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Mexican Gorditas

Mexican Gorditas Jalisco, Mexico What are Gorditas? The term Gordita means “chubby” so essentially, gorditas are thick corn tortillas that have a pocket in the middle. Made for stuffing with delicious Mexican fillings, preferably on the spicy side if you ask me. These are real, authentic, homemade gorditas just like a Mexican Mom would teach you to…

Enfrijoladas: Mexican Enchiladas

Enfrijoladas Jalisco, Mexico Enfrijoladas are one of Mexico’s most common “dinner in a rush” meals. A quick and easy recipe that your family will love. They are one of the most common Mexican dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Stuffed with chicken and chorizo sausage, the corn tortillas are lightly fried in oil and covered…

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…

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…

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…