Posts tagged recipes
HAM, CHEESE AND SPINACH STRATA

This is truly a dish that works for grown-ups and kids alike. My son, Fin, made a list of the ten dinners that he “approved,” and this was No. 4 (the “wifesaver”!). My first version had just bacon and cheese, then I put spinach and it still got both thumbs up. You can serve this for dinner with a salad, but I like it best as brunch for a multi-generational crowd.

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ELENA'S CURRIED CORN CHOWDER

Elena Embrioni, my vital recipe tester and contributor, makes wonderful soups – hearty and full of flavour. Like me, she doesn't typically write her recipes down. This corn chowder started with a soup of hers I love in her Southern Accent cookbook – a Cajun-style soup. After many variations, we added creamed corn and put tomatoes in at the end. The result is a cozy comfort meal in a bowl – perfect for chilly fall evenings or cold winter nights.

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PIZZA PARTY: ONE FOR KIDS, ONE FOR ADULTS

Summertime arrives late; Summertime stays late. We’ve been lucky enough to see a week’s full of sunshine and blue skies – and so we find ourselves holding onto these final moments of outdoor entertaining. For the kids and for the adults, a patio pizza party is our way of taking advantage of what might be the last few warm evenings of the season.

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WHAT'S IN SEASON: COOKING WITH TOMATOES

Summer is coming to an end. Tomatoes in all shades of red and orange are taking the stage at farmers markets and roadside stands. This is the perfect time to take advantage of this in-season produce. This classic summer soup is liquid gold now that tomatoes and basil are at their prime. And with so many variations and uses for this simple recipe...why not hold onto summer for a little bit longer.

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SUMMER ENTERTAINING: BEET + RHUBARB SALAD

I first came across a far more complicated version of this recipe at the much adored. Ottolenghi in Notting Hill, UK. His little shop and multiple cookbooks capture the style, presentation and ingredients that hit home. This is my short cut simple version with a nod to Yotam Ottolenghi. I’ve done versions of this salad whenever I am asked to bring something potluck to a dinner and am often asked for the recipe. So finally, I have worked it through for you to enjoy, wow and dazzle and pass it on.

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