Recipes

Appetizers

  • True Confessions of an Island Foodie’s Love Affair with Local Prince Edward Island Foods February 7, 2014 Happy Valentine’s from Prince Edward Island! As many of you know, I am part of the year-long Canadian Food Experience Project.  Each month, food blogger participants are prompted by a prescribed theme upon which to base a posting on their individual blogs.  The February theme is “My Canadian Love Affair”. What follows is the menu and description ...
  • Old-Fashioned Scottish Oatcakes April 27, 2014  Oatcakes are very versatile and take such basic, simple ingredients.  A cross between a cookie and a cracker, they are savory bites and are not overly sweet.  In fact, I would describe these artisan cookies/crackers as having a nice short, crisp texture.  Scottish in origin, oatcakes probably made their debut in Canada when they arrived ...
  • Lobster-stuffed Cherry Tomatoes September 14, 2013Our garden produced hundreds of tiny cherry tomatoes this summer.  It’s always a challenge as to what to do with them and it seems everyone I know also has an abundance of them, too.  Cherry tomatoes make great bases for appetizers or hors d’oeurves.  They are particularly tasty when filled with lobster salad!  This weekend, ...

Beverages

  • Sangria on the Verandah on a Saturday Afternoon in July July 14, 2012It has been some years since I have had sangria.  The last time would have been in London, England.  I have never made sangria before but the gift of a couple of bottles of a friend’s homemade Pinot Noir prompted me to make it and it has now become my 2012 signature summer drink. Sangria is ...
  • Rhubarb Cordial June 24, 2013Oh, those lazy, hazy hot days of summer!   They sure can work up a thirst.  One of the most refreshing summertime drinks in my repertoire is Rhubarb Cordial.  Not only is it refreshing, but it is tasty and a very showy drink with its bright orange/red color. Making Rhubarb Cordial is also another great way to ...
  • PEI Juice Works Ltd. Produces High Quality Wild Blueberry Juice August 29, 2012This posting, first published in 2012, is being republished in March 2014 as part of the Canadian Food Experience Project.  The project’s theme for March is “Another Regional Canadian Food” and I have chosen blueberries and my feature story on an Island company, PEI Juice Works Ltd., which is manufacturing juice from wild blueberries.  The ...

Breads and Biscuits

  • St. Patrick’s Day Dinner – 2012 March 18, 2012So, St. Patrick’s Day 2012 has come and gone.  A belated Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all.   We are all a wee bit Irish on March 17th, aren’t we – either Irish by heritage or Irish at heart! My St. Patrick’s Day Menu this year consisted of Prince Edward Island Blue Mussels steamed in Guinness, ...
  • Oat Bran and Flaxseed Bread February 20, 2012It’s “Islander Day” on Prince Edward Island today.  What better way to celebrate on this cold winter day than with fresh homemade bread and the heavenly scent of baking bread wafting through the house.  Today’s offering is a healthy choice of Oat Bran and Flaxseed.  This iteration is an artisan or rustic style bread, characterized ...
  • Hot Cross Buns April 8, 2012“Hot Cross Buns!  Hot Cross Buns!  One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny, Hot Cross Buns!  Remember that nursery rhyme? I didn’t grow up with Hot Cross Buns being a tradition in our home at Easter.  In fact, before I made them this morning, I had never even tasted them.  I was aware of their existence but ...
  • Homemade White Bread January 12, 2014I love making bread from scratch.  I like working and kneading the dough, the smell of the dough as it rises, and especially as it bakes.  No commercial potpourri could ever duplicate the wonderful scent of homemade bread baking in the oven!  It just permeates the whole house and whets the appetite.  We do have ...

Breakfast

  • Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed February 14, 2013Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  Be sure to use the occasion to show special appreciation for those you love.  One of the most ultimate ways to pamper a loved one on any day (and not just on Valentine’s) is by preparing and serving him or her breakfast in bed. This is a very simple breakfast menu I ...
  • Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday February 12, 2013Today is Shrove Tuesday, often commonly referred to as “Pancake Day” or “Pancake Tuesday”.  Shrove Tuesday always falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which signifies the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period leading to Easter in the Christian calendar.  In some denominations, Lent is a period of abstaining from certain things, which may include ...
  • Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed: The Bistro’s Lobster Egg Benedict May 11, 2014A very happy Mother’s Day to all Moms out there!  I hope you are having a wonderful day and are getting thoroughly spoiled. Today, I am sharing my recipe for Lobster Eggs Benedict with a delicious Béarnise sauce.  This makes a wonderful brunch entrée and is also perfect for a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed tray ...
  • Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed May 12, 2013Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms! What mom doesn’t like to be pampered on Mother’s Day and what says pampering more than breakfast in bed!  Dress up an ordinary bed tray with a lovely napkin or pretty placemat and prepare a scrumptious breakfast for Mom. The Menu:  Start with a fresh fruit cup presented in the prettiest, ...
  • Easter Weekend Breakfast in Bed April 20, 2014 There is nothing that says pampering more than breakfast in bed!  In fact, there doesn’t have to be a special occasion to serve a special someone a breakfast tray.  And, it doesn’t have to be overly fancy.  Toast or a croissant along with fresh orange juice and coffee will somehow seem much more special when ...
  • Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes March 3, 2014Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it is commonly known.  It’s tradition in my house to have pancakes on Pancake Day.  This year, I am serving up Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes with a delectable Blueberry Sauce.  I figure, if it’s going to be blueberries, I might as well go all out! Did you know that ...
  • Belgian Waffles with Strawberries and Chocolate Syrup February 18, 2013Well, it’s been another stormy day here on Prince Edward Island.  Don’t know why but I have a tendency to want to make Belgian waffles on storm days.  Maybe it’s because I have the time, or maybe it’s that I know I’d have the ingredients and don’t need to shop in order to make the ...

Casseroles

  • Seven-Layer Dinner (aka “Shipwreck Dinner”) April 29, 2013Okay, so my recipe is actually eight layers, but who is counting when the meal is as tasty as this one is! Seven-layer dinner (sometimes called “Shipwreck”) is really little more than a full dinner in a casserole and baked in the oven.  I grew up (as I am sure many of you have) with this ...
  • Savory Cottage Pie April 17, 2013I’m back!   I took a brief break from my own food blog to do some guest blogging for PEI Burger Love, a month-long marketing campaign on PEI to support local PEI beef producers.  I’ll tell you more about that in a future post.  Because this is a month to promote beef on the Island, I ...
  • My Island Bistro Kitchen’s Macaroni and Cheese March 28, 2012This is my favorite Macaroni and Cheese recipe.  It uses the fine cheddar cheese produced right here on Prince Edward Island at the Cows Creamery.  
  • Cows Creamery Field Trip March 21, 2012  I recently paid a visit to Cows Creamery at its factory location on the outskirts of Charlottetown, PEI, where I was met by my two tour guides, Yvonne and Andrea.  As I soon learned, Cows is a whole lot more than its renowned premium quality ice cream. With humble beginnings back in 1983, Cows has evolved ...

Cookies

  • September 2013 Cookie of the Month: Peanut Butter Cookies September 24, 2013My September Cookie of the Month is an old favourite – peanut butter cookies.  These cookies take very few ingredients and nothing out of the ordinary that would not be in most cupboards.  They have been found in many lunchboxes for decades.  Either smooth or crunchy peanut butter may be used – whichever is your ...
  • Old-Fashioned Scottish Oatcakes April 27, 2014  Oatcakes are very versatile and take such basic, simple ingredients.  A cross between a cookie and a cracker, they are savory bites and are not overly sweet.  In fact, I would describe these artisan cookies/crackers as having a nice short, crisp texture.  Scottish in origin, oatcakes probably made their debut in Canada when they arrived ...
  • October 2013 Cookie of the Month: Plum Puff Cookies October 22, 2013Plum Puff Cookies   Plum Puff Cookies are my October 2013 Cookie of the Month.  These are hearty cookies because each one is actually two cookies sandwiched together with a tasty raisin filling.  These cookies can also be filled with your favorite jam, date , or even lemon, filling. Cookie Ingredients: ¼ cup butter ½ tbsp lard ½ cup sugar 1 egg, ...
  • November 2013 Cookie of the Month: Gingersnaps November 18, 2013November brings days with shorter daylight hours and cooler temperatures.  If you are like me, when late fall arrives, your thoughts turn to comfort foods that include spicy cookies.  My choice of cookie of the month for November is the old-fashioned gingersnap.  These wafer-thin, crisp cookies are flavoured with ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, all scents ...
  • May 2013 Cookie of the Month: Cherry Winks May 28, 2013For the May “Cookie of the Month”, I am sharing our family recipe for the vintage cookie, Cherry Winks.  My Mother often made these cookies when I was a small child so they have been a family favorite for many years.  They are not difficult to make and don’t take any hard-to-find or unusual ingredients.  ...
  • March 2013 Cookie of the Month: Double Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies March 14, 2013Well, for my Cookie of the Month for March, I tried to find out if there is a cookie recipe that traces its origins to Ireland or, alternatively, a cookie that is particularly popular on the Emerald Isle.  However, I had no luck in tracking down any (maybe it was lack of Irish luck!).  If ...
  • June 2013 Cookie of the Month: Spider Cookies June 30, 2013  Oh, these bring back sweet childhood memories!  I grew up knowing these as “Spider Cookies”.  However, they are often simply called “Uncooked Chocolate Cookies”.  Regardless their name, they are simple to make and very tasty; in fact, I’d say they are a close neighbour to candy. These are indeed a vintage cookie.  I don’t know their ...
  • July 2013 Cookie of the Month: Brown Sugar Jam-Filled Cookies (It’s Christmas in July!) July 23, 2013Happy Christmas in July!  I know, I know, I know!  It’s only July but it’s never too early to think about Christmas cookies!  So, as I continue on with my Cookie of the Month series in 2013, I am sharing an old family favourite – Brown Sugar Jam-Filled Cookies – as the July cookie. This recipe ...
  • January 2013 Cookie of the Month – Shortbread January 25, 2013Today, I begin my new 2013 monthly series on my food blog.  Once a month, I will be posting a recipe and photographs of a favourite cookie.  To start, I will share my recipe for shortbread.  There are so many recipes and versions of shortbread.  This perfectly plain, delicate cookie attributes its origin to Scotland so ...
  • February 2013 Cookie of the Month – Sugar Cookies February 9, 2013My choice of Cookie of the Month for February 2013 is the old-fashioned sugar cookie.  These are one of the plainest cookies yet they have endured throughout time and are often counted amongst the favorites in many families.  These cookies are aptly named given the amount of sugar in them in proportion to the amounts ...

Cookie of the Month

  • September 2013 Cookie of the Month: Peanut Butter Cookies September 24, 2013My September Cookie of the Month is an old favourite – peanut butter cookies.  These cookies take very few ingredients and nothing out of the ordinary that would not be in most cupboards.  They have been found in many lunchboxes for decades.  Either smooth or crunchy peanut butter may be used – whichever is your ...
  • October 2013 Cookie of the Month: Plum Puff Cookies October 22, 2013Plum Puff Cookies   Plum Puff Cookies are my October 2013 Cookie of the Month.  These are hearty cookies because each one is actually two cookies sandwiched together with a tasty raisin filling.  These cookies can also be filled with your favorite jam, date , or even lemon, filling. Cookie Ingredients: ¼ cup butter ½ tbsp lard ½ cup sugar 1 egg, ...
  • November 2013 Cookie of the Month: Gingersnaps November 18, 2013November brings days with shorter daylight hours and cooler temperatures.  If you are like me, when late fall arrives, your thoughts turn to comfort foods that include spicy cookies.  My choice of cookie of the month for November is the old-fashioned gingersnap.  These wafer-thin, crisp cookies are flavoured with ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, all scents ...
  • May 2013 Cookie of the Month: Cherry Winks May 28, 2013For the May “Cookie of the Month”, I am sharing our family recipe for the vintage cookie, Cherry Winks.  My Mother often made these cookies when I was a small child so they have been a family favorite for many years.  They are not difficult to make and don’t take any hard-to-find or unusual ingredients.  ...
  • March 2013 Cookie of the Month: Double Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies March 14, 2013Well, for my Cookie of the Month for March, I tried to find out if there is a cookie recipe that traces its origins to Ireland or, alternatively, a cookie that is particularly popular on the Emerald Isle.  However, I had no luck in tracking down any (maybe it was lack of Irish luck!).  If ...
  • June 2013 Cookie of the Month: Spider Cookies June 30, 2013  Oh, these bring back sweet childhood memories!  I grew up knowing these as “Spider Cookies”.  However, they are often simply called “Uncooked Chocolate Cookies”.  Regardless their name, they are simple to make and very tasty; in fact, I’d say they are a close neighbour to candy. These are indeed a vintage cookie.  I don’t know their ...
  • July 2013 Cookie of the Month: Brown Sugar Jam-Filled Cookies (It’s Christmas in July!) July 23, 2013Happy Christmas in July!  I know, I know, I know!  It’s only July but it’s never too early to think about Christmas cookies!  So, as I continue on with my Cookie of the Month series in 2013, I am sharing an old family favourite – Brown Sugar Jam-Filled Cookies – as the July cookie. This recipe ...
  • January 2013 Cookie of the Month – Shortbread January 25, 2013Today, I begin my new 2013 monthly series on my food blog.  Once a month, I will be posting a recipe and photographs of a favourite cookie.  To start, I will share my recipe for shortbread.  There are so many recipes and versions of shortbread.  This perfectly plain, delicate cookie attributes its origin to Scotland so ...
  • February 2013 Cookie of the Month – Sugar Cookies February 9, 2013My choice of Cookie of the Month for February 2013 is the old-fashioned sugar cookie.  These are one of the plainest cookies yet they have endured throughout time and are often counted amongst the favorites in many families.  These cookies are aptly named given the amount of sugar in them in proportion to the amounts ...
  • December 2013 Cookie of the Month: Coconut Cherry Macaroons December 16, 2013This is the final cookie of the month for 2013.  I have selected to share Coconut Cherry Macaroons, a favorite recipe that has been in our family for decades. There are so many recipes for coconut macaroons with ingredients and methods for making them that vary.  This is a variation of the traditional coconut macaroon cookie.  ...

Desserts

  • War Cake – A Part of Wartime Culinary History November 11, 2012Every year on November 11th we pause to remember the sacrifices and achievements of those who valiantly and selflessly served our country in times of war and conflict, and in peacekeeping missions around the world.  We remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice – their lives for their country so future generations could have a ...
  • Sticky Date Pudding with Toffee Sauce February 5, 2012It’s a cold day (-12C) in Prince Edward Island today.  The après-Christmas period always leaves me still craving comfort foods that have spices. One of my favorite wintertime desserts is Sticky Date Pudding, the recipe for which, locally, is often associated with the prestigious Dalvay-by-the-Sea Hotel located just inside the National Park in Dalvay, on Prince ...
  • St. Patrick’s Day Dinner – 2012 March 18, 2012So, St. Patrick’s Day 2012 has come and gone.  A belated Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all.   We are all a wee bit Irish on March 17th, aren’t we – either Irish by heritage or Irish at heart! My St. Patrick’s Day Menu this year consisted of Prince Edward Island Blue Mussels steamed in Guinness, ...
  • Rhubarb Custard Torte June 4, 2014The rhubarb in my garden is ready for using.  I am fascinated by how fast it grows.  While I freeze a substantial amount for use over the winter, there is nothing like scooting out to the garden to pick some fresh rhubarb just at the time I am making a recipe. I have my usual, regular ...
  • Plum Pudding – A Favorite Christmas Dinner Tradition on Prince Edward Island December 11, 2013I am part of the Canadian Food Experience Project that is underway for 12 months spanning 2013-14.  Each month, food bloggers have an assigned theme to write about and link to their particular region of the country.  The theme for December 2013 is A Canadian Christmas:  A Tradition From Your Region. I thought I knew what ...
  • Lavender – The Trendy New Culinary Herb August 9, 2012Okay, so I must admit the thought of baking and cooking with something I have always considered a perfume can be a bit daunting but with lavender being the trendy new culinary herb, I thought why not be a bit venturesome.  But can I use just any lavender for culinary purposes?  To find out, I ...
  • Gingerbread February 27, 2014  Do you have certain desserts that you associate with different seasons or times of the year?  Gingerbread is one dessert I tend to associate most with the coldest winter months for some reason.  It’s a plain but tasty dessert any time of the year but it’s a particularly good comfort food in the dead of ...
  • Chocolate Potato Cake February 2, 2014We are familiar with cakes made with vegetables like carrot and zucchini.  However, have you ever heard of potato cake? We Islanders like our spuds, there is no doubt about it.  Potatoes are a very versatile vegetable and can be prepared and served in many different ways but have you ever heard of having them for ...
  • Blueberry Grunt January 6, 2014I don’t know about you but once the Christmas holidays are over, I crave comfort foods.  You know, the foods that are basic, nostalgic, or that you have a sentimental attachment to and that take you down memory lane.  Some might even refer to these dishes as vintage.  Maybe your mom made them for you ...
  • Belgian Waffles with Strawberries and Chocolate Syrup February 18, 2013Well, it’s been another stormy day here on Prince Edward Island.  Don’t know why but I have a tendency to want to make Belgian waffles on storm days.  Maybe it’s because I have the time, or maybe it’s that I know I’d have the ingredients and don’t need to shop in order to make the ...

Entrées

  • True Confessions of an Island Foodie’s Love Affair with Local Prince Edward Island Foods February 7, 2014 Happy Valentine’s from Prince Edward Island! As many of you know, I am part of the year-long Canadian Food Experience Project.  Each month, food blogger participants are prompted by a prescribed theme upon which to base a posting on their individual blogs.  The February theme is “My Canadian Love Affair”. What follows is the menu and description ...
  • Seven-Layer Dinner (aka “Shipwreck Dinner”) April 29, 2013Okay, so my recipe is actually eight layers, but who is counting when the meal is as tasty as this one is! Seven-layer dinner (sometimes called “Shipwreck”) is really little more than a full dinner in a casserole and baked in the oven.  I grew up (as I am sure many of you have) with this ...
  • Savory Cottage Pie April 17, 2013I’m back!   I took a brief break from my own food blog to do some guest blogging for PEI Burger Love, a month-long marketing campaign on PEI to support local PEI beef producers.  I’ll tell you more about that in a future post.  Because this is a month to promote beef on the Island, I ...
  • Pork Loin Roast with Pomegranate, Red Wine, and Black Garlic Sauce January 21, 2013I am still experimenting with black garlic in recipes.  If you have been following my postings, you will recall my January 12, 2013, entry using black garlic in a sauce over sea scallops.  My latest culinary escapade finds it is a suitable flavouring for sauces for meat as well.  Below you will find the recipe ...
  • Pork Chops with Bread Stuffing and Creamy Mushroom Sauce April 3, 2014 Today, I am sharing a recipe for one of my favorite ways to serve pork chops.  It’s very simple and easy to make and uses very few ingredients, none of them uncommon or hard to find.  In fact, many cooks likely already have the ingredients in their kitchens. I find this is a good recipe to ...
  • Maple Syrup Baked Beans (from My Island Bistro Kitchen) April 29, 2012Growing up, baked beans was a traditional Saturday night supper in our household.  While I haven’t continued the Saturday night tradition, I do frequently have baked beans on the menu. Baked beans make a very economical dish and freeze well for reheating later in the microwave.  These are a staple packaged in meal-portion sized dishes in ...
  • Lobster Cakes April 30, 2013This is one of my favorite recipes that I developed last year when I originally shared it on my food blog.  I am re-posting it in June, 2014, as a guest blog entry on Gusto TV’s website where I will be guest blogger for the month.  Lobster is a huge part of our local food ...
  • Honey Garlic Spareribs April 1, 2013Today, I am sharing my favorite recipe for Honey Garlic Spareribs.  This is a recipe that has been used by my family for many years.  Sometimes we serve the ribs with rice and other times with baked potato and a side vegetable. This evening, I served the ribs with turnip casserole and a variation of a ...
  • From Field to Table: Potato Growing and Harvesting in Prince Edward Island November 7, 2013 The PEI potato harvesting season has drawn to a close for another year – the spuds are out of the ground and on their way to a multitude of uses.  Part of my objective with this food blog is to showcase food products produced on PEI and the producers and farmers behind them.  In this ...
  • Cranberry and Ginger Sauced Pork Chops May 20, 2014Today, I am sharing a new recipe for pork chops.  In addition to PEI pork, I am also featuring two other PEI products, both from J.J. Stewart Foods and Soda Company, in Stratford.  The first is a new preserve flavor — Cranberry Champagne with Crystallized Ginger — and the second is from their maple mustard ...

Jams

  • Zucchini Jam November 2, 2013Zucchini is one vegetable that seems to grow prolifically.  Come fall and many gardeners have an abundance of zucchini they don’t know what to do with.  Zucchini is actually a very versatile veggie that can be used in cakes, cookies, muffins, and jams.  I like to keep grated zucchini frozen and ready for use in ...
  • Strawberry Time on PEI July 20, 2012There is nothing quite like the scent of newly picked strawberries straight from the field!  It’s a hallmark of Summer, particularly in climates with short growing seasons such as that on PEI.  Some years, we are lucky to get a couple of weeks out of the “strawberry season” but, this year, weather conditions have permitted ...
  • Ruby Red Rhubarb June 20, 2012Over the years, many Island homes, particularly those in the country (including mine) have had (and many still do) a rhubarb patch. The tiny shoots of the perennial rhubarb plants poking through the earth are always considered a harbinger of Spring and a welcome one at that. After many long Winter months in Northeastern Canada, ...
  • Pumpkin Jam December 1, 2012I am re-sharing this blog entry (which was first published to my food blog on December 1, 2012)  as part of the Canadian Food Experience project which began on June 7, 2013.  The October 2013 theme is “Preserving:  Our Canadian Food Tradition”.  I do a lot of pickling and preserving each fall and pumpkin jam ...

 

Main Dishes

Picnics

  • Sunday Afternoon Wine and Cheese Picnic August 18, 2013My Sunday afternoon picnic today is a simple one.  Not every picnic needs to be elaborate and involve a lot of food.  This one would be considered a light refreshment type picnic, not a “full meal deal”. Really, all that is needed for this picnic is a good quality baguette, some cold cuts, tasty cheese of ...
  • Labour Day Picnic by the PEI Seaside with Lobster Croissants on the Menu August 31, 2013 I’ve had a great summer of picnics this year!  Haven’t gone on this many picnics in many years.  I had forgotten how much fun and relaxed al fresco dining can be.  This posting will feature my Labour Day Weekend Picnic but, first, a little trip down memory lane. One of my favorite summertime memories involves a ...
  • Canada Day Picnic July 1, 2013Happy 146th Birthday, Canada!  Let’s celebrate with a picnic! In keeping with the colors of the Canadian flag, as you can see, my color theme for the Canada Day picnic is red and white. Prince Edward Island may be the smallest province in Canada but it boasts being the “Cradle of the Canadian Confederation” because Charlottetown, the ...
  • A Pretty Pink Picnic August 25, 2013 Summer is starting to close in on PEI.  The days are noticeably shorter and the daytime temperatures are sometimes dropping to the high teens/low twenties (Celsius).  Before everything starts up again in September, the days all of a sudden get more hectic, and everybody tends to go their own way with a multitude of activities ...
  • A Plaid Picnic on the Verandah August 10, 2013Those of you who follow my blog regularly may recall that I mentioned in my last posting about picnics that you don’t have to leave home to have a picnic.  To prove this point, I decided to have a picnic supper this evening out on the front verandah. There are advantages to having a picnic at ...
  • A PEI Picnic in the Park August 4, 2013 I like picnics.  My earliest memories of picnics consist of Sunday family drives on the Island with a stop at a park for a picnic lunch.  My Mom would have prepared the traditional picnic fare of tomato sandwiches along with ham and cheese sandwiches, too.  These would have been packed up in the airtight Tupperware ...
  • A Beach-Themed Picnic July 20, 2013Ever heard of the expression “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray”?   Well, that was somewhat my case today. It’s been a hot, dry summer so far on PEI, and today was forecast to be 31C and very humid.  I had been planning a beach picnic for some time and last evening ...

Salads, Sandwiches, Wraps, & Panini

  • Labour Day Picnic by the PEI Seaside with Lobster Croissants on the Menu August 31, 2013 I’ve had a great summer of picnics this year!  Haven’t gone on this many picnics in many years.  I had forgotten how much fun and relaxed al fresco dining can be.  This posting will feature my Labour Day Weekend Picnic but, first, a little trip down memory lane. One of my favorite summertime memories involves a ...
  • Ham, Cheese, & Tomato Panini February 24, 2013There are so many ways to serve a sandwich other than just throwing two pieces of bread and some filling together.  One of my favorite ways to serve sandwiches is to make them into panini.  I bought a Bella panini grill a couple of years ago and I have certainly gotten use out of it. Panini ...

Sauces

  • Roasted Marinara Sauce on Halloween Pasta October 30, 2012I was looking for a meal to serve that would have a Halloween theme when I came across these wonderful orange and black Italian-made farfalle pasta.  I bought them not knowing how I would prepare and serve them.  They just looked so fun and season-appropriate that I couldn’t pass them by!  Served with locally-made sun-dried ...
  • One Hot Potato – Prince Edward Distillery’s Potato Vodka November 15, 2012PEI has long been known for growing world-class potatoes – they are, after all, our primary cash crop, injecting more than one billion dollars annually into the Island economy, directly and through spin-offs.  We all know potatoes as a vegetable on dinner tables and are familiar with them boiled, mashed, baked, as French fries and ...

Seafood

  • St. Patrick’s Day Dinner – 2012 March 18, 2012So, St. Patrick’s Day 2012 has come and gone.  A belated Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all.   We are all a wee bit Irish on March 17th, aren’t we – either Irish by heritage or Irish at heart! My St. Patrick’s Day Menu this year consisted of Prince Edward Island Blue Mussels steamed in Guinness, ...
  • PEI Juice Works Ltd. Produces High Quality Wild Blueberry Juice August 29, 2012This posting, first published in 2012, is being republished in March 2014 as part of the Canadian Food Experience Project.  The project’s theme for March is “Another Regional Canadian Food” and I have chosen blueberries and my feature story on an Island company, PEI Juice Works Ltd., which is manufacturing juice from wild blueberries.  The ...
  • Lobster Cakes April 30, 2013This is one of my favorite recipes that I developed last year when I originally shared it on my food blog.  I am re-posting it in June, 2014, as a guest blog entry on Gusto TV’s website where I will be guest blogger for the month.  Lobster is a huge part of our local food ...
  • Labour Day Picnic by the PEI Seaside with Lobster Croissants on the Menu August 31, 2013 I’ve had a great summer of picnics this year!  Haven’t gone on this many picnics in many years.  I had forgotten how much fun and relaxed al fresco dining can be.  This posting will feature my Labour Day Weekend Picnic but, first, a little trip down memory lane. One of my favorite summertime memories involves a ...
  • Hup, One, Two, Three, Four — It’s Off to Culinary Boot Camp at the Culinary Institute of Canada September 16, 2012On my last day of summer vacation, I went to boot camp – culinary boot camp, that is —  at the Culinary Institute of Canada in Charlottetown, PEI.  Sixteen people formed the group for the full day “Island Flavours” boot camp.  We were a mixed group that came from PEI, Halifax, NS, Montreal, QC, and ...
  • Champagne Scallops & Asparagus February 19, 2012One of the best things about living on Canada’s East Coast is the abundance of fresh seafood we have available.  This winter, the sea scallops have been particularly good, so good in fact that a few weeks ago I bought a large supply and froze them in portion sizes.  Scallops freeze well and do not ...
  • Blood Orange and Rhubarb Sauce for Halibut Steaks March 24, 2013Every Spring, I freeze bags and bags of rhubarb for recipes to be made through the remainder of the year.  I am always looking for new ways to serve this versatile vegetable.  Living on an island on the East Coast of Canada, fish is readily available.  Sometimes, I like to eat the fish plain, just ...
  • Black Garlic – Garlic’s New Cavier? January 12, 2013Ever heard of black garlic?  What do you think of when you hear the term? Black garlic is not a variety of garlic grown.  Rather, it is regular garlic bulbs that have gone through a fermentation process.  Fermenting garlic to turn it into black garlic is truly food transformation.  I say that because black garlic in ...

Soups and Stews

  • St. Patrick’s Day Dinner – 2012 March 18, 2012So, St. Patrick’s Day 2012 has come and gone.  A belated Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all.   We are all a wee bit Irish on March 17th, aren’t we – either Irish by heritage or Irish at heart! My St. Patrick’s Day Menu this year consisted of Prince Edward Island Blue Mussels steamed in Guinness, ...
  • Roasted Cream of Asparagus Soup May 28, 2014 Do you have certain foods you like to have in the different seasons?  One of the springtime treats in my house is asparagus.  Last spring I paid a visit to local asparagus grower, Tim Dixon, of North Tryon.  You can read the story here.  There is something about buying locally-grown foods at the farm gate ...
  • Hamburger Soup February 16, 2014As I write this post, it is a stormy day on Prince Edward Island with high winds and lots of snow – brrrrrrrrrr.  Most of the Island is shut down, including the Confederation Bridge which links us to the mainland in New Brunswick.  Roads are filling in as soon as the plows clear them.  It’s ...
  • Chili After the Sleigh Ride January 26, 2014Yes, it can be chilly after a sleigh ride and there is nothing better to warm up with than a bowl of hot, homemade Chili Con Carne afterward!  Nothing stirs up a great appetite better than lots of fresh country air! PEI has seen its fair share (well, some might say, more than our fair share) ...

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