starters dips and snacks

Simple and flavorful Bruschetta

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I was hesitating if to post this recipe due to it’s simplicity, but then I remembered that sometimes, the simplest, most basic of recipes are the hardest to find out there in the Wild Wild West (oh, wait,  is that the World Wide Web?). No fancy duck confit here folks. Bruschetta is a great way to […]

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Savory Swiss chard and cheese muffins

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I’ve just passed the last hour of my life going up and down a flight of stairs, coercing an almost hyperventilating, super excited, I-just learned-how-to-stand-up 9-months-old and a defying, rebellious, mind boggling(ly) stubborn 2 year old to retire their act and go to bed. When I enter the room, they both resentfully pipe down, only to resume […]

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Quicky Microwave Orange Marmalade

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Do you like orange marmalade? the bitter-sweet tangy kind with real pieces of orange peel in it? So do I.  Sooo good on a fresh slice of bread, even better if you sneak in some butter. How about sugar? lots of industrial, processed, white sugar? do you like that? oh, and some Fructose (another name for […]

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Salmon Cakes

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    Crab or fish patties are always reffered to as cakes. I never understood why, but here is my version of these old standbys. Cakes or not, these are delicious, quick and easy to make and relatively economical too. I did fry them, contrary to my usual “no frying” motto but the result is worth it. […]

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Home made Ricotta style cheese

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  If I would have known how easy this is to make, I would have made my own Ricotta cheese years ago instead of weekly harassing my grocer to get me some. Seriously, it’s no hassle whatsoever. This cheese was made from a liter of 10% coffee cream that was about to pass date in my […]

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Gefilte Fish Loaf

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I initially hesitated naming this dish Gefilte fish which literally means “stuffed fish”. Traditionally made from ground carp or pike (or White fish), the seasoned fish ball is stuffed back into the fish’s skin, then cooked and served cut in pretty slices. VERY labour intensive. Jewish matriarchs had live carps swimming in the tub on holiday eve’s, pots and pans were filled […]

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Easy vegetable coconut curry soup

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  Feel like something different tonight? try this soup. It really lives up to its name. It’s easy, it’s curried, it has coconut milk goodness in it and you can use up almost any vegetable you happen to neglect in the back of your fridge. I always have root vegetables such as carrots, onions, potatoes […]

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Dip, dip, hooray!

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  Last Friday we had company for supper.  The crowd was an eclectic mix composed of one socially idealistic doctor, an  intellectual nurse, a globe-trotting goth inspired dental hygienist and a sensitive (seriously) IT guy. Strangely enough, even with so many interesting personas underfoot,  the conversation stubbornly revolved around the dip recipes. Parsley-tomato sour cream dip This dip was […]

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Hungarian Potato soup

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I love this soup. It has always been my recipe to fall back on when I needed something good and hearty, but did not have the budget/time/energy to deliver. It is good, it looks nice, it ain’t fussy and it won’t cost you much. Thanks dad. I often double the quantity of vegetables, all except the […]

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Whole wheat Cheddar Biscuits

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This recipe originates from Chef Michael Smith’s popular TV show “chef at home”. I was watching the chef do his magic while my Hungarian stew  slowly simmered and immediately decided that these biscuits would make an excellent side dish (not to mention so much quicker to make then the original loaf of bread I had in mind). Of course, I couldn’t help […]

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