Baked Potato Popcorn

Nesting and hibernating can be part of cold winter days. A time to catch up on the reading/movie list or binge watch what there has been no time for over the last few months…..and it is awards season. This snack, with all the toppings you might find on a baked potato includes dairy, always an […]

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Sweet & Spicy Nuts & Bacon Nibblies

This post was intended to coincide with Hat Day and Hobby Month As you can see it worked better as a tea cozy. But more on that at another time. For today a quick snack for those that like things sweet and spicy. Actually quite appropriate if you are into watching awards shows or if […]

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Hazelnuts in Sweet Chili Sauce

Before classes begin again next month a little summer excursion into the pantry was in order the other day. I came across a small container of hazelnuts, shelled one evening last winter and then forgotten. Roasting seemed like a good idea and then I remembered the sweet chili sauce sitting in the fridge almost finished! […]

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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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Hummus with Fresh Herbs & Roasted Peppers in Oil

Hummus is a tasty spread made from chickpeas with ground sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic. Originally from the Middle East it is now also popular in North America.  The other day I was teaching a “Playing with Herbs” class and we whipped up a batch along with some fresh dill mayonnaise and some […]

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Elevate Your Mayonnaise

Most of us grew up with a family brand of mayonnaise and nothing much tastes better than what we are used to. If Hellman’s, Miracle Whip or something similar are your automatic choices, opening the door to exploring can be a big adventure. One of the considerations is that fresh made mayonnaise is best kept […]

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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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Cottage Cheese with Chives

With summer weather comes lighter foods. This is a mix that has been in my family for decades. It comes from Germany and usually it is used as a topping for light rye bread when making open face sandwiches but I have a few other suggestions as well. Cottage cheese can be one of those, […]

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Crab Stuffed Mushroom Cups

Our bimonthly throwdown was yesterday, a chance to catch up on what has been going on in everyone’s life and nibble someone elses creativity.  The May challenge was mushroom caps, something I have actually only made once before. I was looking forward to seeing what range of finished caps there would be and I was […]

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Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Sandwiches & Havarti on Pumpernickel

With the two warm items complete, it is time to move on to cold sandwiches. Rolled sandwiches are really easy to make and I would very much recommend going to your local bakery and pre-ordering a sandwich loaf sliced lengthwise. Having the crust on while adding the filling gives the bread slices more stability and there is […]

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