Thursday, July 31, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I love the tart flavour of rhubarb! My Grandma used to grow enormous rhubarb plants and for an afternoon snack she would chop some fresh rhubarb, give us a small bowl of sugar for dipping; this was better than any kind of candy you could buy. Rhubarb is great for making exceptional jam, purees, muffins or pies. Rhubarb-strawberry is a great flavour combination and these individual pies are delicious.

TD Thanks Customers in a Surprising Way

TD thanks customers in a very surprising way – with an Automated Thanking Machine™ and a few life changing moments.
Card in, cash out— for many it’s business as usual at the traditional ATM, but, recently, for some TD customers it was anything but. Looking for a unique way to express its gratitude to customers, TD decided to turn to local TD branch employees for ideas. Local employees tend to know their customers pretty well, including their aspirations and dreams over the years. With the help of these employees -- and an Automated Thanking Machine -- some customers received a very special and meaningful thank you. A just released video, entitled #TDThanksYou, captures the unexpected and very personal way TD thanked its customers. Watch as TD takes an Automated Thanking Machine, some excited employees and unsuspecting customers, a handful of beloved celebrities, really special gifts and the element of surprise to create an experience customers and employees will never forget.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

White Chocolate Pudding Cookies


This is an exceptional recipe for making cookies that are soft on the inside but crisp on the outside. They bake nicely without flattening down as most chocolate chip cookies usually do. The white chocolate instant pudding mix adds great flavour and texture to these cookies. It is important that you use only the instant pudding mix. 
I used fine quality white chocolate that I chopped into chunks,  chips will work as well, but definitely won't have the taste of fine quality chocolate. I also like to use vanilla beans in my cookie recipes for superior vanilla taste! Save the left-over pod, add some sugar to it to make a delicious Vanilla Sugar in other recipes.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Triple Berry Crisp

One of my favorite things about summer is the awesome selection of fresh berries! If  only I could have one of every kind of berry bush in my yard to be able to pick fresh berries like my Grandma did on the farm! I an abundance of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries that I needed to use up before they spoiled so I made a very simple delicious Berry Crisp in individual servings.
Baking berries releases a lot of water so to ensure you don't get a watery mess of berries, toss them with a bit of sugar and some minute tapioca to thicken the juices. I used a quarter cup of sugar as I don't like my berries too sweet, but add more sure if you like them a bit sweeter.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gliding Shelf Solutions - Easy Access Shelving

I was thrilled when Lee Anne Daniels from Gliding Shelf Solutions contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their gliding shelves on my blog.
Gliding Shelf Solutions transformed my kitchen cupboards into an organized easy to access dream. No longer do I lose things that get shoved into the back of the cupboard, nor am I having to remove a bunch of things to be able to grab a particular item. These gliding shelves have revolutionized my cooking by making ingredients quick to access and easy to find, no more clutter!










Thursday, July 3, 2014

Homemade Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake has always been a Birthday Cake tradition in our home. This all began many years ago by my husband's late Grandmother, she would always bake them an angel food cake. I have continued on with this tradition, but I must fess up, I have never made an Angel Food Cake from scratch until now. I'm not quite sure what took me so long to try this recipe that was scribbled on a piece of paper in my Mom's cookbook favourites. The cake turned out beautifully, so light and airy.
A while back I saw a recipe on Pinterest of a cake decorated with coloured mini marshmallows and this is where I got the inspiration to decorate this cake. Check out Darlene's fabulous blog Make Fabulous Cakes  for more great cakes! This recipe for Angel Food Cake was so delicious, I will be definitely be baking it more often! Decorate with your favourite icing or serve with a simple collection of fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pure Leaf Ice Tea Summer Oasis


I recently joined the team as a contributor for Huffington Post's newly launched Kitchen Daily Canada!  Pure Leaf Ice Tea is helping celebrate the launch in Canada as a brand sponsor. I have been asked to join in this celebration by introducing the refreshing flavours of Pure Leaf Ice Tea. At this time the flavours available in Canada are Unsweetened, Raspberry and Lemon.
In Canada the one thing we are always talking about is the weather; having four very distinctive seasons; but the one everyone anticipates the most is SUMMER! Finally warm sunny days to enjoy special moments outdoors. What could be more pleasurable than creating your own outdoor oasis to enjoy memorable get togethers with family and friends. I created my own special summer oasis where my husband and I could enjoy a refreshing drink and appetizer before dinner and occasionally dessert and drinks after dinner in the evening.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Capellini D'Angelo Roma

 My son recently had an emergency appendectomy and recovery involved moving back home for a couple of weeks to have dear old Mom take care of him. After he got his appetite back it was like non- stop hunger set in and I was was constantly hearing "Mom can you make me something to eat". Now the one thing about cooking that I don't enjoy is deciding what to make. I love when I get requests to make something or try a certain recipe.  Just tell me and I'll happily make it. So I sent him on a search through some of the recipes I had collected on Pinterest. The following recipe by Chef Dennis of a Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis was at the top of his list.
This a 30 minute meal that is so easy to prepare and I received rave reviews from my son. The only substitution I made was thick cut bacon instead of prosciutto.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Shallot Hasselback Potatoes



Hasselback potatoes are a delicious and decorative way to serve potatoes. 


These impressive looking potatoes will be certain to wow your guests at your next barbecue or dinner. Serve with a grilled steak and salad to enjoy a meal that everyone will be raving about.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pork Chops with Brandy Mushroom Sauce


This recipe for pork chops is an all-time favorite of mine. Pan fried pork chops in a savoury mushroom brandy sauce. Gourmet flavour, yet so easy to prepare.
Pork chops are a great affordable meat to feed the family. The key to making great pork chops is to not overcook them; cook to internal temperature of 160 degrees. A digital meat thermometer is a must-have kitchen tool to help you cook all your meat dishes to the perfect temperature.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Steak Salad in Baked Tortilla Shell


This week I had the pleasure of spending time with a very special young lady, Hannah. Since I do not have a daughter I treasured every minute we had together cooking, taking photos and just having great girl chat. Hannah has great flair for photography, design and cooking and together we created this blog post for Steak Salad.
For this recipe we used the leftover steak from dinner the night before, a simple BBQ'd grilled New York strip. Mixed together our favourite salad greens and avocado, then served in a baked tortilla bowl. The dressing was a great tasting roasted garlic and chili Aoili sauce.
Add that extra touch to salad by serving it in a tortilla bowl. I have this great baking pan for doing this. Simply press the flour or corn tortilla into the mold, bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees voila and you have a decorative edible bowl for any salad.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Homemade Jack Daniel's BBQ Sauce

After what seemed like a winter that was never going to end, the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming, the patio furniture is uncovered and best of all its BBQ SEASON! My favourite get-together is a Summer BBQ with family and friends. Everyone is so relaxed enjoying the great outdoors with savory food and cool sips.
Want to impress your guests at your next BBQ why not make some Homemade Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce. This recipe is exceptional with tangy smoky taste enhanced with the great flavour of Jack Daniel's Whiskey. This superb sauce has a great thick consistency that works well on ribs, chicken, steak - just about anything you want to throw on the BBQ.
Add that extra special touch to your gathering by making a larger batch and sending your guests home with a jar of your Homemade BBQ sauce! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

How to make perfect Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

Is there anything more comforting than a warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast? My Gramma made the absolute best oatmeal and I have never been able to replicate the flavour of hers. Maybe it was that she slow cooked it over a wood burning stove, or the fact that the cream came fresh from the cream separator. There was no such thing as pasteurized cream or milk on the farm.
As the oatmeal was cooking we got shooed out to the garden to get fresh raspberries or strawberries, whatever was ripe at the time. My Gramma never thought about organic foods, nutrition values, calorie counts - she just cooked great food.
Oatmeal is still my favourite breakfast meal. I always use Large Flake Oatmeal that takes about 15 minutes to cook. I like the texture and flavour far better than the quick cook or instant. Strawberries are in season so today it was Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal.