Herbed Chickpeas

chickpeasThis chickpea dish is my latest food obsession. I’ll make a batch at the start of the week as my quick lunch and dinner go-to staple. Cooking the chickpeas gives them a nice toasted crunch on outside and a creamy bite on the inside. Continue reading

Classic Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

TomatoSoup1Tomato soup is one of life’s big comforts. And whoever thought of pairing a bowl of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich should be granted knighthood. Sharp gooey cheddar snuggled between buttery crispy bread longs to be dunked into bowls of rich tomatey goodness. Grilled cheese sandwiches are my favourite sandwich and one of the first things I learned how to cook as a child. I’d often make them for lunch alongside a bowl of Campbell’s tomato soup. Now I make my own. Continue reading

Leslie’s Tourtière

IMG_0454Each Christmas our mom Leslie makes tourtière, the French Canadian classic. Traditionally tourtière is a New Year’s Eve meal in Quebec but it has become our family tradition to have it on Christmas Eve. I look forward to it as my mom makes a vegetarian version with veggie ground round for me! Served up savoury with baking spices such as nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon – tourtière is comfort food on steroids. Continue reading

Merry Cheeseball!

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My family loves a good cheeseball. Every Christmas this retro crowd-pleaser appears alongside the cheese and pickle tray, in a variety of flavours, shapes, and sizes. Continue reading

Shiny Tomato Salsa

SalsaEach fall the woman in our family get together to make big batches of canned salsa. It’s a tradition that’s been in our family for over 20 years. It happens each fall in my mom’s kitchen, with all of us pitching in. Continue reading

Wild Mushroom and White Bean Orzo Pasta Salad

Mushroom White Bean Pasta saladI can’t stop thinking about the wild mushroom pasta salad at Tractor Foods, a local restaurant up the street. I’ve adapted their version – they use ditalini pasta and truffled ricotta cheese – into this paired down, but equally delicious, version. Continue reading

Zucchini Feta Pancakes with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Zucchini PancakesZucchini pancakes are a good way to use up those end-of-summer zucchinis. Our friends Louie and Nat gifted us with a couple of monster-sized zucchinis. Continue reading

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