How to Cook Brussels Sprouts (w/Recipe}

Our family has long been a fan of the often maligned, little brussels sprout!  I remember how my kids when they were just little, would beg me to make brussels sprouts for all of those special meals. Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Easter and Christmas;  really??...what kids want brussels sprouts for their birthday dinner...lol. When I began cooking brussels 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 … [Read more...]

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of the Top 10 Recipes of 2013.  To determine which recipes made the top 10 list, I went to my site stats and looked at the top posts for the last year and picked out the top 10 recipes. It is actually very interesting and sometimes a bit surprising to look back over the last year and see what posts brought in the most traffic.  If you haven't already done so, you should have a look at your stats, I'm sure you will find it very interesting … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pistachio Bark ~ A Little Piece of Heaven!

The first time I had this little piece of heaven on a plate, that is Cranberry Pistachio Bark, I fell totally in love!  It was about 15 years ago and a colleague of mine had brought in a tin of this luscious ambrosia during the holidays. After stuffing a couple (OK, a few) pieces of this food of the gods into my mouth I knew I needed to have the recipe. Thankfully, my kind co-worker readily agreed and quickly gave me the recipe from memory.  Yes, it is that easy that you really don't even … [Read more...]

Homemade Nuts and Bolts are the Perfect Holiday Snack!

Do you enjoy having a savoury snack in your home during the holidays?  We do too, but let's face it loading up on box and bag after box and bag of purchased snacks can be very expensive.  They are also very high in calories, salt, fat and often contain many unpronounceable words! A friend of mine gave me the perfect recipe for Nuts and Bolts and I know you will love it too!  You can customize it to suit your family's likes and dislikes and it makes a HUGE batch that will last throughout the … [Read more...]

Pudding Oatmeal Cookies

Like the Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I posted a few weeks ago,  I have made these Pudding Oatmeal Cookies for what seems like forever!  I am pretty sure I got this recipe from my mom, but I am not sure where she discovered it.  However, I do remember, as a child we would 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 been on the pudding box or in an advertisement in a magazine. Like the … [Read more...]

Pregnant? You May Want to Make a Groaning Cake! {#Recipe}

I just recently finished reading The Birth House by Ami McKay. In the book she spoke of labouring women making Groaning Cake and I knew, even though I will never again be pregnant, that I had to give it a try! Groaning Cake - "The tradition of the groaning cake, or kimbly at (or following) a birth is an ancient one. Wives’ tales say that the scent of a groaning cake being baked in the birth house helps to ease the mother’s pain. Some say if a mother breaks the eggs while she’s aching, her … [Read more...]

Rosemary & Sea Salt Focaccia

My husband is a huge Italian food fan.  He would literally eat Italian, especially pasta, every day of the week and be completely happy!  I like Italian food also, but I am definitely not in the same league! However, I must admit to loving Italian focaccia bread. Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread, which is usually topped with herbs or other ingredients. It is popular in Italy and is usually seasoned with olive oil and salt. I often purchased the version that is available at our … [Read more...]

Bread & Butter Pickles ~ Recipe

When I was growing up, Bread & Butter Pickles of some variety where a staple in our house.  They are a sweet pickle often used to top burgers, a sandwich or just placed beside a mound of creamy mashed potatoes.  In the early days, busy with five kids, I don't think my mom made them, but they always seemed to put in an appearance at our dinner table each fall. When I was newly married, I have very fond memories of my mom and I getting together to make Lady Ashburnham Pickles, Relish and … [Read more...]

Barbecued Ribs ~ Fall off the Bone Deliciousness

Barbecued Ribs ~ I must confess, although we usually prepare them together, this is actually my husbands recipe.  He heard about the concept on a radio show and has been making them ever since.  They are so simple to prepare and the juicy meat literally falls off the bone. Be certain you are using pork BACK ribs, NOT side ribs.  The way I remember that I need to get BACK ribs is to think this..."BACK is BETTER".  I know, I'm a bit really weird, but that's how I remember and maybe that will … [Read more...]

Broccoli Salad ~ Simple & Delicious

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 … [Read more...]

Crème Brûlée {Recipe}

The first time I had Crème Brûlée I was in a little seafood restaurant in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  It was definitely a case of love at first bite! Crème Brûlée is a dessert consisting of a rich vanilla custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. I believe it is traditionally served at room temperature but I have taken it directly from refrigerator, sprinkled on the sugar and broiled it; and let me tell you, it was delicious.  I loved the contrast between the creamy, cold … [Read more...]