Ham And Cheese Puff Pastry Tart

This is a beautiful looking dish to make for a light dinner with a crisp green salad.

  • 1 pkg. frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 2 cups coarsely grated cheese (choose your favorite)
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • pinch of sale and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out and unfold 1 pastry sheet on each of two baking sheets.

Top with ham, cheese and mushrooms, leaving a 1/2 inch plain border. Whisk together the  eggs, rosemary, pepper, salt and nutmeg in a bowl. Whisk in the sour cream until smooth.

Spoon the egg mixture over the toppings on each pastry. Bake in the oven until the pastry is puffed , golden and the toppings are set. This should take about 23-25 minutes.

St. Patrick’s Dinner

Due to the fact I am of Irish descent, we always hold a dinner in the honour of my Pop and St. Patrick. Neighbours and friends have certainly consumed such meals. Tonight, it is not as elaborate but still will be super-duper delicious.

I wasn’t sure if I should just give you the menu today and the recipes and pictures tomorrow.

Okay, I have really thought it over and you get the menu today plus pictures of the table. How’s that for a compromise? You can see by the settings, no one gets away with NOT participating.


  • Fresh Shrimp  with homemade seafood sauce
  • Hazelnut/Date crackers with Cheddar Cheese Cream Cheese
  • Best Green Pea Soup you will ever eat with a
  • Lacy Cheese Garnish
  • Guinness Beef Stew
  • Soda Buns
  • Blood Orange Creme Brulee
  • Assorted Wine/Cooler/Beer

That should give you some idea what is being served. Lucky friends, lucky us.


Christmas 2015

Our Christmas this year is very quiet, sharing with two of our neighbours/friends. This does not in any way mean we don’t do it in the Christmas spirit, and then Boxing Day another big dinner with neighbors/friends.
We are serving:
Individual plates with a Hot Dip/crackers
Cheese shortbread
Ham/Asparagus rolls
mini homemade sausage rolls
Butternut Squash Soup with drizzle of Creme Fraiche
Tourtiere with gravy
Mashed potatoes
Dinner Butter rolls
cranberry sauce (homemade)
Turkey with dressing
Baked Ham
Buttermilk Pie (New Orleans Style)
Christmas Baking

Easter Menu

Happy Easter, one and all. Before we go to Church this morning, let me share with you the dinner menu we have planned. We started getting prepared yesterday for serious. Mind you, the table was set a couple of days ago and the dessert was made already.


We are having:

Hors d’Oeuvres

  • Homemade mini sausage rolls
  • Salmon Cream Cheese on whole wheat toasts with dill garnish


  • Trout Chowder With Asparagus and Spring Peas


  • Scallop Potatoes
  • Pan Braised Brussel Sprouts
  • Baby Carrots
  • Bake SHam With Apricot Glaze
  • Red Lobster Cheese Buns (homemade)


  • Riccota (my homemade cheese) Cheesecake With Chocolate Ganache
  • Wines
  • Tea/Coffee




Reveillon Dinner For Friends

I am sure by now everyone knows for whom and why we host a “Lead In To Christmas” dinner every first Saturday in December. This year we are doing it New Orleans style. We were there last Christmas and attended the Cooking School of New Orleans. Reveillon means “reawakening” to family, friends and always using the secret family receipes of 100 years ago or more. All the recipes being used are original and I think it will go over well.

Our menu is this:

  • Festive Kir Cocktail With Hibiscus Flower Welcome
  • Shrimp Dip With Crackers
  • Homemade Antipasto
  • Prawn and Artichoke Soup (Wow, so yummy)

Langostine and Scallop Etouffee (yummmmmm)

Boudin Blanc-stuffed Turkey Breasts With chestnuts

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce


On each place setting is a mini stocking with a baby orange, 2 homemade Pralines and a candy cane.  Also, a copy of the evening menu is at each place as well. When our guests will be leaving, they will each be given miniature Panettone cakes.

The picture here is the table setting without the candles actually being lit. More to come

Thanksgiving Dinner With Friends

We are having a Thanksgiving celebration dinner with friends tonight and thought I would share our menu with you. Tomorrow, hopefully, we will have pictures for you from the table to the food. I have started already with the table and the dessert.

We are starting off with:

Hors d’Oeurves

  • homemade tapenade and homemade rosemary flatbread
  • Parmesan asparagus on puff pastry
  • Pinot Gris Wine


Lobster Shrimp Cakes with red pepper aioli

Watermelon Triangles



  • Garlic mashed potatoes
  • Butternut Squash baked in butter and brown sugar

  • Crown Roast of Pork with Apple Stuffing


  • Tin Horn Creek  Character 2013 Wine


  • Apple Cobbler With Cheddar Crust Topping and Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Tea/Coffee

One of our friends is moving away at month’s end, so we will have a little surprise for her to take to her new home.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hopefully you, as well as us, are so very thanksful for all we have.


Entertaining On A Long Weekend

As mentioned before, we have a kind of unusual weekend, but for us, a fun one. We have three different meals to put together and this is what we are doing.

For the luncheon, we are making a corn/panchetta chowder and a Croque Monsieur Sandwich (these are to die for) like we had in France.

For dessert a wonderful summer fruit tart on puff pastry using our own peaches, fresh blueberries and  nectarines. A touch of whipping cream and YUM!

A glass of wine and lots of laughs. That is easy!

For the first supper

A special Bouillabaisse with clams, mussels and shrimp

A salad with the most wonderful Burrata cheese on a crostini with cherry tomato, fig balsamic vinegar on arugula with a side of pickled peaches.

The main entree is grilled lamb chops (me – salmon), my most favourite risotto and garden peas.

For dessert – a wonderful fresh peach cobbler.


For second supper

My cousin makes the best fried chicken so we are taking the vegetables, buns, salad and yes, again…..fresh peach cobbler. When you get so many peaches on your tree, you have to start making  up things….pickles, jams and more jams, and then desserts. What can I say?

Then we pack it all up and head off to their campsite to enjoy a fun evening. When the four of us get together the laughs and stories are never ending. Love it.

Be safe everyone, it is a long weekend…drive safe, eat well and laugh lots.

Menu For A Retirement Party For Friends

We have a friend, who just retired so, of course, we have to have a dinner party to celebrate such a wonderful challenge to a man who has worked most of his life (as we all do, I know)

It will start with a glass (or two) or wine and wonderful two kinds of bbq chicken wings to munch on and chat away. A small token gift of wine will be offered.

Now, moving into the air-conditioned dining room (+ 38-39 degrees is being called for), we will start with:

Pulled Pork Popovers *

Papaya/Shrimp Salad With a Ginger Curry dressing

Orzo dish With Smoked Trout

Fruit/Cheese/Nut Tray



* Don invented this dish. He made popovers, then cut in half and placed generous amount of pulled pork on bottom and set top at the side and then drizzled some of the sauce over. OMG! These are the best of the best of the best. Damn he did it again!

The orzo dish he made before and it is served lightly chilled. It has a remarkable homemade pesto sauce in it (recipe for this dish is already posted on this site).

The dessert tray had:

3- 1/2 inch squares of a hazelnut “wafer” cookies,

4 kinds of cheese (small pieces)

candied pecans (made in the morning)

fresh fruit – peach slices, kiwi slices, green grapes

toasted baguettes slices

This, my friends, was a hit the other night and  will be again. Seems to go over well on hot nights instead of a heavier dessert.

Try something like this and you will be praised over and over.

Yummy dinner menu (99% is made in advance) where you can spend all your time with your guests.

September Dinner Party

Here is a menu you may wish to try. It is not that difficult and the recipes are on site.



  • Crab Cakes with garlic aoli
  • Wine: Pinot Grigio

First Course:

  • Seafood Bisque
  • Second Course: Chicken Salad

Main Course:

  • Pork Tenderloin with sauce
  • Baby garden beets, corn and julienned carrot sticks, green beens


  • Chocolate Brioche with homemade vanilla ice cream
  • Shot of Baileys to go with your coffee.


Royalty Coming Dinner

Did that surprise you? I hope not. Our concept here is family, friends and strangers alike are treated like royalty. No one gets better treatment than the other. This way, you take the care and attention needed to show that everyone is important, special and welcome.

Now, here is a little story, true, I swear. As much as I have always respected Martha Stewart and the Savoir Faire shows for their flair of collecting  just the right dishes, we were not that into it. So…..the first dinner invitation we had with our former, long ago gone friends, Don and Rose, my husband was sitting at the dinner table and got the strangest look on his face. I asked him what was going on and he told me to turn around.

There, in her china cabinet, was a table setting for 22. All one pattern, all displayed as individual settings. OMG! We share this with them after the dinner and they just roared. Who else but us would count the dishes.

Now, on to the reason for this ditty.


Dinner Menu to try:

  • Crab cakes with lemon sauce and fresh crab legs
  • Millenium Festive Salad
  • Mushroom Risotto (my absolute favourite)
  • Steak Au Poivre with a Merlot cream
  • Steamed Asparagus
  • Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and cream


New Years Eve 2013 – Plan Ahead Menu

Years ago, when we still had our friends, we decided we could put on a great dinner with just us and have a wonderful time. The rule was we had to dress up. The fellas rented Tuxedos, and the two ladies wore long gowns. Sounds silly? Not a chance.

We wanted that “special celebration feeling” and by gum we achieved it.  The dinner was hours long and so much fun. I might add, it was so much work as well, I won’t kid you.

Here you need to sit down with a cup of coffee and read it through. It can be so worth it, I promise.


Hors d’Oeuvres

  • Mushroom Palmiers, Mini Chicken drumsticks
  • Wine: White Zinfandel

First Course

  • Steamed Clams in Wine
  • Wine: Bris de Mer

Second Course

Festive Millenium Salad, crackers

Third Course

Caviar Parfait * Don made this and liked it. Did I mention that one of the rules we had was you had to at least try the dish. You don’t have to like it, but try it.

Fourth Course

  • Beef Wellington with roasted potatoes, buttered carrots, partial stems still attached.
  • Wine: Merlot

Fifth Course

  • Swans swimming in chocolate sauce, topped with sparklers. (Don made these…it was fabulous!)
  • Wine: Sparkling

Sixth Course (yes, we were gasping at this point)

  • Coffee/tea

This dinner took 6 hours to go through. We had about 45 minutes before midnight and we played bridge, toasted in the New Year and took our exhausted bodies to bed. Tomorrow was another day.

This dinner is, obviously, for adults only. Get a sitter, feed the kids early and take them to Grandmas House or whatever. Do try it, even if not the same dishes but go the ‘take 5’ attitude and you will surprise yourself. Maybe this was where the “damn I can do this” concept was born.

Easter Leftover Dinner

This menu will work with Easter, Christmas or whatever the BIG celebration at your home is. It is a way to invite company over and be sure to inform them it is ‘leftovers’.



  • Cracks and cognac pate
  • Squash and red pepper turine
  • Smoked Salmon


  • Tourtiere with Mushroom sauce
  • Leftover turkey
  • mashed potatoes
  • vegetables
  • gravy
  • cranberry sauce (homemade)
  • fresh dinner rolls


Choice of pumpkin pie or sticky toffee puddings

Now, who wouldn’t love an invitation to leftovers?