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guacamole

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“Simple” ethnic recipes often look deceivingly easy but end up being difficult to get right. It usually comes down to knowing certain visual cues during the preparation, but sometimes I think they have a secret or two that they don’t tell us about. Tomato sauce, pyrogy, and of course even a great sandwich are some other great examples of “simple” recipes that can be hard to prefect.

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everything cheese – edmonton, alberta

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Every American consumes over 30 pounds of cheese per year. It’s an amazing and kind of sad statistic when you realize that almost all of that comes in the form of bland supermarket cheese or even worse – packaged and processed “cheese” slices. Thankfully Edmontonians don’t need to be tied to eating mediocre cheese thanks to a new cheese shop in the city of Edmonton – Everything Cheese.

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the sandwich series

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In Edmonton we had an early spring – a rare event. In much of Canada the transitional seasons, spring and fall, don’t really seem to exist. There are times where we transition from snow storms and bitter cold to +20C (68F) in just a day or two. There are years where you are wearing shorts and you still see piles of snow in the shady areas around houses for weeks.  So this spring is more like an early summer. With the weather being amazing I have taken every opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy it. And what better way to enjoy a warm and sunny day than to have a great sandwich and beverage out on the deck?

I hope wherever you are reading this it is also beautiful out and you can mix up your favorite patio beverage and make a yummy sandwich from the series. If you missed any of the sandwiches, here they all are…

avocado melt

prosciutto with sprouts and greens

olive lover’s sandwich

fried bittersweet chocolate bread

grilled chicken and vegetables on focaccia (with a killer focaccia recipe)

grilled cheese

sausage sandwich with sauerkraut

chicken milanesa torta

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chicken milanesa torta

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Milanesa is an old and well traveled dish. The origins are from Milan, but the dish is seen all over Europe and is well immersed into South American cuisine. It refers to a piece of meat prepared by breading and then frying. Someone was raving about a version of this sandwich they had from a restaurant and based on their rudimentary description I decided to try my hand at making a representation of it.

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sausage sandwich with sauerkraut

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The news is constantly filled with warnings about meat. From pink slime to nitrates to heart disease, it makes me feel tht even looking at a sausage is going to kill me. I wanted to get a better handle on what the real scoop was so I did a little digging about the evil nitrates that are used in meat processing to extend their shelf life. It turns out that yes, they do react to form carcinogens and can be quite bad for you. But, much of this is a result of high heat cooking.

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