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Lemon Roasted Potatoes – Greek Style

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Today is the start of kilometre club at the kid’s school. It is a big day in the life of the school and all three of my kids were up and excited to go before 6am – YIKES! Kilometre club is a program that the physical education teacher at our school initiated to get students active and running. Each morning …

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Mexican Pinto Beans

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Mexican food makes a frequent appearance in our home. At least twice a month we have some form of Mexican cuisine and the other night we had chicken and steak fajitas. I like steak and the rest of the clan prefer chicken. Whether we are having tacos, fajita, tostadas or chimichangas, I always like to have one or two sides …

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Chana Masala – Chickpea Curry

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I was shopping in my local Walmart, walking through the local produce section when I spotted something that caused me to have a double-take. In the fresh herb section there were large bunches of fresh curry leaves. I have NEVER seen them before in Walmart. I buy curry leaves often but usually at a great little market called Bombay Bazaar …

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Syracuse Salt Potatoes

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I love learning about regional culinary dishes that I have never heard of. I live in Canada and am continually amazed at the many different food traditions from various regions of the United States. Here are just a few: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches Chicago Deep Dish Pizza New Orleans Cajun cuisine Memphis BBQ Tex Mex This just barely scratches the …

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King Oyster Mushroom and Garlic Stem Stir Fry

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I mentioned a few posts ago that my family is in the middle of birthday season. All three of my kids have their birthdays within 5 weeks of each other. That was either good planning or sheer stupidity! It is always hectic but also a lot of fun as we celebrate their special days. My parents make a trip up …

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Baked Cajun Sweet Potato Pancakes with an Herb Ranch Dip

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Today is the first day of Hanukkah. In Hebrew, Hanukkah means to dedicate. The name is a reminder that the holiday commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory of the Syrian-Greeks in 165 BCE. Hanukkah is an eight day holiday. I love Christmas, but it is only one day! I cannot even imagine celebrating Christmas for 8 days. WOW! This holiday …

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Classic Homemade Mac and Cheese

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Macaroni and cheese may be the perennial comfort food. There is nothing like scooping into a big casserole dish of baked mac and cheese. It brings a smile to everyone in my household and I am sure that, if you tried this recipe, your house would be full of smiles as well. Typically, I double this recipe, as many of …

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Cilantro Rice

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The other day, when I made dinner I made rice in our rice cooker. Have I ever told you how much I love the rice cooker? There are some small appliances that we have that are on the shelves downstairs and rarely get used. Not so with the rice cooker. It gets used once or twice a week. All you …

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

If you are like me, then you are always on the lookout for a good side dish. Today’s post is one of our favourites. It is called ratatouille and no I am not talking about that movie made by Pixar about the rat who loved to cook. That film was named after this French vegetable side dish; a dish that …

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Best Ever Eggplant Casserole

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Over the last number of years I have enjoyed discovering popular dishes from around the world. One vegetable that surprised me as to its international popularity is eggplant. Eggplant is popular in Thai, Indian, Egyptian and Chinese cuisine along with other regions. I always thought that eggplant was hated everywhere but instead it is common and loved. I remember seeing …

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