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Greek Week – Let’s start with dessert

White kitten photo © Charmian Christie I took this shot on the Greek island of Santorini years ago. A blue-eyed white kitten prowled the edge of a whitewashed wall on a cloudless day. Its eyes matched the sky and its fur matched the building. A picture...

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Rootham’s Red Pepper Jelly Tarts

If necessity is the mother in invention, then pending company and limited time sire recipes -- some of which are actually worth sharing. One of my favourite spontaneous creations uses Rootham's Tangy Red Pepper Jelly. I'd been given a jar as a hostess gift, and...

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Chocolate Ginger Cheesecake

I was debating what to blog about when Jodi sent me a plant via Facebook and tagged on a note about how she needed more ginger and chocolate. Well, we must be on the same craving wavelength because on the weekend I had a hankering...

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Chocolate Ginger Cheesecake

I was debating what to blog about when Jodi sent me a plant via Facebook and tagged on a note about how she needed more ginger and chocolate. Well, we must be on the same craving wavelength because on the weekend I had a hankering...

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Valentine’s Day Roasted Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecake

Okay. Everybody owes me five bucks. As predicted, February is indeed Chocolate Month. In fact, my favourite treat gets a tad grabby and lays claim to Celebration of Chocolate as well. Honestly, how's a poor dented shopping cart to compete against the sex appeal of...

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Ugly Appetizers: Tasty Tapenades

I'm constantly amazed that my tapenade rolls are popular. Yet despite their appearance, they disappear quickly at parties. Frankly, if someone offered me what looked like a flaccid sausage roll with puce coloured filling vomiting from the sides, I'd pass. But good cooks garner faith,...

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Lassi Comes Home

While I love Indian food, I always struggled with the accompanying beverage choices. I don't like beer, wine doesn't complement curry (not matter what the wine matching wheel from the LCBO says) and water is just too plebeian for the rich mixture of spices. The...

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Patchwork Chicken Curry

Sometimes I end up with a pantry brimming with half-portions of ingredients left over from previous cooking endeavours - a cup of tinned tomatoes from a batch of chili, a handful of candied ginger from a cookie recipe I was developing, cashew crumbs from butter...

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Pick Your Poison Spanikopita

I'm stunned. The ecoli-infected spinach has crossed the US border and is now in Canada. I didn't think anything got past security these days without a passport and a strip search. Seems green veggies are exempt from this kind of scrutiny. I bet they even...

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Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rumballs

I can't believe I missed it. September 19th was international Talk Like A Pirate Day. I could have gone around annoying everyone with phrases like "Avast, Matey! Go to the bung hole and fetch me some grog!" and "Weigh anchor or I'll give you a...

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