• Greek Salad Dressing Recipe
    Veggies

    Greek Salad Dressing

    Made for Chris on his birthday, October 21, 2014,  along with Moussaka and fruit cocktail cake for dessert. Good salad dressing. It’s a keeper. 1/4 cup and 2 teaspoons olive oil 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano 3/4 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar  (for a less tart dressing, use 1/4 c and 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar) 1/2 teaspoon pepper In a very large container, mix together the olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, basil, pepper, salt, onion powder, and Dijon-style mustard. Pour in the vinegar, and mix vigorously until well blended. Store tightly…

  • Chicken

    Angel Chicken

    Made this twice in summer 2006 , the first time to test it out, Chris and I thought it was good. The 2nd time shortly thereafter – dined al fresco, poolside (far side of the pool under the shade tree) with Mom and Chris on a hot and beautiful evening.  From The Best of Hometown Cooking by Better Homes and Gardens (one of those small impulse cookbooks sold at check stands). 6  skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1/4 cup butter 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix 1/2 cup white wine 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed golden mushroom soup 4 ounces cream cheese with chives 1 pound angel…

  • chicken biryani with recipe
    Chicken

    Chicken Biryani

    Auntie Bea’s delicious Chicken Biryani recipe, healthified verion of biryani made with brown Basmati rice for higher fiber and a lower Glycemic Index rating, slightly adapted from Homemaker’s Magazine, October 2005 Issue. She had mo, Chris and I over for dinner and served this in 2010. We were  so impressed.  She gave me the recipe, and after trying it out first, I then had her and mom over for lunch and made this – and a nice memory in the process. This was shortly before mom got very ill, so sadly, it was one of the last times we had one of these lovely lunch dates with the two of…

  • Main Course

    Melt-in-Your-Mouth Lasagna

    Thank heaven for the person who invented oven-ready lasagna noodles!  What would I do without them?  The  ease, simplicity, and convenience they offer  had me sold from the first time I tried them – I never make lasagna any other way.  This is one of my all-time favorite every day recipes, but it’s also wonderful to serve for company.  For a variation,  you can add a very thin layer of cooked, chopped spinach on top of each layer of ground beef … 1/4 c                       olive oil 1/2 c                       finely chopped onion 1                              clove garlic, finely chopped 1 28-oz                  can crushed tomatoes 1 5 1/2 oz              can tomato paste…

  • Rhubarb Muffin - with Recipe
    Dessert

    Auntie Bea’s Amazing Rhubarb Muffins

    Auntie Bea made this recipe  for the first time on August 4, 2014 – made an entire batch for us and gave them to us on August 7 (the day before our anniversary :). They were amazing. They looked gorgeous – like something that came right out of a bakery. And YUMMY… oh, were these YUMMY. She photocopied the recipe and gave it to me on Aug 27 when we joined her for dinner at the Villa Cabrini, dining al fresco on their 2nd storey outdoor patio/ garden.  It was lovely. 2 finely diced rhubarb 1/4 c sugar 1 tsp grated orange peel 2.5 cups all purpose flour 1/2 c…

  • Cream of Zucchini Soup - with recipe
    Soup,  Veggies

    Cream of Zucchini Soup, Fast & Easy

    Just made this soup, literally a half an hour ago, and it was fast, easy, and really quite nice. I’ll be making this again. Got the husband seal of approval :).  I had this super huge zucchini that came in off the garden. It was a bit of a surprise when I found it there – it had kinda been hidden under the leaves and so it stayed there and grew, and grew, and grew until I finally discovered it. Just a day after I picked it from the garden, the skin was already beginning to yellow and it had gotten super-hard. I was worried I had lost it. What…

  • Healthy Home made chocolates with coconut oil - recipe for dementia treatment
    Dessert

    Healthy HomeMade Chocolate

    Made this chocolate for Mom yesterday, and gave it to her today. Was concerned it might be a bit bitter for her taste, but she gobbled it all up – I bet its because of the rum flavoring! 🙂  I’d been reading again recently about some of the remarkable improvements or outright recoveries experienced by dementia patients with the consumption of coconut oil (recommended 3 tbsp per day for this purpose, but work up to that dose slowly to avoid stomach upset). I’d tried mixing coconut oil into her food in the past, but could never get her to consume enough of it because if I put too much oil…

  • Blueberry Cornmeal Cobbler from Canadian Living Magazine
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    Canadian Living’s Blueberry Cornmeal Cobbler

    Blueberry Cornmeal Cobbler Featured on front of Canadian Living Magazine: August 2014 This fruity dessert takes only minutes to prepare, making it a lovely finish to a weeknight meal. Cornmeal adds a bit of crunch to the classic biscuit topping. By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Canadian Prep time 10 minutes Total time 45 minutes Portion size 6 servings Ingredients 7 cups (1.75L) fresh blueberries 1/3 cup (75 mL) granulated sugar 1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch 1/2 tsp (2 mL) almond extract Biscuit Topping: 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour 1/3 cup (75 mL) cornmeal 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar 1 tsp (5 mL) each baking powder and…

  • blueberry crumble recipe
    Dessert

    Mrs. P’s Blueberry Crumble

    Mrs P’s Blueberry Crumble My mother-in-law (Mrs P) dictated this recipe to me Boxing Day morning 2003, she and mom having stayed over for Christmas.  This was a favorite recipe of hers for a long time, and I always enjoyed the warm yummy goodness of this dessert whenever she’d make it for us.  Entered into my recipe book on Feb 8 2004 1 c sugar 1 c flour 1 c oatmeal 1 c margarine blueberries (ask Mrs P how much, roughly… I’m estimating 3-4 cups) or other fruit Bird’s Custard Sugar (Brown Sugar?) lemon juice Mix first 4 ingredients together in a bowl until crumbly.  Divide blueberries into 4 separate…

  • Home made tomato sauce from scratch with recipe
    Veggies

    Homemade Tomato Sauce from Scratch

    Homemade Tomato Sauce –  With Fresh Tomatoes!  Better & Healthier than Canned  A recipe I found on one of my late night dates with Pinterest when staying at Mom’s  to care for her in the summer of 2013. The tomatoes from the garden were starting to over ripen so I went looking for a tomatoes sauce recipe I could make with them. Made this Oct 15, 2013 and Chris and I enjoyed a late supper in the dining room with this over rice pasta (we were on a serious streak of clean eating) and a “splash” of red wine on our glasses. Dimmed the lights and ate by candlelight listening…