Baked Potato and Leek Soup with Cheddar and Bacon (and Beer)

Baked potato soup

Yesterday was quite a day here in Ottawa. I’m not here to be political, so all I will say is that on some days you crave something comforting and warm and yesterday was one of those days.

Here is a delicious recipe for Baked Potato and Leek Soup which was exactly what a day like yesterday called for.

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Spinach Quiche with Potato Crust…in a Snowstorm

SAMSUNGDon’t hate me because I love snow!  Even this late in winter, knowing that this might be our last big snowstorm, I still love it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love warm weather too – summer is my favourite season.  But there is something comforting and cozy about a snowstorm.  I like how my workplace is quiet (many people drive, I take transit, so it’s no biggie to go in to the office anyway), how the entire city moves slower, quieter.  If you do need to pick up any last minute things for dinner, local shop owners are that much more friendly and happy to see you in a snowstorm.  Our eccentric neighbour comes by with his snowplow to do our driveway (I know full well this means I’ll be helping him with his roof this summer, but today it seems worth it). Continue reading

Better Than Fast Food Hamburgers

Burger and saladWe don’t eat much beef but more than made up for it this past weekend.  I was craving a burger which is a rare occurrence for me.  And not just any burger, a double hamburger from a certain large multinational chain with a certain special sauce.  The last time I had one of these burgers was well over a year ago.  Since then, I’ve stopped eating factory-farmed meat, or as someone recently so eloquently put it “sweat shop meat”!  For the past year, the majority of the meat I’ve consumed has been some combination of local, sustainably farmed, organic, hormone and antibiotic free, and, in the case of beef, grass-fed.  I have, guiltily, made exceptions for bacon (after all, bacon is the gateway meat). Continue reading

Peperonata Eggs

Peperonata EggsI just recently learned what peperonata was – although apparently I`ve made it before, as a pizza topping among other things, and just didn`t know what it was called!  But the inspiration for this recipe was a twist on fried eggs, which I made for breakfast on the weekend.  I had tomatoes from our garden sitting out which had just ripened – I had waited weeks, trying to come up with something interesting to do with fried green tomatoes and sort of forgot about them, not thinking they would ever ripen.  But they did!  Continue reading