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Chewy Soft Pretzels and Stretchy Cheese Sauce

Inspiration:  This year’s Octoberfest and baseball season. When I am looking to create a recipe I usually go through the same process:  If it is something new that I have never made before, I will study different recipes on the internet.  I also study the why’s of how something works and one of my favourite []

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Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta, Brown Butter and Crisp Sage Leaves

Inspiration:  Easy Halloween inspired dinner for entertaining (it’s orange and delicious)! This is a great go-to meal around Halloween for us.  I love the orange colour and the flavours are delicious.  I used prepared butternut squash purée from Williams-Sonoma that is already flavoured with subtle Fall spices and the result was delicious. You can also make your []

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Pulled Ham

Inspiration:  The ham with brown butter served at Vin et Papillon in St-Henri (Montreal) – right now my favourite restaurant with wonderfully inspired dishes (a lot of emphasis on vegetables and seasonal products). Delicious pulled ham served with potato, onion perogies, poached egg,  maple brown butter and roasted cauliflower I really love ham, but it []

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Mummy Style Pigs in a Blanket

Inspiration:  A great Halloween project for kids to make – and delicious to eat! I was recently looking for some fun Halloween cooking projects for kids and I happened to spot these little guys on .  What a great lunch or dinner treat if you are hosting a halloween party or for a quick bite []

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Easy, No Fail, Poached Eggs

Inspiration:  Julia Child’s recipe – the best! Poached Eggs:  makes 4 4 very fresh, large eggs salt and pepper I have just recently discovered Julia Child’s technique for cooking the perfect poached egg and I have to admit it is amazing.  Much easier than what I have traditionally done (swirling water and vinegar) and it allows []

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Spider Cookies for Halloween

Inspiration:  Halloween and ! These are fun and easy to make.  All you need is a really good shortbread cookie recipe (it’s also repeated below), some melted dark chocolate,  Aero bubbles and some candy eyes.  I found the candy eyes in the baking section of Provigo Le Marché i.e. Loblaws Superstores in Quebec – with the []

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Crème Brulée with Sea Salt Chocolate

Inspiration:  My mom ordering crème brulée every time we go out for dinner and then sharing it with everyone. I used to make this recipe a long time ago.  I am always surprised at how easy it is to make but how truly decadent and delicious it is.  For me, it is a no fail []

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Kale and Sweet Potato Turkey (or Chicken) Cobbler

Inspiration:  Leftover Thanksgiving turkey I  am currently obsessed with curd cheese (yes! the one you use in poutine).  I can get it fresh every day in most grocery stores in Quebec and it is delicious.  It is best eaten at room temperature the day it is made because once it is refrigerated it will loose []

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Acadian Cinnamon Swirls (Vegan)

Inspiration:  Pets de soeur – a French Canadian treat. I have an old binder that is filled with recipes that I have collected over the years. Some have been torn out of magazines and some have been generously shared by friends and family.  Every once in a while I will pull out to take a []

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The Best Kale Fruit Smoothie

Inspiration:  Crux Comptoir Buddha smoothie I often have this smoothie for lunch when I am working.  It gets its beautiful green colour from the kale but don’t be fooled – it is sweet, decadent and delicious.  Top with some hemp hearts and puffed quinoa for a little extra texture and crunch.  I hope you enjoy! Kale []

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Falafel and Lemon Tahini (Vegan)

Inspiration:  The wonderful falafel at Zyara (Montreal). Julienne a Lebanese cucumber and raw beet as garnish as well as diced tomato. I have been wanting to make my own falafel for a while now but just didn’t seem to have the courage to tackle it until things began to align over the last few days and []

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Root Vegetable Soup with Spicy Pancetta Shavings

Inspiration:  Beautiful Fall bounty    I was teaching a class not long ago at Williams Sonoma – Dix30 to demonstrate the amazing Vitamix blender.  Although I do not have a Vitamix yet, I was given one to bring home in order to create and test some recipes.  I have to say, I was truly amazed.  The Vitamix has a great []

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Maple Churros with Rich Vanilla Cream

Inspiration:  Dinner and a shared desert with some of my wonderful girlfriends at Ottavio.   Some of life’s greatest pleasures  = girlfriends, desert and dinner – in that order. This is basically a choux pastry batter that is deep fried instead of baked.  The result is a surprisingly light beignet style desert.  I decided to dust []

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Apple Flower Tarts

Inspiration:  It’s apple season!   After spotting these beautiful little pies on a few years ago, I have been wanting to try my hand at making them for quite a while.  Turns out, this was a fun project that I imagine kids would love.  The effect is really quite stunning. The pies are not []

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