Strawberries, Peaches and Basil with Orange Vinaigrette


Home Alone Comfort with Fried Egg Spaghetti


The Chalk Hills Kitchen

Favourite Comfort Food: Fried Egg Spaghetti

This recipe makes one portion. It’s perfect food when you’re alone and there’s no one about to hear your slurping and low sighs of pleasure. And not unexpectedly, there’s a brief story behind this one.

I knew a guy who ate fried egg spaghetti six out of seven days a week. On the seventh day, he gave it a rest, and popped down the street to the local cafe to buy a huge bowl of “bottomless” (free refills) chilli for less than the price of a large coffee nowadays. That was the late 60s: it was a different time and there was a different perspective on life. It was also a time when the young smoked anything that would ignite, and everything tasted better for it. Fried egg spaghetti is still comforting and tastes just a good, even though I’m nearly tea-total and don’t…

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Gorgonzola- and prosciutto-stuffed chicken breast with strawberry-balsamic sauce: $1.94/serving


The $35 a Week Project

The garden strawberries! They just won’t quit! In my zeal to use them, I even broke one of my personal rules against meals consisting largely of one big ol’ hunk of meat. And it was chicken breast, at that. (I usually prefer thighs, as they’re more flavorful and less prone to dryness, but in this case breasts were easier to stuff.) However, this is the best savory use for strawberries—outside of salads—I’ve ever found, and I’ve been making it for years now (pre $35-a-week, of course) to great acclaim. If you want to get real fancy you could even convert this into a roulade, which would make for a much prettier picture than the one above. The sauce also doubles as a salad dressing; feel free to add a mess of spinach leaves or other greens to the other half of the plate. (As I did after this picture…

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garlic scape-sauteed baby artichokes topped with parano cheese


food & foto

it’s still artichoke season, and i always enjoy seeing the “baby” version of things in the produce section.  i know that means i will only be able to get my hands on them for a brief time.  much like the baby leeks {ramps} or baby garlic {scapes}, baby artichokes are only available for a short season in late spring and early summer.  and so naturally i had to try some.

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