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It’s still peach season so why not whip up some yummy Carrots with Peaches!

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This would be a great side dish to chicken or pork! Easy to do and colorful!

You need:

  • 1 lb of baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  •  3 peaches peeled and sliced
  1. In a saucepan boil the carrots in the apple juice,covered.Cook till tender. Drain
  2. Melt the butter and brown sugar together. Add in the peaches till tender.
  3. Add in the carrots. Stir to coat the carrots. Serve warm.

Bon Appetit!

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I am a big fan of the Lara bars but often have a hard time finding them! I have found out that they are real simple to make! You must try these recipes! go ahead, get creative and come up with your own flavor.

Cashew coconut bar

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup dates pitted
  • 1/2-3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut


  1. Throw all the ingredients in your food processor and process until all very sticky. It’s be a big sticky mess, when that happens, it’s done!
  2. Pour into a 8×8 pan that has been lined with either parchment or saran wrap. flatten.
  3. Put in fridge to chill for an hour or so.
  4. Cut into bars to a size of your liking. enjoy!

Cherry Pecan Bars

  • 1 cup sundried cherries
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup of dates

Directions same as above.


Banana Walnut Bars

  • 1 cup banana chips
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup of dates

Ditto on directions. Enjoy!



It’s picnic season folks, pick a few things off my list, grab your sweetie and head for a beach, the hills, or a park!

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There’s nobody who loves a picnic more than me…I don’t think! I love to pack it and I love to attend them! One time I packed a picnic for a friend that just had a baby. I called her and said don’t make dinner, I am bringing it over. I told her hubby to call me when the baby was settled and to lay a blanket on the living room floor! I packed them a beautiful dinner of salad, peach poached chicken, green beans almondine, rice and I know I packed an appetizer and  dessert but cannot remember what they were. She said that they had food for two days and I was glad for it! How nice not to worry about food when you have a new baby in the house!

Now back to picnics, I mean the pack a basket of food and head to the nearest park or…

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Growing up my mother always made this salad, as did my husband’s mother and it’s delicious! If you grew up with a garden in your backyard then likely you’ve had this too! You only need a few ingredients and voila the tastiest, freshest salad ever! To me this is comfort food and each bite full brings back memories of childhood dinners with a table full of  siblings making all kinds of noise! You will need fresh leaf lettuce from the garden or the market!


  • 1 head of fresh leaf lettuce washed and roughly chopped
  • 250 ml sour cream, or goat’s sour cream or whichever sour cream you can tolerate!
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • salt and pepper


  1. have your washed lettuce chopped and ready to go.
  2. in a large bowl, mix the sour cream with vinegar and salt and pepper till runny.
  3. toss in your lettuce and combine.
  4. Serve with BBQ chicken, potato salad and watermelon for dessert!
  5. Enjoy!



  •  1 tbsp. Paprika
  •  1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. smoked chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Cayenne if you want them spicy, if not then omit)

Can be made into a larger batch, stored in a tightly sealed jar in the pantry! Feel free to vary the ingredients to your taste!

Let me start by saying I am not Lebanese so I don’t profess to be an expert on Lebanese food. But I can tell you that I do love the cooking! Today I was feeling like Kofta Kebobs so away I go. I have this recipe posted already but to make it easier for you, I am re-posting. It is:


  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground lamb
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp. sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. grated white onion
  • handful fresh parsley chopped
  • 2-3 tsp of Lebanese spice mix


  1. Shape onto kebab sticks in shape of a sausage . These may be made and refrigerated overnight till ready to cook. BBQ till cooked through.

Lebanese spice mix:

  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. allspice
  • 1 tbsp. cumin or cinnamon for a different flavor!
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger

Mix and store in a tightly sealed jar for future use!




For that quiche you want to make…or the butter tarts!

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I used this pastry for my tourtieres but I am sure it would work for any type of pie! Few words of caution, this is fragile pastry, go easy! Use wax paper under and over it to roll it out!


  • 1 c. rice flour
  • 1/2 c. potato starch
  • 1/2 c. tapioca starch
  • 1/4 tsp salt.
  • 6 tbsp butter or any sub according to your food tolerances
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp of ice-cold water


  1. Combine flour,starches and salt in a big bowl.
  2. Cut in the butter until crumbly.
  3. Make a well and add the egg and vinegar.
  4. Stir gently with a fork until just blended.
  5. Sprinkle with water,blend together until mixture just holds together to form a ball. If not forming well, add more fat(butter, marg,lard)
  6. Use wax paper to roll out.

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