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Mrs. Dishes
40 yrs cooking experience with a love to share with everyone
Interests: Whether it is a 7-course dinner for 50 or a weeknight dinner for a family of 3. Cooking excites me. I love to find solutions to just about any cooking challenge and encourage anyone to love the next meal on your table.
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Fall is upon us here in Alberta Canada and we are changing things along with the weather....I have been busy with health issues this summer, and with the development of a line spice blends and rubs. Because of the changes, we have a new FaceBook page - Full Plate Flavour... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Not every summer day is filled with sun and warmth. So far this year, we have had more rainy days than sunny ones. But nothing is better on those cooler days that to sit down to a warm bowl of velvety Corn Chowder full of corn flavor. Cooked the onions and corn in rendered bacon fat to layer the flavors fully. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Full Plate Review
I love to take well - loved flavours and play with them in a different way. I can hardly wait every year for tomatoes to become ripe to have a bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich. Not just any BLT but it has to be just perfect, the perfect bread, the perfect tomato, the perfect bacon, and of course just the right seasoning too. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at Full Plate Review
The basic simple syrup can be made ahead, left in the refrigerator, and used in place of sugar in most liquid recipes. I love vanilla, so I frequently make vanilla syrup to have on hand for lattes, cappuccinos or to add a little something - something to a lemonade, fruit smoothies or anything else. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Don't judge before you try it! I saw a similar recipe on television and thought they were crazy...but I'm a little more adventurous than that so I took the principles of the salad, crunchy, sweet, tangy and salt, tossed it together in a bowl and TOTAL YUM! WATERMELON SALAD 8... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Are you tired of the same old salad? Need something special for a family gathering? This feeds a crowd, great for picnics, and is new and different Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at Full Plate Review
It's been on my must try list for awhile now and even the cheese counter tried to tell me it wasn't actually Buratta, but I was worth it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Have you ever been in a coffee or bake shop and had one of those wonderfully crunchy cookies, Biscotti. They are wonderfully delicious, and horribly expensive. Each biscuit can be nearly $5 each. A few weeks ago, a friend and I hosted an Italian Night. We had a wonderful selection... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at Full Plate Review
I do make cole slaw with sauerkraut. It actually won a salad contest a few years ago. My vinaigrette based coleslaw is pretty good too, or some Im told, when it gets closer to the summer, Ill have to post the recipes. Happy Cooking! Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network. Envoyé sans fil par mon terminal mobile BlackBerry sur le réseau de Bell.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2012 on Favourite Cookbook at Full Plate Review
Hi Debbie I should have been a little clearer. Yes it is 8 hours per pound for whole produces like whole turkey or whole pork roasts, but for pieces like pork chops or chicken pieces, it is just 8 hours total. I hope that clears things up. Mrs. Dishes
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2012 on Brining at Full Plate Review
Brining is similar to marinating, the formulas are different, but the results are similar. Add flavour, tenderize the meat or vegetables and allow most of the preparation to be accomplished in advance. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at Full Plate Review
WAFFLES Do you have a waffle maker hanging in the back of your cupboard but you just don’t like the recipe you’ve used for years? I have tried lots of recipes. I have made strange things in my waffle iron (and watched others make even stranger things in theirs). Think... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Homemade Mayonnaise When I make mayonnaise I use my blender. It’s quick and I can control the speed, whip it up when I’m low and I’m off to whatever I need next. I usually have a jar of my favourite commercial mayo in the fridge too, for when I only need a teaspoon, but this is fast, easy and cheap. It makes about ¾ of a cup and tastes great too. 2 egg yolks 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus 1 teaspoon ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/8 teaspoon sugar ¼ teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper ¾ cup canola oil In the jar of the blender, empty the yolks, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper. Blend on a medium setting until combined. With the blender set at its lowest setting, and the main lid on, remove the inner lid and stream the oil in in a slow steady stream until it is well combined. It should take about 30 seconds, then scrape down the sides and blend for 5 seconds more. Taste and adjust seasonings if you feel it is necessary.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2012 on Salad Dressings at Full Plate Review
Sure you can go to the grocery store and stare blankly at the shelf of salad dressings before picking the same old same old or decide to be adventurous and choose the new variety of the one you had last week. Or you can even opt to throw caution to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at Full Plate Review
SALT BLOG At one time salt was used in place of money. Jesus called his disciples the salt of the earth. Salt is vital. We need salt. But with our markets bombarded with sea salt, table salt, cake-free, mineral salt, Maldon salt, grey salt, Himalayan salt, black salt, and kosher... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Shrimp Bisque A few months ago, my husband had to go away for work, but this time, I was invited along. While he was off working, I was exploring the local fare and stopped by the local coffee shop for lunch. The soup of the day was lobster bisque. One... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Full Plate Review
NOT SO-MUCH BURGER A friend of mine is a vegetarian. Another friend doesn’t eat red meat. Then there are times in our life when we just want something a little lighter but we want a burger. I know, I know; how can I live in Alberta and not want to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Cinnamon Buns Few things are more delightful than pleasing someone else. Cinnamon is not actually one of my favourite spices, but some of my friends and their families love it and I have found that because I love to see their delight, I love to develop better recipes for family... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Crispy BAKED Chicken Wings  I love to go out to a restaurant and order wings. Hate to have my hands covered in grease and the sauce falling off because they are too greasy and no flavour. If you listen to the so-called experts you will hear that you can’t... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Smoke Detector Chicken When my son was about 7 years old we lived in a very small house and the smoke detectors were placed in odd locations. Anything from taking a shower to toasting bread would set off the alarm. One afternoon as I was preparing supper, our son and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Caesar Salad Go into just about any restaurant and you can order a Caesar Salad. The best restaurant Caesar Salad I have ever had was at the CN Tower in Toronto. It was tangy and balanced with Grana Padano Cheese, pancetta lardon and very crisp Romaine. This recipe will give... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Ok, the first time I saw this I thought they had lost their minds. I tried it, tweaked it and added the icing and it really works. You really have to play with the flavors to see what you like best, but in my experience, it is personal taste. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Margarita Skewers Blog I was looking for a very attractive, eye –catching addition for a buffet table one day, but I had a very strict budget. I had to feed 50 guests a 7-course gourmet meal for $300. It was a challenge then to come up with 6 appetizers to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Full Plate Review
CHEESEBURGER SOUP It was very cold and I wanted to make soup, but I wanted a cheeseburger too, so I thought I could I have both. I started with the hamburger and thought about what I would put on the burger, adapted and tasted. It was gooood. It was so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Full Plate Review
Cookbooks  I have a lot of cookbooks. I love to look at them, read them and put them back on the shelf. I’m sure my family gets very frustrated when they sit there all the time and I just make up my own thing. But to me a cookbook... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Full Plate Review