Leek and potato soup

Leek and potato have their own delicious merits as separate vegetables, but put them together and blend them up in a soup, and you have culinary kismet. Another cool, lingering winter day afforded us a nice opportunity to whip up this quick and easy soup. Recipe from Once Upon a Chef Serves 6 3 tbsp butter 4…

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Southern Style Corn Chowder

In keeping with our recent theme of Southern-style cooking, we had a hankering to try our hand at some tasty corn chowder. We had to exploit the last vestiges of winter and do some cold-weather cooking and make some warm, hearty soup. Recipe adapted from Spicy Southern Kitchen 5 cups corn kernels 5 cups vegetable stock…

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Cajun shrimp and grits

After our trip to New Orleans and the veritable smorgasbord of delicious foods that passed our lips, we were eager to try our hand on some Southern staples. Shrimp and grits seemed like a good place to start. Grits, a dish thought to have derived from traditional Native American fare, are actually traditionally served at breakfast. We…

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Sweet potato gnocchi

While it can often feel like a chore or a necessity in order to obtain sustenance, cooking can be a pleasant evening activity, if you make into one. I love gnocchi (little pillowy morsels of heaven), but they are somewhat labour-intensive to make. However, turning it into a fun activity rather than a necessity can…

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Prosciutto-wrapped stuffed chicken breasts

Happy New Year! A combination of busyness and laziness has led to an increase in my eating-out/ordering-in over the last year–far too many Wendy’s burgers, Tim Horton’s breakfast sandwiches and rolls of sushi have been consumed. Thus, one of my goals for 2019 is to curb that tendency, and so I’ve kicked off the year with what…

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Winter fruit pie with pecan crumble

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, which provide an excellent opportunity and some captive guinea pigs to try some new winter desserts on. At the last party, someone had rather sweetly been disappointed I hadn’t made pie, so I thought I’d investigate some new pie recipes appropriate for the season. Enter: winter fruit pie, an…

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Pear and blue cheese scones

Anyone who knows me knows that my love for cheese is strong. So when I had some blue cheese in the fridge and a desire for a savoury breakfast, I investigated what I could incorporate my blue cheese into. Now, pear and blue cheese is a classic pair (pardon the pun!), but I had never seen the…

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Pumpkin waffles

For better or worse, ’tis the pumpkin spice season, permeating everything from your classic pie down to your latté. Now I love me a good pumpkin pie, but I’m often left with a half-used can of pumpkin purée afterwards. I had a bit of a craving for breakfast-for-dinner, and thought, why not put that pumpkin…

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Salted peanut blondies

In my search for small desserts, I stumbled on this delectable-looking recipe. It looked straightforward to make, with ingredients largely on hand, and I so rarely make bars that it seemed a good time to add to my rather meager repertoire. Plus, I’m always a sucker for a tasty blond. Recipe from Sweet 2 cups…

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