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Non – Vegetarian Meals

Non - Vegetarian Meals

Honey, Garlic Chicken

I am not a very big chicken fan, so when I find a chicken recipe I actually like (like this one!!) it becomes a regular part of our routine as my kids LOVE chicken! They particularly like “chicken on the bone” (drumsticks). I personally dislike drumsticks because all the flavour ends up on the skin, and I don’t eat the skin, so it ends up being quite bland. These drumsticks, however, have no skin so the flavour goes straight through to the meat. They also marinate all day, so that doesn’t hurt things either. 😉

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Lemony Hummus with Spiced Lamb

By: Kate Davies

I love a recipe that can function as an appetizer, entree, or party food. This spiced lamb added to the lemony chickpea puree  goes beautifully with a salad for lunch. I made my own hummus, although I did cheat with canned chickpeas. There’s no shame in buying your favorite hummus at the supermarket and focusing your efforts on the lamb, either.

There are lots of ways to get your hands on roasted garlic. Many supermarkets sell it in jars, ready to use. I like to take whole garlic cloves and cook them slowly in olive oil over very low heat. In addition to roasted cloves of whole garlic, you end up with garlicky oil, which adds another layer of flavor to this hummus recipe, salad dressing, vegetables, or pasta. Continue Reading…

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Meat Ball Sandwiches

Every year my best friend’s mom, Barb (of Barb’s Famous Sausage Bread), would throw an Eve of Christmas Eve party. To keep things simple she would make a massive batch of meatballs and a big salad, set out some rolls, and everyone queued up and filled their own plates. I looked forward to Barb’s meatball sandwiches all year, and when the big night arrived, I ate as many as I could possibly stomach. Continue Reading…

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Parmigiano-Reggiano Broth

Made with the rinds of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, parm broth is a wonderful way to infuse your cooking with rich, savory flavors often more characteristic of meat-based stocks and broths. If you tend to keep a chunk of Parmigiano lurking in your cheese bin, chances are you’ll reach for it one day and find that you’ve grated away most of the cheese and are left with the waxy rind. Don’t throw it away!

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Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwiches (BLATs)

School has begun, we have a new puppy, and baby Iona is now toddler Iona. As a result, we have eaten loads of take-out lately, which has been delicious and fun, if unsustainable. We looked at our budget last night and realized that the fun definitely comes with a price tag. It’s time to revisit some tasty home-made meals that I can put together in very little time, amidst varying degrees of chaos in the house. I am pleased to report a delicious success with Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato sandwiches, or BLATs. Continue Reading…

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Veal Meatballs with Artichokes, Cherry Tomatoes, and Olives

This dish blew my mind the first time I tried it. I’d always made meatballs with red sauce, enjoying the balancing act between the rich and savory protein and the brighter, more acidic sauce. These meatballs, adapted from Chez Panisse Cooking by Paul Bertolli, came to my table when my mother-in-law Monique visited us last year. So many wonderful flavors come together when you bake the veal meatballs with artichokes, cherry tomatoes, green olives, lemon, garlic, and sage; the result is savory and complex without feeling busy. Continue Reading…

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Creamy White Beans with Prosciutto and Fresh Herbs

Yesterday while staring at the contents of the pantry, I noticed a lovely bag of heirloom white beans that I’d been saving for some unspecified day in the future. No time like the present, right? (I have lots of nice things on my shelves that always seem better left for later.) Slow-cooked with prosciutto ends, herbs from the yard, a few aromatic vegetables, and my beloved chicken stock, heirloom beans made a comforting supper, with enough leftovers to stock the freezer.

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Two Quick and Yummy Dinners

My friends over at Little Dish asked me to come up with some recipes to show off their new range of (low salt, no sugar/sweetner) sauces. We love Little Dish products around here, so of course we were happy to!

I came up with two fun recipes that the kids were able to make almost entirely by themselves using Little Dish’s “Classic Tomato Pasta Sauce” and “Mild Korma Cooking Sauce”. We were all quite pleased with how yummy the dishes turned out and will most definitely be making them again! Continue Reading…

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Friends with Recipes: Czech Goulash

I think of of my friend Nomi as the quintessential homemaker: her house is lovingly decorated, her kids impeccably dressed, her life organised, and her recipes delicious. Nomi has shared some recipes with us before on my Friends with Recipes series, and I am happy to say that she is back sharing this yummy recipe for Czech Goulash. I am excited to try this one in particular as my Grandpa Pete’s family was Czech! 

Thank you, Nomi!

Bethie xx

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Meat and Veg Sloppy Joes

You could probably guess that “sloppy joes” were American by the name alone. Once you see a picture, then you can be sure they are American!

Sloppy joes are basically stewed beef sandwiches in a tangy sauce served on hamburger buns. While you can purchase pre-made sauce in America, they really aren’t very difficult (and are much tastier!) to make from scratch. I have tried my grandmother’s recipe in the past, but think I must have written it down incorrectly because it just didn’t work. This time I have used this recipe as my inspiration (followed very loosely but I thought I should still link to it), and am very happy with the outcome!  Continue Reading…