Swiss Chard Tart With Feta And Currants

Fall Appetizers, Fall Mains, Spring Appetizers, Spring Mains, Summer Appetizers, Summer Mains, Winter Appetizers, Winter Mains

I came across this recipe last year and have made it a few times since.  So far, everyone who has eaten it has given it two thumbs up!  And as Swiss chard is available for most of the year I think a good recipe to keep handy! For the Filling: 1 Tbsp. EVO 1 onion, …

Rigatoni With Lentil Ragu

Fall Pasta, Spring Pasta, Summer Pasta, Winter Pasta

When my friend Deb. Mele posted a recipe for Lentil Bolognese I have to say, it got my attention!  As I am always on the lookout for interesting pasta sauces, for vegetarian meals and lastly but by no means least, I’m that woman who stuffs Castelluccio lentils into her luggage when packing to come home …

Ottolenghi’s Sort-of-Waldorf

Fall Salads, Winter Salads

Another winner from from Yotam Ottolenghi! This recipe is from his cookbook “Plenty More”…I’m a huge fan of his stuff! My husband and I even paid a visit to his shop in Nottinghill the last time we were in London! It’s a deli that has the most amazing looking things available and so beautifully presented! …

Not Parsnips Again??

Kitchen Sink, Winter Comforts

“Winter” is definitely the key word here! Last weekend we made an unusually short foray to Nat Bailey Stadium where our Winter Farmer’s Market is held each Saturday.  Seems like at this time of year it’s short rations for local veggies…so the trips are short ones! Eating seasonally is a very good thing.  Fresh, local …

Christmas at Number 5

Winter Comforts

Just a quick little post to show off our lovely “pot-luck” Christmas dinner! Christmas is about sharing with family but also being with good friends, so it was a pleasure to spend the evening with Andrea and Kevin.  Kevin decided it would be an excellent idea if he were to roast a prime rib using …

Beer Braised Beef Stew

Fall Mains, Winter Mains

When fall and winter is upon us, there is nothing like a comforting, tummy warming stew. This is one of my all-time favourites. You can make it as spicy as you like and if you like to put potatoes in your stews,(I much prefer serving stew with mashed potatoes) you can change out the turnips for 4 …

Phyllis’ Cabbage Rolls

Fall Mains, Winter Mains

Makes a roasting pan full! And would be great as part of a casual potluck or a buffet! Cabbage Rolls hold a very special place in my heart. I am not sure where Mom got her recipe, probably from someone in her family. I have adapted her original recipe with a couple of my own …

Anne’s “Cheater” Pickled Beets

Fall Vegetables and Sides, Spring Vegetables and Sides, Summer Vegetables and Sides, Winter Vegetables and Sides

When I was working in the executive dining room, we made these every couple of weeks and now, for old time’s sake, I make them at Christmas. My Mom always made pickled beets from scratch which included growing her own beets! Molto lavoro (much work); this seems a whole lot easier to me!  I love pickled beets! …

Farro Risotto With Tomatoes

Fall Rice, Grains and Beans, Spring Vegetables and Sides, Summer Rice, Grains and Beans, Winter Rice, Grain and Beans

Since our first trip to Italy I have been a big fan of farro. Farro is made from Emmer Wheat, not spelt. The first time I had it was in a ribollita at La Bottega, a little restaurant in Volpaia, a small town in Chianti. I had read that the mother of the family who own …

Phyllis’ Mouth-watering Buttermilk Waffles

Fall Egg Dishes and Brunch, Spring Egg Dishes and Brunch, Summer Egg Dishes and Brunch, Winter Egg Dishes and Brunch

The batter for these waffles can be made the night before, an especially good thing for brunch entertaining!  I have included two fruit sauces that are delicious on waffles and we often add a few dollops of yogurt.  We also like using fresh fruit and some maple syrup. Make the Waffles: 2 cups sifted unbleached flour** 2 tsp. …