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Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Now that autumn is officially here, it is time to embrace the season and start cooking more comfort foods. I don’t that there is anything more comforting than a great dinner of Spaghetti and Meatballs!

With Jamie and I trying to eat healthy (actually we are just trying to balance out all the carbohydrates that we consume through cookies 😉 ), we don’t eat a lot of pasta. However, this year I have been introduced to the wonderful world of spaghetti squash!

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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Beef, Entrée, Paleo, Vegetables

 

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Skillet Chicken Vesuvio

I was at the grocery store, when I saw a bag of fresh peas. Now, I love peas, but usually you can only find them frozen (which are a tasty cold treat if you are ever scouring around for something to snack on and you find your junk food cupboard bare – it is amazing the food we will snack on when hungry!). So, when I found this bag of farm fresh peas, I knew I had to find a recipe that would do them justice.

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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Chicken, Entrée, Vegetables

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crackle Cookies

I don’t think that there is a more perfect flavour combination that chocolate and peanut butter. 🙂

I tasted my first crackle cookie last Christmas.  My friend, Kerri had brought them in as her contribution to our office cookie exchange.  I was hooked on my first bite, they are absolutely delicious.  They taste like a brownie – perfect!

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Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

How can you increase the desirability of mashed potatoes?  Easy, just add caramelized onions!

As you know, Jamie and I love dining out at The Keg.  Not only are their steaks and dirty martini’s perfect, but they also serve up the best mashed potatoes.  I have tried on numerous occasions to replicate their potatoes at home, but have always fallen short, until this time.

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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Entrée, Side Dishes, Vegetables

 

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Black Bean & Corn Salsa

When Cherie gave me her guest post for Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies, it dawned on me that I haven’t shared with you my world famous Black Bean & Corn Salsa Recipe. Now I say world famous, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration. But, this salsa is quite popular among our friends and co-workers. It is a pot-luck staple that I have been making for over seven years.  Everytime I bring this to a party, people want the recipe!

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ever since I have discovered how incredibly easy it is to make your own hummus, I have been making it on a pretty regular basis.  Store bought hummus used to be a staple in my grocery cart, but now that has changed and my new go-to grocery store item is a can of chick peas.  I have a reserve in the pantry, so I can satisfy that hummus craving any time I want!

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Scallop Ceviche

I ate raw scallops and survived! 🙂  Well, okay, they weren’t really raw but they were “cooked” with lime juice in the fridge. Zero-heat cooking!

I was flipping through a recent copy of the LCBO magazine, and saw a beautiful, bright picture for TikiTiki Ceviche Scallops in Half Coconut Shell. It looked so appetizing that I immediately showed it to Jamie and put it on our kitchen chalkboard as a must try.

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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Entrée, Raw, Vegetables

 

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Chocolate Brownies

*I don’t know why I had to call this post Chocolate Brownies, because really, is there any other kind?

I am going to be completely honest with you – this is the first time I have ever made brownies from scratch!
I KNOW! You would think that I have dabbled with a variety of scratch brownies over the years, but nope, this is my first attempt. I have always fallen victim to the pre-boxed mix. Don’t get me wrong, the mixes taste pretty good, and they are incredibly easy, but they don’t compare to scratch baking.

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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Baking, Candy, Chocolate, Desserts

 

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Salsa Fresca

Jamie and I were at the Farmers Market this past weekend, and my eyes went wide when I saw that farm fresh field tomatoes were available.  I love tomatoes, and when they are in season, I can’t stop myself from indulging in a large variety of tomato treats;

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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Condiments, Vegetables

 

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Oven Baked BBQ Ribs

 

In celebration of this week’s RibFest happening here in Ottawa, I thought it was appropriate to share a recipe for ribs 🙂  RibFest is that wonderful time of year when you step out of your office and all you can smell is BBQ!  All the options are there to tempt you; Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken and Ribs. It is difficult to sit at your desk, eating your garden salad, when the smell of BBQ is coming in from the street.

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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Baking, Condiments, Entrée, Pork

 

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