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Happy Father’s Day

I was fortunate to grow up in a house of two cooks. My dad cooked on the ships for the Coastguard, my mom on all the days that dad was away, or wasn’t cooking. In our house, cooking was neither a woman’s nor a man’s job. It was the job of the person that got home first, preferred to do the grilling, or was better at Christmas baking. Both my parents were wonderful cooks, each with their own signature style and specialty, and every day in our house was filled with home cooked meals. Growing up in this environment shaped my love of food, and today cooking certain dishes keeps me connected to my childhood and loved ones.

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Mexican Chocolate Smoothie

mexican chocolate shakeI love smoothies for breakfast.  They are quick, easy, and can be a good way to sneak some extra greens into your day.  They are, however, not as much fun in the winter.  A cold breakfast on a cold morning just doesn’t do it for me.  Especially when the sun doesn’t show its face until 8 am (if at all).  This smoothie is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet.  It has just enough heat to make a cold breakfast on a dark morning a good thing.  Besides, who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast?

 

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Spicy Miso Soup

I’ve had spicy miso soup at least once a week for almost two months now. It comes together quickly and is warming on these cold and rainy days. I promised you all a recipe a while back, but I can’t seem to make this soup the same way twice. So, I’m giving you a recipe with lots of options. You can customize this soup to suit your tastes or match your refrigerator inventory.

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Sausage with Fennel and Potato

Sausage with Fennel and Potato

This recipe was developed when I received a fennel bulb in my weekly CSA box. I had never cooked with fennel before, but knew that the flavour would pair well with some sausage and potatoes that I had on hand. The dish is light enough in flavour for summer, yet still provides the comfort of a winter stew. I suggest enjoying it with the rest of the bottle of white wine needed for cooking – be sure to get a good one!

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Pasta with Garlic Scape Pesto

dinner_blogPasta is one of my go-to dinner dishes. Why? It’s quick, easy, and leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day. One of my favorite ways to serve pasta is with pesto. While I do love a traditional basil pesto, I make it out of a lot of other things. I’ve learned that pretty much anything green and leafy can be made into a pesto. Beet greens, radish tops, kale, cilantro – use your imagination. Add some cherry tomatoes and peas to the mix and you have a fast and nutritious meal!

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