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French Main Course Recipes Seafood

Salmon with Pernod

Salmon fillet baked with sweet pepper and a buttery glaze of anise and Pernod. Shopping for your ingredients à la française One of the best ways to experience French culture is by shopping at the outdoor markets and specialty shops found throughout France. The vibrant colours and aromas are sure to please the senses. Listening…

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Eastern European Main Course Recipes

Schnitzel (Veal, Pork or Chicken)

Thin, tenderized meat cutlets are dredged in flour, egg and bread crumbs then pan fried. When I was in Vienna, I just could not get enough of the famous Wiener schnitzel. Its name derives from the German word for Vienna, Wien. Something or someone from Vienna, is called, Wiener, while schnitzel means cutlet and the…

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Appetizers & Snacks Gluten Free Mexican Recipes Vegetarian

Pico de Gallo – Traditional Mexican Salsa

If you’ve been to Mexico, then you know the routine when first sitting down in most restaurants.  The waiter takes your drink order then while you are looking over the menu, you are offered some fresh salsa with nacho chips and limes.  This is the perfect appetizer with a cold beer or margarita after a…

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American Canadian Main Course Recipes Seafood

Broiled Lobster Tails

Broiled with garlic, butter and seasoning, the less pricey small tails are easier to handle and cook in just a few minutes. If you’re a lobster fan like me, I am sure you’d eat it more often but it’s not readily available for us that don’t live on the coast or in large urban centres.…

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Main Course Mexican Recipes Side Dish 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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Eastern European Main Course Recipes

Czech Cabbage Rolls

Known to the Czech’s as Holubky, this is the hearty comfort food of Eastern Europe.  While the recipe would appear to be a variation of the cabbage rolls many North Americans are familiar with, most would be surprised to learn that cabbage rolls have been very popular for centuries in slavic countries.

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Irish Recipes Side Dish

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 potatoes in 97% of households.  So for a nation whose diet includes potatoes regularly, creative cooks have come up with lots…

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Eastern European Main Course Recipes

Chicken Kiev

You would assume that Chicken Kiev was typical Ukrainian food and this was the dish that put the Ukrainian capital on the culinary map. However, it is also claimed by Russians, as being invented in their country. In fact, as the story goes, it even has a French connection that goes back to the Romanovs…

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Breakfast Mexican Precooked Ingredients Recipes

Ranchero Eggs

Hueveos Rancheros, as they are known in Spanish, is a perfect brunch dish for Mexican food lovers.  You can either use small tortillas or Charras Tostadas as shown here.  This dish is a great way to use up yesterday’s pico de gallo.

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French Main Course Recipes

Chicken Cordon Bleu

The term “cordon bleu” or blue ribbon (in English) is synonymous with a top merit in French cuisine. There is also a prestigious international school, Le Cordon Bleu, whose alumni include some of the world’s top chefs. I was recently at a banquet and was served Chicken Cordon Bleu. We were served a processed, frozen, deep…