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Short Rib Barley Mushroom Soup

My mom always made a mushroom barley soup with some meat in it. When I moved out she gave some ‘recipes’ but they were pretty vague so I called my go-to friend, Mrs. Shapiro, to ask for tips on how to make this wonderful soup. I combined her advice with memories of my moms & came up with this delicious soup!

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Ground Beef Tacos

This Ground Beef Taco recipe makes a delicious quick dinner! No-fuss, one pan & easy to make!

The recipe is from BonAppetit.com…. here is the link to the original recipe… I changed it a bit but not too much.

It is a really simple recipe. Some diced onions are sautéed…some spices are added, then ground beef…cooked until done… some tomatoes, black beans & corn…. almost a chilli but not quite!

My local Italian store has some really nice tortillas..this time I used small corn & wheat ones.

Top these tacos with some avocado & we used hot sauce & salsa!

Easily adapted to your taste..if you don’t want to add black beans..use kidney beans instead. or just leave the beans out if you do not like beans! I love the corn in this recipe, corn adds a nice sweet flavour here. 

You can always top these with shredded cheddar cheese if you want or even replace the ground beef with vegan ground round! 

Here is the recipe


1 – 2 tbsp oil

1 medium-sized onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

red pepper flakes… I just put a shake of the jar in…use a s much as you like depending on how ‘hot’ you like your food! you can always spice this up by adding hot sauce when serving

salt & pepper

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1 pound of ground beef

1 can of black beans…15 oz can , rinsed

12 cherry tomato..or more i you like, cut in quarters

1 cup of frozen corn… you can thaw this but I did not, I just added the frozen corn & cooked it long enough so that it was not frozen any more!

1/2 cup water

12 small tortillas

For Garnish,...

1 avocado, finely chopped or mashed if you prefer


hot sauce

chopped cilantro if you like it

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet
  2. Add the chopped onions & cook until lightly browned
  3. Add the garlic, cook for a minute or so
  4. Now, add the red pepper flakes, salt & pepper, chilli powder, cumin & paprika. Mix well
  5. Add the ground beef breaking up any lumps. mix it well with the other ingredients so that all of the meat is coated with the spices/onion mixture
  6. Cook until the beef is completely cooked
  7. Add the black beans, tomatoes, corn & water. Mix to combine all of the ingredients
  8. Stir often & simmer until the tomatoes are soft, the corn is defrosted & the water has reduced down
  9. I removed the meat mixture to a bowl & wiped out the skillet, then I warmed up the tortllas in the skillet before serving them
  10. Top the tortilla with some meat mixture, avocado, salsa etc…



Simple Roast Chicken

I  just think that sometimes a Simple Roast Chicken is one of the most delicious ways to eat chicken! This is a one pan dinner! The chicken is roasted with potatoes & vegetables!

The smell of the roasting chicken fills the house up and whenever I make this, my family walks in and always comments “that smells delicious’

You can always adjust this to your liking. I have added onions, carrots, parsnips & sweet potato to the roasting pan. You can use the vegetables that you like. Many times I add white potatoes instead of sweet potato & eliminate the parsnips. This is also delicious without any vegetables!

The trick to a delicious roast chicken is to Baste, Baste, Baste with the pan juices! If you don’t baste the chicken often then the skin is dry. IF you do not have a basting tool, use a large spoon… just gather up some of the pan juices & pour them all over the chicken and over the veg as well!

 Roast Chicken


 1 3 lb whole chicken, defrosted if it was frozen!

1 1/2 tbsp  Seasoned Salt

1 tbsp paprika (approximately)

2 tbsp oil, I like to use a neutral oil here but you can use olive oil if you prefer

1 whole onion, sliced

3 carrots cut into 2 inch chunks, if thick cut them lengthwise as well

3 parsnips cut into 2 inch chunks, cut the thick end in half lengthwise

1 sweet potato

 *** the amount of carrots, parsnips and potatoes depends on how many people you are serving.  If you don’t like sweet potatoes leave them out or add white potatoes


 1  Put the chicken into a roasting pan, the size of the pan depends on how many vegetables you are adding to the roaster pan. like my vegetables close to the chicken, not too spread out so I use a pan that allows that

2  Sprinkle the seasoned salt all over the chicken

3  Sprinkle  the paprika on the chicken

3. Drizzle the oil over the chicken then rub it all over…The oil mixes with the spices beautifully and I make sure I rub it everywhere, lifting the chicken so I get the thighs as well .

4. Put the cut up onions, carrots, parsnips and potatoes around the chicken . I put a bit of paprika & oil on the vegetables & mix it around so all the veg get oiled & seasoned

 5. Roast at 375F until chicken is fully cooked & the vegetables & potatoes are soft.  Baste often & if your pan gets too dry after an hour or so, add some water. ( no more than 1 cup) The chicken releases liquid while it roasts so wait that hour before deciding whether to put some water in or not. If your chicken has a lot of fat there will be more liquid in your roaster pan but if the chicken is very lean there might not be and then you should add water so you have a bit of drippings for you to baste the chicken with

I like to pour some of the drippings on the chicken at serving time and the vegetables as well.



Do you want a special coffee for New Years Eve? I am making Spanish Coffee…my way!

Here is a short video I made preparing a Spanish Coffee, Except, it is not exactly right as I did not have Creme de Cacao so I used Baileys! It was still delish!

You can rim your cup with sugar if you want, if not then sweetened whipped cream is good!

Ingredients you will need for one cup

1 cup coffee

3/4 oz brandy

3/4 oz Creme de Cacao, I used Baileys

whipped cream, this can be freshly whipped or you can use a can of whipped cream from the grocery store! *** if you want you can whip your cream with a bit of sugar if you want and you are not going to rim your glass with sugar

optional… ;lemon & fine sugar

If you want you can rim your coffee cup with fine sugar.. use a lemon around the edge of the cup then dip this into fine sugar

Method Add the brandy, creme de cacao to your coffee & top with whipped cream

timelapse photography of fireworks

New Years Eve 2023 is getting closer!

Here are some delicious ideas for an appetizer dinner!


This is my Aunt Marilyn Lyman’s recipe. I remember her making this & she gave me the recipe aver 30 years ago…. The recipe is just a bunch of jarred pickles, olives, tuna….& a few other ingredients…chopped up, mixed together & wow is it good!My aunt used to chop all fo the ingredients by hand but…

Smoked Salmon Spread

Well, this was delicious!  Smoked salmon, cream cheese, mayo, horseradish, capers and parsley to garnish. It was all I could do but not eat the whole bowl at one time. Seriously!! In November I was in Toronto and had a smoked salmon sandwich on a bagel at the restaurant Schmaltz Appetizing, 414 Dupont St., and they had horseradish…

Imitation Crab Salad

I love imitation crab…. keeping a Kosher kitchen i can not use real crab meat so this is a delicious alternative for us! This is so quick it is almost impossible to believe it can be as good as it is!!!

Cheddar Cheese Crackers with Pimento

OK… I buy crackers….but, I saw this recipe from bon appetit…& just had to try them. There is a huge problem though…they are soooo delicious that it is hard not to eat all of them at one time!

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

This is one of the easiest desserts to make! Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares. No-bake & 5 ingredients!

My sister was making this one day & so I had her tell me how to make it! She found out from her friend so I do not know where this recipe originated from but it is delish! Melted chocolate chips, butterscotch chips & peanut butter mixed together, then you add some peanuts & mini marshmallows. Chill, cut & enjoy! I used smooth peanut butter but you can use crunchy peanut butter if you prefer! I cut this into squares & then froze them! They were good frozen but did not take long to soften up if you do not like to eat frozen treats!

Here is the recipe


1 bag of chocolate chips

1 bag of butterscotch chips

1 cup peanut butter

1/2-1 cup peanuts

mini marshmallows, you can use as much as you want! 1/2 – 1 full bag


1 9 x13 pan Spray with non-stick spray

  1. In a large bowl, melt the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips & peanut butter together. Mix together until well combined
  2. Add the peanuts, mix
  3. Add the marshmallows & stir them in until all of the marshmallows are coated with the peanut butter mixture
  4. Pour into the greased pan
  5. Chill in the refrigerater until firm
  6. Cut into squares, any size you want!


Caesar Salad with Toasted Panko Crumbs

Wow! I do not think I will every use croutons again! I loved this Caesar Salad with Toasted Panko Crumbs so much!

I saw a picture of a Caesar Salad with Toasted Panko Cumbs and knew I had to try it. You can use any Caesar Salad recipe you like but I will post the one I used!

I know that these toasted Panko crumbs will be good on any salad, they will add some delicious crunch! When I coat fish with Panko crumbs they get toasted during the cooking process so I already knew how tasty Panko is toasted and crunchy!

Here is the recipe, you can adjust amounts to suit your needs!


1 head of romaine lettuce

1 cup Panko Crumbs

2 tsp olive oil

Shredded or grated Parmesan Cheese for adding as garnish

Anchovies, optional… dice these if Are going to use them

Salad Dressing This is a no egg dressing

2/3 cup olive oil

6 tbsp mayonnaise

2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 juice of a lemon (you can add more if you like your dressing with more lemon flavor!)

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Salt & pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350f

  1. Wash & dry your lettuce. I like to cut the lettuce, i slice it in half then cut the lettuce in 2 inch pieces so they arent too big.. but you can tear it up too. Whatever you prefer. Put the lettuce into a large bowl that is big enough to toss your salad in
  2. Toss the Panko Breadcrumbs with the olive oil so that all of the crumbs are coated with the oil. Spread the crumbs evenly on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for approx.10 minutes but keep an eye on them!! You want the crumbs to be toasted nicely. Stir the crumbs once during the cooking period. When they are toasted to your liking, remove from the oven. Give them a stir & let them cool while you make the salad dressing.
  3. Make the dressing. Mix all of the ingredients together in a jar & give it a good shake. Taste & adjust the flavour. Add more lemon if you want or salt & pepper.
  4. If you are using anchovies, you can add them to the dressing or add them directly to the salad. I do that since I do to like anchovies ad Murray does.
  5. Pour some of the dressing on the lettuce, toss & sprinkle with the toasted Panko Bread Crumbs. You can sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese.