Six Week Bran Muffins

Have you heard of Six Week Bran Muffins?  I have made them for a hundred years!  They are moist, delicious and so convenient to have in your fridge. This batter can be stored in your refrigerator, unbaked for six weeks. You only need to scoop out the amount you want. Your biggest challenge will be finding bowls and a container large enough to hold this rather large volume of ingredients.  But, trust me, it's worth the search! Over sleep?  Throw a batch in the oven while having your … [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...]

Celebrate Summer with Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist (w/Recipe}

After a winter of epic proportions, including power outages lasting up to two weeks plus record snowfall and temperatures - it is FINALLY summer.  Not only is it summer, it is the first long weekend of the season! (4 days off for those lucky enough to not have to work Monday)  I can think of no better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with the citrusy, refreshing taste of the new Molson Canadian 67 #TangerineTwist! Have you had a chance to try it yet?  If not, you need to quickly … [Read more...]

Carrot Salad ~ Recipe

I don't know about you but I'm always on the search for a "non-green" salad as a side dish to the seemingly millions of "green" salads out there.  I'm not knocking "green", one of my favourite summer sides is Broccoli Salad and you can't go wrong with a yummy tossed salad.  OK...I admit, it's part of my obsessive personality.  But I can't put two "green" salads side by side on a plate - it's just not right!  You NEED contrast - I'm sorry, but that's how my mind works. Hence, my go to Carrot … [Read more...]

Fog Buster Scallop Bacon Burger ~ Recipe

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...]

How to Make Classic French Toast

French toast has been a breakfast staple in our home for years.  It's quick, easy and can be as simple or fancy as you like. When my kids were little I would often make it for weekday breakfast and would use whatever bread I had on hand.  They weren't fussy at all and would always gobble it up. (That is, until they became teenagers and suddenly were way too cool for breakfast...*sigh*) I still whip up a batch on a regular basis.  It's often a bit of a last-minute idea, so I just use … [Read more...]

Cheddar Scones

As most of you know, I love to bake. I can happily pass hour after hour thumbing through recipes and trying new creations.  Some of these creations turn out amazing and become regulars in the Parlee kitchen...others, well, not so amazing!  I recently did a Mother's Day post, and as part of the write up, tried a recipe for Cheddar Scones found on the PC®  website. These scones definitely belong in the amazing group.  Not only are the easy to make and contain ingredients you most likely have in … [Read more...]

How to Make Granola Bars

My family loves granola bars.  They are handy to grab,  whether adding one to your lunch bag, as a quick breakfast or as a midnight snack.  I do worry though, about what is actually in store bought bars.  I checked out a few boxes from our cupboard and found that some bars contained as many as thirty-seven ingredients!  Included in some, but not all bars, were such unpronounceables as: Sodium Carboxymethycellulose Tocopherols Acetylated Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono-and … [Read more...]

Food That Makes You Feel As Good As Our Long Awaited Spring! {w/Recipe}

After a VERY LONG winter, spring has officially arrived.  Even though in my neck of the woods,  we had snow and freezing rain yesterday, I am still confident spring will soon be arriving here too! It is time to break out of our long winter rut and try something new. It's time to whip up some food that makes you feel as good as our long awaited spring! PUMP UP YOUR GRAINS Need a change from pasta night?  Try incorporating grains into your meal instead.  As part of a salad or main course, … [Read more...]

How to Make Hot Cross Buns {Recipe}

Hot Cross Buns are an Easter/Springtime tradition for us.  In the past I would always buy them, but last year, I decided to make them... and they were DELICIOUS! If you are not familiar, Hot Cross Buns are a spiced sweet bun made with currants and other dried fruits and marked with a cross on the top.  In many countries, they are  traditionally eaten on Good Friday, but are now popular all year round, especially in the spring. In many historically Christian countries, these buns are … [Read more...]

Carrot Cupcakes – Perfect for Easter or any Special Occasion

These Carrot Cupcakes are dense, moist and delicious.  They are perfect for Easter dinner, or if you simply omit the Easter egg decorations, they are perfect for birthdays, parties or any special occasion. I have a wonderful recipe for Carrot Cake.  I  have made for many, many years and it is one of my requested recipes. I recently decided to try the recipe as a cupcake and the result was fabulous 5.0 from 2 reviews Carrot Cupcakes   Print Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 24 … [Read more...]