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The working title for Carolyne’s Gourmet Recipes cookbook is From Lady Ralston’s Kitchen: A Canadian Contessa Cooks. This kitchen-friendly doyenne has been honoured and referred to as the grande dame of executive real estate in her market area during her 35-year career. She taught gourmet cooking in the mid-70s and wrote a weekly newspaper cooking column, long before gourmet was popular as it is today. Her ebook, Gourmet Cooking - at Home with Carolyne is available here for $5.99 US. Email Carolyne. Scroll down to the comments at each recipe column. Carolyne often adds complimentary "From Lady Ralston's Kitchen" additional recipes in the Recipes for Realtors Comments section at REM.

Recipes for Realtors: Bacon patty special BLT (it’s amazing!)

It’s a special weekend treat breakfast that can served as a full meal any time of day. You won't be hungry for hours.

Recipes for Realtors: Ruby Port Coq au Vin

Maybe add chestnuts or chestnut purée. You could call this a French-German-English version of an old standby.

Recipes for Realtors: Unexpected salad delights

If you are fortunate to live near a farmers’ market, indulge in local farm fresh produce when possible. Ask if this farmer actually grew the produce or bought it from a nearby farm.

Recipes for Realtors: Puff-topped sea scallops

Just a suggestion: Start the meal with an espresso cup on a saucer, offering a drinkable hot tester of my very special silky cream of celery soup. Follow with the meal plan below.

Recipes for Realtors: Silky cream of celery soup

Celery is a nutritious vegetable that isn’t used enough. Writings of a historical vent state that in olden days celery was referred to as an aphrodisiac. I cannot speak to that.

Recipes for Realtors: Some sage advice

It’s a love/hate relationship with sage. For some, it’s an acquired taste, as with olives and anchovies.

Recipes for Realtors: Eggs Arlington and Eggs Florentine

With any of these dishes a small side serving of my herb-marinated Canadian creamy goat cheese coins will be a taste bud tantalizer.

Recipes for Realtors: Leftovers in white sauce – and peas

Who would have thought such a simple yet slightly differently prepared mix would be worth reinventing?

Recipes for Realtors: Giant pig in a blanket and stuffing balls

For those who imbibe, offer a cool glass of ruby port. What a beautiful paired meal. Make it for family or for entertaining. Just make multiples of the puff pastry wrapped pork loins, roasted simultaneously.

Recipes for Realtors: Polenta mille-feuille and aioli two ways

Holiday entertaining, anyone? Here’s a special gourmet plate that has an unspeakable visual quality as well as being a marriage of delicious flavours.