Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Once you make this easy recipe for Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, you'll never again reach for a boxed Mac & Cheese. Yes, you're right, making it from scratch does take a little extra time. But honestly, not that much and there is absolutely no comparison in the quality and taste! It's really easy: Add flour to butter and onion. Cook flour for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.  You are basically making a roux and cooking the flour ensures you don't have an unpleasant "raw" … [Read more...]

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

I love biscuits! They are versatile, so simple to make and can be used in either a sweet (think Strawberry Shortcake) or a savoury application. They are perfect slathered with a little peanut butter or honey for breakfast or a little snack and with the addition of some cheddar cheese, they are the perfect accompaniment to chili, soups, salads and stews. If I need a little something to "go along with" the main course. Biscuits are what I usually bake. Did I mention how easy they are to … [Read more...]

Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Chia

I find something very comforting about the autumn of the year.  The hectic but fun, lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer have become fond memories and life seems to reset. Everything goes back to normal. The weather is cooler and we have traded lemonade, corn on the cob and barbecuing for leisurely pot roasts, homemade bread and slow-cooked stews. There is another reason I love the change of seasons, there is always a new PC Insiders Collection available. I love to browse through them and plan … [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...]

BLT with Cheese Focaccia Sandwich

A couple of weeks ago I was craving Focaccia Bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip it in. I knew I had all the ingredients on hand so I decided to whip up a batch.  The problem, if that's what you want to call it...lol...is the recipe makes two loaves. Our son was home for his vacation, though, so I knew I would have no trouble using both loaves. The first loaf I cut into small triangles and set out with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. I would usually put the … [Read more...]

Tuna Melts Recipe

I have made Tuna Melts for as long as I can remember. They are perfect for a quick-lunch, a snack or even paired with a salad as a light dinner. When my kiddos were little and I would ask them what they wanted for dinner, they most often would respond with Tuna Melts.  In fact, even though they are no longer little, they still love to eat these delicious and easy to make open-face sandwiches. There are probably hundreds of variations of this easy recipe "out there" on the web. Mine is … [Read more...]

Quinoa & Brown Rice Mediterranean Salad

I love almost everything about summer. From trips to the beach and picnics to camping and warm summer evening, this is my favourite season of the year. Another thing I love about the summer is meals are most often light and easy to make. Let's face it, when the temperature is hovering around 30°C no one wants to be stuck in a sweltering kitchen, tending to a big turkey dinner with all the trimmings...it is just WAY too hot for any of that foolishness! But, having said that. I still want … [Read more...]

How to Make Refreshing Homemade Lemonade

In our "neck of the woods", we are now in the midst of a bit of a heat wave. When you couple the heat with our constant high humidity (we live very near the Atlantic Ocean) you definitely have the makings of an uncomfortable and a rather miserable day. Because we live in what is usually a cooler climate.  Think lots and lots of snow and super cold weather, most of us don't have air conditioning in our homes. I guess we feel that for the two or three weeks a year that we have this oppressive … [Read more...]

Recipe for Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry Muffins ~ I love everything about July! First of all...it is a LONG way from our dark, cold and snowy winter. Second, and just as important is the fact that everywhere you look there are baskets and baskets of fresh, local, luscious, juicy, sweet strawberries. To say I love strawberries would be a bit of an understatement because I adore them. Maybe my adoration comes from the strawberry's elusiveness? It's possible, because where I live in Eastern Canada these locally farmed, … [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...]

Spaghetti Cheese Casserole

I cannot remember when we first started making this outstanding Spaghetti Cheese Casserole. It feels like it has been part of our dinner repertoire since forever! It is one of those "old style" recipes that you sometimes find in community type cookbooks or tucked away in a big stack of yellowing recipe cards. I often made this casserole when our kids were little and into their teens, but lately, it seems to be Music Man's "go to" supper when he cooks. Hearty, filling, and delicious; I … [Read more...]

No Churn Rhubarb Ice-Cream

No Churn Rhubarb Ice-Cream ~ You may have noticed that many of my recent recipes have had a bit of a recurring theme. The theme? Rhubarb! As I mentioned in an earlier post, my sister lives in the country and has a big rhubarb patch on her property. She made the mistake of telling me to help myself…so, these days, I have raided her rhubarb patch on a fairly regular basis! In the past couple of weeks, I have made Rhubarb Sour Cream Muffins, Stewed Rhubarb (delicious over ice cream or spooned … [Read more...]

Easy to Make Rhubarb Squares

Lately, you may have noticed I have been on a bit of a rhubarb kick! My sister lives in the country and has a big rhubarb patch on her property. She is very generous with her rhubarb and made the mistake of telling me to help myself...so, I have decimated the patch on a regular basis and have been cooking up a storm! I'm kidding...I haven't really decimated the rhubarb patch, I left her a few stocks here and there...lol! Plus, (this is how I justify it!) it's actually good for the plant to … [Read more...]

How to Make Stewed Rhubarb

A few days ago, I posted a recipe for Rhubarb Sour Cream Muffins and talked a little bit about rhubarb. Rhubarb is probably the one advantage to living in a northern climate! If you are not familiar with rhubarb, it’s a cool season perennial vegetable, that’s right…it’s a vegetable! Even though we most often treat it as a fruit in such confections as pies, crisps, squares, ice-cream, compotes and jams, crumbles, coffee cakes, sweet breads and muffins, rhubarb is actually a … [Read more...]