Salmon with Roasted Tomatoes and Onions

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It's Stampede week here in Calgary and if you don't know what that is, you should and if you can, come down and visit. The Calgary Stampede is the annual rodeo, exhibition and festival which is held in July and it's probably one of the biggest rodeos on earth. Hundreds of thousands of tourists come here every year to see this great Stampede. And this year the Stampede does not disappoint. In fact, it celebrates its 100th anniversary so it's bigger and better than ever. One of the favorites at … [Read more...]

Coconut Ginger Chicken & Vegetables

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One of the cuisines I enjoy the most is Thai. Unfortunately since I've moved here to Calgary I haven't been to a Thai restaurant, but I really miss the strong and bold flavors. Here in Calgary there are a lot of Vietnamese restaurants, and the funny thing is I've never been to a Vietnamese restaurant until I came to Calgary. I don't think I've ever attempted to make Thai food before and I don't even know if this dish would qualify as Thai but I've seen similar Thai dishes. I think the coconut … [Read more...]

Hasselback Potatoes with Cheese and Bacon

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I could not resist anymore. I've been seeing these Hasselback potatoes everywhere. I mean everywhere. So I wanted to know what the fuss was all about. Apparently these potatoes originated in Sweden and the name comes from Hasselbacken, a restaurant in Stockholm where they were first served. I have to say though, that they do look very pretty, so if you were having a dinner party you would definitely be impressing your guests with these potatoes. Now since I love potatoes, especially … [Read more...]

Caramelized Onion Flatbread

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Is it Friday yet? I cannot wait for this weekend. You know why? It's a long weekend here in Canada, it's Victoria Day. I have lots of things planned, so now I just have to get through another couple days of work. I can do it. I think I'm handling my challenge this month pretty well. If you don't know, I am challenging myself to only cook vegetarian dishes this month. I have to admit it is not as easy as cooking with meat, but I am definitely enjoying it. I also am loving the dishes. You … [Read more...]

Open Faced Veggie Sandwiches

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Happy Mother's Day to all mothers. The weather has been incredible here in Calgary. We've had a beautiful and warm day for Mother's day. On such gorgeous day I don't always feel like cooking, so most of the times I turn to sandwiches. Here's a sandwich recipe, if you want to call it that, that is super healthy. It's full of flavor and it looks great too. It's like a salad on a sandwich. :) Literally! I made a salad with chopped up tomatoes, cucumbers, blue cheese, olive oil and … [Read more...]

Bourbon Dijon Tenderloin

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I'm developing a passion for cooking with bourbon. My husband hates it when I cook with alcohol for whatever twisted reason, but then when he eats the food, he can't stop mumbling how good it is. So I don't listen to him when he complains because I know later on he'll be thanking me in his own way. I got this idea from a show I watched with Paula Deen in which she made a sort of bourbon rub she brushed on pork chops she was grilling. So I thought about it and realized what a great idea. I've … [Read more...]

Linguine Puttanesca with Tuna

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Ever wonder what Puttanesca means? Well I recently found out while watching the foodnetwork channel. However the history of pasta Puttanesca has many colorful Italian folk tales. The word itself Puttana in Italian means whore. One of these such tales, suggest that a restaurant owner had many such "whore" guests come to his restaurant to eat late at night as he was about to close. As he didn't have enough of any one ingredient to make a meal for them all, he would take everything out of his … [Read more...]

Roasted Potatoes With Garlic Sauce

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Since I was a little girl, this version of roasted potatoes with garlic sauce has been my favorite and it was such a popular side dish, I think we had these potatoes every Sunday for dinner. Pair this with a roasted chicken and you've got an awesome dinner. Just the thought of these potatoes and this delicious garlic sauce makes my mouth water. Whenever people ask me about traditional Romanian cuisine, this garlic sauce is the first thing that pops in my mind because we really put it on … [Read more...]

Margherita Pizza

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This is a super easy recipe for a classic Margherita Pizza. My husband is a huge Pizza fan and as I've said before we make Pizza almost every weekend at home. However, we wanted to try something that's a little bit healthier and this Margherita Pizza is just that. We've never had Margherita Pizza before but we're always on the lookout for new Pizza recipes. While we were on wikipedia researching the history of Pizza we came across the story of Queen Margherita and how this Pizza was named … [Read more...]

Roasted Potatoes with Spices

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Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are not bad for you, potatoes have many health benefits. They may have a bad rap but it belongs to how you prepare potatoes, or what toppings you fill them with. The potato itself is good for you, fairly low in calories, and for those calories you get a lot of nutrients. Potatoes are full of vitamin C, high in potassium, they are a great source of iron and copper and a potato a day is good for your heart. I hope I've convinced you. So instead of frying … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Poppers

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It's a crazy week this week. I'm conducting training this week, something which I don't normally enjoy, being the introvert that I am, however I have to say this week I am enjoying it a bit. Something different than my normal day to day work activities. The part that I'm enjoying is chatting with people all day long, versus being in my office all day long programming. The part I don't enjoy so much is that whenever I train I get really tired and I feel that when I come home I'm like a zombie. So … [Read more...]

Bruschetta with Provolone Cheese

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Bruschetta is an appetizer that comes from Italy and if you've never had one, well you must give it a try. It's delicious, it's fresh, and there are many variations of it. I've made many different types of bruschetta in my days, and mostly because it's my husband's favorite appetizer. For this bruschetta, I decided to make it with provolone cheese, but I've made it with mozzarella before, with grated Parmesan, or with no cheese at all. Bruschetta is very versatile, there are even versions of … [Read more...]