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Mediterranean Pasta Salad
February 24, 2018 – 10:17 am | No Comment
Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Hearty enough to be a main course in itself, use this recipe as a springboard to your own favourite creation!
1 lb of tri-colour rotini pasta, cooked to al dente.
1 lb artichoke hearts in brine
4 tbsp olive …

Cranberry Wild Rice Soup (Lighter Version)
February 23, 2018 – 9:55 am | No Comment
Cranberry Wild Rice Soup (Lighter Version)

This recipe has been “lightened up” slightly and is a wonderful soup that, while meat-free, is able to satisfy the carnivores in your life!
Cranberry Wild Rice Soup (Lighter Version)
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large carrot, …

Potage Aux Carottes with Balsamic Reduction
February 18, 2018 – 8:23 am | No Comment
Potage Aux Carottes with Balsamic Reduction

Continuing with the “French Connection,” Potage Aux Carottes is merely “Carrot Soup.” Thickened with rice instead of cream or flour, this is great served hot on a cold winter day, or served chilled on a hot …

Beef Daube Provençal
February 17, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment
Beef Daube Provençal

Beef Daube Provençal is basically a fancy way of saying a rustic beef stew served over noodles. The above shot is shown served with the Gorgonzola Asparagus Slice (recipe here) – please see note at the …

The “Nutty Nikolai” Cocktail
February 16, 2018 – 9:23 am | No Comment

A variation on a White Russian cocktail, I came up with this last night…and dang it was good! Sorry for the lack of photograph, however.
The Nutty Nikolai Cocktail
1.5 oz of Hazelnut Liquor (such as Frangelico®)
1.5 …

Custard Pie
February 11, 2018 – 12:23 pm | No Comment
Custard Pie

You can use a store-bought pie shell for this, or you can create your own. Either way, it’s a wonderful finish to any meal!
3 large eggs
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 cup white sugar
1 …

Rustic French Onion Soup
February 10, 2018 – 3:25 pm | No Comment
Rustic French Onion Soup

Nothing can compare to a warm serving of French Onion Soup…especially if it’s homemade! This recipe has been modified from Julia Child’s French Onion Soup recipe…you can adjust the ingredients to your own tastes.
5-6 cups of …

Bourbon Street Chuck Roast
February 6, 2018 – 8:15 pm | No Comment
Bourbon Street Chuck Roast

Marinated and slow cooked to perfection. It’ll keep them coming back for more!
1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup good bourbon
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp lemon juice
4-5 pound …

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
February 3, 2018 – 7:47 pm | No Comment
Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approximately 2 lbs)
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to season


8 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
8 oz reduced fat cream cheese at room temp
5 oz (I can) artichoke hearts in brine, drained, chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon minced …