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Mexican Recipes Vegetarian

Vegetarian Chili

Tracing its origins to the Mayan and Aztec staple foods, then adding influences from the settlers of the new-world, Chili has evolved alongside Mexican culture.  It comes alive with the signature Mexican spice combination of chili and cumin. Mexican cuisine has developed into a distinctly new-world fusion of well evolved native food traditions with Spanish,…

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Canadian Recipes

Tuna Casserole

This simple, economical recipe is made mostly with common pantry ingredients. Ask any college student in Canada, that cooks their own meals, what they have in their cupboard… No doubt, you already know the answer – KD.  Kraft Dinner is the college staple. Back in the day, when I was a college student I soon…

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French Recipes

Beef Bourguignon Simplified

The classic “Beouf Bouguignon” was popularized outside of France in the 1960s by Julia Child in her best selling cookbook,  Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  It was re-discovered by Gen-Xers through the film Julie & Julia,  where  Julie, a young food blogger, attempts to perfect Child’s exacting recipe.  Forget searching all over town for pearl onions…

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American Recipes

Banana Nut Bread

Having too many ripe bananas around our place poses more of an opportunity than a problem. With this easy recipe, you’ll watch those bananas disappear in no time. While most cooks add walnuts, I prefer the more delicate flavor and crunch of almonds. Having too many ripe bananas around our place poses more of an…

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Precooked Ingredients Recipes Scottish Soup

Lamb and Barley Scotch Broth

The fabled highlands of Scotland – rugged, misty and cool most of the year.  After a day of boating on the loch or exploring medieval castles, there is nothing better to warm your insides than a hearty Scotch broth. This hearty soup is great for lunch on a chilly day.  It’s also a perfect way…

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Gluten Free Italian Recipes

Rotolo Toscano: Ground beef roll stuffed with ham and cheese

Made in a manner, similar to a jelly roll, the Rotolo Toscano is seasoned minced beef stuffed with ham and cheese, and glazed with tomato sauce.  This recipe was inspired by my friend Joan, who is a fantastic cook with an open mind.  She worked in the Detroit-Windsor auto sector back in the days when…

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Italian Recipes

Bruschetta with Tomato, Basil and Parmesan

This simple but tasty and healthy appetizer is always a hit at al fresco dinner parties and a great way to share your succulent summer tomato harvest. Vine-ripened, and packed with real tomato goodness, you just can’t beat home-grown tomatoes. For sandwiches and salads, I choose from the meatier varieties like Campbell or Celebrity and…

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Canadian Recipes

Pancakes from Scratch

Okay, I admit it.  For me, pancakes are really just an excuse to get my fill of a local specialty, maple syrup. Most years, by late March, the typical spring thaw in Eastern Ontario and Southern Quebec is characterized by day time highs that are a little above the freezing point and nights just below…

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Canadian Recipes Vegetarian

Spinach Salad with Walnut Maple Vinaigrette

This healthy salad is balanced with subtle flavours that grow on trees. Delicate walnut oil, the aromatic soft crunch of almonds and the natural sweetness of maple. [yumprint-recipe id=’49’]

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Eastern European Precooked Ingredients Recipes

Hungarian Beef Goulash

There are many variations of Goulash, whose origins are found in the hearty stew that was made by Hungarian cattle herders.  As they drove their cattle to markets across eastern Europe, their recipe followed them. Many variations of the Hungarian Gulyásleves remain popular today especially in the territories of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire (which include…