Traditional Roast Turkey with Apricot & Pecan Stuffing

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The upcoming holiday season is by far, my favourite time of the year. And, I think the word "season" describes it perfectly, because the holidays are so much more than just a single day. This seems the only time of the year that we all share a joint purpose. It’s like some unwritten contract that we have all signed, promising to be more charitable, appreciative, tolerant and most of all, nicer to each other. It’s funny, but when I think about the holidays, my thoughts are never about gifts, … [Read more...]

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

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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...]

Vegetable and Cheddar Frittata

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Let me paint you a picture.  I am pretty sure you will recognize this picture, most of us have been there at one time or another.  It's 5:30 PM, everyone has just arrived home after a long day of...work, school, endless appointments, soccer practice, ballet or whatever, and "everyone" is hungry.  You go to the fridge, hoping by some miracle of miracles that something suitable for dinner has appeared, but there is not a dinner worthy item in sight. You go to the fridge, hoping by some miracle … [Read more...]

Canadian Beef ~ Gather Your Family Around the Sunday Dinner Table

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I did not grow up having Sunday dinners, but it was a Sunday tradition in my husband's family. Before we had kids and when they were little, we ALWAYS went to my in-laws for a big dinner on Sunday. My daughter and I, out to dinner with friends. As the years went by and my mother and father-in-law became older, the dinners were held more and more often at our home.  Even now, with our grown children scattered across the country, it is a tradition that my hubby and I continue every … [Read more...]

A Trip to the Farmers Market and Grilled Pork Tenderloins

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Our son, who lives in Ontario, is home for a visit. This is always a fun time for all of us. In addition to spending lots of time together laughing and catching up; most evenings we all work together to make a delicious dinner. One of the things we enjoy doing on many Saturdays, is to make a trip to a nearby farmer's market. The farmer's market that we usually visit is about 15 minutes from home and involves a short car ferry ride. Although I have been on this ferry hundreds, if not … [Read more...]

Waikiki Meatballs

Waikiki-Meatballs

A few days ago I was looking through my "organized recipe catalogue".  For those of you who believe I am a super organized type A…have a look at the "file" containing my favourite recipes! We were in a bit of a dinnertime rut and I was craving something different from the usual pork chops, chicken, meatloaf, casserole routine. That's when I came across this recipe I had for Waikiki Meatballs. I used to make these delicious and different meatballs on a fairly regular basis; but we … [Read more...]

Nero Di Seppia Spaghetti with Squash & Lobster Sauce

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The kids have gone trick or treating, pictures have been taken, the doorbell has stopped ringing and the costumes have been packed away for another year. Since  this year Halloween is on a Friday—that means you can set aside Saturday for a  grown-up dinner party with a Halloween theme. With its black noodles, orange squash topping and startling red lobster claw, this impressive and intricately flavoured restaurant-style entrée courtesy of the President’s Choice black label brand will … [Read more...]

Fog Buster Scallop Bacon Burger ~ Recipe

Fog Buster Scallop Bacon Burger

The President's Choice® team has partnered with some of Canada's top foodie influencers and chefs to create regionally inspired burgers that are sure to be a hit during backyard barbecues across the country!  But just because the burgers are designed by chefs doesn't mean you can't create them at home.  In fact, this past weekend, I created my version of Chef Craig Flinn's (owner of Chives Canadian Bistro and Two Doors Down in Halifax) Fog Buster Scallop Bacon Burger!  It was, in one word - … [Read more...]

Oven Subs are Delicious & Simple to Prepare

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My husband first made these delicious Oven Subs several years ago, I have been hooked ever since!  We will often have them on a Friday or Saturday evening when we are looking for a simple meal that requires minimal preparation and time. One of my favourite things about these is the ability to customize the sandwich to suit each person's individual tastes and wants. I am not a big meat eater, so I always make mine a "veggie" sub, my husband on the other hand is a meat lover,  he always … [Read more...]

Bizarre Dinnertime Ritual = Salmon Cakes ~ {Recipe}

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A couple of days ago at about 4:30 pm, I had my head in the cupboard, then in the fridge and then back to the cupboard with a desperate trip to the deep freeze thrown in.  What was I doing?  Many of you may know and quite possibly have also have taken part in this bizarre behaviour;  it is called "what are we going to have for dinner?" … [Read more...]

Sunday Dinners, Are They A Tradition In Your Home?

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I did not grow up with this awesome concept, but each week my husband's family always had  "Sunday dinners".  It is a tradition we have continued in our home, pretty well since our first child was born. … [Read more...]

Pizza – Simple to Make at Home and Simply Delicious! {#Recipe}

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During the colder months we often have pizza for our Friday night dinner.  Over the years, we have tired of the cost, as well as the quality of many fast food and frozen style pizzas. After experimenting with many recipes we have finally discovered, what is for us,  the perfect pizza! You may find it surprising, but with a minimal effort, it is fairly easy to make your own pizza; it is also infinitely more nutritious and totally customizable. … [Read more...]

Beef Rib Roast {#Recipes}

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~ Beef Rib Roast  ~ Just in time for holiday entertaining, here is a great recipe from the Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes book.  {Reprinted with permission} … [Read more...]

Chicken Parmesan

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My husband is a Chicken Parmesan fanatic, it is his favourite meal and always his request when I ask him what he would like for his birthday dinner. A few years ago I was watching the Food Network and saw an episode where Tyler Florence made Chicken Parmesan, and that was it, I wanted to make it too!  I searched recipe books and online and by taking ideas from here and there, finally came up with what is now one of our family's favourite recipes. We make it several times a year and it just … [Read more...]