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Recent Reviews

Re:Lamb and Prune Stew

Outstanding dish! What better on a cold winter night than a rich and comforting stew. A friend said that she did not care for lamb but she loved this. I made sure to trim the lamb very well of all fat. I found that the prunes broke down and almost disappeared but I had also added some dried apricots which kept their shape and gave a hint of sweetness. Overall, a keeper for me!

Posted: 08:11 pm on May 26th 2014

Re:Mushroom and Spinach Skillet Strata

Made this according to the recipe and it was very good. I found that it did cook in the time indicated for me. But I did broil it for a minute to brown the top a bit. I think my preference would be for a different cheese but that it just my taste. I think Swiss would be excellent. I liked that it was easy to make and did not take long to cook. Did most of the prep ahead so it was very speedy to put together.

Posted: 08:04 pm on May 26th 2014

Re:Blueberry-Lemon Galette

Outstanding----easy to follow directions. The pastry is delicious and tender and not difficult to make. I made it a day ahead and chilled it overnight in the fridge. The filling was very tasty although I added extra lemon rind for additional zest. It was a huge hit at a family dinner--everyone had seconds!!

Posted: 08:44 am on June 29th 2011

Re:Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon & Sage

Oh my this was good--so good that my husband and I ate it all!!! I did need quite a bit more broth (500 ml, 2 cups) but I thought the amount of broth was a bit stingy based on other risotto I've made. I like the idea of roasting the squash a bit first as it seemed a bit hard when I thought the rice was done. However, a few more minutes of cooking and it was done.The fried sage leaves were surprisingly good and the cooking seemed to mellow the flavour quite a bit. I would cook even more next time. This is a keeper and perfect for a cool fall dinner.

Posted: 10:10 am on October 21st 2010

Re:Orzo & Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta, Olives & Oregano

This is a little different and REALLY good! It was even good on the second day.

Posted: 11:33 am on August 5th 2010

Re:Roasted Carrot Soup Recipe

I have made this recipe 3-4 times and it has a fabulous flavour. Used vegetable stock for a vegetarian version and chicken stock the other times--equally as good. Loved the hint of ginger---I would even add a bit more. I like it best made with the sweetest carrots I can find which turned out to fresh organic ones. Made a day ahead makes it a great addition to a dinner party menu.

Posted: 02:20 pm on July 6th 2010

Re:Summer Berry Trifle

This is delicious! Not overly sweet and not too rich--I followed the recipe exactly using Cointreau and it was a big hit. Defnintely a great summer dessert that you can make ahead. I made it 8 hours ahead but it would be even better if made the day before to allow all the bread to soak up even more juice.

Posted: 11:22 am on June 11th 2010

Re:Baked Ziti with Tomato, Mozzarella & Sausage

We loved this. Used mild sausages but based on other reviews added some hot pepper flakes. Used the fresh mozzarella which melted beautifully. Makes 4 very generous servings--probably would serve 6 easily. A tossed green salad as the side was all that was needed.

Posted: 07:58 pm on August 30th 2008

Re:Blueberry Streusel Bars with Lemon-Cream Filling

Great taste--love the lemon and blueberry combination. Makes a lot of squares so good for a party or shower.

Posted: 08:09 pm on August 23rd 2008

Re:Spinach & Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Very very tasty. Takes a bit of time to prep but that can be done ahead. It would be good company meal. I had extra filling so I baked it along side the chicken. Needed almost double the bread crumbs and could have used only 1 egg. Definitely a keeper.

Posted: 07:59 pm on August 23rd 2008