CAPTAIN COOKS: PIZZA CALZONES

Captain Francois was so encouraged by the response of his ‘flagship’ recipe post, Spicy Italian Crescent Ring that we are thinking of making Captain Cooks a regular occurance (and you know how Galley Kat feels about recipe series) This turned out to be a very ‘ad hoc’ recipe – some of this, some more of that …as you would dress a pizza… …he makes his […]

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ITALIAN FENNEL BLACK PEPPER PRETZELS

The other day we had to drop by our local Volkswagen dealer to have my key battery changed. Darn thing no longer recognized me and wouldn’t let me open the door. Anyway, the sales agent who sold us our tow beast was just arriving and with her she brought a big bag of Italian pretzels that her Momma had made in the early hours (apparently […]

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RISOTTO ON A BOAT

I used to think Risotto, my all time favourite meal, was this delicious mysterious dish that could be enjoyed only in the best of Italian restaurants. Then one day while channel surfing I came upon a cooking show where (get this) a French chef was teaching the Italian host how to cook Risotto. He sautéd minced onion and garlic in some olive oil, added some […]

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PASTA PUTTANESCA

Made mostly with ingredients on hand this is one easy quick flavourful dish. One of the many things I miss having a good fresh supply of is basil but I recently found a reasonable preserved substitute from Gourmet Garden. The aroma is intoxicating. Easy Pasta Puttanesca 12 ounces linguine 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper […]

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FRESH MUSHROOM SEAFOOD RISOTTO

For me, Risotto is the ultimate comfort food. It does require hands-on attention while cooking but for a mere 20 minutes… Fresh Mushroom Seafood Risotto 2 ounces sliced shitake mushrooms 2 ounces sliced oyster mushrooms 2 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic 1/2 small diced sweet onion 1 tablespoon of olive oil 2 cups arborio rice 3/4 c port 8 cups chicken […]

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