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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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Smoked Trout & Wild Rice Salad with Peas

I  always want to do more with wild rice but it is not the easiest thing to find and when you do find it, the price is also a consideration. I was really pleased with how this turned out though; it is the essence of early summer grounded by the earthy wild rice and smoked fish. This is a dish …

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Radishes with Lime Juice, Chile, & Mint

Well I’ve given you the title, which is also basically the recipe, if we want to call this a recipe, and since I have nothing else on the go today, we do. At least I do. I was surprised at what a nice little salad this was. I’ve been trying hard to keep the radishes watered and it seems to …

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Strawberry Cucumber Salad

One of my earliest recipes on this blog was for a salad with strawberries and cucumbers. This take is a little lighter and simpler; a side salad rather than a meal in itself. Still, although I have omitted a great deal of cheese and replaced it with a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds, I was surprised to take a look …

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Asparagus Salad with Garlicky Dried Tomato Dressing

I see lots of recipes calling for both asparagus and tomatoes, but I am never really convinced that they go together all that well. In spite of that I decided to try making a dressing that would use up some of our large store of dried tomatoes and last season’s garlic. I really loved the resulting dressing, and it went …

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White Bean & Asparagus Salad

I thought this was going to be a fancier salad, but as I was making it I kept thinking, “But it doesn’t really need that”, and I left it out, and lo, it didn’t really need it.  Simple is good especially when it is the freshest and best-tasting simple things. I used some nice big fat Deseronto Potato beans for …

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A Visit to Trend Aquafresh Organics

Last Friday we found ourselves down near St. Catharines, so we took the opportunity to visit one of the many greenhouses in the Niagara area – Trend Aquafresh Organics. This was a medium-sized unmarked greenhouse on a gravel side road. Trend Aquafresh does sell directly to customers, but almost all of their sales are through wholesalers or to restaurants. They …

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Warm Mushroom Salad

Warm mushroom salads were all the rage when I was a young adult back in the early ’80s. No restaurant with any pretensions to style would have neglected to have one on the menu. Inevitably their popularity waned, but they were often very good salads and are worthy of a come-back. I think they are coming back, and hopefully this …

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Endive & Carrot Salad with Hazelnuts & Cranberries

Well, what is there to say about this? Other than that it’s lovely to have a crisp green salad in the middle of winter, which can definitely be a bit salad deficient if you aren’t careful. I mean, if I’m not careful. You know. Mr. Ferdzy liked this better than most things I make with Belgian endive (not a fave …

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Skillet Chicken “Döner”

Is this Döner? Or do I mean Shawarma? I’m not sure there is much difference but no doubt someone can enlighten me. Although in reality, it isn’t either of them because it is not cooked on a vertical rotisserie and shaved off into a pita. Of course, there is no döner or shawarma joint within reasonable driving distance of my …

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