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Cipâte or Cipaille – Layered Meat 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 good. This rustic cooking…

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 remember back in the early 80’s,…

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 flavor? And the quesadilla,…

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 fresh egg roll wrappers from the…

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 this jam and goes…

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, I defy you…

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 favorite foods and transforms it into…

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. An absolute treat for a young…

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 them up with this easy…

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…

White Chicken Enchiladas

Ontario, Canada This is one of my favorite south of the border meals, easy to make and incredibly satisfying! Rich and creamy, these White Chicken Enchiladas are easy and smothered in a simple sour cream and green chile sauce. The green chiles give them a lot of flavor without too much heat, which makes these…

Grilling The Mighty Burger

Nova Scotia, Canada I think I’ve tried pretty much every burger imaginable, from my simple bacon cheeseburger, to an awesome grilled cheese burger or just a juicy burger finished and topped with a soft runny egg. I’m like Popeye’s sidekick Wimpy, I love my burgers. I think my nickname should be Tommy Burger instead of …

Greek Smashed Lemon Potatoes

Ontario, Canada Looking for a really good potato side dish? Maybe you want to do something different with your potatoes? Or you have guests coming over and would like to make a crowd pleasing side? These crispy smashed potatoes are definitely for you! You need about an hour to make them, really easy with only…

Caramel Apple Pie: Delicious

Ontario, Canada My Mom’s favorite! To me, this is the purest, most intensely flavored apple pie recipe there is and I love my apple pie. It’s a combination of 4 recipes I’ve gathered over the years. The interesting thing about this recipe is the way the caramel sauce enhances the tartness of the apples, that’s…