Creamy Polenta

One of the first recipes I learned in cooking school was polenta, it was considered very fancy to make polenta and then allow it to set, cut it into triangles and fry it. It added colour and height to your dinner plates and I loved it! Sadly, it’s considered a bit old fashioned now, twenty…

Hunter Stew

This is the best stew you will ever eat! I have declared it and sung it from the mountain tops…it’s so dang good! As you know if you read my blog posts, I live in Canada and we have dark, cold, miserable winters which sucks, there’s no way around it but the one great thing…

Mexican Chicken Quesadilla

I really enjoy using Mexican flavors in my every day cooking, they have a beautiful way of balancing fresh and light with spicy and fatty, it’s really fun to play with. I have spent quite a bit of time at my local latin market exploring it like a playground. I’ve become pretty good at using…

Lemon & Garlic Seafood Cavatappi

I was very fortunate when I was sixteen to  go on a school trip to Italy, it was such a life changing experience. It was the first time I really understood what it meant to eat good food, I mean the food was incredible and the people who make it are so passionate about serving…

Beef Empanadas

I absolutely love to play with new flavours and I am crazy about spicy foods. Mexican food is so much fun to experiment with in particular because there is a huge variety of ingredients which lend themselves to a balanced flavour profile. The chilies are not always spicy, they can be sweet and smoky, spicy…

Shrimp Tacos

I am working on a menu for a Day of the Dead party at work and I think it’s putting me in the mood for Mexican food. I posted my recipe for homemade flour tortillas and I was inspired to use them for a fun dinner.

Homemade Flour Tortillas

There are some foods that almost seem out of range to make at home and so we automatically buy them at the store to use as ingredients to make other foods, tortillas are on of these foods I think. We use them to make wraps, soft tacos, quesadillas etc…But how cool is it to make…

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

My favorite season all year is by far Summer time, I love the heat, I will sprawl myself accross a hot rock and absorb the sun like a lizard and I will love every minute of it. Inevitably the end of summer always approaches and I get tense and dread the tought of fall, I…

Shrimp & Sausage Pesto

On a good day, I have about thirty to forty five minutes to make dinner and get it on the table before I have three hungry monsters attacking me, so I have to have a plan and it has to come together quickly. The number one comment I hear from other moms is that they…

Soft Pretzels – Oh Baby!

There a few things in this world as delicious as homemade bread, even better though is a homemade soft pretzel… they not only taste like bread but they’re chewy and salty and the crust sticks to your teeth just a bit when you tear a piece off, oh baby they are so good!

Warm Cheddar Dijon Sauce

I designed this recipe to work with my homemade Soft Pretzels but really, you don’t need an exuse to make warm cheddar dijon sauce, you could serve it on a shoe and it’s still warm cheese sauce…’nuff said.

Seriously Addictive Pizza Rolls

For those of you who have read my previous posts, you know I have three kids, two boys and a girl… well these kids are growing and eating like crazy and I am always trying to find ways to help them, help themselves to food. These pizza rolls are awesome for when the kids get…

Perfect Poached Eggs

I think poached eggs are a popular item to order from breakfast menus because people are intimidated to make them at home. Like all foods, Chefs often have tricks on how to make poached eggs easily and in bulk for quick service. Let me give you a peek behind the curtain and maybe save you…

Homemade Hamburger Buns

I’ve said in previous posts that I did not like homemade hamburgers when I was growing up because my dad would add big chunks of peppers and onions and then he’d over cook them until they were dry and round little balls of charcoal. He would then put the overcooked burgers between two slices of…

White Chocolate, Toffee & Pretzel Cookies

So when I was working as a Corporate Chef, I came up with a recipe for Peanut Butter, White Chocolate and Pretzel cookies, which are awesome! Unfortunately they are not school lunch friendly though so I had to make an adjustment and I thought toffee added a nice texture and depth of flavour. Don’t roll…

Omelette Waffles

It probably won’t surprise you to know that I have a family who really loves to eat, we’re talking big meals and coming back for seconds and thirds. This is also true for my son’s friends when they come over for a sleepover and they love to wake up at the crack of noon to…

Thai Peanut Satay Sauce

There are some foods that I make just to have a good excuse to dip them in a sauce that I love… my Thai Salad Rolls are one of these foods and I make them just so I can use them as a vehicle to carry this delicious sauce to my mouth. The sauce is…

Thai Salad Rolls

I think Thai food is probably one of my favorite cuisines, the balance of sweet, salty, sour and spice is so perfect and the use of interesting ingredients appeals to me because I love to experiment with new flavors and exotic looking ingredients. Thai food is also quite healthy, not in a low fat, no…

Incredible Potato Salad

For those of us in Canada, it seems like a pipe dream but summer is almost here and that means outdoor grilling and picnic foods like potato salad. I’ve always thought that potato salad was a staple for all backyard barbecues but I’ve noticed  along the way that it’s rarely on the table. When it…

Boston Cream Doughnuts

When I was a kid my mom would shop at a grocery store called Co-op which is a big brand in Western Canada. I remember the bakers in the bakery department would put out warm, freshly fried doughnut holes that were covered in cinnamon sugar for the customers to take. My sister and I would…