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Chia Coconut Delight - Overflowing Passion

Chia Coconut Delight – Overflowing Passion

Chia Dessert - Overflowing Passion

I was still sleeping when I realized that Kegel exercises need to be renamed. If we’re to take the exercises seriously and make practice a priority, then let’s give them a memorable name. How about P hugs? That kind of imagery should keep you focused.

Why is this epiphany coming to you in a food blog? It illustrates the importance of a catchy name. Catchy is memorable. And everything that…

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Pasta Giulia - By Julia!

Pasta Giulia – By Julia!

Pasta Giulia

I do keep going on and on about my sister Julia. Try her Pasta Giulia and you’ll understand. The tuna, coriander, capers and olives all play off each other in perfect harmony. Would you believe me if I told you that all the cooking you have to do to is boil some water and chop some herbs?

Pasta Giulia

Pasta Giulia

  • 4 c tomato sauce
  • 4 cans (80g / 2.8oz) Rio Mare tuna, strained
  • 1 big bunch each flat leaf…

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Spicy Shirataki Noodles with Chinese Greens

Spicy Shirataki Noodles with Chinese Greens

Spicy Shirataki Noodles with Chinese Greens

I’ve heard that men worry about coming home and finding their wives in the bedroom, engaged in hanky panky with the milkman. My husband worries about coming home and finding me engaged in the kitchen, cooking up a storm with my sister. It’s usually not as bad as it looks, but we just returned from a long hot morning of blackcurrant picking at Paradis des Fruits and we were knee deep in jam prep…

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White Radish Greens Soup with Tartine

White Radish Greens Soup with Tartine

White Radish Greens Soup with White Radish Tartine

Yes, I’ve tried zumba. and no, I didn’t make a complete fool of myself. Know what else I tried? White Radish Greens Soup with Tartine for breakfast just before my 9 a.m. zumba class. The soup was cold and refreshing, and the White Radish Tartine was heavenly and almost made me late for class. (I was deliberating  over seconds.) My taste-tester son Andrew devoured 2 White Radish Tartines for his…

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Cottage Cheese Muffins - Extraordinaire

Cottage Cheese Muffins – Extraordinaire

Cottage Cheese Muffin

My mom will be 84 this summer—and while there are few recipes she has the energy to pull together, she’s still making these Cottage Cheese Muffins. When cottage cheese is on sale she scoops up three containers.

The only thing these Cottage Cheese Muffinshave in common with muffins is that they are formed in muffin tins. They are more like heavenly, delicate cheese bagels without the sugary pastry…

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Garlic Scape Pesto - A Culinary Escape

Garlic Scape Pesto – A Culinary Escape

Garlic Scape Pesto

While I’m embracing the new Canadian anti-spam law as an opportunity to stop receiving a ton of unwanted emails, I’m dreading the idea of asking my JC readers to re-subscribe to the Jittery Cook blog to keep receiving weekly recipes. The devil on one shoulder assures me that the law doesn’t apply to little old me as JC is not a commercial enterprise. The angel on my other shoulder simply tries to…

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BBQ Beef Tenderloin or Chicken - There’s the Rub

BBQ Beef Tenderloin or Chicken – There’s the Rub

BBQ Beef Tenderloin

I’ve tried getting a massage just for the fun of it or to ease minor aches and pains. Sometimes it’s a spectacular experience, and other times I wish I’d gone in for retail therapy or a fine restaurant.

I’ll leave the massage pleasure to those so inclined and focus on performing pre-BBQ rubs instead.

Here’s the rub:

Ted Reader’s BBQ Seasoning

  • 1/2 c paprika
  • 1/4 c chili powder
  • 3 T sea salt
  • 2 T…

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5-Ingredient Roasted Veggie Salad with Herbamare

5-Ingredient Roasted Veggie Salad with Herbamare


This week my in-laws are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Mama mia! That’s a lot of years to be united! Like many families, we celebrate every family event by gathering around a table and enjoying life’s simple pleasures—good company and good food.

Here’s a treat that will enhance your celebrations with good looks, good taste and good health.

5-Ingredient Roasted Veggie Salad and Herbamare

5-Ingredient Roasted Veggie Salad 

  • 2 lbs…

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Herb Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing

Herb Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing

Herb Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing

I confess. It’s rare that I can chat with anyone for more than 2 minutes without slipping her a JC business card. Friends and family roll their eyes, smirk and giggle but like a well dressed noodle wending its way from plate to palate, I’m unrestrainable.

And now for that well dressed noodle. I dare you to try just one forkful without becoming fondly attached.

Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing

Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing 

  • 3…

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White Fish with Lemon Brown Butter and Roasted Potatoes

White Fish with Lemon Brown Butter and Roasted Potatoes

Lemon Brown Butter Fish and Roasted Potato

Are you cutting down on your salt intake? Have you ever tried Herbamare? It’s a brilliant blend of celery, leek, watercress, onions, chives, parsley, lovage, garlic, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and kelp, all grown organically, and has been a staple in Europe and my family for decades.

White Fish with Lemon Brown Butter and Roasted Potatoes


  • 2 T flour
  • 2 T chopped dill (optional)
  • Herbamare…

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