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Potato Gratin

Potatoes.....the ultimate comfort food. I think they are one of the most perfect foods around. Have you ever met a person who didn't like potatoes in some shape or form? Even the pickiest eater will eat potatoes. They are one of the most versatile foods I can think of. Bland on their own, they get along with everybody, absorbing all the other flavours around them. Potatoes can be crunchy or silky smooth. Steamed, fried, roasted, mashed or smashed, there are thousands of ways to cook a potato. Here is one of them.

Potato and Onion Gratin

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 lbs. red potatoes, sliced thin
1 large onion, julienned
2 1/2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup milk or cream
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch of dried thyme
salt and pepper
2 cups  grated cheese, I use a blend of Parmesan, Mozzarella, Gruyere and Provolone,

Preheat oven to 400F. In a large non-stick pan heat olive oil over  med-low heat. Add potatoes and onion. Season liberally with salt and pepper.Cover and cook on med…

Dim Sum : Regency Palace

Let me tell you a little something about myself.....  I  looooove dim sum. I have been craving it for months, and yesterday I finally was able to fill the void that only dim sum can  fulfill.    Sunday morning , Cory and I headed on over to  Calgary's Chinatown where our old stand-by, Regency Palace resides. Interesting  fact #1--- Calgary's Chinatown is the third biggest in Canada and is celebrating their 100th  year anniversary this year.

If you have never been to Regency Palace, you will probably be amazed at how huge the place is. We arrived around 10:30 am. and there weren't many other people there. We were quickly seated, and the first dim sum cart  was immediately rolling on over to us. Our first item was some kind of shrimp balls with a sweet- soy glaze. After many attempts at trying to politely pick up one of the shrimps balls using my chopsticks, I finally had to resort to stabbing the thing with one of my chopsticks and hope that no one was looking. I have neve…

Barb's Chili Sauce

If you have an abundance of fresh tomatoes and you are looking for a great recipe, try this Chili sauce. It is absolutely amazing on burgers, meatloaf and grilled pork.

Chili Sauce
(courtesy of my mother-in-law Barb)

1 1/2 cups white vinegar
2 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp coarsely broken cinnamon stick
1 tsp celery seed
5 1/2 1bs. (approx. 22 medium tomatoes)
1 Tbsp chopped onion
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cayenne (more or less to taste
1 Tbsp salt

Combine first four ingredients. Bring to a boil,  then remove from heat. Let vinegar stand to absorb spices. Peel tomatoes. Combine 1/2 tomatoes, 1/2 cup sugar, onion and cayenne in a very large cooking vessel. Boil vigorously stirring constantly for 30 minutes. Add remaining tomatoes and 1/2 cup sugar. Boil vigorously for another 30 minutes. Strain vinegar mixture and add to boiling tomato mixture along with the 1 Tbsp salt. Boil another 30 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour into sterilized jars. Process jars for 15 minutes in boiling water. Store in a…