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Beans & Sausage with Peppers & Onions

This is not chili! No, really; it isn’t. Yes, it is full of beans and meat and peppers but it is still not chili.  However, like chili, it is excellent piled on buttered toast. You can use whatever kind of sausage you like for this, although I suggest something with garlic and without sweetness, so not honey-garlic, for instance. But …

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Pasta with Smoked Trout, Fennel, Leeks, & Dried Tomatoes

Smoked trout is rather expensive but a little bit goes a reasonably long way. Here it is mixed with some glamorous vegetables for quite a fancy pasta dish, but like most pasta dishes it is quick and easy enough for a week-night dinner. And yes, it’s pasta again. We do tend to live on the stuff. This is the time …

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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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Pollo alla Romana

An easy, classic, Italian dish for early fall. How is it different from Pollo alla Cacciatora, you may ask? The answer to which is, not very. Pollo alla Cacciatora, at least as I make it, has a more blended set of vegetables; Pollo alla Romana brings the peppers strongly to the fore. Roasting and peeling the peppers adds a fair …

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Great Aunt Verna’s Tomato Jam Pickle

Last call to finish up the tomatoes! With all the hot weather we’ve been having, we are rolling into the end of the season with more ripe ones than usual, but it seems very clear the weather is about to turn.  I’ve posted at least one recipe that I can recall from Treasured Recipes of the Mount Family before; here’s …

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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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“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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Beans & Cherry Tomatoes in Mint Vinaigrette

Beans marinated in a mint vinaigrette is a classic Italian dish; I’ve added cherry tomatoes because they go so well, and also we have an awful lot of cherry tomatoes at the moment.  Blue Lake beans seem to need about 6 minutes of cooking to be perfect (by my definition) but some of the more modern bean varieties have less …

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Meatball Pilaf with Green Beans & Peppers

This certainly isn’t a dish for a weeknight, given the times involved. I could also only consider it because we are finally getting a few cooler days interspersed with the really hot ones. However as usual with me, the actual work was neither difficult nor time consuming, making this a fine thing to make on a weekend. Also good for …

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Bruschetta Margherita

In January we start planning the garden, and select our tomato varieties to grow. In March we start them inside, in little pots. By late April and through early May we haul those pots in and out according to weather, and water them daily, and watch them anxiously for aphids or other problems. We heave a sigh of relief when …

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