Typically in winter I crave warm, hearty comfort foods like many others, but for whatever reason, this time I was really craving a salad. Given how cold and snowy it was outside, I figured, why not make this a comforting “winter” salad! With “wintery” ingredients already on hand, like kale and acorn squash, I knew I could whip something tasty up, so away I went.
Posted in Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Salad, Side, Vegetable
Tagged acorn, apple cider, apple cider vinaigrette, hearty, kale, pomegranate, recipe, Salad, seeds, spinach, squash, winter
It’s that time of year again. Christmas! It’s also time for another BS’ in the Kitchen cooking segment on CTV Morning Live Saskatoon. Given that it is Christmas time, it was only appropriate to do something fitting of the season.
I was first introduced to strata by my girlfriend, whose Mom makes a large one for breakfast every Christmas morning. Being that I’m swamped with work, I really didn’t have time to think up some elaborate Christmas themed recipe, instead opting for a delicious dish that could be easily and quickly made for either a group breakfast, or even as an appetizer! So here you go, Mini Breakfast Strata! It is super delicious!
Posted in Appetizer, breakfast, Cheese, Easy, muffin
Tagged baked, breakfast, breakfast strata, cheese, christmas, easy, group, mini, miniature, muffin tin, puff pastry, recipe, strata
Well I think by the fact alone that I had to ask my brother to get the new password really goes to show how long I’ve been away from the blog! Yeesh! I can’t even think about the last time I’ve done a post, but I’m back and hopefully will post one or two more over the holidays. But like this post, things have been nuts lately between work, photography, life and with pulling days that start at 4:30 am and don’t wrap til 11:30pm, food, cooking and the blog has gotten the serious shaft. But enough talking, let’s get to this recipe: Candied Nuts! This is a great and extremely veristle recipe. Eat the nuts as a snack, as a dessert or a topping to a salad. However you eat it, these perfectly matched sweet and savoury nuts will be sure to please your palette! Continue reading
Posted in Appetizer, Easy
Tagged almonds, Candied, cashews, christmas, dessert, easy, nuts, peanuts, pecans, Salad, spiced, walnuts
I can’t believe it’s September already. Where did this summer go? I’m not sure if it was having the snow stay into early May or just being so busy, but this summer seemed to wiz right by. With September here in full force, so is school. Yup that’s right – back to the books, the late night studies, copious amounts of coffee and the ever growing wealth of knowledge. When CTV Morning Live contacted us about doing another segment, this time anchored around budget and student friendly meals, Bob and I agreed to the challenge (the video of the segment is posted below – tune in to see who received the “dunce” cap). Bob made some flavour packed chicken cacciatore and my rival dish was one of my favourite foods: Vietnamese cold rolls. Let’s get to my recipe (which by the way costs an average of $2.49 CAD for a serving of four cold rolls).
Posted in Appetizer, Easy, Healthy
Tagged appetizer, budget, Chicken, cold, dinner, easy, Fast, fresh, friendly, lunch, meal, Pork, quick, roll, snack, spring, student, vegetable, Vietnamese
First off, let’s all welcome Carlene back from a blogging hiatus with her Cherry Scones, hopefully she’ll stick around for a while!
We took a bit of a break from CTV appearances the last month, but wanted to come back for a timely garden cooking segment. Trying to figure out what I was going to cook, I ventured into a garden full of tomatoes, carrots, peas, beans, beets, zucchinis and more! After picking several different vegetables, I decided Zucchini was the way to go. There is tons of it every year and it usually just ends up in the typical zucchini breads or cakes, so I figured I would try something new – Zucchini Fritters!
Posted in Appetizer, Dinner, Fresh herbs, pancake, Side, Vegetable
Tagged Chives, easy, fritter, Garlic, parmesan cheese, recipe, summer, tzatziki, vegetable, zucchini, zucchini fritter
In a never ending quest to expand my culinary horizons and due to a large amount of fresh basil in my fridge, I decided it was time to try making pesto for the first time!
It certainly won’t be my last!
This stuff was delicious! I ate a significant amount just “taste-testing” the pesto and I had to stop myself before it got out of hand and I ate it all! Along with trying my hand at pesto, I figured why not shoot a video for it too right!? I wanted to try a different editing style on this video, and decided to channel my inner James Brown and make a funky piece of music to go along with my vision. I gotta say I’m pretty happy with the results!
Posted in Appetizer, Condiment, Easy, Fresh herbs, How To, Video
Tagged basil, basil. pesto, easy, food video, herbs, how to make pesto, how to make pesto video, olive oil, parmesan, pesto, pine nuts, recipe, video
I have had visions of creating a salad in this style for quite some time and finally got around to actually doing it the other day! Along with fancying up the presentation of a watermelon salad, I wanted to try marinating watermelon and this was the perfect opportunity!
Initially I had plans to add some baby arugula into the dish, unfortunately when I went to the grocery store they were all out, so I just had to make do without it!
This salad really transforms the watermelon into a savoury dish that felt surprisingly hearty! Marinating the watermelon adds subtle hints of lemon, honey and balsamic to the freshness of the watermelon, and pairing it with the feta, mint, bacon and red onion makes it much more savoury. Topping it all of with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar gives it a bit of needed acidity and a nice tang!
Posted in Appetizer, Dinner, Fresh herbs, Fruit, Lunch, Salad, Side
Tagged Bacon, Balsamic, cheese, easy, Fancy, Feta, fruit, marinated watermelon, mint, recipe, red onion, Salad, summer, vinegar, watermelon, watermelon salad
Did you have braces?
Does the thought of corn terrify you?
If so, I apologize in advance, this post is not for you, but for the sake of others I must go on! In the latest installment of Tablespoon.com videos, I present to you “How to Grill Corn”, a quick recipe video detailing the process of grilling corn in their husks to some bumpin’ tunes (made by yours truly)!
I was blessed with straight teeth, and fortunately didn’t have to exile my pearly whites to years behind bars. As a result, my love for corn has remained strong and every summer when corn is in season, I fully embrace it!
Check out the video below and the full blog post here: http://quick-dish.tablespoon.com/2013/07/17/how-to-grill-corn/.
Posted in Appetizer, Barbecue, Dinner, Easy, Grilled, Side, Tablespoon.com, Vegetable, Video
Tagged Barbecue, barbecued corn, BBQ, Corn, general mills, grilled corn, how to grill corn, how to grill corn in husks, how-to, husk, recipe video, summer, tablespoon.com, video
This is one of those “non-recipe” recipes, where I just toss a bunch of ingredients on something until i’m satisfied! Those are the best kind of recipes anyways, right?
Now you may have noticed this isn’t actually a pizza, more a faux-pizza, using delicious toppings you might find on a pizza but rather than pizza dough, I use a portobello mushroom! Low-carb and delicious, not that I particularly care about low-carb, but I DO care about delicious!
Posted in Appetizer, Cheese, Dinner, Easy, Lunch, Pizza, Side, Vegetable
Tagged calabrese, capocollo, cheese, italian, low carb, mushroom, parmesan, pizza, Portobello, recipe, red onion, ricotta, salami, substitute
My family has always been big on leftovers, and as a result I embrace the ability to re-purpose yesterdays meal into something new and delicious! More often than not, it’s something simple like a sandwich or quesadilla, but depending on what you’re left with you can make some pretty awesome meals! In this case, after a work related function, my mom was left with a bunch of roast beef and potatoes, which became this delicious twice baked potato!
Scouring my fridge for complementary ingredients, I found blue cheese and mushrooms, which goes great with both roast beef and potatoes! Combine all of those things together and you have a great side dish or appetizer for your dinner!
Posted in Appetizer, Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Easy, left overs, Potato, Roast, Side
Tagged beef, blue cheese, easy, leftovers, mushroom, Potato, recipe, roast beef, Roasted, sour cream, twice-baked