Eggplant Involtini

Eggplant Involtini

I was browsing through some photos from our trip to Rome and Tuscany in 2011 when it got me thinking about some of the incredibly delicious food we ate at a Michelin rated restaurant in Vagliagli, Tuscany. (La Taverna di Vagliagli). The memories inspired me to make something Italian and I settled on eggplant involtini […]

Homemade Chanterelle Mushroom Ravioli

Homemade Chanterelle Mushroom Ravioli

This ravioli recipe is the third of three types of ravioli that I made this last weekend. The others were Butternut Squash with Sage Butter and Walnut with Sun Dried Tomato. If you haven’t tried making your own ravioli, you really should give it a shot at least one time (or even two as everything […]

Walnut & Sun Dried Tomato Ravioli

Homemade Walnut & Sun-Dried Tomato Ravioli

This ravioli recipe is the second of three types of ravioli that I made this last weekend. The other was a Butternut Squash with Sage Butter and the Chantarelle mushrooms recipe is coming soon. If you haven’t tried making your own ravioli, you really should give it a shot at least one time (or even […]

Homemade butternut squash ravioli with sage butter

Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Butter

When it comes to broad pasta noodles such as lasagna, tagliatelle, fettuccine and ravioli, the pinnacle in taste and texture is going with a homemade, fresh pasta. It’s silky, soft, absorbs flavors and tastes amazing; I’m sure the Italian Pasta Gods smile down on us when we prepare fresh pasta. :) In the case of […]

Disaster Pieczonki

Disaster Pieczonki

It was a ^%$#@! disaster, there is no sugar coating it. If I was on Chopped Canada, I’d be chopped into 100 pieces.  It was completely burnt. Or if you are feeling very courteous you could say it was ultra smoked, like smoked 100 times, then another two just for good measure. Pieczonki is a […]

Salmon Tacos with Mango Lime Dressing

Salmon Tacos with Mango Lime Dressing

When thinking of what to prepare for dinner I typically come up with a main course and then add in a side.  However in this case we wanted to have some sweet potato french fries with a chipotle dip and then I had to decide what main dish to have with the fries.  Since french […]

Bigos - Hunter's Stew

Bigos – Hunter’s Stew

Bigos, also known as Hunter’s Stew, is a meat and cabbage stew typical of traditional Polish, Belarusian, Lithuanian and Ukrainian cuisine. In its preparation some use only sauerkraut, some only cabbage; our family always used half of each. The first time I made this my husband was not interested – he’s just not a fan […]

Fettuccine with Prosciutto, Mascarpone and Peas

Fettuccine with Prosciutto, Mascarpone and Peas

On a recent Friday I was originally planning to make homemade ravioli but due to a crazy day I simply ran out of time.  So I had to find a quicker meal for the evening as our girls were hungry – time to improvise! During our last trip to Costco we’d picked up a bunch […]

Spaghetti with Lentil Bolognese

Spaghetti with Lentil Bolognese

A little while ago in preparation to cook a meal with lentils, I cooked 1 cup of dried lentils. I forgot just how much cooked lentil you get from 1 cup of dry! From it I prepared the Sheppard’s Pie, the Lentil with Paneer croutons soup and with the remainder I decided to try a […]

Mussels Marinière

Mussels Marinière

We were in beautiful and serene Gabriola Island BC when we prepared this Mussels Marinière dish. The mussels were local, and amazingly fresh, but if you aren’t in a place that has local fresh mussels you can also source farm raised mussels at Costco. They taste very good as well and are available at a […]

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