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Jalapeño Mango Salsa on Sweet Potato Crackers

Jalapeño Mango Salsa on Sweet Potato Crackers

What is a mango if not perfection? A mango is tropical divine simplicity in a bite and a whiff. Mix that heavenly taste and aroma with contrasting jalapeño heat, cilantro zing and sweet potato cracker crunch, and you’ve got the ideal little morsel to whet the appetite.

Sweet Potato Crackers with Jalapeño Mango Salsa

Sweet Potato Crackers with Jalapeño Mango Salsa

  • mangos, pitted, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1/3 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 c finely…

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Sesame Sole with Coconut Adobe Rice - Sweet Surrender

Sesame Sole with Coconut Adobe Rice – Sweet Surrender

 Sweet surrender indeed!

Sesame Sole with Coconut Adobe Rice

This is the time of year when you can fall into line with talk about apples, pumpkins, honey cakes and turkeys. Or, you can buck the trends and let your imagination take you where the sun’s warmth seeps into your bones and the ocean’s waves are longing to lap at your limbs.

Here’s an extend the summer, ignore the season sauce to grab your attention. Pulo Philippines…

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Shrimp & Veggie Skewers - Pass the Pulo

Shrimp & Veggie Skewers – Pass the Pulo

Ever since the samples of Pulo Philippine Cuisine’s award-winning marinades and sauces arrived in my kitchen,my gourmet taste-testing son has been anxiously awaiting a unique dinner experience.

Pulo Philippine Cuisine

Philippine cuisine fuses Asian and western tastes from Malaysia, China, India and Spain. What sample should we try first—lemongrass, mango chili, pineapple tamarind, peanut or coconut?

Shrimp and Veggie Skewers - Pulo Philippine Cuisine

Shrimp & Veggie…

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Tomato Bulgur and Cucumber Yogurt - Simply Delicious

Tomato Bulgur and Cucumber Yogurt – Simply Delicious

In my fantasy life, I visit good cooks in their homes to learn their specialties first hand. In my real life at work, I recently got treated to this wonderful Lebanese Tomato Bulgur with Cucumber Yogurt by Rafka Baltagi and her husband Ibrahim Ibrahim.

Tomato Bulgur and Cucumber Yogurtis ridiculously simple and simply delicious. Serve as your main or a side dish. Eat this comfort food hot or cold.

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Eggplant Tomato au Gratin - A Freakin’ Messipe

Eggplant Tomato au Gratin – A Freakin’ Messipe

Eggplant Tomato au Gratin - New Age

Eggplant Tomato au Gratin - New Age

My friend, John Miller, says his wife makes messipes. That’s what I’m often accused of as well. If it takes a messipe to produce a lovely casserole like this Eggplant Tomato Au Gratin, then so be it. Some cooks may keep a clean kitchen, but they’re probably just Stepford chefs.

Eggplant Tomato au Gratin - New Age

Freekeh

  • 2 1/2 c vegetable stock or water with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 c freekeh
  • 10 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 garlic…

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Bananut Pancakes with Coconut Nectar & Jam
Bananut Pancakes

Is the ethylene in your kitchen getting out of control? Are your bananas ripening faster than you can eat them?

Wake up tomorrow and whip together these Bananut Pancakes. You’ll feel full and energetic without feeling heavy from all that flour power.

Bananut Pancakes

Bananut Pancakes

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 c nut butter—almond, peanut or cashew
  • 2 t each, cinnamon, hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flax seeds

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Kinoya Japanese Restaurant and Bistro - Izakaya-style

Kinoya Japanese Restaurant and Bistro – Izakaya-style

Kinoya Japanese Restaurant and Bistro

Kinoya Japanese Restaurant and Bistro

You’re likely an octopus ball virgin, right? I was—until we stumbled upon this Izakaya-style restaurant featuring Japanese pub cuisine. The crazy pell mell cave walls with stamped Japanese messages and banners made for a fitting backdrop to some of their equally far out dishes.

With a little help from my friend Google, I quickly honed in on dishes 3, 5, 16, 17 & 19. Four were great and the fifth…

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Ian’s Famous BBQ Ribs & Cookbook Draw!

Ian’s Famous BBQ Ribs & Cookbook Draw!

Ian's Famous BBQ Ribs

Let’s talk BBQ. I’ve been planning to make Ian’s Famous BBQ Ribs for almost a year. Maybe that’s a reflection of how seldom we eat meat or of how short the BBQ season is in Montreal. But finally, Ian’s Famous Ribs have managed to make their way onto our BBQ and into our hearts. I said our hearts, hopefully not our arteries!

While we’re on the subject of BBQing, have you heard of The Kamado Smoker…

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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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