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Rob’s Curry Chicken Spaghetti

Rob’s Curry Chicken Spaghetti

Tired of traditional spaghetti? For a departure from the standard recipe, try something with an exotic flare! This recipe was given to me by a friend; and it’s a great example of fusion cuisine that you can try at home. Good curry powder is the key, along with fresh or powdered ginger, and honey, to round out the flavours. Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 tbsp olive oil; 1 package lean ground chicken; 1 green bell pepper and 1 red bell pepper; … Read entire article »

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How to Make the Perfect Steak

How to Make the Perfect Steak

There is a definite technique to making the perfect steak. Like most of the best “tried and true” cooking methods, this technique is French.  Whether you are using filet mignon or sirloin cuts, the following will ensure perfect results every time! Ingredients: Four 3/4″ to 1″ thick filet mignon or sirloin steaks; coarse salt;  olive oil Directions For Making The Perfect Steak: Serves 4: Take steaks out of the fridge for up to an hour before cooking. Preheat oven to … Read entire article »

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Beef Roast with Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

Beef Roast with Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

Few things are more welcoming than coming home to the smell of an amazing roast accompanied by seasonal vegetables.  This one could not be simpler to prepare! Serve with crusty bread and a nice Cabernet, and you’ll win some big fans at your dinner table!  Serves 4 Ingredients:   2lb sirloin tip roast; 1pkg sliced crimini mushrooms; 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into large chunks; 1 onion, coarsely chopped; 1/2 head garlic (cloves peeled); about 8 new potatoes … Read entire article »

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Lara’s Coconut Shake

Lara’s Coconut Shake

This is a real treat at the end of a long week! I don’t make it too sweet, but you can add more condensed milk if you prefer.  Serves 4. Into a blender, add 1 can coconut milk, 3C milk, 8  ice cubes, and 4 tbsp condensed milk.  Blend and enjoy! … Read entire article »

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Mom2Mom Africa:Providing Education- and Hope- for a Brighter Future to Children and Young Women in Rural Tanzania

Mom2Mom Africa:Providing Education- and Hope- for a Brighter Future to Children and Young Women in Rural Tanzania

In North America we are so fortunate for all of the things we have. Primary among these luxuries, is education. Empowering young minds to engage in discovery and lifelong learning is the cornerstone of a healthy and prosperous society. Once in awhile, we may get a glimpse of the reality of life for people in other parts of the world. Having to contend with the more pressing basics such as feeding their families, many parents … Read entire article »

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Get Your Kids to Love Fish! Corn Flake Crusted Tilapia

Get Your Kids to Love Fish! Corn Flake Crusted Tilapia

Do your kids say “yuck” when you prepare fish for dinner?  Is their response “Well, I’m definitely not going to eat that!” Welcome to the club. Lucky is the parent who can boast that their child cheers when fish is what’s for dinner.  Fish is an important source of omega fats, which are crucial to brain development and immune function. Omega fats have been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers and cardiovascular diseases; and are useful also … Read entire article »

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Lara’s Picnic Pasta Salad

Lara’s Picnic Pasta Salad

Store bought cold salads have an uncanny reputation for leaving consumers with the “preservative tummy ache”.  It is so easy to whip up delicious, preservative- free options.  Below is a salad I like to take to barbecues in the summertime.  However, it will often be found in my fridge at other times of the year because it makes a quick and nutritous lunch.  4 C fusili pasta (tricolored is nice for presentation) 1 med red onion, chopped black … Read entire article »

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Lara’s Apricot and Almond Basmati

Lara’s Apricot and Almond Basmati

This is one very easy way to dress up a plain old standby.  Apricot and Almond Basmati was the result of wanting to add colour, slight sweetness, and crunch to ordinary rice.  It is an accompaniment frequently made for parties, and pairs well with roasted chicken, kebobs, or pork tenderloin.  4 C cooked rice (basmati) 2 C dried apricots, sliced lengthwise 2 large onions 1 C slivered almonds pinch salt cinnamon (optional) In a large pot, sauté onions in oil until caramelized.  Add Apricots and almonds, and stir … Read entire article »

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Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Do you ever fancy a comforting snack after a tough workout?  Try these fresh, delicious muffins with a glass of milk. This is a recipe I learned from my mom years ago. Preheat the oven to 400F.  Grease a muffin tin and set aside. In a large bowl, mix 2 C all purpose flour, 1/2 C sugar, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt. In a smaller bowl, mix 2 eggs, 1 C milk, … Read entire article »

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Lara’s Banana Bread Recipe

Lara’s Banana Bread Recipe

I like this one because I never have to look it up- it’s so easy to remember and always a crowd-pleaser.  This banana bread tastes great on its own; but it is over the top with peanut butter and nutella!         Preheat oven to 350F. Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas, 1 egg, 1/2 C mayo (olive oil mayo works well), 1 C sugar, 1. 5 C flour, 1tsp salt, 1tsp baking powder, 1/2 C crumbled walnuts, pecans, or chocolate chips (optional). Directions: In a large bowl, blend the first four ingredients with a hand held electric mixer … Read entire article »

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