Category: Winter Comforts

Fall Appetizers

Swiss Chard Tart With Feta And Currants

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

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Fall Salads

Ottolenghi’s Sort-of-Waldorf

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!

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Basics & Tips

Not Parsnips Again??

“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

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Winter Comforts

Christmas at Number 5

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

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Fall Mains

Beer Braised Beef Stew

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

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Fall Mains

Phyllis’ Cabbage Rolls

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

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Fall Vegetables and Sides

Anne’s “Cheater” Pickled Beets

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

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Fall Rice, Grains and Beans

Farro Risotto With Tomatoes

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,

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Fall Egg Dishes and Brunch

Phyllis’ Mouth-watering Buttermilk Waffles

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

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Fall Mains

Coq au Vin – Chicken Braised in Red Wine

My husband invited friends over for Sunday lunch. He suggested we make Coq au Vin and because we haven’t made this “French bistro favourite” for quite some time, I agreed! It’s definitely coming back into our repertoire! Over the years,

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