Curried Squash Soup with Crispy Sage

This is one of my all time favourite soups. The curry powder adds not only a terrific flavour, it also enhances the colour. And that crispy sage… actually tastes a bit like buttered popcorn. There are only a few ingredients in Curried Squash Soup with Crispy Sage and it doesn’t take long to make. Also, it has a creamy texture without cream or thickeners. And, best of all, I get to use my retro inversion blender!

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Greek Salad

We just returned from a trip to the east coast of Canada. We basically stuffed our faces with fresh seafood for 8 days. Tomato season is almost over so this salad is a great way to use up the last of the harvest and eat healthy! It’s also very beautiful.

This is a simple recipe that has a fantastic flavour and only takes a few minutes to prepare. You can add cooked pasta and extra dressing to make a greek pasta salad, or you can add lettuce and make it a tossed salad. I prefer this simple version and most of the ingredients are still in season locally. You don’t even need to measure the salad ingredients because the amounts don’t have to be exact.

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My friend Judy gave me 2 bushels of tomatoes. I thought I would make salsa. Many years ago I made a batch, before the internet was the go-to place for foodies.  I can’t remember where I found the recipe but it was terrible! I can’t really blame the recipe, it called for coriander so I used coriander seed but they meant cilantro. Duh. Well that batch went in the garbage. So I called my (then) brother-in-law Rick who had recently started a Mexican food company. He said roast your red peppers and use lots of fresh cilantro. The next batch was excellent!

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Drunken Watermelon Cobbler

Something magical happens when you cook watermelon. It has a delicate flavour and a high water content so cooking the fruit before making the cobbler helps to intensify the flavour and release some of the water. It also changes the consistency to something similar to a peach. And it gets really sweet. So by reducing the sugar in the cobbler batter it helps to balance the sweetness.

And, with Halloween approaching, cutting up a big melon is good practice for your jack-o-lantern carving skills!

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Cheese and Olive Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

We have a neighbourhood group that take turns hosting happy hour. Everyone brings an appetizer. It started out with mostly cheese and crackers and basic munchies but has now turned into a feast!  We now call it “appie hour” but for most of us, it’s our dinner.  These tasty little Cheese and Olive Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes are inspired by something our friend Rosemary brought a few weeks ago.

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