Grilled Turkey Sausage and Summer Greens Pizza {w/Giveaway}

This past winter, I can vividly remember looking out the windows at the mounds of snow surrounding our house and mentally counting the days until warmer weather.  Now finally, after a long cold winter, the warm summer days and nights have arrived.  Very soon now, summer vacations will begin and the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer that we dreamed about all winter will become a reality! While I still don't mind spending the occasional afternoon in the kitchen, puttering around and making a big … [Read more...]

How to Make a Classic Caesar

Tomorrow is National Caesar Day so I thought now would be the perfect time to share a recipe for a Classic Canadian Caesar. I was FORCED to make a couple Caesars just to be certain everything was perfect and to snap a few pics...being a recipe blogger is tough work...lol I still remember the first time I had a Caesar. It was the first Christmas, Music Man and I were married. We were visiting Music Man's family and his brother brought out these huge glasses of deliciousness. It was … [Read more...]

Orange Loaf with Orange Icing Drizzle

Orange Loaf with Orange Icing Drizzle ~ A couple weeks ago, because they were on sale,  I bought a big bag of oranges.  We did well eating them the first few days and then...well, we seemed to forget about them. Consequently, a couple of days ago when I was rummaging in the crisper, I came across three lonely oranges that, while not "bad", had certainly seen better days. I hate to waste food, so I was wracking my brain to come up with a recipe to use them in. I remember years ago … [Read more...]

Double Chip Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Double Chip Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies ~ I do believe one of my favourite things to bake is cookies. There is just something so satisfying in mixing up a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and an hour or so later having a big batch of fresh from the oven, still warm (or hot...depending on how long you wait to try one...lol) cookies cooling on a rack. Sure, in a pinch, I have purchased packaged cookies from my local grocery store. But, let's face it, there is really nothing as tasty as … [Read more...]

Classic Potato Salad Recipe

If I think of an iconic side dish, especially for family gatherings, special occasions and holidays the first dish to pop into my mind would be a classic potato salad. Really, is there anyone on the planet that doesn't love a creamy, cold and delicious potato salad? I'm thinking these people would be few and far between! Like many of the classic side dishes, every family seems to have their own little twist on their recipe for potato salad; and we all think our potato salad is the … [Read more...]

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

This Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is one of my "go-to" summer salad recipes. It is really simple to make and you can customize the vegetables to meet your family's specific likes. You can also easily cut the recipe in half or even double it to meet the needs of the occasion.  I also really like that it has a starch and loads of vegetables all in one recipe; just add a protein (either within the salad or on the side) and you are all set to go! One minute before the pasta is done, add broccoli … [Read more...]

Spinach and Bacon Mason Jar Salad w/Poppy Seed Dressing

I love having some of these made up in advance and tucked away in the refrigerator. They are so easy and let's face it...they're pretty darn cute too! Spinach and Bacon Mason Jar Salad  ~ Summer is almost here and that means everyone is spending lots of time outdoors, having fun. No one wants to make complicated, labour intensive meals. We all want something delicious, but it also must be no muss and no fuss to prepare. Check out the yummy layers of dressing, red onion, bacon, … [Read more...]

No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons {aka Frogs}

I have made the basic recipe for what I know as “Frogs” for as long as I can remember. Many people refer to these cookies as Chocolate Macaroons, but to me, they will always be “Frogs”.  How or why they came to have that name escapes me; they are not green, greenish or frog shaped. What these cookies are, is delicious mounds of chocolate that can be made in a flash using ingredients most of us always have in our kitchen. Nothing exotic or unusual in this cookie, just oatmeal, coconut, … [Read more...]

Caprese Salad

Want to wow your guests? Make a Caprese Salad! Caprese Salad is without a doubt one of the easiest and most impressive dishes you will ever make. It is so simple! Because of the salad's simplicity, you want to make sure your ingredients are top-notch. This isn't the place to use out of season tomatoes, cheap olive oil and bargain mozzarella. The ingredients need to stand on their own and should be of the highest quality. Use the freshest ingredients you can find. I purchased these … [Read more...]

Cobb Salad ~ Recipe

Have you ever made a Cobb Salad?  A couple of days ago I was bored with the usual tossed salad and barbecued meat ideas and wanted to try something a bit different.  I have often seen Cobb Salad pictured, but have never made one myself. I decided to give it a try to see how it turned out. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a Cobb Salad, it's a main-dish American garden salad made from chopped salad greens (iceberg lettuce, watercress, endive, and Romaine lettuce), tomato, crisp bacon, … [Read more...]

Carrot Salad ~ Recipe

I don't know about you but I'm always on the search for a "non-green" salad as a side dish to the seemingly millions of "green" salads out there.  I'm not knocking "green", one of my favourite summer sides is Broccoli Salad and you can't go wrong with a yummy tossed salad.  OK...I admit, it's part of my obsessive personality.  But I can't put two "green" salads side by side on a plate - it's just not right!  You NEED contrast - I'm sorry, but that's how my mind works. Hence, my go to Carrot … [Read more...]

How to Cook Brussel Sprouts (w/Recipe}

Our family has long been a fan of the often maligned, little brussel sprout!  I remember how my kids when they were just little, would beg me to make brussel sprouts for all of those special meals. Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Easter and Christmas;  really??...what kids want brussel sprouts for their birthday dinner...lol. When I began cooking brussel sprouts I knew very little about them, in fact, I am certain the first time we had them, they were frozen and from a bag.  I guess I must have … [Read more...]

Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipe}

Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ I have had this recipe for what seems like forever!  I think I got it from my mom, but I am not sure where she discovered it or its initial origin.  I do remember when we were kids we often had pudding for dessert.  Because of the somewhat unusual addition of a pudding mix to these cookies,  I suspect the recipe may have come from a pudding company. Perhaps, at one time it was written on the package itself or found in a magazine or product insert. … [Read more...]

Broccoli Salad ~ Simple & Delicious {w/Recipe}

This recipe for Broccoli Salad has been floating around since long before Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and probably even the Internet itself!  I have several variations scribbled on bits of paper and tucked into "old-school" recipe boxes and books. There is a very good reason for the longevity of Broccoli Salad. It is simple to make, delicious can be made ahead of time (bonus!) and is easily customizable to suit your own family's likes and needs. Set your imagination free and switch up the … [Read more...]