My mind is always creating and developing ideas for the next recipe. Different things inspire me: a thought or emotion upon seeing something beautiful; the scent of something fresh; a memory of something I made for my family many years ago on the farm. By far, however, the most significant inspiration for me most often is the desire to evoke pleasure on the palettes of those I love. However, some members of my family are seemingly on a perpetual diet, so I need to be creati
Where would we be without eggs? They are the foundation of baking and cooking. Without eggs, there would no soufflés, no cakes and cookies, nor even simple eggs on toast. I was fortunate to grow up on a farm in Saskatchewan, where we raised our own laying hens, so I tasted eggs that were bursting with flavor. When you cracked the egg into a frying pan the appearance of the yolks was bright yellow, and surrounded by gelatinous whites. Supermarket eggs are labeled and packaged
Chicken Strips with Spicy Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans 7 tbsp. canola oil 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and diced into ½ inch cubes ½ cup diced red onion ½ tsp. salt 4 chicken breasts cut into ½ inch strips ¼ tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. cumin ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper 1 540 mL can black beans 2 cloves garlic crushed 1 tsp. freshly grated lime zest 2½ tbsp. fresh lime juice ½ cup fresh cilantro finely chopped In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of canola oil over medium heat.
This time of year, most people are trying to lose weight. A healthy diet doesn’t have to be boring. Do not cave in! Just make your meals taste good and look appealing and you will achieve your goals.
You can still eat well while dieting and not give up on all your favorite foods. Most of us will eventually give up on the seemly endless routine of unappealing, boring foods that we associate with dieting or healthy eating. Healthy eating is physically beneficial, as it can p
Here is a great recipe from my Soulful Helpings cookbook (now available at Calgary Co-op stores). A savory sensation that is sure to warm your heart as well as your tummy. Serve with carrots and green beans. Tourtiere 2 Tbsp. Butter 1 Small onion chopped 1 Clove crushed garlic 1/2 Lb. Lean ground veal 1 Lb. Lean ground pork 2 Tbsp. Chopped fresh thyme 2 Tbsp. Chopped fresh sage 2 Tbsp. Chopped fresh parsley 1 Tbsp. Chopped fresh rose-mary 1 Tsp. Poultry seasoning 1 Tsp. Salt
Enjoy a little comfort food, as it is cold and snowy outside. Try my recipe for beef stew with fluffy dumplings to warm your heart and soul today. I have been feeling a little lost and blue for the past week. Our daughter has left the nest again after living at home for the summer. I had grown fond of her company when she was not working to earn some cash for her next year of education. I realize it is time for her to leave home and test her wings out, but as a mother it is
Kenny’s Shrimp Tacos 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 tbsp. butter 2 cloves garlic crushed ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. pepper 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 shallots finely chopped 1 jalapeno seeded and fined finely 2 large tomatoes diced 1 tbsp. lemon juice ½ cup cilantro finely chopped 6 flour tortillas 2 avocadoes, peeled pitted and diced 1 mango, peeled pitted and diced 1½ cups cabbage and carrot slaw mix In an 8-inch skillet melt the butter over medium high heat; add the
Fear not! Patio season is still upon us, despite last week's scare. And with this lovely weather may I suggest enjoying a little fiesta this weekend. Tacos are delicious as well as diverse. They originated in Mexico, but have taken on an Asian, Korean and even Spanish influence. They can be stuffed with a large variety of ingredients and prepared by using different cooking techniques. You may think I am a little “Loco” but the basic structure of the taco reminds me of our liv