Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Celebrate Pancake Tuesday with these Recipes!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

February 12th is Pancake Tuesday!

I love pancakes and trying new pancake recipes! My kids love pancakes! My husband does not. Too bad for him…because I make some mighty tasty ones (I think he must have had a bad first impression pancake or something because I have no idea how he cannot like pancakes)!

While I am certain that I like pancakes and enjoy pancake Tuesday, I couldn’t actually be certain about why the celebration exists so I did quick internet search and am happy to share. (more…)

Easy Seafood Menu to Ring in the New Year

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Seafood Cioppino

Why not ring in 2013 with a delicious seafood meal that’s easy to make in the comfort of your own home?

Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or the first day of the New Year, this 3-course menu provided by Chef Mike Middlemost of Walkers Fish Market (with locations in Burlington, Mississauga & Milton), is both simple and delicious.

“I know many families that celebrate the New Year with a Seafood-inspired menu,” said Chef Middlemost.

“These selections are rotating featured items on the Walkers Fish Market menu and have proven to be customer favourites.”

First up, Prawn & Chorizo Skewers with Gremolata


  • 8-10 black tiger prawns
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 small cooking onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 litres water
  • 2 Portuguese chorizo sausage
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely, finely chopped)
  • extra virgin olive oil


Easy Week Night Meal Recipe

Saturday, December 8th, 2012


This is the perfect time of year to get your kitchen in order because with the busy holiday season here we could all do with a little help in the kitchen. Whether it’s being better organized to make those big entertaining nights go a bit smoother or having easy to prepare meals at your fingertips for those hectic nights of shopping and wrapping; having a well thought-out pantry is a gift we could all give ourselves.

Using seven of my “if I was stranded on a desert island and could only bring a few ingredients” as inspiration here is a great recipe for Linguine with Shredded Arugula, Lemon, Chili and Parmesan. This is a quick week night meal that is bursting with the fresh and tangy flavours of lemon and chili but it is also beautiful enough (and easy) to serve in small portions as a first course for a dinner with friends. Enjoy!


Best Ever Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
A tray of soft, flavourful indulgence

While preparing my kids for summer camps and thinking of the lunches that would need to be packed for them, I had the idea of buying easy prepackaged treats that could quickly be added to their typical lunches. Soon after, I found myself buying a big box of individually wrapped cookies (main stream brand). I thought how bad could these be? Well I soon found out.

The following weekend I took my kids to the movie theater and on the way out the door I quickly grabbed a pack of these prepackaged cookies as a treat for myself. During the movie I started to eat the cookie and immediately became very thirsty to the point I couldn’t finish the cookie because I ran out of water to quench my thirst.

This experience reminded me of why I do my own baking. I know baking can be intimidating but trust me this Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe is the fastest, easiest and to boot healthiest cookie recipe you’ll probably ever make. It takes less time to make this cookie recipe than to go to the store and buy the prepackaged stuff. When eating these cookies your family will be transported to a world of warm, soft, flavourful indulgence with zero after taste, no additives and wholesome ingredients. My children love helping me make these delicious treats. The cookies keep well for several days so they are a great treat to include in their lunches.


Easy Asian Noodle Soup Recipe

Monday, February 27th, 2012
A warm bowl of soup for a cold day

As I wrote about last week, a good homemade stock is the foundation of main courses in all the best kitchens. Once you understand the simple technique of creating a good traditional stock (see last week’s column to get 2 basic stock recipes), you will add flavour and goodness to virtually any dish. The more you use it the more you will see the difference it makes in your cooking.

Here’s a deliciously flavoured soup recipe using homemade chicken stock that is truly a meal in itself.

Hot & Sour Noodle Soup

Serves 4

Preparation 15 minutes
Cooking  10 minutes

Notes: Feel free to substitute any of the vegetables with ones you like such as regular mushrooms for shiitake, carrots for snow peas or chicken for the pork.