Pancetta and Gruyere Breakfast Pizza

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As I sit here to write this post and look at these pizza pictures I remember the first time I ever had pizza. I was about 11 or 12 years old at a restaurant in Timisoara with my family. This was when Romania used to be communist and foods like this were not common. Eating at restaurants was not a common thing for us. Back then we had rations on oil and sugar, so it was not often my mom would indulge in baking. Baking was for special occasions like the holidays. But that day was a summer day and … [Read more...]

Leftover Turkey with Pistachio Pesto and Arugula Sandwich

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Thank God it's the weekend. I actually had to work yesterday. All my fault, really. I left no vacation time at all for the Christmas holidays. But that's OK, because it's a very quiet time at work during the holidays, so it's good for catching up on work with no interruptions. Now if you're like me, you probably have lots of turkey leftover from Christmas and as much as my dear dog would love for me to give her all the leftovers, I know it's probably not good for her, though she would stand … [Read more...]

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Feta Cheese

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Chaos! That's how my life has been over the past few days. I had forgotten how much work a move actually was. We are now finally moved into our new house, but there are boxes everywhere. I'm trying to make sense of it all but it's taking me longer than I thought. Needless to say I have not cooked anything in days and I never thought I'd say this but I am getting tired of take out and eating out. I want my kitchen back! I need to be able to cook something. But enough of that. Here is a simple … [Read more...]

Mixed Fruit with Lemon-Basil Dressing

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Summer is almost here. Although May and June are the rainy months here in Calgary, I still love it. We still get plenty of sunshine and most of all I love the warm weather, after a long 9 month winter. Yep, you heard me right, our winters are almost 9 months here. So with summer just around the corner, I thought it would be perfect to feature this beautiful, healthy and delicious mixed fruit salad. Now don't get turned off by the dressing. There is olive oil in this dressing, which you … [Read more...]

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

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It's been such a stressful week for us as we've been searching for houses and coming up empty. It seems to be a seller's market and if anything good comes on it's gone in a couple days. So how do I deal with stress, well probably like a lot of people, with food, and what's more comforting than a delicious plate of pasta. But wait! Not just any plate of pasta, but a cheesy chicken pasta. And you know what's so great about these dishes, you don't really need a recipe. Like any good chef will … [Read more...]

Roasted Red Pepper and Pecan Pesto Penne

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I hope everyone's had a very merry Christmas, just as I did with my family. It was wonderful, just sad that it's now over. Today is Boxing Day in Canada, the biggest shopping day of the year here. For the first time in a few years I actually went shopping on Boxing Day, mostly because my sister dragged me out, I mean it's -25 Celsius here, and that's pretty cold if you ask me. Anyway to make a long story short, long day, tiring and cold. I was not in the mood to cook for hours so I decided on … [Read more...]

Easy Creamy Chicken Alfredo

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This easy creamy chicken Alfredo is a super simple yet delicious recipe to make for a restaurant quality dish, ready in 20 minutes. So creamy and cheesy! This is such a simple recipe and so delicious. Fettuccine Alfredo was invented by a Roman restaurateur called Alfredo, who became famous for serving it with a gold fork and spoon. Well I didn't serve with a gold fork and spoon, but it was fantastic nonetheless. I also wanted to add some extra protein to the dish and I added some chicken … [Read more...]

Turkey Pesto Panini

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Ah, paninis! I love a good panini! It's the perfect lunch. A good panini is full of flavor, a good panini will satisfy your taste buds, and fill your tummy. I love making paninis over the weekend for lunch because it's quick and allows you to have more time doing the things you love and enjoy doing over the weekend. So as I was surfing the web, like I usually do, to find a good panini recipe, this recipe caught my eye because of the pesto, and I just so happened to have some pesto I … [Read more...]

Rigatoni in Blush Sauce with Chicken and Bacon

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I love long weekends, I especially love the fact that I have more time to do the things I enjoy doing and don't have to rush and get everything done. As much as I love long weekends, I hate when they are over. Yesterday was Labor day and I know everyone makes burgers and hot dogs for these long weekends, but I was in the mood for pasta, plus I can have leftovers to take to work for lunch. I for one love pasta dishes, my husband not so much, so that's why there are always left overs. But you … [Read more...]

Garlic Basil Knots

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I remember a time when I never baked. Not even for such simple things as muffins. My idea of baking was to buy muffin mixes and mix them with water or whatever was required and bake them. I always liked to bake but I guess I never really knew what to bake or how to bake. Well that was a long time ago, and since then I've baked my share of muffins, bread rolls and other goodies. But even now, I would say I'm a shy baker. I guess what I mean by that, is that I'm not sure that people will like … [Read more...]

Mini Caprese Salad Bites

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Caprese Salad or Insalata Caprese is a very simple salad from Italy consisting of fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil and olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. I think the beauty of this salad is its simplicity and the fact that it consists of the Italian flag colors. Different versions of it include using balsamic vinegar and that's what I chose to do with mine today. I love this salad, and we make it almost every night of the week because of how simple it is. We use fresh … [Read more...]

Lazy Linguini with Quail Eggs

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As I said more quail eggs recipes are coming over the next few days. OK, I know this isn't really a quail egg recipe, but I made some linguini and why not throw some quail eggs on top. This is how I came up with the name lazy linguini, because it's a simple simple recipe, and because I just threw some quail eggs on top. So it's lazy linguini!! I had to include this picture of the quail eggs again in this post, because I just think they are so adorable. Aren't they? So cute, you almost don't … [Read more...]