Saturday, 22 November 2014

Apologies, Again, For the Radio Silence...

Once again. I find myself apologizing for the silence.  The most wonderful thing is, the silence is due to how busy I am with CSC!  This is delightful, joyous and amazing.  Thank you to everyone that continues to have fun with me and CSC.

Though the Internet life of CSC is quieter, the daily life is not.  When I am not actively cooking I am reading,  exploring the vast  world of food online and in print and experimenting with new dishes.

It's been a lot of fun, introducing new menu items this past few months, and I am thrilled that so many people are enjoying some of my favourite dishes.  Italian meatballs and Banoffee pie have been at the top of many request lists of late.  Yum!

Also,  exciting renovations are going  on at the house...and I hope soon everyone will be a little more comfortable in chairs with backs and a larger table.

Until the big reveal...

Get cozy and warm while the snow flies with the Ultimate Grilled Cheese.  You can also find out what makes it ultimate here.

I think this Buffalo Cucumber Salad sounds AMAZING!

And, any chilly weekend would certainly be improved by a Bittersweet Cocoa Soufflé and Orange Blossom Cream.

Enjoy the weekend!  H

Friday, 31 October 2014

Fascinating and Frightning!

Do you want to know why you can't stop at just one Dorito?  This article is fascinating and frightening!

Happy Halloween!

The Nacho Dorito - read all about it!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

On The Table This Week - Sweet Potato Cakes

On the table this week -  lovely, crispy & Halloween orange, sweet potato cakes.

These are a lovely treat (no trick), served with a zingy yogurt and lemon sauce.

If you are fan of potato pancakes you might give these a try!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Freshening Up With New Menu Items

The Menu choices are  changing.  Just a bit.  Don't panic, your favourite items will not disappear!  But if you are ready for something a little different...check out -

Meatballs & Tomato Sauce with Garlic Baguette


Sweet Potato & Coconut Soup

Zesty Cucumber Tomato Salad


Pulled Pork Sandwiches


Salted Chocolate Pots with Caramel Sauce

Keep an eye out for more new menu items!  The kitchen is cooking full tilt!  Yum!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

We are excited about Thanksgiving this year.  The trees are starting to change colour and the past few weeks have been wonderfully warm throughout the days, but cool enough at night to feel as though it's time to be cozy and warm with friends and family.

Through the years I have tried all kinds of recipes for the turkey, and I have yet to settle on one that is my favourite.  When I am home with my Moms in Mahone Bay we make a very traditional turkey, basted with butter, seasoned with poultry seasoning and salt and pepper.

In Cheticamp I tend to try more "exotic" recipes.  This year we have settled on a second try at a Jamie Oliver recipe that pierces the thigh meat with little roll-ups of garlic, bacon and rosemary.  The cavity of the bird is filled with an orange.

No matter what the seasonings, one thing that I do with all turkeys now, that I feel is essential, putting some stuffing under the skin that covers the breast.  The theory is that this keeps the breast meat moist, and allows the white and dark meat to cook evenly.  I swear it works.  Plus, I love slicing the breast meat and seeing a ring of stuffing.  It's just darn pretty!

Our dinner has been paired down to fairly simple and common fare, with the exception of a wee addition or two of fringe items.  With the turkey, gravy and mash we have mac & cheese  on the menu this year, and I love my family's tradition of a green jello salad.  Our pecan pie will be chocolate enhanced, sharing the plate with traditional pumpkin pie.

What are your favourite Thanksgiving dishes?

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Open Dates, Week of September 28

There are three open dates the week of September 27 -


Wednesday, October 1

Friday, October 3

Saturday, October 4

A lot of people were very interested in the recipe for the carrot cake featured on our Facebook page this past week, and so here it is.


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Best Roast Leg of Lamb!

This was the very best leg of lamb we have ever had!  Was it the Lebanc lamb?  Probably a good part of our success can be attributed to a great product,  but interestingly the recipe we tried, from Jamie Oliver, had a much reduced cooking time than any other recipe we have tried over the years.

jamie oliver

The lamb was so tender and juicy!  It was cooked over the potatoes and seasoned with a lovely combination of rosemary and garlic.  Home made mint sauce completed our dish.

Many thanks to Krista Hanley for cooking the lamb this week!  It was superb.  I can't wait for more lamb to hit the shelves of the Co-op in October!