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Tomatoes
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Tomatoes – I guess I’m in love

That’s the only reasonable explanation.  I am in love with tomatoes.  I say this because I have been nurturing a box of green tomatoes for a week or so now.  It sounds weird, doesn’t it.  Until a few weeks ago, I had never given green tomatoes a thought.  I’ve seen the movie ‘Fried Green Tomatoes,’…

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smoking brisket
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My cottage brisket

Every summer needs a cottage vacation.  I am blessed and grateful that Thom’s family shares a wonderful cottage just north of Muskoka.  Wood walls, a retro cottage-y atmosphere, a record player with all the best records (Tom Jones, more Tom Jones, Jacques Brel, and our newest addition – Robert Goulet!), a lake for swimming, skiing,…

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country bread baked
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Starting with Sourdough

The first time I tried making a sourdough started was a few years ago.  I had been binge watching The Great British Bake Off.  I ordered a Paul Hollywood book (How To Bake) off of Amazon and got to work.  I was unprepared for both the mess and the commitment.  A sourdough starter is on…

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Turkey Hand Pies
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How-To: Pickles Eh! Turkey Dinner Handpies

I love pie.  And a pie that you can easily take with you,  and that is filled with meat, is awesome.  When I first tasted Pickles Eh! Cranberry Apple Chutney, I knew this was the dish I wanted to make.    Turkey Dinner Handpies Print Recipe Pickles Eh! Cranberry Apple Chutney goes beautifully with Turkey…

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Make these eggs

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   Breakfast is my favourite meal.  I eat it all day long – seriously, today I have only eaten breakfast foods. Maybe that’s why I’ve been posting a lot about breakfast lately. While I recently advocated for beans and dark leafy greens to start the day – and I still…

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Caramelized Leek, Onion, and Shallot Soup

How to: Caramelized Leek, Onion, and Shallot Soup

When the weather gets cold, there is nothing like a rich soup to warm you up. My friend Meredith once commented sautéing onions is the best cooking smell there is. This soup takes that to a whole new level, and the leeks are the star. The leeks are roasted to add smokiness and the onions and shallots are sautéed with butter. Then some vermouth and heavy cream gets introduced and everything comes together.

Leek and Celery Root Soup

How to: Leek and Celery Root Soup

How to: Leek and Celery Root Soup Print Recipe Leek and potato soup is delicious, but can be a little heavy. This is a fresh light take on leek and potato soup using celery root (also known as celeriac). Celery root is similar to a potato, but lighter and more fragrant. This puréed soup is…

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Leek and potato bake

How to: Leek and Potato Bake

Leek and potato. A match made in heaven. This dish is sort of like a deconstructed gratin with the flavour of leek and potato soup, and all with a lot less work! This is great for lunch, or as a side dish.

Savoury Leek Tart

How To: Savoury Leek Tart

Leeks are the love child of onions and butter. Tender and fragrant, they are the perfect filling for a savoury tart. For lunch, as an appetizer, or mini tarts as an hors d’oeuvre, a leek is delicious. Easy and quick to make (the pastry needs no resting time!) you can have this tasty vegetarian dish on the table in the oven in 30 min.

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