Thursday, December 18, 2014

Eggnog Cheesecake Squares

These Eggnog Cheesecake Squares are made with a great little twist. The brownie crust is inspired with Holiday flavours of nutmeg, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. You may want to double this recipe as it will fly off the dessert plate. A creamy layer of eggnog flavoured cheesecake on top of a chewy spice cake inspired brownie crust.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Potato and Ham Ragu

 My potato recipe features The Little Potato Company potatoes. These little potatoes are so delicious and easy to use. They come pre-washed, no peeling or extra prep required, and best of all they are available Year Round! These little gems are so versatile; boil them, bake them or simply throw them into your roasting pan with whatever meat you are cooking.
The Little Potato Company is a family based business located in Edmonton, my next door neighbour! It is North America's leader in the breeding, growing, and marketing of proprietary fresh creamer unique potatoes. The virtues of being small - the perfect little potato!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Honey Baked Crispy Phyllo Squares

I recently received  a book from Raincoast Books to review. "Sweet Alchemy: Dessert Magic" by Yigit Pura is a delightful book full striking desserts, beautifully written. Pura, the winner of Top Chef Just Desserts is also the owner of San Francisco's Tout Sweet Patisserie. In his book Pura shares his secrets from perfect pastries to sweet formulas such as his recipe for Burnt Caramel Sauce.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Old Fashioned Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Baking got to be a whole lot more entertaining when my friend Wanda came over to bake her old time family recipe for shortbread with me. So while sipping on some Cosmopolitans and playing festive Holiday tunes we proceeded to make a mess of my kitchen making these awesome Shortbread cookies that her family has been making for 3 generations.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Candy Cane Popcorn Balls

Holiday baking with your children is a magical time for making lifelong memories. Who can’t recall time spent with your Mom or Grandma baking cookies and treats, licking spoons, our clothes all covered in flour. While my son was growing up I loved having his friends come over to make gingerbread houses or decorate sugar cookies. We would all wear Santa hats, play Holiday music and make a complete mess of the kitchen. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ground Turkey Cabbage Roll Casserole

Homemade cabbage rolls are always part of my family's traditional Holiday meal. My husband and I have fond memories of watching our Grandmas and moms skillfully roll tasty filling inside delicate cabbage leafs. The King family topped their cabbage rolls with sauerkraut; my family used tomato soup. Classic cabbage rolls can be time consuming to make and difficult to roll up. This easy to make recipe deconstructs the cabbage rolls into a delicious casserole that tastes the same without all the fuss. Our old family recipe used ground beef and pork, but I decided to make a healthier recipe using lean ground turkey. My family absolutely loved this new, easy to make, healthier version of cabbage rolls.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Eggnog Cranberry Oatmeal

This recipe for Eggnog Cranberry Oatmeal will have you wishing they would make eggnog year-round. The eggnog adds such incredible creamy, nutmeg flavour you'll think you're eating dessert for breakfast. Spice it up a bit more with extra cinnamon and nutmeg. I added some dried cranberries for a nice balance of tartness to the rich creaminess of the eggnog. For this recipe I used Old Fashioned Oatmeal, but any variety will work, even steel cut oats.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Swedish Meatballs

This recipe for Swedish Meatballs is comfort food at its best. Flavourful meatballs smothered in a rich creamy gravy!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bacon Shallot Peas

This is a great recipe to perk up your peas! No more plain boring peas with this quick and easy to make recipe.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Superfood Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to pack in a ton of nutrition with very little preparation. No cooking, easy cleanup, and best of all you can enjoy it on the go! So when Williams-Sonoma contacted me to ask if I would be interested in participating in their "Not Your Typical Smoothie" campaign I accepted the challenge and got thinking of an unusual smoothie recipe.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Perfect Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This is a very simple recipe to make delicious Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Mashed potatoes - is there anything that says comfort food more than that. Add some savoury gravy and you've got "Take me Home Country Roads".

Saturday, November 8, 2014

How to make Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic is so easy to make and adds great flavour to many recipes such as dressings, veggies and sauces. Roasting garlic mellows the flavour and brings out a rich caramel taste I roasted up some fresh garlic for my mashed potatoes. Be careful to not burn garlic as it becomes very bitter with a very unpleasant taste.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sunday Dinner Chicken

This recipe for Sunday Chicken Dinner brings back some very fond childhood memories of Sunday Dinner at Grandma's house.  My Grandma and Grandpa had the tiniest little farm house but that never stopped them from having over 20 people for Sunday Dinner. If someone stopped by they were invited to pull a chair and have some dinner. Life was so much more informal back then, you didn't need an invite to pop by someone's house. One never worried that it could be dinner time as there was always plenty to feed everyone.