Curried Squash Soup with Crispy Sage

This is one of my all time favourite soups. The curry powder adds not only a terrific flavour, it also enhances the colour. And that crispy sage… actually tastes a bit like buttered popcorn. There are only a few ingredients in Curried Squash Soup with Crispy Sage and it doesn’t take long to make. Also, it has a creamy texture without cream or thickeners. And, best of all, I get to use my retro inversion blender!

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Greek Salad

Greek Salad is a simple recipe that has a fantastic flavour and only takes a few minutes to prepare. It’s best when the ingredients are fresh and in season. You can add cooked pasta and extra dressing to make a greek pasta salad, or you can add lettuce and make it a tossed salad. So this is actually 3 recipes for the price of one! And best of all you don’t even need to measure the salad ingredients because the amounts don’t have to be exact.

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Many years ago I made my first batch of Salsa, before the internet was the go-to place for recipes. I can’t remember where I found the recipe but it was terrible! I can’t really blame the recipe though, it called for coriander so I used coriander seed but I’m sure they meant cilantro. Well that batch went in the garbage. So I consulted with my (then) brother-in-law Rick who was running a new Mexican food company. He said roast your red peppers and use lots of fresh cilantro. The next batch was excellent!

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Drunken Watermelon Cobbler

Something magical happens when you cook watermelon. It has a delicate flavour and a high water content so cooking the fruit before making the cobbler helps to intensify the flavour and release some of the water. It also changes the consistency to something similar to a peach. And it gets really sweet. So by reducing the sugar in the cobbler batter it helps to balance the sweetness.

And, with Halloween approaching, cutting up a big melon is good practice for your jack-o-lantern carving skills!

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Cream Cheese and Olive Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

If you’re looking for a simple appetizer or snack when tomatoes are in season, these tasty little bites are a great way to enjoy the harvest. Even off season, cherry tomatoes have the best flavour so you don’t have to wait until your garden is overflowing to make Cheese and Olive Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes.

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