French Onion Something or Other

It is not a galette as it uses puff pastry and not a pizza as it uses puff pastry and not a pie as it uses….you got it, puff pastry. It still however is an easy dinner on a busy night, as the onions can be cooked the night before. Walla Walla onions come from […]

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Herbed Devils

Recipes for stuffed eggs can be found back to when Ancient Rome was at its height. The domestication of chickens however goes much further back so that is probably not the beginning of deviled eggs. Deviling was a term applied first to meats and meant highly spiced. By the 1500’s deviled eggs was a well […]

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Freestyle Cherry Handpies, but you can fill them with almost anything

Handpies are freeform pastries smaller than a galette with a top cover, meant as a single serving, much like a turnover which around here is made with puff pastry. They can be packed with sweet or savoury goodness and are a great way to use up leftovers. Think of them as a portable meal with […]

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Rosemary Infused Alfredo Sauce

Yes, this is a post about infusing alfredo sauce but I would like to add a little context as I was visiting with my friend Detta, a culinarian of Sicilian hertiage. Pasta is in her genes and she has just finished remodeling her kitchen, so we decided to mess it up a bit. Egg noodles […]

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A Different Style of Quiche

Yesterday I posted a popular summer time reicpe in our home. It is a cottage cheese and chive mixture that can be used as a veggie dip and cracker and sandwich topping. I also use it sometimes as a quiche or tart filling when working with savoury pastries. Chives can be found around the world […]

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Black Beans & Coconut Rice

Along with all the images of fluffy bunnies and decorated eggs or falling leaves and bountiful cornucopias, the Wheel of the Year at this time of the year, has an additional underlying theme of balance, a time when light and dark hold equal time before switching dominance. We all get out of balance for one […]

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Beets with the last of the garden herbs

Legend says that eating beets was the secret to Aphrodite’s beauty. Which makes me wonder if that is the reason beets are painted on the wall of the Wolf’s Lair, a brothel in Pompeii that was preserved when Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Might beets be the original aphrodisiac, making Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, Pleasure & […]

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Tomato Veggie Soup with Parmesan

Tomatoes are a member of the nightshade family. Cooking them will reduce their vitamin C content but it also increase their trans-lycopene content. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant thought to protect cells from damage. It can be found in all red coloured fruits and vegetables but is very high in tomatoes. The cooking process changes […]

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Oatcakes with Rosemary and Spruce Honey

Oatcakes, where to begin? Crackers, cookies or scones? Sweet or plain? Crisp or soft? Wheat in  or gluten free? Baking soda or powder? Hot water or buttermilk? Rolled or steel-cut oats? The choices go on and on and on. What makes that so lovely is that playing with options will get you through the entire […]

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Herbs in Oil Cubes

One more way to keep herbs available all year round. They may not look as pretty as fresh soup wreaths but they keep the taste of your garden or shopping easily available. The herbs that I freeze in water or stock go into soups, sauces and stews. When herbs are preserved in oil, they can […]

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