Friday, September 12, 2014

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

I can't believe we've already had our 1st snowfall of the year. What's up with that, the beginning of September, but as they say "Winters Is Coming". Don't you just love that line from Game of Thrones.  At least the snow didn't stay and it is starting to warm up again. The joys of living in Alberta!
With that lovely snap of cold weather it got me thinking about fall and holiday recipes. Such a great time of year with all the fall fruit and veggies to harvest. This recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts is a snap to make and only requires baking of the tart shells. Make your own Tart Shells (see my recipe) or simplify things with store bought ones. These tarts have a yummy cream cheese layer, topped with a pumpkin pudding layer, finished with a dollop of whipped cream!

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.  Kitchen Daily Canada names 13 surprising things you can cook in a rice cooker!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Quick and Easy Beef Stew

My family loves beef stew and I make it often. Usually making beef stew is a long process of browning the meat, sautéing vegetables and then cooking to savoury perfection. Want to speed things up and still make the ultimate comfort food of beef stew, then you will love this recipe!
I should call this recipe "Leftover Beef Stew" because that is exactly what the ingredient list consists of. I had made a large roast beef dinner and had an abundance of leftovers, so I decided to use all my leftovers to create a fast and simple beef stew. Approximately 30 minutes to make a beef stew that was amazing! I had leftover carrots and potatoes, but if you need to use fresh just extend the cooking time. Throw in whatever vegetables you like such as corn, green or yellow beans, peas, carrots, potatoes, or mushrooms. I was amazed at how scrumptious this recipe tasted!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Favourite Italian Kitchen Meatballs

I've discovered a new favourite meatball recipe! Meatballs can tend to be dry and boring, but this recipe makes tender, juicy meatballs. The flavour is exceptional with the addition of ingredients such as Grana Padano cheese, white wine, rosemary and surprisingly, lemon zest.
If you like to cook chances are you are a collector of recipe books. Although we have an abundance of recipes available to us via Pinterest, Facebook,  Food sites, Google+ and the many wonderful food blogs, I still enjoy browsing though a cookbook page by page. My husband and I love watching the TV show Masterchef and Masterchef Canada. One of my favourite contestants was Luca Manfe. My husband surprised me one day by buying me Luca Manfe's new cookbook "My Italian Kitchen". I really enjoy this cookbook and the many wonderful Italian recipes! One exceptional recipe was Luca's recipe "My Mother's Meatballs";  it has now become my favourite meatball recipe!

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.