Beef in Beer ~ Delicious! {with Recipe Link}

I have made this recipe, Beef in Beer, on several occasions and have absolutely LOVED it each time.  It is from Laura Calder's book, French Taste, Elegant Everyday Eating.  The aroma in the kitchen as this is cooking is amazing, your mouth will be watering the entire time, the taste, unbelievably good and the beef just falls apart it is so tender! … [Read more...]

Flaky Homemade Biscuits {Recipe}

This is one recipe we all need to have in our repertoire of “go to recipes”! They are so easy to make in almost no time at all and the perfect accompaniment to soups, salads, chowders and so many other meals. Buttery, soft, and made completely from scratch with only 7 ingredients (that I bet you already have on hand), these homemade biscuits will be the star of any meal! Flakey and delicious, they’re perfect on their own with butter and jam or peanut butter...my personal favourite...for … [Read more...]

Nanaimo Bars: A Canadian Treat {Brief History and Recipe}

According to many, this bar originated in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Mabel Jenkins, a local women from Cowichan Bay, submitted the recipe to the annual Ladysmith and Cowichan Women's Institute Cookbook. This cookbook was sold in the early 1950s in the region as a fundraiser. It became popular in many of the province's households, especially in company towns, and was sold in many of the coffee shops on Nanaimo's Commercial Street. Tourists in the region came to refer to these as "Nanaimo … [Read more...]

Butter Chicken ~ A Delicious and Easy Recipe

Prior to making this recipe, the only time I had Butter Chicken it was blistering hot, there was so much heat I was only able to eat a couple bites. Last weekend my daughter suggested we try making Butter Chicken, I was a little hesitant at first, but figured we could control the heat factor, so we decided it would be fun to give it a try. I am now totally addicted!  This recipe it is pretty simple and unbelievably good! … [Read more...]

“52 Breads in 2013” – #9 Pita Bread

Please join me in giving a warm Canadian welcome to "Life without Lemons".  Originally hailing from the UK and now living in Canada, we are very excited to announce that, Elyse with her fabulous "52  Breads in 2013" will be our weekly guest blogger.  If you are looking for some fabulous bread recipes, drop by each week and see what delicious bread Elyse has baked in her kitchen. … [Read more...]

Baked Beans ~ Delicious and Economical {Recipe}

In our home we all love baked beans and every fall/winter I make a big batch at least 3 or 4 times.   Served with a delicious loaf of molasses brown bread and a couple slices of ham, with some pancakes on the side {my husbands favourite!} or as part of a big Sunday brunch or dinner you cannot beat baked beans for economy as well as taste. Many people like beans in a tomato sauce, but not me, I only make them in a sweet, delicious molasses sauce...my mouth is watering just thinking … [Read more...]

Pizza – Simple to Make at Home and Simply Delicious!

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. Basically, you make the dough and if you have a … [Read more...]

Vanilla Mocha Fudge

I have found myself in a bit of a Christmas baking rut; so last week I went through my recipes and cookbooks searching for inspiration...nothing!!  Then I remembered a little recipe booklet that had come in the mail and...BINGO!! … [Read more...]

Macaroni Surprise {Recipe}

When my husband makes dinner Macaroni Surprise is often his go-to meal.  He has worked with a couple of family recipes and created his "masterpiece".  It's so nice to walk in the door at dinner time and feel the love and smell the delicious aroma of this casserole baking!  Over the years, the kids and I have lovingly dubbed it "Macaroni Surprise".   Macaroni Surprise 1 pound lean ground beef1 large onion (roughly chopped)1 green pepper (seeded and roughly chopped)1 … [Read more...]

Chicken Parmesan

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...]

Tara’s Pasta Sauce {Recipes}

A colleague of mine gave me this recipe years ago,  we love it so much we have never bought a jar of pasta sauce since.  We make in several times a year and almost always have a jar or two in the freezer, perfect for a quick, no fuss dinner! After cooking I usually make a lasagna or two and freeze the rest in freezer containers. {This recipe is slightly modified from the original} {Taken after about 4 hours of simmering, did it ever smell good!} … [Read more...]