Moroccan Lamb with Black Bean Mango Salad

Slow-cooked, braised lamb with Moroccan spices – is your mouth watering yet? What if I told you that this dish takes five minutes of prep time, cooks while you work, and gives you leftovers for lunches? I know, WOW! I’m not a big New Year’s Eve person, and I really dislike New Year’s Eve parties.… Continue reading Moroccan Lamb with Black Bean Mango Salad

Taking the Silk Road West to Spice Nirvana

“What’s good on chicken?” Since 2008, the best place to get the answer to this question, if you live in Calgary (or Edmonton), is The Silk Road, Spice Merchants. Owners Colin and Kelsey started their specialized spice emporium. They carry over 100 different types of spices and import organic spices from around the world. I… Continue reading Taking the Silk Road West to Spice Nirvana

Ditching David for Marco

If you are a first-time visitor to Florence, extremely high (probably number one) on your to-see list is Michelangelo’s David. Michelangelo’s 18-foot high masterpiece is almost synonymous with Florence. You can’t turn a Florentine corner without seeing him on a fridge magnet or apron or parts of him (ahem) on boxer shorts. David is truly… Continue reading Ditching David for Marco

Hot Sauce Heaven

Key West, Florida, is the southernmost point in the United States. If you want to prove this fact to people, you can brave the lineup (at South and Whitehead Streets) and have your photo taken with the buoy. A former home to Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, Tennessee Williams and President Truman, Key West boasts 320… Continue reading Hot Sauce Heaven

Moroccan Chickpeas

Recently, we had a vegetarian house guest in Italy. This had me working on my meatless recipes. Pete had given me this very cool spice mix called Ras el Hanout, which he had found at “Silk Road Spice Merchant” in the Calgary Farmers Market. It is a secret blend of up to 30 spices (including… Continue reading Moroccan Chickpeas

Spicy Penne Alla Vodka

  One of the nicest things about having your kids go away to school is that they develop a much greater appreciation for your cooking after eating residence food. It’s  kind of nice when they look forward to dinner and make meal requests. I recently had my 19-year-old stepson home with me during his university… Continue reading Spicy Penne Alla Vodka

Some Like it Hotter

Did I mention that I have a thing for hot sauces? I delicately stuck my toe in the hot sauce pool when I made Jalapenôs hot sauce three different ways – cold, hot and a combination of hot and cold. After having my neighbours and coworkers try it out and getting good reviews, I decided… Continue reading Some Like it Hotter