Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fresh Herb Italian Dressing

I love growing fresh herbs, preferably outdoors in my garden, but up here in Canada that would eliminate growing fresh herbs for about 8 months of the year! So during our winter months I grow them in small containers that sit by my kitchen window. Although the herbs do not grow as well as outdoors and I usually have to replace them a few times, it is still cheaper than buying those fresh cut herb containers that barely last a week.
I know its silly but snipping fresh herbs while I am preparing a dish makes me feel like an accomplished chef.
For this recipe I blended a combination of basil, oregano, thyme and Italian parsley. A fine quality olive oil is a must and well worth a few extra dollars when making dressings.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Matrimonial Squares (Date squares)

This weekend I'm heading off to my hometown of Humboldt, Saskatchewan to celebrate my Dad's 80th Birthday! Usually family get-togethers in Saskatchewan involve everyone bringing some type of food. We are having an afternoon come and go event with cake and sweets at the local Legion Hall. My contribution will be my super tasting Banana Cake and an old time favourite of my Dad's - Matrimonial squares, also know as Date Squares. As a kid I wouldn't go anywhere near this cake. Two treats that I thought tasted terrible were Mincemeat tarts and Matrimonial cake. Well I guess my taste buds have matured because now I love the taste of Matrimonial cake, but I'm afraid mincemeat still makes me gag!
This recipe is from my Mom's collection in her Hilroy scribbler.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Basket Weave Bacon Meatloaf

If you love cheeseburgers, you will certainly enjoy this recipe. My husband phones me pretty much everyday around 3 or 4 o'clock to chat, but who am I fooling, he just wants to know whats for dinner. Usually that is followed by a slight groan (trying something new recipe) to a "that sounds good". I usually get the "sounds good" if the meal includes any kind of beef! I saw a photo a while back of basket woven bacon that looked so yum, I had to include it in this meatloaf recipe. Under the bacon is a melted layer of aged cheddar to add even more flavour.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Nanaimo Bars

Delicious layers of chocolate coconut crumb, custard filling, chocolate coating!

Nanaimo Bars are a true Canadian classic. Delicious layers of chocolate coconut crumb, custard filling and chocolate coating. I don't know any Canadian baker that doesn't have this recipe somewhere in one of their fund-raiser cookbooks, recipe cards, or scribbled in a notebook. These tasty little bars bring back fond memories of childhood as they were always prepared for holidays and special occasions by someone in our large family. I omitted the nuts when I prepared them as my son is allergic to nuts. It was actually the good old Nanaimo Bar that gave him his first allergic reaction at three years old. We went from having a great time at a Christmas party to the Emergency Ward! If your fine with nuts I would add either finely chopped almonds or walnuts.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quick and Easy Popovers

Popovers, also referred to as Yorkshire Pudding, are a great accompaniment to a juicy roast beef or steak dinner. Key things to making great popovers are to make sure the oil in the pan is hot before pouring the batter in, and no peeking while popovers are baking. Rising high in the pan, crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside is what you are looking for in the perfect popover. Time to invest in a Nordic Ware Popover pan so I can get those really high popovers!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Superfood Breakfast

I'm on a quest to add more Superfoods to my diet, so I figure why not start with breakfast. Incorporating them into my 1st meal of the day gets me energized and tends to make me feel like I'm starting the day off on the right foot. We don't usually think of things like Avocado and Kale to eat for breakfast but "why not".

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Irish Colcannon

I love when different celebrations throughout the year put one on a search for new recipes. Browsing through many Irish recipes for St Patrick's Day I came across this one from Edible Ireland. There are a variety of recipes for Colcannon, some using cabbage or parsnips, but the most traditional uses Kale. Kale is an amazing super food and adds great flavour to this potato dish.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Baileys Irish Cream Macarons

Macarons seem to have become very popular lately. Once only found in specialty bakeshops, you can now buy them at most local grocery stores. More people are eating gluten free and this is one little baked treat that fits into a gluten free diet. Macarons are made with ground almonds, egg whites, and sugar. With such a simple list of ingredients how can the task of making them be so daunting most people won't even try?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Baked Veggie Frittata

As long as you have eggs in the refrigerator, you will be able to prepare a delicious, quick and easy dish. Today I made wonderful Veggie Frittata in individual serving dishes. Frittatas are simply quiche without the crust, omelettes baked in a pan, or in my case eggs with what ever vegetables I could find in the fridge.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Parmesan Oven Roasted Potatoes

This is a quick and simple recipe to perk up your potatoes. These roast potatoes go very well with grilled steak or oven roasted chicken. I used red and white baby new potatoes in this recipe, but any kind of potato will work.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Springerle Cookies

I have always loved the look of Springerle Cookies. The cookie molds are true works of art. The craftsmanship that goes into every detail of the mold is exquisite. I bought my heart shaped cookie mold from House on the Hill. These are not quick and easy cookies to make, but the time you take is rewarded with cookies that everyone will rave about.