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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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Zucchini Sticks

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You are probably thinking I have a slight addiction to appetizers. January has been on overload in the snack food category here at The Black Peppercorn. But you will not see me complaining because little bite size goodies like these zucchini sticks are oh so tasty! If you have never used panko bread crumbs, I highly encourage you to give ...

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Tempura Mushrooms

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Here is another appetizer that I had as an extra recipe during the 12 Days of Super Bowl Snacks. Tempura mushrooms are great party food and are always a hit. Making them is a snap as tempura is easy and has just a few ingredients. You can adjust the batter to your preference. For a thinner batter use only one ...

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Onion Crisps

Onion Crisps

I know, I know, I am supposed to be done the series on appetizers. But, there are a few recipes that didn’t make it into the top 12 for this year’s Super Bowl Snacks. So, I thought I would post them as honourable mentions! Today’s recipe I simply call onion crisps. There is an awesome restaurant called The Keg and ...

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Buffalo Potato Wedges

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I am really excited about today’s recipe. All of us have certain recipes we remember mom or dad making when we were kids. These dishes were not always the fanciest or required the most effort. Instead, there was something about the dish – the flavours, the love poured into the dish or the memories the dish is connected that caused us to ...

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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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