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Asparagus and Gouda Farinata

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Asparagus and Gouda Farinata

This recipe was just something I whipped up on the weekend with a bunch of asparagus and shredded gouda.  Farinata is a simple dish made from chickpea flour and comes out as kind of a cross between a custardy pancake and a quiche, but is egg-free, gluten-free and vegetarian.  It can easily be made vegan through the addition of a vegan cheese substitute. The mix-in possibilities are endless, and you can eat this for any meal.  I consider this a kind of spring version of the dish.

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“Pot of Gold” Oatmeal Cookies

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Pot of Gold Oatmeal Cookies

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone !  Especially to my fellow Newfoundlanders back home celebrating, and any displaced Newfoundlanders such as myself, as this day makes me extra homesick.  Ah but I’ll be heading for the foggy shores of home soon!

This recipe is perhaps a little bit late to whip up for the day, unless of course you already have the ingredients on hand.  But you can also try this cookie when you’re looking to use up any leftover whiskey.  Just kidding, there’s no such thing as leftover whiskey!

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Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Waffles

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Waffles

My waffle iron is getting a lot of use this past week!  I love savory waffles and the combination of beets and goat cheese made for a tasty filling here.  And those beets were probably the last vegetable that I used up from last year’s CSA (Wysmykal Farm), just in time to start preparing for the next one.  I tend to use every bit of my beets, by cooking the greens in various ways, and usually roasting the beets, much of which ends up frozen for later use.

You can, of course, also use boiled beets, or even try them pickled, but I love how roasting the beets brings out their sweetness.  And for me, it’s also simplest that way.  I just give them a rinse, wrap them in foil and toss them in the oven at around 350 until they are soft, let them cool, and the peels come right off.  They freeze well, and then you have them on hand for soups, salads, or recipes like this.

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White Chocolate & Cinnamon Heart Cookies

White Chocolate and Cinnamon Heart Cookies 2

Happy (nearly) Valentines Day !  Here is a little sweet and spicy cookie to share with everyone you care about, especially you!

The recipe starts with a basic chocolate chip cookie dough, with a few extra add-ins, in this case white chocolate and those little cinnamon heart candies that show up this time of year.  A little extra warmth comes from cinnamon in the dough.  It is February, after all, everyone needs a little heat:)

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Chipotle Squash and Cheddar Waffles

Chipotle Squash and Cheddar Waffles


Snow days and freezer overflows mean lots and lots of cooking.  This past week I’ve made soups and stews to use up the last of my CSA frozen veggies from the year along with a few other things.  I’ve been trying to choose my carbs more carefully in the new year so decided to whip up a few new waffle recipes to have for snacks, breakfast or in place of sandwich bread (I had a breakfast sandwich with one of these today, so good!).  These waffles are gluten free and good for a little extra protein.  And best of all, easy to make.

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Fig and Anise Toffee


Years ago when I was still living in Newfoundland and increasing my interest in all things cooking and baking, one of my friends and taste-testers came over for dinner and along with that dinner I made a loaf of fig and fennel bread out of some Martha Stewart mag.  I thought I was so fancy, lol. I don’t think she was overly fond of it and it was probably like a door-stopper, what with my bread-baking luck.  Thankfully we are still good friends.  That little dinner for some reason popped into my head as I was thinking up a new holiday toffee recipe, so this one goes out to that good friend.


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Cranberry Almond Crumble Toffee


Cranberry Almond Crumble Toffee

Happy holidays to you all !  And happy holidays to me as well, because I FINALLY got myself some Christmas baking spirit these past few days, and have been into the candy making as well.  I like to try a few new things each year, so I have two new toffee recipes coming up in addition to the other lovely recipes I’ve found (round-up to come!).

This recipe features a combination of cranberries, almonds, and spice cookies nestled in a buttery toffee, topped with creamy white chocolate.  The result was very Christmas-y, I thought.  Check it out for yourself !

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