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Brussels Sprouts Zeytinyagli

The vegetables in this Turkish dish are nearly identical to the ones in Winter Hodge Podge, but the effect is surprisingly different as they are presented in a tart and zingy sauce. And of course that combination of vegetables is still very delicious. I didn’t have a red pepper but a number of the versions I saw of this did …

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Winter Hodge Podge

Hodge Podge is a traditional dish from the Maritimes made with early summer vegetables, but here are the same principles applied to early winter vegetables, and very good too. I have been making this quite often, and it never fails to make me happy. A simple protein dish will be all that is required to finish the meal.  6 to …

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Fondant Potatoes & Turnips

Well, this was my very first attempt at Fondant Potatoes, and I can’t say I did a lovely job. I know exactly what happened – wrong potatoes, unclarified butter, and did not cook long enough – and let those things happen anyway. They were delicious anyway, so no few regrets. First off I didn’t use waxy potatoes – I used …

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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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Moroccan-Spiced Cauliflower

This is a flavourful but straightforward treatment for cauliflower, good with simply cooked fish or chicken. Rice, pasta, or roasted potatoes will round out the meal. If you could get your hands on some parsley to sprinkle over the top it would be an improvement, as cauliflower tends to make for a very pale meal. I still have some in …

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Warm Roasted Squash & Broccoli Salad with Hazelnuts

This is really quite a simple salad, and I was a bit surprised at how much Mom and Mr. Ferdzy liked it. I liked it too! I’m saying 4 servings, but the 3 of us ate it all. However, I only served a small piece of chicken alongside it, so with something else more substantial it should go further, and …

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Sweet Potato Soufflés – Even Easier Than Easy

Soufflés have always had the reputation for being a difficult, and temperamental thing to make, which I’ve never really understood. As long as you can manage to whip some egg whites, and fold them into your batter without knocking all the air out, there’s really not much that can go wrong.  And that’s with the traditional method, which requires making …

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Baked Potato Puffs – A New Way to Pomme Dauphine from a Potato Fiend

The hardest line cook job I ever had was working the broiler station at the Carnelian Room, where on a busy night I’d prepare over 250 steaks and chops, which wasn’t even the most difficult part. No, the biggest challenge was actually frying these potato puffs to order, to go on all those plates. It was a lot of work, …

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