Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fuel to Go Homemade Protein Bars

School has started or will be starting for many children, and with that comes back routine, scheduling, and of course preparing lunch and healthy snacks for them. I have been making this recipe for over 15 years for my son, and it is time to revisit an older post I've done for this recipe. It has become incredibly popular over the years with all his teammates in track and field. Packed with nutrition, this makes the ultimate snack for those high energy kids. It is comforting to know there are  no ingredients in this Homemade Protein Bar you can't pronounce.
The chia and hemp seed add that extra boost of essential amino acids, omega-3 fats, fibre and a whole lot more! I make enough to last the week, cut into squares and wrap individually for easy to go healthy snacks. Your kids will love the exceptional taste of these homemade protein bars! Use any kind of dried fruit you have on hand such as blueberries, cranberries, apricots, sour cherries, raisins,  and figs.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tupperware Stands the Test of Time

I was absolutely thrilled  for the opportunity to work with Becky Black, a Director for Tupperware Canada. After redoing my pantry cupboard with sliding drawers it was time to get everything neat and organized. I had a collection of Tupperware Modular Mates that were over 20 years old, and needed more to get my pantry fully organized and tidy. Tupperware really does stand the test of time, proven by my 20+ year old containers are still in fantastic shape. They may have a few fine scratches but they still seal tight to keep all my pantry ingredients fresh!

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Potatoes with Creamy Dill Sauce

You can't beat the flavour of garden fresh new potatoes with their crisp texture and slightly sweet taste. No peeling required with their wafer thin skins that add great taste and colour to any potato dish. My sister-in-law Patti is a fantastic cook and this recipe is an adaptation of her creamy dill potatoes. Fresh dill is a must for this recipe, you can't quite get the same flavour with dried dill.
My secret ingredient is a pinch of nutmeg, which adds a delicate depth of flavour to the dill sauce. I usually serve the dill sauce in side dish so everyone can add their own preferable amount. I like my potatoes drenched in dill sauce and my husband just likes a light coating - really? how can you just have a little bit of my amazing tasting dill sauce??

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.

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.