Marinated Olives

Marinated Olives

Not only do I use these for gifts but I have in my fridge a bottle of these almost all the time. Your friends will love getting a bottle of these around the holidays or really at anytime. These are really as good as any you can buy and are easy to make.

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Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes

Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes

Light with crispy edges with a creamy texture on the inside, these pancakes are a delicious addition to your collection of breakfast and brunch recipes.  They are so easy to make and really impressive. Assemble everything and set it aside, beat the egg whites when you’re ready then simply mix.

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Muesli with Honey and Apricots

Muesli with Honey and Apricots

Herewith another variation for a crunchy, healthy morning muesli to enjoy with a little natural yogurt. This one is sweetened with honey and brown sugar. This is a large recipe and you will need two baking trays, it makes about 1.6 kilo’s (about 3 pounds).

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Tomato Sauce with Pork

Tomato Sauce with Pork

The addition of pork to tomato sauce is a joy. The pork gives the whole thing a lovely sweetness. I remember my dad cooking meat sauce on a Sunday. That was something special. He would fill the pot with two large bits of pork shoulder and
let it simmer for a couple of hours.

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Muesli with Maple Syrup and Dried Cranberries

Muesli with Maple Syrup and Dried Cranberries

I can’t really say that making your own muesli is the cheapest thing but it certainly will be the best that you are likely to eat. I can’t say how much we enjoy eating this for breakfast.

It’s a bit unfortunate that maple syrup is so expensive here but it definitely distinguishes this muesli from most others.

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Asparagus with Sauce Hollandaise

Asparagus with Sauce Hollandaise

Use as a first course or in place of the salad course. This recipe will give enough sauce for 4-6 portions. The recipe can be doubled without a problem.

This is a classic sauce for early thin asparagus that I really enjoy. Although steamed or poached asparagus are great with a little vinaigrette,

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Chicken with Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

Chicken with Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

This is a really nice recipe that includes one of my favorite things which is Feta cheese. This recipe is rather Mediterranean but exactly from where is a bit of a mystery. A bit Greek, a bit Italian or a bit Spanish. Well it doesn’t much matter,

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Potato & Leek Soup (cold or warm)

Potato & Leek Soup (cold or warm)

I think this is a good old standard that usually pleases everyone. It is light, cool and soothing on a hot summers day. A bit old fashion I have to admit but that doesn’t stop me from making and enjoying it.

This is not Vichyssoise which is an American invention,

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Gazpacho Soup

Gazpacho Soup

A great summer soup! I learned this while in Spain from a friend. Her method was to use a blender. I use a food processor because when I make it I make a lot. It only takes 10 minutes and its great. This recipe will make 2 liters or 2 quarts

To set your soup apart serve with red and green peppers,

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Pesto in Bulk

Pesto in Bulk

Here is a recipe for those of you who are growing your own basil and need a good recipe for bulk pesto. Use on pasta in the traditional way, but it can also be used in sauces and marinades for chicken, fish and on vegetables.

A friend asked –

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A Quick Note

I wanted to take a minute to say that I do try and weigh as many of the ingredients as I can. I think it helps make recipe results more consistent. Of course professional bakers even measure liquids by weight. I don't mind pulling out my little digital scale when I need to.

Canapes


I don't have a many canapes here. The ones I share are super quick, very tasty and most of all tasty. Your guests will appreciate the effort.

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