Garlic Parmesan toasted pumpkin seeds

Thanks, Food Network Canada for this one.

I altered the cooking times based on what I read in this month’s Food Network Magazine.

Yes, the US and Canadian Food Networks evidently disagree on pumpkin seed toasting times.


  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • cooking oil
  • coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

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Potato soup

Please note: This soup is exactly what the title indicates – it has a very strong potato flavor. Feel free to play with the spices or vegetables if you wish to kick it up a notch.

This recipe comes from The Rookie Cook Cookbook, which I recently wrote about as my top favorite cookbook I own.


  • 3 Russet potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp finely chopped celery leaves
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley 
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

The 6-9-12 on the mason jar of flour is from a friend’s wedding – they gave out mason jars as favors.

Also, I did end up using some chicken broth.

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Bacon, onion, and cheese quiche

I always make my quiches crustless because I’m lazy I prefer them that way.

I made this for dinner the other night, in an I-don’t-want-to-go-shopping-I’m-making-anything-in-the-fridge kind of deal. It’s adapted from here.


  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 5 oz Cheddar cheese
  • 3 oz Parmesan cheese
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted

Please note: The original recipe calls for half and half; I used milk and butter. I’m sure heavy cream, light cream, etc. would also be fine.

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Difference between: buttercup and butternut squash

They look completely different on the outside, but have a very similar creamy orange flesh inside.

To add confusion, winter squash is often grouped together as one food item, nutritionally and otherwise. And, winter squashes can often be substituted for one another in dishes.

So then, what is the difference between buttercup squash and butternut squash? Let’s find out.

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My top 5 best cookbooks

At this point in life I own dozens of cookbooks. Admittedly, several of them I have never even tried a recipe out of.

(This is why I love getting cookbooks as gifts- I don’t like spending my own money on them, because I feel I should try more recipes from the ones I have first. But other people spending money on them for me, that’s okay. Feel free to recommend your favorites to me, and I’ll put them on my Amazon wish list!)

Although some haven’t been opened in a couple years, there are a few cookbooks that I keep coming back to.

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