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Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts & Parmesan

I saw an orecchiette and Brussels sprouts dish on Pinterest, and thought it was so pretty, the way the Brussels sprouts leaves echoed the size and shape of the pasta. Of course, when I then made a dish with orecchiette and Brussels sprouts, it wasn’t anything of the sort, because I used our home-grown Brussels sprouts ranging in size from …

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Barley, Wild Rice, & Mushroom Pilaf

This is as similar to some of the roasted vegetable salads I have been making lately as a it is to a true pilaf, I would have to say. The predominance of the grains makes me willing to call it a pilaf though. All kinds of favourite things here – I love the chewiness of the grains, the umami of …

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Turkish Broccoli & Carrot Salad

I’m getting a little addicted to garlic-yogurt sauce on vegetables, I have to say. We really liked this one. Carrots and broccoli go together so nicely, and look so pretty together, and the combination of garlicky yogurt and a zingy vinaigrette (is it a vinaigrette if you use lemon juice?) worked really well.  4 servings30 minutes prep time Make the …

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Beet & Carrot Salad with Spicy Lemon Vinaigrette

This was a nice, simple salad. Sweet onions are on their last legs, but hopefully there are still a few around. Apply the Aleppo pepper and lemon juice with a fairly heavy hand, as the beets and carrots will cheerfully absorb it.  6 to 8 servings1 hour to cook beets; 20 minutes assembly time Make the Salad:3 cups peeled diced …

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Basque Chicken Terrine

Yes, it’s basically a chicken meatloaf!  It did not work out quite as I hoped, but the problem was mainly one of texture; I don’t believe I chopped my chicken enough. So, be sure to chop the chicken fairly finely. It was certainly very flavourful and we enjoyed it very much. We have arrived at a pivot in the seasons. …

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Turkish Eggplant & Potato Kofte

These were yummy! And a rather different take on the theme of Turkish patties. They make a good appetizer or vegetarian main course. Serve them with rice and salad. If you had leftovers, I think they would make a different and interesting sandwich filling. Not that we had leftovers.  In addition to being vegetarian, these are gluten-free. 4 servings1 hour …

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Monster Zucchini Lasagne

We’ve been pretty careful about checking the zucchini daily this summer, and so we haven’t suffered from too many monster zucchini. Last week, though, we must have taken our eyes off the prize, because 3 of them rolled into the kitchen. This seems to be the time of year when you are most likely to see very large zucchini at …

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Thai Basil Chicken

Last year I had a hankering for some Thai Basil Chicken, and since I can’t imagine where I might buy the Thai basil around here, I decided the easiest thing was to grow my own. So we ordered some seeds, planted it out, and now it is large enough to harvest. Conveniently, we are also growing a plant of Thai …

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“Chaat” Corn Salad with Tomatoes

This is a very simplified version of a popular Indian recipe, but as usual I can’t really get half the typical ingredients. For some reason I did have the amchur powder and the black salt, which with the cumin are probably the most distinctive flavours for this dish, and I decided it would have to do. I don’t know that …

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Deconstructed Pesto Chicken Salad

I admit I am not at all a fan of the fad – now receding, she said hopefully – for deconstructed dishes. They were constructed in the first place for a reason. Are these dishes the work of chefs who were once those annoying little kids who insist that nothing on their plate touch anything else on their plate, and …

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