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Couscous with Apricots and Pistachios

I love Moroccan food. This North African cuisine has a wonderful blend of spices that has an earthy depth but also a sweetness. Ras al Hanout is the popular spice blend in Morocco that has cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and more. Tagine is the traditional dish of Morocco and it is a slow cooked stew of meat and vegetables …

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Mashed Potatoes with Chives and Pecorino

I am a meat and potatoes kinda guy and I love a good mash. This recipe is simple but has the perfect balance of flavors. I like to use russet potatoes but PEI, Yukon Gold or even red potatoes work well for a mash. The pecorino romano has a nuttier flavor compared to parmigiano reggiano but that kind of grated …

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Cognac Mushroom Cream Sauce

This creamy sauce has a wonderful balance of flavors. I used crimini mushrooms, although button or portobello would also work fine. The cognac adds a wonderful sophistication to this sauce and it tastes great on chicken, steak and even some fish, like halibut. 4 from 1 vote Print Cognac Mushroom Cream Sauce Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time …

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Crock Pot Boston Baked Beans

The weather this past weekend was fabulous and it was the perfect chance to get out and do some gardening. I worked on the front garden, getting it ready for annuals to be planted in the next little while. The trees also needed a bit of pruning and I was looking for any excuse to be outside. Winter hung around …

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Couscous with Cranberries and Almonds

If you were to go to Algeria or Morocco, you would quickly discover that couscous in a major part of North African cuisine. Wonderfully light and fluffy, couscous can be used pretty much interchangeably with rice in most recipes. For people not following a gluten free diet, couscous is a great alternative to rice. The preparation and cooking of couscous could not simpler, as …

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Tex-Mex Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes are so incredibly versatile and I love making new and simple side dishes with them. Easily one of my favourite ways to cook potatoes is by roasting them. Whether they are whole, in wedges or cubed, roasting potatoes brings out the best in this vegetable. My favorite way to roast them is by cubing the potatoes. Toss the cubes …

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Mushroom Chop Suey

This past week I made Chinese food and that always makes me happy. Yesterday I shared one of the dishes that I made which was Sweet and Sour Chicken. Whenever I make Chinese food, I like to make a number of different dishes, similar to ordering take out. There have been times that I have gotten carried away and there …

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Crock Pot Hash Brown Casserole

Hash brown casserole has been around for years and it is such an easy side dish that goes well with almost anything. To me, hash brown casserole is total comfort food. I love the creaminess and the cheesiness. Sometimes I add a little extra cheese just because cheese is a wonderful thing! This recipe makes an already easy dish that …

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Crock Pot Pinto Beans

Ever since I started using my new Crock Pot, I have been looking for different dishes to try in it. Many of these are meals I make on the stove top and I was eager to see how they turn out in a slow cooker. I do not know why it has taken me so long to use a slow …

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Red Cabbage and Apples – Crock Pot Recipe

Recently Crock Pot Canada sent a slow cooker for me  to demo. I have not cooked with a slow cooker much so I was eager to get the Crock Pot and give it a go. I shared my thoughts on the product in a recent post. Today I have another recipe to share with you that is great in the …

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