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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…

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….

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…

Leftover Turkey Dinner: In An Egg Roll

Nova Scotia, Canada Wondering what to do with all those leftovers from the big turkey dinner? Why don’t we just stuff some of it in an egg roll and serve with leftover gravy or cranberry sauce for dipping. The ultimate way to enjoy Thanksgiving or Christmas, even after Turkey Day is over! All of your…

Spud Pie…Freaking Yummy!

Ontario, Canada Raising 2 beautiful kids who despised all tomato based stuff… even ketchup… who doesn’t like ketchup? Fussy children! One day my daughter asked me to make a pizza with all of her favorite things… Alfredo sauce… Potatoes… Chicken… Bacon…  and tons of cheese! Spud Pie was born… It’s probably one of the best…

Blueberry Grunt… Yes Grunt!

Nova Scotia, Canada That’s right, Grunt! What the heck is Blueberry Grunt? Well it’s an East Coast tradition and one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. Traditionally done stove top but finishing in the oven gives you golden biscuits on top. Without a doubt, this is such a soothing warming dessert, enjoyed year round…

“The Works” Pizza Lasagna

“The Works” Pizza Lasagna Nova Scotia, Canada Well if you like “The Works” pizza why not make into a lasagna? I do and it’s a great take on one of my  favorite Pizza’s. And if you’re really lucky you have access to Sam’s Pizza Sauce and Brother’s pepperoni and salami for a grand slam. This…

Garlicky Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Nova Scotia, Canada Scalloped potatoes are so good and these garlicky cheesy scalloped potatoes are even better. Loaded with garlic, sour cream and a three cheese blend, these are definitely some tasty taters! Totally scrumptious. A casserole that’s incredibly satisfying and filling. So try these garlicky cheesy scalloped potatoes today. Ready to fire up the…

Bang Bang For Ice Cream

Ontario, Canada It’s a late Friday night in Queen West, Toronto and the city is still mourning the overtime loss of their beloved Leafs. But spring is in the air and that calls for some good ice cream to soothe the sting. Ice cream does cure most things, right? Welcome to Bang Bang Ice Cream on Ossington…

The Attraction of Traveling Alone

Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada I read this article on elitedaily.com by John Haltiwanger and thought I’d share! People Who Travel Alone All Have One Thing In Common: They’re Wise There’s nothing quite like waking up by yourself in an unfamiliar place with nothing to do but explore. It’s simultaneously invigorating and unnerving. But the frightening aspects…

The Big Mac “Made at Home”

Nova Scotia, Canada I have two vivid memories as a young boy! The first time my mother took me to Tim Hortons after 7 am Saturday morning hockey practice for my first donut and my first trip to MacDonald’s for a Big Mac. Though the fast food world has changed since then and I rarely…

The Joys of Nova Scotia Winters

Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada Welcome to a NS winter where it has been known to start snowing in mid November and spring might break in April. The annual snowfall totals can range between 200-300 cm a season with usually 1 huge storm dumping a third of that in a day. I have a good laugh thinking back years…