Category Archives: hors d’oeuvres & snack

black olives seared in lemon, garlic & herbs

Canned black olives get a complete makeover with the simple addition of lemon, garlic and fresh herbs. And it doesn’t stop there – the whole load gets dumped into a ho pan to sear and caramelize, transforming the canned variety to rival the souped up ones from the deli.

popcorn with maple syrup & salt

It doesn’t get any better than this! Popcorn, maple syrup, brown (and if you have it, maple) sugar, maple extract & salt. Talk about addictive. I make popcorn in the microwave using brown paper lunch bags, make the maple coating in a measuring cup, pour it over the popcorn, stir to coat and bake it…

dukkah

It’s time to liberate your snacking, seasoning and smack factor of everything that’s coming out of your kitchen – and here’s one way to do it. With its origin in Egypt, and the folks Down Under bringing it to our attention, dukkah is one compelling little concoction. So first a little history lesson – it’s “do-ka” and it means…

cornmeal cakes with bacon, scallions & corn

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What better way to enjoy your veggies than folded into a batter headed for a hot pan to become a nice crisp cake or fritter!

lemonade from scratch

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Lemonade from scratch is the only way to go and could not be easier to put together! I can’t think of a better reason to keep a batch of lemons on hand at all times, and we all have sugar and water. Master the basic recipe and then move on to a myriad of ways to serve up this summer classic!

chickpeas roasted with vinegar & dijon

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Roasting chickpeas is another way to enjoy this incredibly healthful bean. So go beyond hummus, flavour them up, toss in a hot oven and roast them to golden crunchy perfection – snack time never tasted so good!

cornbread jalapeño muffins

Cornbread jalapeño muffins combines the best of cornbread and a little spice in a tasty muffin bite. The creamed corn brings the moisture and the kernels bring the crunch for a unique and delicious alternative to plain ‘ole cornbread.

ricotta with herbs

Making ricotta at home from a pot full of heated milk with a little cream (or not), laced with a shot of vinegar, strained through cheesecloth and what’s left is homemade ricotta – instant cheese waiting for any flavour combo you can imagine!

potato fries roasted in the oven

Potato fries roasted in the oven can be yours every day when you start with a hot oven – season any way you like for a custom plate of fries every time! Whip up a dip and you’ll be set for life in the french fry department. There’s not a meal I can think of that won’t be enhanced by a platter of potato fries roasted in the oven!

roasted tomato, corn & black bean salsa

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Fresh salsa is a snap to put together – with a few simple ingredients, a little lime juice, olive oil and heat, homemade salsa will be the only salsa that will ever pass your lips!