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8 Restaurant Sauces We Love

 8 Restaurant Sauces We Love Jalisco, Mexico I have been getting many requests lately, asking “How do you make this sauce from this restaurant or that sauce from that restaurant”. Well there are so many favorite chain restaurant sauces to share but I put together this list of 8 copy cat sauces. These are the…

Coconut Glazed Grilled Pineapple

Coconut Glazed Grilled Pineapple Jalisco, Mexico This is a no-brainer with the abundance of fresh, inexpensive pineapple and coconut available here in Mexico. You’ll need just a few ingredients and it’s super easy. The perfect sweetness to end a great bbq. Add a dollop of cold vanilla ice cream and man you have heaven for…

Summer Squash Patties

Summer Squash Patties British Columbia, Canada Summer squash patties or fritters as they are also known as are crispy mini-pancakes full of chopped summer squash. The mild flavor begs for a condiment, so serve with ranch dressing, some ketchup, or something like a spicy dip. Kid friendly for sure! Try mixing it up with different…

Cipâte or Cipaille – Layered Meat Pie

Cipâte or Cipaille Pie Quebec, Canada Cipâte or Cipaille, a layered meat pie, is a Québécoise classic, much beloved throughout the province of Quebec. Cipâte is a traditional Christmas holiday meal, with a deep and rich flavor. What the term fundamentally means is that you don’t care what you put into the pie, it’ll be…

Beer Battered Baby: Fish & Chips

Beer Battered Baby: Fish & Chips Nova Scotia, Canada Who doesn’t like an incredibly cooked plate of good ole’ fashioned “Fish & Chips” or like back in my day wrapped in old newspaper and served to you? Topped with a spritz of  lemon and a side of  homemade tarter sauce. Always works for me! I…

The Quesadilla: Simply Scrumptious

The Quesadilla: Simply Scrumptious Jalisco, Mexico If I had to choose one type of cuisine to eat for the rest of my life it would probably have to be Mexican food, I’d better as I live in this beautiful country of Mexico. I mean could I ever get tired of that fresh, deliciously seasoned zesty…

My Big Sister’s: Homemade Egg Rolls

My Big Sister’s: Homemade Egg Rolls Nova Scotia, Canada This is my big Sister’s egg roll recipe, which is a variation of our Mum’s recipe. Our Mum always loved having plenty in the freezer for just that perfect occasion. Personally I love them, freshly made or from the freezer for a tasty snack. We use…

A Little Tomato Jam?

A Little Tomato Jam? Jalisco, Mexico This sweet and tangy tomato jam recipe is a great way to use those fresh tomatoes of summer and enjoy all year round. Though in a pinch you can substitute a few cans of the best, “San Marzano’s of Italy” when fresh isn’t available. So easy to make is…

Blueberry Cake Extraordinaire

Blueberry Cake Extraordinaire Nova Scotia, Canada So you just got yourself some wild sweet Nova Scotia blueberries. What are you going to make? Well here’s an incredibly moist flavorful Blueberry Cake recipe I’ve had in the vault for a while, when accompanied with a smooth rich caramel sauce and a dollop of fresh vanilla cream,…

Cheeseburger Soup: Burger In A Bowl

Cheeseburger Soup: Burger In A Bowl Jalisco, Mexico I have been telling everyone lately that I have been in some sort of soup mood. Ham Potato Corn Chowder, Cream of Asparagus, Baked Potato, all warm, comforting soups. So this Cheeseburger Soup is definitely what I would call a comfort dish. It takes one of my…

Salisbury Steak From The Slow Cooker

Salisbury Steak From The Slow Cooker Ontario, Canada It’s comfort food central with this Salisbury Steak recipe. Homemade beef patties simmered in a tasty brown mushroom gravy. So tender, so tasty, so darn good. I remember having my first Salisbury Steak back in the 60’s in the form of a Swanson Salisbury Steak TV dinner….

BBQ Pulled Pork

BBQ Pulled Pork Nova Scotia, Canada Pulled pork is a great recipe to feed a crowd, served up in soft buns with crunchy coleslaw. The pork is rubbed with a spice mix, slow cooked until the meat pulls apart effortlessly then tossed in your favorite BBQ Sauce. All good things take time so, think slow…

The Sweet Potato: Done Perfectly

The Sweet Potato: Done Perfectly Jalisco, Mexico The sweet potato! Unbelievably versatile, sweet potatoes can be served with absolutely anything as a side or as a main on their own. Crispy on the outside and fork tender on the inside, this is one of the best ways to roast or bake a sweet potato. Load…

Deep Fryer: Not Required

Nova Scotia, Canada You’d never know they didn’t come out of the deep fryer. Crispy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside. I find russet potatoes are the best for fries. Pan sautéd or grilled my friends. Easy! Directions: Peel potatoes or leave skin on Cut to your desired size or shape Add…