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  • SLOW COOKER ORANGE TARRAGON CHICKENSLOW COOKER ORANGE TARRAGON CHICKEN
    So far, this is our favorite slow cooker recipe.  It was so flavorful and the chicken was super moist....not what I expected from a slow cooker, let me tell you! I took some inspiration for this recipe from here and made a number of changes.  Such a great make ahead meal! 2 large chicken thighs, skin on ...
  • SAVORY STUFFED WINTER SQUASHSAVORY STUFFED WINTER SQUASH
    Is this winter squash not the cutest squash you ever did see?  I have no idea what kind of squash it is...but it was mighty tasty!  In this recipe most winter squashes would work well.  I love winter squash of all kinds - and the bright orange color is like a ray of sunshine on ...
  • GARLIC SAGE DIJON PORK TENDERLOINGARLIC SAGE DIJON PORK TENDERLOIN
    If you read my blog, you will know life around this neck of the woods has been somewhat crazy hectic busy....and any other words that fit that description.  Here it is 7 weeks later, after buying my new company.  I love it...craziness, business and all that goes with it. Finally, came a Sunday - I needed ...
  • BACON MEATBALLS IN A MUSHROOM SAUCEBACON MEATBALLS IN A MUSHROOM SAUCE
    This is a household that loves it's meatballs.  This is a house that will try just about any flavor combination when it comes to meatballs.  Dang this was good.  I have made a similar dish you can see here.  But this one?  With bacon, a mushroom sauce, made without cream - it turned out better ...
  • CHICKEN VEGETABLE RICE CASSEROLECHICKEN VEGETABLE RICE CASSEROLE
    This is comfort food at it's best. Lately, I seem to be making dishes with a roux.  Not sure why...maybe it is because our weather has suddenly turned.  Turned gray, wet, windy, and cold.  Comfort food always tastes better if there is nasty weather about, don't you think? In this dish, because the rice is precooked, the ...
  • MY GF VERSION OF HASHMY GF VERSION OF HASH
    This recipe turned out to be a great dish when you have different leftovers in the fridge. This is my idea of a "hash".  Yup...no potatoes.  Why?  Well, I had leftover Vegetarian Asparagus Risotto, 2 pieces of leftover Teriyaki chicken - but not enough for a whole meal.  There were GF sausages in the fridge ...
  • PIZZA SLOPPY JOESPIZZA SLOPPY JOES
    When we were kids (my brothers and sisters), we used to love eating Sloppy Joe's.  We always used leftover chili for this dinner - a quick, easy, tasty meal.  For these Sloppy Joe's I decided to make them pizza flavored - served on a gluten free bun.  I know there is a lot of cheese ...
  • APRICOT/PEACH AND SHALLOT THYME GLAZED BAKED CODAPRICOT/PEACH AND SHALLOT THYME GLAZED BAKED COD
    A while back....(end of July/August?)  I made my Homemade Apricot and Peach Jam - only this time, I made extra: It is by far my most favorite jam.  Regular Apricot Jam would work nicely here too.  We found some beautiful Gray Cod Fillets at the market and with this Apricot/Peach glaze - it was a marriage ...
  • A BUSY GIRL'S CHEATER DINNERA BUSY GIRL'S CHEATER DINNER
    Mercy....life has been crazy busy, too much going on, too much to learn and too much to absorb.  But you know what?  I am one happy girl despite all of this craziness. Since I have been asked...now for some personal information... Back in 2001 I worked for a company that I loved, providing Mobile Spa Services to ...
  • CHILI BASIL ZUCCHINI CAKES WITH FRESH SHRIMP AND DIPPING SAUCECHILI BASIL ZUCCHINI CAKES WITH FRESH SHRIMP AND DIPPING SAUCE
    This year we grew all of 3 zucchini's.  It is definitely becoming more of a challenge to grow vegetables in my garden.  We do appreciate anything we do get...so hopefully everyone has not had their fill of zucchini and can take one more yummy dish. Our neighbor gifted us with freshly caught shrimp - so delicious!  ...
  • SWEET CHILI BASIL CHICKENSWEET CHILI BASIL CHICKEN
    See this ohhh soooo lovely photograph of deliciousness?  This photo was taken with this: Yes...DH brought home a new camera - what an awesome present!  It has all kinds of fancy options...I have not even used the camera yet.  He kindly took all the photos for this post.  I am in a huge learning curve at ...
  • GLUTEN FREE CLAM PENNE ALFREDO AND A PRESENTGLUTEN FREE CLAM PENNE ALFREDO AND A PRESENT
    Yes, another Pasta dish.  This was absolutely to die for...seriously!  If you read my blog dear readers, you do know I tend to RAVE about SCD CREAM.  Whether in sweet dishes or savory, SCD CREAM is the best whipping cream ever.  It lends a slightly tart taste that adds a whole new dimension to sweet ...
  • CHICKEN IN A TOMATO PESTO SAUCE ON A BED OF FRESH VEGETABLESCHICKEN IN A TOMATO PESTO SAUCE ON A BED OF FRESH VEGETABLES
    This was one yummy dinner - easy too.  I think it might even be "Paleo Friendly"...although, in all honesty I do not know too much about the Paleo diet. UPDATE:  Shirley From Gluten Free Easily kindly let me know...this is not a meal that fits with the Paleo diet because of the cheese in the Pesto.  ...
  • GLUTEN FREE ITALIAN CHECCA SAUCE SPAGHETTIGLUTEN FREE ITALIAN CHECCA SAUCE SPAGHETTI
    This was one plate of supreme summer freshness!  This is a recipe I will patiently wait for all winter long...then when the peak of summer arrives...we will dive in.  This is also a recipe our son Jarrod and his wife Anook would love - a raw pasta sauce and Vegetarian too. In the meantime...today was the ...
  • SLOW COOKER PORK RIBSSLOW COOKER PORK RIBS
    Wow, were these ribs super tender - falling off the bone, melt in your mouth deliciousness!  Originally we were going to do them on the BBQ, but with not a lot of BBQ experience behind us, using a slow cooker was the way to go. I made a dry rub and let the ribs sit in ...
  • A BEAUTIFUL SALMON DINNER WITH A SUMMER VEGETABLE SIDE DISHA BEAUTIFUL SALMON DINNER WITH A SUMMER VEGETABLE SIDE DISH
    Mercy...I am ruined...I will never want fresh store bought wild salmon ever again.  I must give a huge shout out, a huge THANK YOU to our neighbours.  They brought over this lovely salmon that was caught, fresh out of the ocean yesterday... We had one fillet for dinner which was perfect for the two of us, ...
  • OUR ANNUAL WEEKEND GETAWAY AND A NEW RECIPEOUR ANNUAL WEEKEND GETAWAY AND A NEW RECIPE
    We have recently had our annual Weekend Getaway to Salt Spring Island - a little bit of paradise.  We once again stayed at The Cottage Resort, and with the warm weather finally here, we got to swim in that gorgeous lake - it was fabulous!  One of these summers I so want a full week ...
  • MARINATED SHISH KEBABS WITH A CREAMY LEMON MUSTARD SAUCEMARINATED SHISH KEBABS WITH A CREAMY LEMON MUSTARD SAUCE
    This was a flavorful packed meal.  Having said that, with our relatively new experience with BBQ'ing (is that a word?) we did learn for this dish, to cook the kebabs on high heat for 5 minutes per side...not 8.  Nevertheless the flavors were there in a big way! Both the vegetables and the beef really picked ...
  • EASY ELEGANCE FROM FABULOUS FAIRHOLME - A COOK BOOK REVIEWEASY ELEGANCE FROM FABULOUS FAIRHOLME - A COOK BOOK REVIEW
    Recently, I received this gorgeous cook book - Easy Elegance from Fabulous Fairholm, written by Sylvia Main.  Sylvia has a most beautiful Inn - Fairholme Manor located in the "Rockland - Fairfield" district of Victoria B.C.  Not only is her Inn one of the best rated Inn Bed and Breakfast vacation destinations in our City, ...
  • MARINATED GRILLED PORK CHOPS WITH A COMPOUND BUTTER AND A GREEK VINAIGRETTEMARINATED GRILLED PORK CHOPS WITH A COMPOUND BUTTER AND A GREEK VINAIGRETTE
    Mercy...this was heaven on a plate.  Seriously, seriously supreme deliciousness happening here. Recently, I met a lovely woman who mentioned she was getting ready to harvest her garlic, and would I like to buy some?  Oh yes indeed!  Just check this out: In my world this is a thing of true beauty.  Then this kind lady also ...
  • TOMATO CHIPOTLE FLANK STEAK OVER LEMON GARLIC SWISS CHARDTOMATO CHIPOTLE FLANK STEAK OVER LEMON GARLIC SWISS CHARD
    Fresh organic Swiss Chard - simply delicious.  Add a marinated Flank Steak on top - heaven.  This was market bought Swiss Chard, as mine are still very small. This has been a very strange summer.  It was a very cool spring and a very late start to the summer.  We even had one full day and ...
  • A SUMMER FRITTATA AND A DEAR HUSBANDA SUMMER FRITTATA  AND A DEAR HUSBAND
    If you read my blog, you know I am all about fresh local ingredients.  Whatever I can not grow myself, we then shop at our local Farmer's Market just down the street.  I live for summer and fresh ingredients - nothing makes me happier. Lately, much of my work has been Friday through to Sunday which ...
  • SLOW COOKER SWISS STEAKSLOW COOKER SWISS STEAK
    Knowing I was going to be busy the following day at work, I decided to attempt my second slow cooker meal:  Swiss Steak.  In the afternoon, (so the day before), I made a dry rub for the steaks to marinate in the refrigerator until the following morning - about 12 hours. Then I prepared all of ...
  • MARINATED BACON WRAPPED STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTSMARINATED BACON WRAPPED STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS
    We love stuffed Chicken Breasts in this household.  This recipe is really a "take" on all of my stuffed Chicken Breasts - just a different and yummy version. In this recipe I used fresh Lambs Quarter, but spinach or kale would work wonderfully too. 2 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts - pounded out to 1/2 inch thickness ...
  • A FEW IDEAS USING GARLIC SCAPE PESTOA FEW IDEAS USING GARLIC SCAPE PESTO
    We are in love with this new Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe.  I can't wait to get back to the Farmer's Market to get more of these delicious garlic scapes.  It is a short window, so I am hoping there will still be some available.  First we had the Marinated Chicken dinner with this Pesto served ...
  • GARLIC SCAPE PESTOGARLIC SCAPE PESTO
    We have fresh Garlic Scapes at our local farmers market - time to make Garlic Scape Pesto - yum!  I have used Garlic Scapes fresh in a salad and stir fries, so I thought it would make a fabulous Pesto - and yes it does! This is a picture that makes me a very happy girl: I ...
  • HOMEMADE CROCK POT PORK AND BEANSHOMEMADE CROCK POT PORK AND BEANS
    Do you have success cooking with a Slow Cooker/Crock Pot?  I never have - ever.  I suspect the reason for this was:  too much liquid?  overcooking?  not enough flavors/seasonings? Probably all of these reasons. On a recent grocery shopping day, I passed by a Garage Sale and decided to stop by.  Looking at this crock pot ...
  • A HEALTHY RICE AND BEEF CASSEROLEA HEALTHY RICE AND BEEF CASSEROLE
    My garden is exploding with Lambs quarter or as some call it:  a weed, or poor man's spinach.  Whatever you like to call it is okay by me - I love this healthy green. Late May and June are the best months in my region to harvest young fresh Lambs Quarter Greens.  Although having said ...
  • CREAMY CHICKEN TOMATO PASTACREAMY CHICKEN TOMATO PASTA
    This was super quick, easy and tasty.  This is one of those meals to make when you don't feel like cooking.  It does help to have some leftover roasted chicken, and SCD cream made  (I always make a big batch, some for sweet whipped cream, and some for savory dishes like this one).  I am ...
  • BAKED COD IN A TOMATO BASIL FENNEL SAUCEBAKED COD IN A TOMATO BASIL FENNEL SAUCE
    This may well be my most FAVORITE white fish recipe ever...so so good.  So delicious, I would love to make it at least once a week.  However, after reading this information, we discovered Cod is on the endangered species list. I received an education this week about our Canadian Coastal Cod.  Naturally it is wild, I ...
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