Corned Beef and Cabbage

Well it’s St. Patrick’s Day so of course I had to make Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s really Corned Beef with Cabbage, Turnips, Potatoes and Carrots so it’s a complete meal. If you buy a corned beef brisket sealed in a bag of brine, half the work is already done for you. So all that’s left is boiling and chopping. It’s that easy!

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Moussaka

If you’ve never had Moussaka it’s sort of like a Greek version of lasagna. I’ve always wanted to make it but I wasn’t sure about the combination of spices in the meat. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves sound like pumpkin pie to me. But, curiosity got the best of me so I consulted numerous versions on the internet and came up with this recipe that passed not one but TWO taste test dinners!

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Potato Leek Soup with Bacon

The growing season is coming to a close and the days are getting colder. We still have local potatoes and leeks so I decided to make some Potato Leek Soup with Bacon. Because everything is better with bacon! But there’s something else that makes soups and stews better and I’m adding that too.

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Hot Pepper Jelly

Hot peppers are funny things. Sometimes they’re so hot you can hardly eat them and sometimes they have no heat at all. I wanted my Hot Pepper Jelly to have some heat and I knew the peppers I planted this year were going to do the job. You can make a mild version of this by using only sweet peppers but then it wouldn’t be Hot Pepper Jelly, would it?

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Green Bean and Red Pepper Salad

This is a super simple salad that’s bursting with zesty flavour and brilliant colours. And since it’s harvest season, this is the perfect time to make Green Bean and Red Pepper Salad with fresh local ingredients! It’s a perfect companion to a Monte Cristo sandwich because of the balance of flavours and colours.

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