekly ...
  • RECIPE REVIEW: BEET PESTO PIZZA WITH KALE AND GOAT CHEESE RECIPE REVIEW: BEET PESTO PIZZA WITH KALE AND GOAT CHEESEWanna bite?  Trust me....yes you do.  Oh.  My. Goodness.  This was a most delicious pizza.  Who would ever have thought that beet pesto could be so delicious?  Then add kale and goat cheese?  This is truly a marriage made in heaven.  This lovely recipe came from THE ROASTED ROOT.  Please check out this blog for ...
  • A FLAVORFUL VEGETARIAN SHEPHERDS PIE A FLAVORFUL VEGETARIAN SHEPHERDS PIETonight we had a different version of Vegetarian Shepherds pie.  Although this did not photo well, it was darn tasty!  When it comes to a dish like this, I found that using a little more seasonings, the better the taste. While I did not really measure out a whole lot of the ingredients, I will give ...
  • GLUTEN FREE BUTTERNUT SQUASH SKILLET LASAGNA GLUTEN FREE BUTTERNUT SQUASH SKILLET LASAGNAThe inspiration for this recipe came from a Magazine called "TASTE MAGAZINE" that our B.C. Liquor Stores put out quarterly, I believe. You can see a copy of the magazine here.  While the magazine's focus is on wine and spirit pairings with food, it also showcases the new releases of wines and spirits.  It is a ...
  • HOW TO BAKE (AND FREEZE) A PERFECT WHOLE SALMON HOW TO BAKE (AND FREEZE) A PERFECT WHOLE SALMONThis year, I have endeavored to buy whole fresh salmon - enough to have 7 or 8 in the freezer.  Usually, I will buy pink salmon - I somehow missed my favorite salmon this year which is CoHo. (in the picture above, we love to serve salmon with organic garlic scape pesto which I make every ...
  • ITALIAN STUFFED SWISS CHARD ITALIAN STUFFED SWISS CHARDWe have diligently been trying to eat a Vegetarian dinner in this household at least twice a week.  For me personally, I would never give up meat.  However, it does feel good to cut back a few times a week.  When it comes to eating Vegetarian - it needs to be hearty!  Plus, I am ...
  • BAKED STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS BAKED STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMSFinally with somewhat cooler temperatures, I was able to use my oven without fear of our house becoming an inferno! These stuffed portobello mushrooms make a lovely lunch or even a main dinner served with a fresh salad.  Easy to make...the only part of the recipe that takes time is to drip the yogurt for 48 ...
  • GARLIC SCAPE HAM AND PESTO PASTA SALAD GARLIC SCAPE HAM AND PESTO PASTA SALADGarlic scapes are such a delicious addition to foods whether in stir frys, pesto, or salads they are bound to be tasty!  They do have a short window however, so luckily this year I was  able to get 5- 6 lbs most of which was turned into Garlic Scape Pesto - recipe can be found ...
  • ITALIAN TOMATO AND SPINACH SOUP ITALIAN TOMATO AND SPINACH SOUPThere are I believe, 2 or 3 tomato soup recipes on this blog....one of my favorite soups! Recently we had dinner at a local gluten free restaurant that served one of the best Italian tomato soups I have ever had.  It was rich, full of flavor, and tasted almost like an Italian marinara soup.  I started ...
  • PAN FRIED WHITE FISH WITH A TARRAGON PARSLEY WHITE WINE SAUCE PAN FRIED WHITE FISH WITH A TARRAGON PARSLEY WHITE WINE SAUCE This easy pan fried fresh gray cod was a lovely dinner enhanced by a tasty Tarragon Parsley White Wine Sauce.  When using a white fish such as cod, halibut, or snapper just about any herb sauce will enhance the delicate flavors of the fish. (make the Tarragon Parsley White Wine Sauce first, and keep on ...
  • TURKEY PESTO MEATBALLS TURKEY PESTO MEATBALLSIf you read my blog, you will have read many a time that we do love meatballs of any kind in this household.  You could use ground chicken or ground beef in this recipe - we like to use ground turkey when we can get it.  It makes for a nice change, and is not ...
  • HERB MARINATED PORK LOIN ROAST HERB MARINATED PORK LOIN ROASTThis recipe is a slight variation from the pork loin roasts I usually make, so thought I would do this new post.  Rosemary is such a lovely herb with pork...but add in some fresh Sage and it creates another dimension of flavor - yum!  Once again, I forgot to take a picture when it came ...
  • BAKED STUFFED HEIRLOOM TOMATOES BAKED STUFFED HEIRLOOM TOMATOESThis recipe was inspired by my friend George's recipe for Middle Eastern Jhedra (lentils and rice). DH had gone to our Saturday Farmer's Market and came home with "heirloom baking tomatoes". We take turns going to our Saturday Farmer's Market - especially when I have to work...bless his heart.   I had never heard of these ...
  • CHICKEN VEGETABLE CHEDDAR CASSEROLE CHICKEN VEGETABLE CHEDDAR CASSEROLEThe inspiration for this recipe came from a magazine I was reading while waiting for an appointment.  I did not have time to write it down, so have gone with my own, sometimes not always reliable memory.  I do recall the original recipe used a Bechamel sauce, which I did not use here.  This makes ...
  • CREAMY SEAFOOD CHOWDER CREAMY SEAFOOD CHOWDERNothing says comfort food better than a delicious bowl of seafood chowder.  Most seafood chowders traditionally use a white fish.  In this dish I used all shell fish.  Many chowders also use a flour to thicken their chowder...here I did not. In our household if we use cream, I will make SCD cream - Lactose free ...
  • ITALIAN SAUSAGE MUSHROOM BASIL LASAGNA ITALIAN SAUSAGE MUSHROOM BASIL LASAGNALasagna is such comfort food.  What I also love about lasagna, is I make it in the morning and refrigerate until ready to cook for dinner, plus I do not cook the lasagna noodles which saves some time and clean up.  I always use the same yogurt cheese/spinach/parmesan cheese in place of cottage or ricotta ...
  • FRESH WEST COAST SNAPPER FRESH WEST COAST SNAPPERRecently I found a new local fish store that supplies all kinds of fresh fish and shell fish - yeahhh!  Today's special was fresh West Coast Snapper fillets - they were lovely!  Having found this new store, I hope to have more seafood dishes in the future. With this recipe I kept it really simple, as ...
  • HOMEMADE SAUSAGE HOMEMADE SAUSAGEThese sausages will certainly do in a pinch...when you do not have gluten free sausages on hand.   Although these were not your typical sausage in a casing, these were pretty good -  not as excellent as the place where I buy them, but darn close. Note:  these were even better the next day.  Next time, ...
  • CREAMED SALMON AND LEEKS CREAMED SALMON AND LEEKSIt has been a while since I last did a post...we have been away on holidays.  Back to our favorite Salt Spring Island for a 5 day getaway.  DH shot this picture on the ferry over to the Island.  It was a most lovely holiday...good food, lots of rest, great weather, hikes on the beach...I ...
  • PORK CHOPS IN A BALSAMIC SAGE MUSHROOM SAUCE PORK CHOPS IN A BALSAMIC SAGE MUSHROOM SAUCEThis was a tasty "throw together" meal we had one nite after a long day of work.  Plus it was super easy...got to love that on a busy day.  There has not been a lot of new recipes coming from my kitchen lately...but we still do our best to eat healthy and delicious!  This makes ...
  • VEGETARIAN SHEPHERDS PIE VEGETARIAN SHEPHERDS PIEThis vegetarian shepherds pie made for a nice change, and was a good way to get in those healthy mung beans. An easy way to cook mung beans is to pour boiling water over them to cover. Lid on and allow to sit for 1 hr.  Then drain - add cold water to cover well and ...
  • MAPLE GLAZED SQUASH AND ENGLISH BANGERS MAPLE GLAZED SQUASH AND ENGLISH BANGERSThis delicious recipe was inspired from a recipe I found in our Canadian Living Magazine.  I made a couple of changes to the original, used a different method, and absolutely had to make gravy with the pan drippings.  It was a winner! Usually, I can find gluten free Italian Sausages.  Rarely do I ever find gluten ...
  • SLOW COOKER CURRIED MUNG BEAN STEW SLOW COOKER CURRIED MUNG BEAN STEWWe have been trying to have more Vegetarian meals in this household - we do not always succeed but tonight we did.  This curried mung bean stew was delicious.  I took some inspiration for this dish from this site.  The recipe also called for 1 can of full fat coconut milk to be added near ...
  • QUICK EASY MEXICAN LASAGNA QUICK EASY MEXICAN LASAGNA QUICK, EASY, GLUTEN FREE MEXICAN LASAGNA This was quick, easy, and very versatile especially for those busy days when you don't have a lot of time to be in the kitchen.  It did not take long to put together – and many of the ingredients were in the pantry and fridge.  This would be even easier ...
  • A FABULOUS MEAL WITH LEFTOVERS A FABULOUS MEAL WITH LEFTOVERSThis is not a recipe.  Well, that is not quite true.  There are actually 4 different recipes in this meal - based on leftovers.  Normally I would not do a post like this but I just had to.  First, my dtr. would go out of her mind with this meal....(she actually makes all of these ...
  • THIRTY MINUTES OR LESS PASTA THIRTY MINUTES OR LESS PASTAThis is the easiest, fastest, pasta dish I know how to make.  It is for those days when you have been busy all day, too tired to cook, and just need some quick comfort food.  It is also very versatile....add different fresh herbs - in the summer I use fresh tomatoes and fresh basil from ...
  • SPICY CRISPY OVEN BAKED CHICKEN SPICY CRISPY OVEN BAKED CHICKENLife in these neck of the woods have still been crazy busy.  I sooo want to get back into the kitchen creating....but I must confess...my work has been incredibly busy.  So simple easy meals have been gracing our plates. Here is another chicken recipe - so easy when you have a too busy day! Once again, I ...
  • GRILLED TERIYAKI CHICKEN WITH CRAB AND BERNAISE CHIVE SAUCE GRILLED TERIYAKI CHICKEN WITH CRAB AND BERNAISE CHIVE SAUCEMy daughter and I shared this wickedly delicious meal the other night.  I have not made Bearnaise sauce in years...so good!  Ideally this is a dish that pairs wonderfully with Beef Tenderloin steaks - which we had a few nights ago.  Then my daughter arrived with Phillips Crab Claw Meat.  It is pasteurized and fully ...
  • A REVIEW: THE ZERO MILE DIET COOK BOOK A REVIEW:  THE ZERO MILE DIET COOK BOOKLet me start by saying I love the title of this cook book:  Seasonal Recipes for Delicious Homegrown Food THE ZERO-MILE DIET COOK BOOK by Carolyn Herriot. (please forgive my pictures...we do have a new camera which I have yet had the time to learn.) Carolyn Herriot is a local author from our hometown of Victoria, ...
  • CHICKEN PARMESAN CHEESE BAKE CHICKEN PARMESAN CHEESE BAKEThis chicken dish very closely resembles Chicken Cacciatore.  The process is somewhat different - as I made it into a chicken cheese bake in the oven.   We had this dish served over pasta, however, it would also be tasty served over rice. Life in my neck of the woods is getting super super busy with work.  ...
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