Asparagus, Bacon, and Gruyere Tart

Who else loves asparagus? It is probably my favourite springtime vegetable. Even though asparagus is available pretty much all year, spring is the time of year when it is the tastiest and most abundant. We bought a big bunch a few days ago, had some with dinner and I decided to make a tart with the leftover asparagus. I have made a few variations of this tart and while they are all really good, this Asparagus, Bacon, and Gruyere Tart is my favourite so far! I used about 22 … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Roast Beef Hash

When I think of good, old-fashioned comfort foods, this recipe for Roast Beef Hash would definitely be near the top of my list. When I was growing up, my mom often made a variation of this hash. It’s the perfect way to use up some leftover potatoes and stretch out the remainder of your Sunday roast beef dinner. (I grew up in a working-class family of seven, so being creative with leftovers was a must!) Music Man grew up eating roast beef hash too. So, after we married, we weren’t long … [Read more...]

Quick One-Pot Turkey Veggie Pasta

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Even though it is “officially” spring, as I gaze out my kitchen window, the ground is covered in a white, snowy, winter blanket. However, I know the springlike weather will soon arrive and I am not going to allow this year’s lack of green grass, robins and spring flowers to dampen my enthusiasm for any planned celebrations. The coming weeks are filled with special occasions and … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake Loaf

For some reason, pound cake reminds me of my childhood. I’m not certain why, but I think it’s because my mom often had pound cake on hand for “company” and my grandmothers seemed to often serve some variation of a pound cake whenever we visited. Although my maternal grandmother occasionally made hers from scratch, the pound cake from my childhood was most often the iconic, store-bought, five inch square cake, topped with a thick layer of vanilla icing and wrapped in red corrugated paper … [Read more...]

Easter Magic Bars

If you are looking for a delicious, easy, make-ahead treat for Easter dinner, this Easter Magic Bars recipe is for you! All I did was take my traditional recipe for Magic Bars/Hello Dolly Squares (some people call them Magic Bars and some Hello Dolly Squares) and tweaked it a bit to make them more ”Eastery”. (I don’t think that’s even a word...but you get the idea!) I love how they turned out, not only do that taste amazing, the pretty pastel colours look very Easter and … [Read more...]

Mini Eggs & Pudding Easter Cookies

Mini Eggs & Pudding Easter Cookies ~ I have made this basic recipe, using chocolate chips, for what seems like forever! I think I got it from my mom, but I am not sure where she discovered it or its origin.  Because of the somewhat unusual addition of a pudding mix to these cookies, I suspect the recipe may have come from a pudding company. Perhaps, at one time it was written on the package itself or found in a magazine or product insert. I have made the Pudding Chocolate Chip version … [Read more...]

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins ~ I’m pretty sure most of you are now aware of my “small” obsession with muffins! However, in my defense, I don’t make them as often as I once did.  When our kids were little and still lived at home I made muffins way more often than I do now! I do admit to still loving to make them though!  Muffins are so easy to whip up and are such a tasty treat with a cup of hot coffee, that sometimes I just can’t stop myself. If like me you already have … [Read more...]

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Is there anything more comforting on a cold, snowy night or a chilly, rainy day than coming home to a big bowl of steaming chicken noodle soup? To me, chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food and the only way it could possibly be improved on...is to make it homemade! If we buy a little chicken for dinner, I always make chicken stock from the carcass and more often than not, a batch of some type of chicken soup. Sometimes it’s chicken and rice soup but often it’s this recipe … [Read more...]

Homemade Pan Rolls

Homemade Pan Rolls ~  Let’s be honest, I think just most of us would agree, there is absolutely nothing that smells as delicious as homemade bread baking! It makes me drool just thinking a lot it. Having said that, I haven’t been experiencing that delicious aroma very much lately. When my kids were younger and I was working full-time and life was super busy, I made bread way more than I do now. Go figure? You would think it would be the complete opposite, wouldn't you? I guess that old … [Read more...]

Glazed Lemon and Cranberry Muffins

A couple of days ago I found a bag of frozen cranberries, left over from Christmas no doubt, in the back of my freezer.  Since muffins are my favourite thing to bake and I also had a fresh lemon on hand, I decided to modify my recipe for Blueberry Muffins and try to make some Glazed Lemon and Cranberry Muffins. Wow, what a great decision! And, if I dare say so myself, they were incredible. They are light but not at all dry, I think that’s because of the sour cream. They have a bit of tang … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Loaf

Hands up, who loves coffee cake? Maybe an easier question would be, who doesn’t love coffee cake!  For me, there is nothing quite as homey and cozy as curling up with a steaming cup of coffee and a small...okay, okay...a big slice of homemade coffee cake. What I really like about this coffee cake loaf, besides the amazing taste, is the manageable size. It’s not a huge cake that will be constantly tempting me for days on end. The loaf size is a bit smaller than a cake and once cooled … [Read more...]