Porcini Mushrooms and White Bean Stew

Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 ¾ cup homemade or low sodium store bought chicken broth stock (I use veggie broth too) ¾ ounce dried porcini mushrooms 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced …

Tortellini with Peas and Prosciutto

Active time:  25 minutes Total time:  25 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients: Kosher salt 1 pound meat filled tortellini 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 ounces prosciutto or pancetta, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic,…

Sausage and Mushroom Feta Caps

I love this recipe.  It comes together pretty easy.  You can prep and stuff them ahead of time, and bake them when ready to serve.   Ingredients: ¼ cups olive oil, divided 4 hot Italian sausages, casings removed 1…

Black or Green olive tapenade

This is another go to when I have company!  It’s such an easy dish to prepare. And most times I serve both the black and green olive tapenades. Ingredients: 1 cup pitted oil cured black olives, or if you want, use the green ones …

Insurance Matters That Really Matter!

Insurance is a funny thing - most of us don't take the time to read or understand our policies. Most people don't even take a cursory read through their policies, or for that matter, update them. Life is ever changing and the elements of life…
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The "Just In Case" Tote - Top Items to Keep Organized When a Medical Emergency Happens

On a Friday night, while at University, I always remember my mom telling me to put a $20 in my sock for cab fare home from the club ---just in case. Early on in my life, this was the idea of being prepared in an emergency.   My next…
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Four Steps to Creating an Effective Elder Care Plan

When something goes wrong, it often gets worse when answers are not available. An eldercare plan prevents chaos and provides comfort to distraught family members already shaken when family members face an unexpected trauma. Creating an elder…

Gender Bias and Consequence to Care

Over the past five decades, women’s roles have changed dramatically, while men’s roles have barely budged. Why do the differences still exist? I know that I am not the same as my mother. Yet I find myself, now almost 50, comparing her formerly…
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Downsizing? Think right-sizing instead

Time to downsize?  You're not alone.  This year, thousand of Canadians will make the move from the family home, citing reasons such as retirement, an empty net, loss of a partner or simply the need to cut expenses.  But this won't be our…

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Ingredients: For the Shrimp: 2 pounds (12 to 15 count) shrimp 1 tbsp olive oil ½ tsp kosher salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper For the sauce: ½ cup chili sauce (recommended: Heinz) ½ cup ketchup 3 tbsp prepared…