Tuscan Bean Soup

Leftovers, I love them; but I know there are people out there, shockingly, who don’t like them. If you repurpose your leftovers into something new, they really aren’t leftovers, but a whole new meal that can be completed more quickly. When I make dinner, I always try to figure out what to do with the… Continue reading Tuscan Bean Soup

Tuscan Tomato Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)

The other day I was at the Arezzo Antique Market with my friend Nan. I’m a big fan of the Antique Market and have furnished much of the house with furniture and other pieces that I’ve found at the market (click on the Arezzo Finds page to see some of the great items I’ve seen there).… Continue reading Tuscan Tomato Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)

Fabulous Focaccia

Focaccia is such a fun word to say. It sounds a little, I think, like a good curse, which should be accompanied with an angry fist shake, like when someone cuts you off in traffic. Fo-ca-cia! It is also a dense bread that you can use to dip in oil, serve as a side, serve… Continue reading Fabulous Focaccia

Rigatoni all’Amatriciana

  Pete loves cycling. He had finished a 115 km bike ride. It was day one completed of the two-day (230 km) Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer. Besides being tired, he was in the mood for some carbo-loading pasta for dinner. Since it had been what felt like ages since I was last in Italy, I… Continue reading Rigatoni all’Amatriciana

Butter Me Up Chicken

The other day at work, we were (surprisingly, haha) talking about food. Tracy mentioned that she was having people over for dinner and that she was planning to order Indian food. I suggested that she make some of the items herself, then mentioned that Butter Chicken, which is usually a fan favourite, is as simple… Continue reading Butter Me Up Chicken

Savouring Summer Corn Salsa

My mother is a farmer’s daughter. She grew up on a farm that is just outside of the “big” town of Creemore. When we were kids and went to visit my grandparents in the summer, just before dinner time we would be asked to go to the back garden and pick some corn for dinner. Nothing… Continue reading Savouring Summer Corn Salsa

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