Chantrelle Mushroom Pasta Bake Feature
Dinner, Pasta, Quick and Easy

Chantrelle Mushroom Pasta Bake

I love fall when the wild mushrooms shoot through the dense undergrowth of leaves and pine needles, their odd shapes like small little characters in nondescript attire.  I love morel mushrooms and lobster mushrooms (which oddly do taste like lobster!) but I must say my absolute favourite is the Chantrelle mushroom.  With a thick, meaty… Continue reading Chantrelle Mushroom Pasta Bake

Quinoa Pomegranate Festive Salad
Quick and Easy, Salads, Vegan

Pomegranate Quinoa Festive Salad

Is there a more cheerful looking fruit than the pomegranate?  It's bright red seeds and scarlet juice add a celebratory touch to anything it garnishes.  Only nature could have made such a merry, vibrant colour! There used to be a quaint organic store near me that made a wonderful quinoa salad.  I've copied their recipe… Continue reading Pomegranate Quinoa Festive Salad

Pumpkin Kidney Bean Curry ~ Yum!
Dinner, Quick and Easy, Vegan

Pumpkin Fireside Kidney Bean Curry

Pumpkins ...... they remind us of autumn and Halloween, orange meadows and cool, crisp evenings.  Can you hear the crunch of the leaves as they scuttle across the ground and the chill swish of the breezes?  Eerie pumpkin faces often look at us on October 31st, as they act as doorway decoration for the scariest… Continue reading Pumpkin Fireside Kidney Bean Curry

Watercolor Potato Salad
Quick and Easy, Salads

Rainbow Potato Salad

Potato salad can immediately remind you of picnics and summer days, yet I enjoy making them from mid-summer into the start of fall, when the potato plants are wilting and the potatoes are ready to be dug.  This year I planted a number of different varieties in my garden: creamy German butter potatoes, bright red… Continue reading Rainbow Potato Salad

Kale and White Bean Soup
Quick and Easy, Soups

Kale and White Bean Autumn Soup

When the brisk, slightly chilly breezes of autumn begin to whisk around, I start to crave warm soups made with all kinds of cold weather garden ingredients, such as squash, beets, cabbage, and in the case of this soup, kale. While kale has become more popular as a vegetable, many people still remember the tough… Continue reading Kale and White Bean Autumn Soup

Sun-dried Tomatoes with Basil and Garlic ~ a recipe from the markets of Southern France
Appetizers, Quick and Easy

Sun-Dried Tomatoes Provençal

Who doesn't love images of the South of France and, particularly visions of the many tasty French food creations.  Markets abound, not only in each city, but in each village, with cheeses, meats, and produce displayed in arrays of creativity and with a certain cultural and regional pride. The array of culinary works of art… Continue reading Sun-Dried Tomatoes Provençal

Maple Rosemary Almonds
Quick and Easy, Snacks

Maple Rosemary Almonds

Have you ever tasted a fresh almond?  Many people don't realize that most almonds which are purchased in a store are at least three months to one year old, and the flavour is muted or stale.  It wasn't until I started purchasing newly-harvested bulk almonds online that I discovered what an almond should really taste… Continue reading Maple Rosemary Almonds

Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Basil - Italian
Dinner, Pasta, Quick and Easy

Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Basil

If you've just come home from a busy day at work, or from taxiing children to their various events and just don't have time to prepare a fancy dinner, this gnocchi recipe is the recipe for you!  Quick and easy to alter, you can feed a single person or a large family, or even add… Continue reading Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Basil