I really like it when I can showcase local ingredients and support local small businesses in my cooking. Southwestern Ontario has a lot to offer when it comes to local ingredients. A few blocks from my house is Robbie’s Gourmet Sausage Co. in Walkerville, a national award winning sausage company which makes creative and innovative sausagesRead more
I couldn’t help but share this next recipe with all of you, mainly because of its perfect Valentine’s Day color!!
Being sad that the weather is turning cold 🙁 (our pool was just closed yesterday – I was really hoping summer would rally!) I was craving something “summer-y” yet warming. Lettuce wraps seemed like the perfect dinner to satisfy both of my cravings.
Last night was the final presidential debate. My friend Al, who recently got a new apartment, hosted a “debate party” of sorts. I find it sad the presidential debates this election are so entertaining (in a reality tv kind of way) that we’ve had parties to watch each debate…but I don’t want to get too politicalRead more
Summer is my favorite season. Mostly because I REALLY don’t like winter. I hate the cold, I hate the long dark days. Summer is so much cheerier and fun. Especially having a yard with a pool makes summertime that much more enjoyable. So with summer this year wrapping up I decided to make a very summeryRead more
I am not a tomato person. I have never liked tomatoes, which includes tomato sauce (even on pizza) and ketchup. But in my wanting to grow my knowledge in all things culinary I decided to make something very tomatoey – gazpacho!
I am no fan of baking. But in my quest to continue to learn and improve my skill I make sure to include baking recipes. Why don’t I enjoy baking? If I had to guess it’s because I really don’t like sweet foods, so I don’t find joy in making sweet foods. I was reallyRead more
I usually try to follow the directions to the recipes I make as close to exact as I can. For whatever reason this next recipe I failed at doing that. BUT luckily for me, Matt and the kids, who all ate this next recipe, it still worked out!
Part of the awesomeness of going through my cookbooks and tagging a recipe and then opening that book again about 6 months later is it’s a total surprise to see what I will be cooking. I have cooked some things I would normally shy away from (because I made it a rule that I can’t opt out ofRead more
So loyal readers will remember last summer I made a crazy amount of soup recipes…at exactly the time of year you don’t actually want soup. As it just so happened the stars aligned and cookbook after cookbook I opened to find I had tagged a soup recipe. Well this summer instead of finding I hadRead more
“Remember when we saw Gin Blossoms,” my cousin Rachel said as we were walking back to my house from Windsor’s Fork & Cork Festival, literally minutes after watching Gin Blossoms preform. A few weekends ago my cousin Rachel and her husband Kenny came to visit from Chicago. We had a short amount of time butRead more
We are recipe 2 out of 3 of the recipes I made for pool guests a few weekends ago. This next recipe was a bit different because it required to me to make a fun contraption to smoke the food. I’m not really sure how well the smoker contraption really worked but it was fun toRead more
Not too long ago I made some vegan fresh rolls. The next cookbook had a similar recipe tagged, this time for fresh rolls with shrimp. I didn’t really care too much for the vegan version so I was excited to throw some sea meat into them for this time around.
Another new cookbook and another ingredient I haven’t had much experience cooking, artichokes!! I love marinated artichokes from the jar so I was excited to make a recipe with the fresh form of the vegetable. Also an element of this recipe was to make a mayonnaise, something I have had difficulties mastering, but I reallyRead more
I love Mexico. We vacation there every year with a group of family and friends. For Christmas I received a new Mexican cookbook so I was eager to start my first recipe from it.
I’ve been on a roll lately with having some super simple (and yummy) recipes. This next one fall right in line. It comes for a new cookbook (well actually Matt gave it to me for Christmas…but I haven’t cooked from it until now – you’ve been warned that I have reached my Christmas cookbooks…which aren’t Christmas food,Read more