Feed your Inner Cook: Toad in the Hole


Feed your Inner Cook: Toad in the Hole


Jamie Oliver’s Good Old Lasagne

Jana Cooks

Here’s a little secret: I’ve never made lasagne before.

Of course I wasn’t just going to wing it for my first try, so I did a bit of research on one of my favourite sites; Jamie Oliver’s website. He’s got a number of lasagne recipes on there, but this one tickled my fancy as it seemed the most traditional, and the ingredients would be easy to find at my local grocer.

Make no mistake, lasagne is a massive undertaking. This recipe took about 3 hours in total. But jeez Louise, it was so worth it! It came out absolutely perfect and tasted better than any lasagne I had ever had before. No jokes.

Who’s hungry? Vincent and Roan. Yes, I made this ridiculously laborious dish for just two people (with the intention of feeding them leftover lasagne for the next three days — and I did!)


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Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – PAPPARDELLE AND PESTO MEATBALLS

My Meals are on Wheels

This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – PAPPARDELLE AND PESTO MEATBALLS. Take your Spaghetti and Meatballs to a new level by using Pappardelle Noodles in place of the Spaghetti and by making Buffalo Meatballs in place of the normal Meatballs you use. Also included is a Tomato Sauce and Pesto sauce recipes. To make the Meatballs you’ll be using Wild Idea Ground Buffalo. You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Ground Buffalo along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

A fresh spin on traditional spaghetti and meatballs. Pappardelle (pronounced; Pop a dell a) noodles although egg based, are mostly very light, but this will depend on the brand you can find. My favorites are Rustichella D’arbruzzo or DeCecco. This recipe is a wonderful combination of…

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Chewy Almond Butter Almond Cookies


I love almonds and these cookies are a perfect tribute to my favorite nut. They are a lovely chewy cookie with great almond flavor and a crispy exterior. The cookie gets it’s delicious flavor from almond butter, almond extract and chopped almonds. I think they are just delicious and so perfect with your favorite tea.

Yield about 20 large cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 cup creamy almond butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Using a mixer with the paddle attachment, blend melted butter, brown sugar, almond butter and honey until…

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Polpette di Tonno – Tuna Fish-balls

Frascati Cooking That's Amore

I wrote this post on 18 September 2011 – Golly ! that is eight years ago.  And my feelings for September continue to be roughly the same.  Not my favourite month.  End of Summer.  Sigh.  The recipe, too, continues to be the same.  Reassuring.  Easy to make, and that’s a good thing.  And good for parties.



An Indian summer … although we’re half way through September … it’s so easy to enjoy the heat but too late to pretend not to notice that the days are getting shorter … and busier … and that any day now it will get brrrr-cross-your-arms-and-slap-your-shoulders-nippy and we’ll start having to wear sweaters and what have you and don slippers indoors instead of traipsing about bare foot.  It is as if a whisper of seasonal melancholy were subtly knocking at my front door. For someone who loves summer as much as I do, September…

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Pizzadillas/ Easy Pizzadilla Recipe

Cook With Kaur

Todays recipe Pizzadilla is a quick easy recipe made with very simple ingredients. It is basically cheesy pizza toppings stuffed in flour tortillas. These pizzadillas is a very good snack option as its really very quick. Tortillas are usually made with flour but for this recipe you can also make them with 1:1 ratio wheat flour and flour. For the stuffing you can add your favourite pizza toppings or salad toppings along with some pizza sauce or creamy white sauce and yes the most important ingredient Cheese. For non vegetarians you can follow the same process along with your favourite chicken toppings.

So lets see how to make this quick delicious Pizzadillas.


For dough:

  • 1.5 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • A pinch of salt

For stuffing:

  • 1-2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced mushroom
  • 1/4 cup corn…

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Stir-fried tomato and scrambled eggs

hapa helpings

Adapted from The Woke of Life


  • 4 small to medium tomatoes (about 500 g, 1 pound)
  • 1 scallion
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 tsp salt (divided, or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice wine
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil (divided)
  • 2 tsp sugar


  1. Start by cutting tomatoes into small wedges and finely chop the scallion.
  2. Crack 4 eggs into a bowl and season with ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon white pepper, ½ teaspoon sesame oil, and 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine. Beat eggs for a minute.
  3. Preheat the wok over medium heat until it just starts to smoke. Then add 2 tablespoons of oil and immediately add the eggs. Scramble the eggs and remove from the wok immediately. Set aside.
  4. Add 1 more tablespoon oil to the wok, turn up the heat to high, and add the tomatoes and scallions. Stir-fry for 1 minute, and then add 2 teaspoons sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ cup water (if your stove…

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Colcannon Cakes with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise Sauce



This dish would also be delicious served with a slice of baked ham or bacon if you have any leftover. Alternatively, chop up the ham or bacon and add to the colcannon mixture before shaping into patties.

Serves 4


  • 450g potatoes, peeled
  • 40g butter
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • A little salt and freshlyground black pepper
  • 50g Savoy cabbage, shredded
  • A little plain flour, for dusting
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 1 tablesp. white wine vinegar
  • 4 large eggs

For the Hollandaise Sauce

  • 2 teasp. white wine or tarragon vinegar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 100g unsalted butter

To Cook

Cook the potatoes in a covered pan of boiling salted water for 15-20 minutes until tender.

Meanwhile, heat a knob of the butter and one tablespoon of water in a heavy-based pan with a lid, over a high heat. When the butter has melted and formed an emulsion, add the scallions and…

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Easy Red Chicken Chili

Michelle Can Cook!

WHAT?! It is Sunday and I’m not making pasta? What in the world is happening here?? Oh, well… chicken chili it is!

This recipe is very easy to throw together and you likely have all of the ingredients on hand. I had 2 chicken breasts (3 may have been better – but, you work with what you have!) that I had defrosted in the refrigerator (thinking that I’d be making pasta – best laid plans, I guess!). Cans of beans and tomatoes in the pantry and some fresh cilantro and Colby & Monterrey Jack cheese. Chicken chili sounded good!

The chicken breasts were separated from a family pack, into a separate freezer bag (it’s cheaper to buy the family pack and repackage to amounts you’d use!). I’ve, since, bought a very inexpensive vacuum sealer that I’m using – if you’re interested in which one I got – let me know…

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Mild-Sweet and Mild-Spicy Baby Potato Herb-Curry

FUSION FLAVOUR enriched with Logic: Easy & Healthy Recipes of Delicious Food

Potatoes are packed with nutrients; baby potatoes have a creamy-soft texture when cooked, thus this curry is lush when baby potatoes are merged with herbs and buttermilk – making this curry all the more nutritious and delicious.

The Recipe of Mild-Sweet and Mild-Spicy Baby Potato Herb-Curry:

Quantity of baby potatoes: 250 gm

Saute finely sliced pieces of a medium onion in adequate quantity of warm, any mild-flavour vegetable oil, add finely sliced pieces of a medium tomato to the translucent-onion blend, add thick pieces of baby potatoes to the melting mixture, smidgen the mix with salt – according to preference of flavour; blend the mixture with a handful mix of finely sliced pieces of curry leaves and coriander leaves, pieces of a green chilli – for mild pungent flavour (these chillies are small and extremely slender, having fresh pungent flavour)

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Rotisserie Chicken in the Crock Pot

Heart Your LifeStyle

For those that follow my blog you know already that I love my crock pot. I would like to tell you that I am a good cook and only use my crock pot for convenience sake, however, I think it may be time to tell you the truth. I will purposely look for something that most people cook in the oven or on the stove top and figure out a way to make it in the crock pot. I currently consider this a healthy obsession!

Rotisserie Chicken in the Crock Pot
Rotisserie Chicken in the Crock Pot

This recipe is super simple and I have done it numerous times. When Publix has run out of rotisserie chickens for the day, they always tell me that I am welcome to call ahead but I seem to forget that until I am there. Oh well! This recipe for Rotisserie Chicken in the crock pot is very quick to…

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Vietnamese egg rolls

Recipes from the Houston Asian American Archive

by Lily Dang



  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 lb. small peeled shrimp
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 5-6 dried mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  • 1 package egg roll wrappers (25 sheets, medium size)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • vegetable oil, for frying


  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup fish sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • ground hot pepper (optional)
  • ground garlic (optional)

Garnish (optional):

  • lettuce
  • mint
  • cilantro


Soak dried mushrooms in warm water for 15 minutes, drain and finely chop. Defrost the egg roll wrappers at room temperature. Mix all filling ingredients well in a large bowl. 

Lay an egg roll wrapper diagonally, take 2 full spoons of mixed filling ingredients across center of the wrapper, fold one corner over the filling, then fold two corners and close the filling. Brush egg on the last…

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Avocado Veggie Salad

When you have abundance of avocados, it gets difficult to come up with different quick meal ideas everyday. This flavorful avocado veggie salad is simple, colorful and healthy too! This is my favorite go to salad to eat on weekly basis. It is very versatile and pairs well with lots of things. You can eat this by it self or top it off on grilled garlic infused crusty bread or have it as a side with indian appetizer like papad or with main course. The salad has crunchy blend of veggies with buttery and luscious avocado drizzles with garlic lime dressing. Trust me, once you eat it, I guarantee you will be making it second time very soon!

Tips –

The salad tastes better about a few hours after it rests, so it is perfect for parties or meal preps. I like to add the avocado at the end prior…

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Cheesy Garlic Pesto Pull-Apart Bread

I have full on confession to make. I think I have eaten almost half of this loaf of pull apart bread all by myself. LOL! Bread-Cheese-Pesto-Butter-Garlic. <-Five out of the six best things known to man all stuffed inside on recipe. The last one is chocolate, in case you are wondering!! When it comes to food, I can practice self control all I want until garlic bread is involved. At that point, all rhyme or reason go flying out the door and a big hunk of garlic bread heads straight into my mouth. Fresh whole milk mozzarella cheese, tons of chopped garlic, fresh pesto, a little butter, and lots of fresh herbs all stuffed inside a country style loaf.

Not only is it fun to eat but it’s also easy to make. This pull apart bread recipe is super fun to make if you’ve got any little ones around. They can totally help…

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Coffee Sponge Cake with Coffee Icing and Chocolate Glaze

Tasty Eats

The following tasty cake is yet another variation of my all time favorite sponge cake recipe (postedHERE). In this version, I substituted the orange juice with coffee, enhanced the coffee flavor by pouring coffee syrup over the baked cake, (leaving a bit aside for serving), and topped the cake with coffee icing and chocolate glaze. All this created layers of flavors that will please anyone who loves coffee and chocolate.
Once again, as I’ve done in THIS version, I decided to bake the cake in a Bundt cake pan, rather than in two pans, as in the original recipe, so again had a bit of leftover batter. This time I baked it separately in a loaf pan and used it as a base for a quick Tiramisu inspired dessert. The large cake came out light and aromatic, and the rich and smooth toppings added lots of flavor and…

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Paprika Roast Chicken


By Angelika Hanna

One memory of my childhood in Germany is the roasted paprika chicken. Lucia, a Polish woman in my small hometown made the best chicken I have ever tasted in her little butcher shop, and there was never anybody else who roasted chicken like Lucia: her chicken were crispy and juicy, spicy and flavorful. One could smell her paprika chicken from far away out of her shop, and there were long waiting lines every single day of the week.

I never attempted to roast a paprika chicken until now. Of course, it did not taste the same as Lucia’s chicken – but pretty close. I love the smokey paprika flavor on the crispy chicken skin.

Uncooked Paprika Chicken


Prep Time: 5-10 min

Cook Time: 1 hr 25 min

Total Time: 1 hr 35 min (plus 30 min warming time (before cooking), plus 15 min resting time (after…

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