Pesto Chicken & Quinoa Salad

This is a tasty meal that used to be on Brio Restaurant’s menu…I’ve made some adjustments – roasting the asparagus, chickpeas and tomatoes and nixing the cucumbers…I also marinate the chicken in the pesto before cooking it in a cast iron skillet. Toss it with a creamy herb dressing or any salad dressing of your choice. It can be served as a salad or in a bowl… Continue reading

Tourtière (Canadian Meat Pie)

I’ve been making this dish for over thirty years…I always just called it Beef Pie…recently I saw a recipe with very similar ingredients called Tourtière…which is actually a Canadian dish made with beef and potatoes that originated in the Provence of Quebec – the vessel it is made in is called a Tourtière…so now I’m calling my dish Tourtière too! It’s another one of my hubby’s favorite meals as it’s very hearty and perfect to serve in early Autumn… Continue reading

Roasted Thyme Potatoes

Did you know that the potato originated in southern Peru sometime between 8000-5000 BC? Wow…pretty cool. Anyway, I’m glad that they’re still around and are just as delicious now as they were back then. Mashed, boiled, roasted – Any way you make ’em. Today I’ve used baby potatoes so they cook up quicker and have a wonderful creamy flavor. The thyme adds a perfect little note to that creamy flavor… Continue reading

Rotini Romesco

Romesco Sauce is a blend of toasted almonds, roasted red pepper and other yummy ingredients. In the past I’ve only ever served it over chicken thighs…today I decided to change it up a bit and serve it over Rotini pasta. It’s a rich nutty sauce that fills all the nooks and crannies of Rotini! So, so good… Continue reading