My Sweet Marie


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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I love to make quiche, it’s easy, can be prepped ahead and looks awesome, so impressive to the guests!You will need a pie crust to start, I use frozen ones, if you want to make pie crusts from scratch…Knock yourself out! I do have recipes for gluten-free crusts from scratch if you want to do that but lately I’ve ben doing the pre=made ones! Just use the search engine at the top right corner and type in Gluten free crust.

In a deep dish pie crust add:
1 1/2 cups of diced proscuitto
1 1/2 cups of shredded swiss cheese
1/2 cup of asparagus cut or left whole

Mix together:
1 cup of mayo
1 cup of milk, cream or any milk substitute
5 eggs
salt and pepper

Once blended well, pour the egg mix over the filling that is in the pie crust.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes, till a knife inserted comes out clean, not eggy. Should be golden but not browned!

Bon Appetit!

** For vegetarian omit the meat and add mushrooms
** For dairy-free use goat’s cheese or any cheese you can have or omit.
** Another nice quiche is broccolli, cheddar with bacon or mushroom and bacon…so many ways to go, play with the recipe and have fun! Make one of each…go crazy with it!

Bon appetit!

As I said in my last post, we’ve been eating a lot of asparagus, so I thought I’d share a few ideas with you! here’s just a few and I’d love to hear how you like to prep your asparagus!

  1. Grilled in the oven with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. No cover, just flat out on a tray and roasted at 375 for about 15- 30 minutes.
  2. Steamed, served with lemon!
  3. Steamed or roasted and served with a shaving of parmesan.
  4. BBQ in a foil pack with olive oil and salt and pepper!
  5. Wrapped in prosciutto. Take 5 or 6 spears, wrap a slice of prosciutto around them and roast in the oven as above.
  6. Stir fried with shrimp and served over pasta tossed with olive oil or butter and parmesan cheese.
  7.  Cream of asparagus soup! follow any of my cream soup recipes subbing the asparagus for the said veggie(broc or caul.)
  8. In a stir fry with portabella mushrooms, onion and yellow peppers and some chicken strips. Serve with rice, dinner!
  9. In a quiche!
  10. Asparagus A la cashews! Stir fried with cashews, garlic and ginger. top with soy sauce and sesame oil!

There you have it, ten ways to serve asparagus! Go forth and pee green!


Sweet Marie


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