Red Wine Braised Oxtails

Red Wine Braised Oxtails

Oxtails have to be one of my favourite things! They are so tender, unctuous and just plain lip-smacking good! This is a recipe I have made for years with a tweak here, and a tweak there along the way. Years ago oxtails were very inexpensive…not any more…I guess they have been “discovered”…never mind the stories… Continue Reading…

Mary’s Spaghetti Sauce

Mary’s Spaghetti Sauce

I’m pretty sure this was my very first experience of Italian cooking and I have to say it was love at first bite. I simply had to have the recipe so I could make it at my house.  Now…my family were not big into garlic and certainly nothing spicy…so that cayenne was quite the surprise… Continue Reading…

Cranberry White Chocolate Cake

Cranberry White Chocolate Cake

This cake just screams Christmas season; chocolate, cranberries and orange. Perfect with a cup of coffee! And…you can make it ahead and tuck into the freezer. Makes a 9” Tube or Bundt Cake 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup granulated sugar 4 eggs 3 Tbsp. orange juice 1 Tbsp. grated… Continue Reading…

Scallops Wrapped With Bacon

Scallops Wrapped With Bacon

A New Years Eve favourite that may be a “blast from the past” but everytime I make them I am always reminded that some things never lose their appeal! I recommend that you use top quality fresh scallops; Finest at Sea,** here in Vancouver, is an excellent source. I like to make a slightly spicy… Continue Reading…

Brunch Baked Eggs

Brunch Baked Eggs

Here’s another do ahead brunch dish for a stress free host, you can be enjoying your  Blood Orange Mimosa while brunch is baking!  I don’t know about you, but around the holidays when entertaining can get crazy, we need all the do-aheads we can get our hands on. This can be made vegetarian by leaving out… Continue Reading…

Dates Stuffed With Mascarpone And Walnuts

Dates Stuffed With Mascarpone And Walnuts

Makes 8 Servings I am so fortunate to have neighbours who like to try things I make. I made these dates a couple of years ago when we got together for dinner over the Christmas holidays. WE LOVED THEM! I now make these special treats every December!  How can you go wront with mascarpone anyway?… Continue Reading…

My Tourtiere

My Tourtiere

Just because we’re not from Quebec doesn’t mean we don’t love this fragrant savoury pie with its herbs & spices that’s become an absolute must at our house over Christmas!  I have revised, changed and added over the years and it just keeps getting better and better. I’ve made the filling using a mixture of… Continue Reading…

Fettuccine Alfredo As It Was Meant To Be

Fettuccine Alfredo As It Was Meant To Be

Some time ago I read how Fettuccine Alfredo was first created, using only butter and cheese.  So you can imagine my delight when one day I saw Italian butter at our favourite cheese shop, Les Amis du Fromage!  Wow, I could hardly wait to get home and make some Alfredo.  Of course, there’s no question but Alfredo… Continue Reading…

Bourbon Spiked Pumpkin Soup

Bourbon Spiked Pumpkin Soup

Fall is definitely here!  Think pumpkins, squash and best of all Halloween! What better way to begin a fall dinner than with a bowl of creamy pumpkin soup? I tend to use milk for a lightened up version, but you choose, depending on how rich and how thick you would like your soup! It makes… Continue Reading…

Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears

Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears

Saturday mornings in late October and November means a trip to Nat Bailey Farmer’s Market in search of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The colours are awesome! With the backdrop of the Coast Mountains on occasion receiving a snowfall, it’s simply gorgeous!  I have always poached pears in white wine, but decided to change things up… Continue Reading…