Category Archives: Starters

Spinach and Poached Egg Salad with Lemon Thyme Dressing

I created this salad Sunday night after arriving home from a weekend away. The trip back from Chicagoland had us eating donuts for breakfast and Wendy’s burgers for lunch along the interstate. Both excellent – Home Cut Donuts in Joliet … Continue reading

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Prawn Wonton Soup

Growing up in Australia you develop an appreciation for good Asian cuisine. It is abundant and most Australian families will enjoy Asian meals as part of their everyday food choices.  Do not be intimidated by the wontons in this soup. … Continue reading

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Tuna Nicoise

This is a classic dish. When my sister and I traveled through Morocco some years ago we ate this for lunch many times. My friend, Deb, and I also enjoyed many fabulous variations on this recipe when as wild, young … Continue reading

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Roasted Beet, Spring Pea and Goat Cheese Salad

The earthy flavor of roasted beets pairs nicely with the freshness of the Spring peas in this easy-to-prepare-ahead salad. For best results, invest in a good quality goat cheese with a creamy texture. In the dressing I used a raspberry … Continue reading

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Smoked Oyster Paté

This pate is a fabulous first course/starter you can make the day prior to your dinner. Perfect for the Inebriated Epicurean who likes to fully enjoy the evening without concerns about limp souffles or small kitchen fires, each of which … Continue reading

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