Caprese Flatbread (450 Cal)

450 Calories I love caprese salads, in any of their multiple forms, from flat on a plate, stacked, pierced on a skewer, or even part of a cold pasta. But this version blends the trendy flatbread with the basic ingredients, all baked slightly into a tasty dish suitable for the main course. In fact, it…

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Feta Chicken Sausage with Grapes (322 Cal)

This Dad’s Diet dish is only 322 calories! Those who know me know that the Sausage and Grape dish is a staple. I discovered it while touring Italy a few years ago and though considered a staple comfort dish in the North of Italy, it seemed exotic here in the West. If you’ve never tasted…

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Persian String Vegetable Pasta (280 Cal)

280 Calories Artichoke Hart gives credit for this dish to the inspirational “Koosh”, ownver of Kamoosh Bistro in Waterdown, Ontario. Serving fusion foods from the Mediterranean, this dish is one of the house favourites and is almost vegan (if you switch out egg noodles for pasta). A tasty and very healthy dish that seems so…

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Excerpt from upcoming thriller “Dare to Breathe”

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming thriller, “Dare to Breathe”, to be released February 2021. Prologue PAST   Though struggling to maintain control of the airplane, Captain Jason Samuels focused on the swerving line of concrete wall some two thousand feet below him. Meandering across the open fields like a miniature version of…

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A lighter taste of France: Mushroom Monsieur

Normally, this dish would be served in a classic French restaurant as a luncheon entree, but it is equally as good for a dinner if you’ve also indulged earlier in the day. By making everything from scratch (especially the Bechamel) and not scrimping on the oil and butter you are guaranteed mouth-watering explosion of both…

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Chuck’s Ultimate Summer Tomato Appetizer

Chuck is my brother-in-law, and although we have a lot of fun discussing recipes and how “Artichoke Hart” would cook things, I am obviously not the only chef in the family. This summer appetizer, served on one of the last hot days of summer, was so excrutiatingly tasty, I had to bow down to his…

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Nectarine & Tomato Salad with Fried Halloumi and Basil

I’m always looking for a new salad, and when it includes Tomato–and my favourite cheese, Halloumi–then I’m in. This one is based on nectarines, but they must be very ripe. The combination of sweet nectarines with juicy tomatoes, combined with the salty, squeaky pan-seared halloumi is remarkable to the taste buds. Be sure to have…

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