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King Oyster Mushroom and Garlic Stem Stir Fry

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

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

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

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

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

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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Lemon Sage Roasted Potatoes

I believe strongly that flavour combinations can transform a good dish into a great dish. These potatoes are a wonderful example. Sure anyone can roast potatoes, but the addition of two fragrant flavour enhancers like sage and lemon zest make these potatoes come alive. I have been looking in the local grocery stores for baby purple potatoes. I am so …

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Rice and Beans

The other day I posted my recipe for jerk chicken. That is a standard Jamaican dish and when I cook ethnic foods I try to make sure everything on the plate is of the same region. There is no other Jamaican side that I like more than rice and peas. Rice and peas is a classic dish from Jamaica and it …

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Sweet Chili Thai Noodles

Tonight I was wanting a noodle dish that went well with the Beef Satay’s I was making. This is the result. It turned out really well although it was a little too spicy for the kids – they didn’t stop eating it though. 0 from 0 votes Print Sweet Chili Thai Noodles Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 30 mins …

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