Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Almond Breeze Steel Cut Oats Smoothie

Thank you Food Bloggers of Canada for offering me the opportunity to work with Almond Breeze. I actually had never tried Almond Milk, what's with that? So when I received this great package from Almond Breeze the taste testing began. For my initial taste experience I created an Almond Breeze Steel Cut Oat Smoothie. The seasonally fresh Okanagan wine grapes and  fresh ripe pomegranate added delicious flavour to my morning shake. This super healthy smoothie was made with steel cut oats that I ground to a fine powder; who needs to buy expensive protein powders. I did not add any form of sweetener to my shake as I found it tasty just as is, but if your sweet tooth craves it, add a bit of honey or stevia. Almond Breeze has so many tasty varieties of almond milk - even Chocolate! It comes in Refrigerated or Shelf stable options. I loved the taste of Almond Breeze - it was "Almondiciously Good"!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Original Turducken

I have always been curious about a Turducken ever since I saw one a few years ago in a specialty food market. What an intriguing concept - de-boned duck, chicken and stuffing wrapped up into a whole deboned turkey (except for wings and drumsticks). So when Echelon Foods contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying their product, I jumped at the opportunity!
A turducken definitely makes for a unique dining experience that will certainly impress your guests.
I chose to try the Original Turducken made with chicken-apple stuffing. The Turducken is very simple to prepare; simply defrost in the refrigerator for approximately 4 days, unwrap, place in roasting pan and roast for required time depending on cooking method you choose. I roasted mine at 250º F for 6 hours (internal temperature of 165º). For the first 4 hours I covered the bird with foil, then uncovered it for the remaining 2 hours, basting every 1/2 hour. After removing the Turducken from the oven, cover with foil and leave rest for 30 minutes. Carving is a breeze, slice in half (shown in above photo, then slice in servings. 
What I liked about the Turducken - it was very easy to prepare, and carving was a breeze. A very impressive looking dish that is memorable and conversation striking. For those that fear roasting a stuffed turkey this is a great option as everything is done for you!
What I didn't like about the Turducken - I found the stuffing seasoned a bit stronger than I would like. I would prefer a more traditional tasting stuffing to allow the flavour of the poultry to come through better. Also would have preferred less stuffing.

Note: Echelon Foods provided me the Turducken free of charge. Opinions written are my own.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fuel To Go Pancakes

Two of my most popular recipes are my Fuel to Go Muffins and my Fuel to Go Protein Bars, so I decided to add one more nutritionally dense recipe to the repertoire with some loaded up pancakes. These pancakes are made with the healthy goodness of whole wheat flour, chia seed, hemp seed, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Added to all that goodness is a collection of dried fruit, apple and pineapple.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dairy Free Potato Soup

I love a hearty potato soup, comfort food at its best and this dairy-free version is the Best Ever! I created this recipe with delicious tasting Almond Breeze which is a great alternative to dairy and soy milk!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Homestyle Borscht

A while back I did a recipe for Huffington Post Canada new site Kitchen Daily Canada; Homestyle Borscht. This is the best recipe I've ever made for Borscht. Hope you'll check out my recipe and the many others by some amazing food bloggers.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Ergo Chef - What Each Knife in Your Knife Set Is Made For

Do you know what each knife in your knife set is made for? Do you have a complete set of knives in your kitchen drawer or knife block and find you only use a few of them? What is the difference between a Chef's knife and a carving knife. It's time to sharpen up your knife knowledge and take advantage of all those knives!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Surprising things you can make in a Rice Cooker

Rice cookers aren't just for cooking rice! Check out this yummy recipe for Banana Cake and lots of other great ideas for  surprising things you can make in a Rice Cooker.