pankcakes

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...

Blarney Castle

Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese

There is surely no vegetable as versatile as the humble spud.  In Ireland, where you’ll find Tayto Park, a theme park devoted to them and even a national potato day celebrating them, you’ll find...

Plantation

Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya

Most attribute the French heritage of the Louisiana bayou people to coining the name for this dish. The enslaved Africans living in of the area used the word “ya” for rice and the Cajun...

Chicken Paprikash

At the heart of Budapest is the very popular and beautifully restored Great Hall Market. Besides the vegetable, meat, and fish stalls you’ll find the finest Hungarian specialties. One such specialty is paprika which...

Festive Frittata

While traditional Italian frittata is skillet fried similar to an omelette, this version is baked in a shallow casserole dish. Since this recipe includes bread, baking allows time for the liquid to be absorbed....

Hearty Minestrone

The first time I read an Italian-only menu, I noticed a category called minestre where various soups were listed. Later, I learned that Italian cuisine has zuppa, originating as a meager peasant’s ration of...

Venice Canal and Gondolier

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

You are right if you thought this dish was going to be spicy, or at least it should. Fra Diavolo is Italian for “Brother Devil”, and this zesty sauce goes well with pasta and...