Category Archives: Pasta

BOLOGNESE SAUCE

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BOLOGNESE SAUCE The secret ingredient professional chefs use when cooking meat dishes is the addition of Hoisen sauce.   Any beef dish (stew, casserole) will benefit from just adding a tablespoon or so of Hoisen sauce.  For a Bolognese sauce with … Continue reading

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THE BEST COMFORT FOOD … PENNE WITH BACON AND TOMATOE SAUCE

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This really is comfort food at it’s very best.     It’s easy to make.   One generally has all the ingredients in the kitchen.    You combine the simple flavours of a great tomato sauce with irresistible bacon.    You can use … Continue reading

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PASTA WITH WALNUTS, GARLIC, BREADCRUMBS AND SOFT BOILED EGGS

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WALNUT-BREADCRUMB PASTA WITH A SOFT EGG The perfectly cooked soft egg  coats the pasta and adds rich flavour to this rustic dish.  You can whip this wonderfully  different pasta dish up in maybe twenty minutes.  Best part you probably have … Continue reading

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LIGHT BASIL SAUCE (sauce legere au basilic)

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    There’s a small clay pot of basil growing by my front door.  It’s there so I can brush my hands over the leaves releasing its sweet fragrance each time I pass it by.  Out in the big vegetable … Continue reading

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HOW TO MAKE A GREAT TOMATO SAUCE …EVERYTIME!

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A few days ago I received this query from Erika. Hi – thank you for these helpful post. I didn’t realize there were that many angles to a sauce and ways to correct problems. One thing I’ve had trouble with … Continue reading

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CLASSIC MACS AND CHEESE RECIPE

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My brother-in-law and his family were moving back into their old house.  They had moved out six months ago and embarked on extensive renovations.    Today was moving day and  I wanted to ease the pain by delivering supper.  Something that … Continue reading

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THE PERFECT SOFT POLENTA

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When I was growing up dishes made with cornmeal were “winter dishes”.  The wood-burning stove crackled.  The kettle always steamed.  Out of the oven came “toad-in-the-hole” – plump little sausages baked in cornmeal bread,   johnny cake – cornbread squares  … Continue reading

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FRESH TOMATO PASTA … RECIPE FOR A TRULY SPLENDID PASTA DISH

MICHAEL’S FRESH TOMATO PASTA  for 4 people This is my son-in-law Michael’s  signature pasta dish.  It is simple to make yet complex in flavour.  You can make it for one person or for six. Give yourself a treat and whip it up … Continue reading

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