Chickpea & Grilled Corn Chop Salad

It has been a very long time since I’ve sat down and posted to my blog. This has been a super busy year, and somehow in my brain I knew that autumn would come, and with it much needed “time”. It’s not that I haven’t been cooking, boy I have I been cooking! Add in kitchen & bathroom renovations, a new puppy, and one of our wettest fall-winter-springs on record, followed by a full on drought with smokey skies, my energies have been elsewhere… I am so happy to have these breezy, cooler, clear days that late September has brought us.

When I’m doing an event with salads as part of the buffet, I love adding robust “chop” salads. They add texture, and colour to the mix. Because a spoonful goes along way, they fit onto a plate with other foods very easily.

This salad has a little heat, and lots of texture, which is so nice with a burger or chicken dinner. It also serves well as a vegetarian main course salad for those who aren’t going for the meat from the grill. Continue reading

Midwest Chowder

A friend gave this recipe to me in the 1980’s.  Not only did we share recipes, but also we raised and showed dogs, bred horses, raised children and genuinely clicked as friends.  This soup was the school children’s favourite when our girls were young, and the recipe spread amongst the island’s families.  It then moved on to being a mainstay of the Soup’s On program, and was included in the island’s cookbook. So, thanks once again, Colleen, for sharing this with us all.

It continues to nourish us during the fall, winter and early spring.  I try to keep a tin of creamed corn in the pantry, just for this. Continue reading