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MELTED GREEN CABBAGE Active Time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 2 1/2 to 3 hours 1/3 cup (75 mL) extra-virgin olive oil2 tsp (10 mL) kosher salt, plus more to taste1/2 tsp (2 mL) coarsely cracked black pepper, plus more to taste2 small heads of green cabbage (2 lb; 900 g), quartered (but not [ ... ]

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

FOR THE SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE:2 tbsp. canola oil1 medium yellow onion, minced1 15-oz. can tomato sauce the juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbsp.)¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugarKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to tasteFOR THE MEATBALLS:2 lb. ground beef chuck2 eggs, beaten⅓ cup [ ... ]

Rice with Harissa, Dates, and Orange

3 tablespoons olive oil1 onion, finely chopped1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste3 cloves garlic, minced1 bay leaf1 tablespoon harissa1 cup basmati rice, rinsed until water runs clear (do not use brown rice)6 medjool dates,  pitted and diced 1 orange, zested and juiced INSTRUCTIONS In a large skillet over high heat, heat the oil until it shimmers. Add [ ... ]

Grilled Italian Vegetables

INGREDIENTS ½ cup olive oil 3 medium cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil Salt and ground black pepper 2 large red onions, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 3 medium zucchini, ends removed, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips, 3 small eggplants, ends removed, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick strips, 1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded and [ ... ]

Roasted Potatoes

2 lbs large red potatoes dried and each cut into 8 wedges 1 tbsp cornstarch (This is key to them turning out so crispy) 3/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp butter 1 large clove garlic, minced 1 tsp minced fresh parsley 1/8 tsp grated lemon zest 1. Adjust the [ ... ]

Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients 8-10 tomatoes, sliced thick, I get 4 slices for each tomato, fill a sheet pan in a single layer. 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Arrange the tomatoes on a [ ... ]

Hash Brown Potatoes

Ingredients 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and 1/2-inch diced 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions) 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 tablespoons minced scallions (white and green parts) Directions Melt the butter with olive oil in [ ... ]

Pasta with Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce

Did you know citrus paired well with carbs? Now you do. Try this Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce on top of your favourite pasta and get ready to be a lemon-based sauce convert. Ingredients: 12 ounces dried pasta ¼ cup unsalted butter 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 [ ... ]

Farcous. Spinach Pancakes

This is very simple to make, a popular treat in southwestern France. They are often served as a meal with salad but can also be a side dish, served for breakfast, or, when made small, served as hors d’oeuvres. Farcous (adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table) 1 [ ... ]

Rice Pilaf With Raisins and Almonds

5-6 tablespoons butter 4-5 ounces dried vermicelli or egg noodles 2 cups long-grain white rice 1 quart vegetable, chicken or turkey broth 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon white or black pepper ½ cup coarsely chopped almonds ½ cup coarsely chopped golden or black raisins ½ cup frozen petite peas (optional) 2 [ ... ]

Spinach Pesto with Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

The pesto coats the warm pasta to make a creamy, rich sauce, which is accented by the crumbled feta and contrasted by the sweet cherry tomatoes. Ingredients 1 pound bow tie pasta 1 recipe pesto (following) 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese or more to taste Freshly [ ... ]

Corn & Potato Casserole

You can make this a day ahead, if you like; the flavors will develop even more overnight. Reheat at 375°F, covered, for 20 minutes. 1 Tbs. plus 1/2 tsp. unsalted butter 1-1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1-1/2 tsp.oregano Kosher salt 1 large or [ ... ]

Best Hash Brown Potatoes

Ingredients 2 Idaho potatoes 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoons butter a pinch of red pepper flakes a pinch of oregano coarse-ground black pepper to taste salt to taste 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 425°. 2. Prick [ ... ]

Rice Pilaf with Vegetables

ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2/3 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta) I used soup pasta 1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup) 2 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch dice (3/4 cup) 2 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice (2/3 cup) 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup long-grain [ ... ]

Spicy Sesame Noodles with Chopped Peanuts

This is a simple vegetarian pasta. 1 tablespoon peanut oil 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons Asian sesame oil 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon hot chili paste 1 teaspoons salt 1 pound fresh Chinese egg noodles or fresh angel hair pasta 6 green [ ... ]

Zucchini with Tomatoes

1 pound Zucchini approximately 15 baby ones or 3 medium 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 ripe tomatoes seeded, diced and drained 2 cloves garlic minced 1/2 teaspoon basil and oregano dried, fresh would be better but add more if fresh, or to taste. fresh ground pepper salt to taste cut zucchini into 1/4 inch slices [ ... ]

Eggplant Caponata

My friend Linda tried this recipe and loved it, she said its a keeper, thank you Linda. from The Test Kitchen @ Canadian Living Caponata makes an excellent side dish for grilled chicken or fish, a tasty hors d’oeuvre on toasted or grilled bread, or a wonderful main dish tossed [ ... ]

Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed 1/2 bell pepper, chopped 1 green onion, chopped 1 large carrot, chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves 1/2 small cabbage head 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 lemon [ ... ]

Barley and Vegetable

• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 cup barley • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock • 1 onion, diced • 1 clove garlic, minced • 1 carrot, diced • 1 red pepper, diced • 1 stalk celery, diced • 1 zucchini, diced • 1/2 cup parsley, minced • Salt and pepper 1. For the barley , in a medium saucepan, toast the barley in oil on medium heat, for about [ ... ]
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Mrs. Berry’s Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe is one of my moms old time favorites. It was enjoyed by a few villagers in Niagara this year! Try it out I think you might like it. Rumor has it that Ginas Walt Moans while he’s eating it! LOL It goes great with Turkey. 3 Large [ ... ]

Latkes =Potato Pancakes

Latkes =Potato Pancakes 5 large russet potatoes 2 medium sized onions 2 eggs, lightly beaten 4 tablespoons flour 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons baking powder Dash pepper vegetable oil for frying Grate the potatoes and onions . Place the grated potatoes and onions in a dish towel and wring out the excess liquid. Set aside. In a [ ... ]


BBQ RED PEPPERS 3 doz, red peppers, (only red, I tried with all others and not as good) mix into 1 gallon jar the following and add more honey to your taste. 3 cups vinegar 1 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup corn syrup 1 tesp. salt 1/4 cup veg. oil BBQ peppers till [ ... ]


PASTA PARSLEY SAUCE Blend in a food processor. Pour over pasta . 2 garlic cloves 1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 1 small onion, sliced (1 1/2 cups) 4 anchovy fillets, rinsed, patted dry, and chopped 1/3 cup brine-cured green olives, pitted 2 teaspoons drained bottled capers 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 [ ... ]

Vegetarian Bulgur Chili

Vegetarian Bulgur Chili (You won’t believe there is no meat in this delicious chili. Don’t be deterred by the long list of ingredients. Most of them are herbs and spices) 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil 2 onions, chopped 2 green & or red peppers, chopped 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 cups mushrooms, sliced 1 [ ... ]
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MUSHROOM RISOTTO 5 cups canned low-salt chicken broth 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 1/2 cups finely chopped onions 12 ounces white button mushrooms, finely chopped 2 large garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme 1 tablespoon minced fresh marjoram 1 1/2 cups arborio rice or medium-grain white rice 1/2 cup dry [ ... ]


MY FAVORITE LEMON RISOTTO Lemon juice and peel offer a double punch of flavor in this delicious dish. Serve the risotto Italian-style as a first course, or American-style as a main course. 6 cups canned low-salt chicken broth 3 1/2 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 2 large shallots, chopped 2 cups arborio rice [ ... ]


ASPARAGUS RISOTTO 1 1/2 pounds asparagus 5 cups (about) canned low-salt chicken broth 1 cup water 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 cups arborio rice or medium-grain white rice 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup milk Fresh rosemary sprigs (optional) Trim tough ends from asparagus; [ ... ]


GREEN BEANS WITH PECANS, LEMON AND PARSLEY 2 pounds green beans, trimmed, halved crosswise 3 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup chopped pecans 4 teaspoons minced lemon peel (yellow part only) 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley Cook beans in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain. Transfer to [ ... ]


GARLIC MASHED POTATOES WITH CORN 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 3/4 cup chopped onion 1 cup fresh corn kernels 3 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 cup whipping cream *I changed this to milk* 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter 1 3/4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces Heat oil in heavy medium skillet over medium heat. [ ... ]


ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND WILD MUSHROOM RISOTTO 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 pound Italian sweet sausage, casings removed, crumbled into 1/2-inch pieces 8 ounces portobello mushrooms, stemmed, dark gills scraped out, caps diced 10 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, diced 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano 1 1/2 cups Madeira 6 cups chicken [ ... ]

Crunchy Szechuan Green Beans

Crunchy Szechuan Green Beans Ingredients: 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 pound green beans, trimmed 1/3 cup onion, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil, dark (Asian) 1 tablespoon water, or as needed 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, see recipe toasted sesame seeds, [ ... ]

Cauliflower Cheese Pie

This cauliflower cheese pie is made with a delicious potato crust. Makes 4 servings. ——————————————————————————– 2 cups shredded potatoes 1/4 cup grated onion 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced salt and pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1 [ ... ]


An inventive new take on a classic fall side. 1 2 1/4-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces 1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes (about 8 ounces) 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh sage leaves 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted [ ... ]

Caramelized Shallots

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter 2 pounds fresh shallots, peeled, with roots intact 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons good red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Melt the butter in a 12-inch ovenproof saute pan, add [ ... ]

Stuffed Zucchini and Red Bell Peppers

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion, grated 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves 1 large egg 3 tablespoons ketchup 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano 1/4 cup dried plain bread crumbs 1 pound ground turkey or beef, 2 zucchini, ends removed, halved lengthwise and crosswise 1 [ ... ]

Roasted Winter Vegetables

1 pound carrots, peeled 1 pound parsnips, peeled 1 large sweet potato, peeled 1 small butternut squash, peeled and seeded (about 2 pounds) 3 tablespoons good olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Cut the carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, [ ... ]

Toasted Israeli Couscous with Roasted Vegetables

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 2 green zucchini, bite size pieces 2 yellow zucchini, bite size pieces 6 spears asparagus, trimmed 12 cherry tomatoes 1 red bell pepper, bite size pieces 1 yellow bell pepper, bite size 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat [ ... ]

Baked Potato Wedges

4 large baking potatoes, unpeeled 4 tablespoons good olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Scrub the potatoes, cut them in half lengthwise, then cut each half in thirds lengthwise. You’ll [ ... ]

Wild Mushroom Ragout

SERVES 4 – 6 This delicate “stew” can be made when fresh wild mushrooms are plentiful, then frozen to enjoy later. 1 lb. mixed fresh wild mushrooms, such as black trumpets, fairy rings, and ceps 1 tbsp. unsalted butter or olive oil 2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced 3/4 [ ... ]


Barley replaces rice in this twist on the classic Italian risotto. 4 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth 2 teaspoons butter 1 cup finely chopped onion 1 cup pearl barley 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried 1 bay leaf 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 pound assorted fresh mushrooms (such as [ ... ]

Crispy, Creamy Potato Puffs

These enticing potato puffs, are a cross between mashed potatoes and french fries. ingredients 2 1/4 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks Salt 1 large egg, beaten 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 1/2 cup all-purpose flour Vegetable oil, for frying directions Put the potatoes in a [ ... ]

Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme

1/4 pound white mushrooms, cleaned 1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and halved 1/4 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and halved 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1/4 cup olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 dried teaspoon thyme 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves Combine the mushrooms and garlic in a large fry pan, add the olive [ ... ]

Pilaf of Barley, Mushrooms and Peas

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 2/3 pound mushrooms, sliced Salt, freshly ground pepper 2/3 cup pearl barley 1 cup chicken stock 1 cup tiny frozen peas Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally until onion is soft, about 8 [ ... ]


4 tablespoons) butter 1 large red onion, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, seeded, chopped 1 large yellow bell pepper, seeded, chopped 2 cups long-grain white rice 4 cups canned low-salt chicken broth 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 cup toasted pecans. Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and bell peppers [ ... ]
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Roasted Garlic Bulbs

My daughter is about as crazy about garlic as Walt is. More so than I, these 2 will eat it straight up! They crave it? Be careful when you bite into a pizza they have ordered too… OH man is it garlic’d up! Roasted garlic makes a very tasty [ ... ]

Spicy Corn Fritters

What would be your dream diet? You know, the diet in which you could really eat anything you wanted, and as much as you wanted. If you asked me at dinner tonight, I would have to say, spicy corn fritters. Yep, the corn fritter diet. (Haven’t you heard [ ... ]

Fresh corn cakes with smoked salmon

I made these for dinner tonight, I didnt do the salmon or the sour cream, and they were just fabulous. This fresh and spicy dish makes a wonderful summer supper or weekend brunch dish and, if the corn cakes are made silver-dollar sized, works as an appetizer, too. Fresh corn [ ... ]

Creamed Onions

This is excellent with a roast beef. I usually make it in my head so I hope this turns out for you. 24 small white onions, peeled 1/2 cup butter 1 cup flour 1 cup milk salt and pepper dash of nutmeg 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 2-3 tablespoons melted butter 1. Cook onions in water (enough to cover [ ... ]

Garlic Scalloped Potatoes with Mushrooms

Ingredients: 4 whole garlic heads 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cups minced shallots 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar 2 1/2 cups light cream 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 pounds russet potatoes, thinly sliced cooking spray 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese Preparation: Preheat oven to 450 [ ... ]