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...]

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...]

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...]

A Trip to the Farmers Market and Grilled Pork Tenderloins

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...]

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...]

Mandarin Orange and Kale Salad

I'm not sure about you, and maybe it is just me, but I am not very familiar with the now super popular vegetable, kale. It has been touted as being a super-food and I seem to be seeing it everywhere. Honestly, I would like to try it, but I'm not quite sure what to do with it. … [Read more...]