Caprese Stuffed Tomatoes

I came up with this idea because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make some baked stuffed tomatoes or a simple Caprese Salad. I had these beautiful Campari tomatoes. They’re larger than a cherry tomato but not a full sized variety. Too large for a one bite uncooked idea like these Cheese and Olive Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. And too small for a Caprese Salad. Perfect size for stuffing and baking. And although I’ve already made Pesto recently, I’ve still got lots of fresh basil in my herb garden. So I took the elements of a traditional caprese salad and combined them to make these Caprese Stuffed Tomatoes.

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Devilled Eggs

Have you ever been at a party and someone brings a tray of Devilled Eggs that look perfect? The yolks look nice and yellow compared to the ones you usually make? Well here’s a secret. Mustard. Yup, plain old regular mustard is like adding food colouring with extra zip. And, don’t tell anyone but you can also add something that makes people go hmmmm, there’s something I’m tasting but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

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Steamed Mussels with White Wine, Lemon and Garlic

Mmmmmmmussels. Not to be confused with muscles, of which I have none. But these bivalves are so easy to cook and they’re cheap! I mean inexpensive. You can find them at most grocery stores and since they’re harvested year round, they’re always in season. 80% of the mussels sold in North America are from PEI so include some in your Canada Day weekend celebration!

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Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Asparagus with Parmesan and Garlic

I make regular visits to JLK Asparagus Farms during the short season. I always enjoy visiting with my friend Lisa who owns the farm with her husband Jake. I recently talked to her about how she would recommend cooking jumbo asparagus and she told me she wraps it in bacon along with some cheese and bakes it. Of course I had to try it. Anything is better with bacon!

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Meatballs are always a crowd pleaser at happy hour. You can buy Italian, Asian, Swedish….then there are the multiple varieties of sauce options. Dump the meatballs and sauce into a slow cooker and voila, you have an easy but popular dish. OR, if you want some kitchen swagger, you can make your own. And as a bonus, it costs less to make these Sweet and Sour Meatballs yourself.

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