Blueberry and Lemon Scones

Here on Canada's East Coast we are in the midst of blueberry season! We're lucky in this part of the world to have thousands of acres of wild blueberries that grow naturally in the acid soils of Atlantic Canada. Blueberries are one of the most popular summer treats of all time. They are sweet, succulent, full of nutrients, and can be eaten freshly picked, as well as, incorporated into a variety of recipes. I have been experimenting with lots of blueberry recipes - Blueberry Sour Cream … [Read more...]

How to Clean & Cook Fresh Mussels {Recipe}

Our son, who lives in Ontario was recently home for a nice long visit. Although he loves to do lots of fun things while home, such as our trip to the Fundy Trail, one of his favourite things is to have some local seafood, like fresh mussels. If you're not familiar with mussels, it's the common name used for members of several families of bivalve molluscs, from saltwater and freshwater habitats. These groups have in common a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with … [Read more...]

BBQ Turkey Sausage, Potatoes and Vegetable Foil Packs

I love summer!  It's just an entirely different pace than the rest of the year. Even when we're not officially on "vacation", for me, the entire season feels somewhat like a vacation.  Life seems to slow down and the summer vibe is more relaxed. Even though we still eat as nutritiously as possible, preparation and execution are much more laid back in the summer. Think barbecue! Canadians are crazy for BBQ season. And nothing says summer barbeque better than putting juicy, tasty turkey on the … [Read more...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

I have been on a bit of a strawberry rhubarb baking kick these past couple of weeks. But, in my defense, how could I not be? It seems that everywhere I go these early summer fruits are looking at me, begging to be transformed into a delicious dessert, like Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp and so many others. I recently made a Strawberry Shortcake Shortcut which is a quick, delicious and easy take on the original and an amazing Strawberry Rhubarb Galette. (Which I may have had more than two pieces … [Read more...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

In my neck of the woods, strawberry season is now in full swing! Add to that, the fact that rhubarb is still going strong too and the dessert ideas are endless. I have been baking up a storm these days and recently posted my recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Shortcut. Music Man, who isn't usually a dessert guy had this about three times in the past week...and he assembled it himself!  Not that he doesn't make meals, because he does.  It's just unusual for him to tackle a dessert, but this … [Read more...]

Super Easy Strawberry Shortcake Shortcut

I love to cook and bake, but some days you just need to take a shortcut. Today is definitely a strawberry shortcake shortcut day. (Shortcake shortcut...is that alliteration?) Yesterday, because I have been craving strawberry shortcake, we picked up a couple of boxes of fresh strawberries. I HAD every intention of making biscuits today for the strawberry shortcake...but, it's way too hot and humid today to even think about turning on the oven! We still wanted the shortcake though, so I … [Read more...]

How to Make A Classic Gin & Tonic

I was late to the Gin & Tonic party! I just started drinking them within the past five years, but I certainly wish I had discovered this classic cocktail much earlier. With only a few ingredients, it couldn't be easier to make and is the ultimate clean, clear cocktail to enjoy on a hot summer day. (Although, having said that, it's a simple and elegant cocktail that can be enjoyed all year-long.) I thought it would be fun to research the origins of the Gin & Tonic (often called … [Read more...]

43 Amazing Strawberry Recipes

One of my favourite times of the year has finally arrived...STRAWBERRY SEASON! I don't know why, but for me, summer doesn't officially arrive (even if the calendar says otherwise!) until I have my first strawberry. They're cold, they're sweet and they are absolutely delicious! I also like how versatile the common little strawberry is. You can eat them as a component in the most elaborate dessert on the planet and they are scrumptious or... eat them individually, fresh from the … [Read more...]

Grilled Turkey Sausage and Summer Greens Pizza

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...]