Today I realized I hadn’t posted anything on this blog for the last month and a half…since starting this blog over three years ago, it’s been updated fairly regularly, and while there have been slow months, there has always been a few new recipes each month…until now…almost. Coming to that realization, I knew I needed to take some time today and at least post one thing, because I feel really bad about how neglected this blog has become.
For those who have been sticking around, I thank you! I definitely don’t want to neglect the blog, and have no plans to stop blogging, it’s just been a very busy several months. All though things are quite busy, it’s awesome and a blessing when starting your own business! Although I have been away from the blog, I’ve been doing plenty of food related work. I’ve continued shooting recipe videos and blogging for tablespoon.com, creating and managing a visual marketing campaign for Ayden Kitchen & Bar (Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay’s new restaurant), and more recently becoming the video editor for a hunting TV show! It’s been a busy few months, and I don’t see it slowing down, but i’m learning a ton, and getting better at managing several projects at once!
Posted in breakfast, Dinner, Egg, Healthy, Vegetable
Tagged breakfast, breakfast squash, dinner, egg, healthy, low carb, pasta alternative, spaghetti squash
Here is a recipe that just makes sense! Taking traditional spaghetti and meat sauce, but swapping the pasta for squash. I apologize in advance to those who like very specific recipes. I made meat sauce the previous night and used the leftover sauce when making this, so i’m estimating the measurements, but hey! It’s a meat sauce. If you are measuring everything you’re doing it wrong! It’s all about adding in the main component, adding a dash of this, a dash of that, tasting, adjusting, and enjoying!
Posted in Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Healthy, Pasta, Roast
Tagged baked, fall recipe, ground beef, healthy, low carb, meat sauce, pasta substitute, recipe, Roasted, spaghetti, spaghetti squash, squash, tomato
It’s that time of the year… Squash season!
Thanks to my mother planting copious amount of spaghetti squash this year, I have been racking my brain, trying to think of different ways to use that delicious vegetable! In the past, I have always kept it quite simple, roasting the spaghetti squash, then mixing in some diced tomato and onion, which makes a perfectly delicious meal. But this time I wanted to really take advantage of the squash and the fact that it makes a perfect little boat for other ingredients when cut in half.
Posted in Dinner, Easy, Healthy, Roast, Vegetable
Tagged baked, basil, dinner, easy, Goat Cheese, healthy, low carb, onion, recipe, Roasted, spaghetti, spaghetti squash, spinach, squash, tomato
I must say September was a pretty pitiful month for blogging and I apologize for that! It’s not that I haven’t been cooking anything, I just haven’t been taking the time to edit the images, and write up a blog post. I’ve got a few recipes that are quite timely for this fall season, so you can expect a little more blogging this month!
Let’s start with this delicious meal featuring some wonderful ingredients from my mothers garden! The stars of the dish are delicious onions that have been drizzled with balsamic vinegar and roasted, as well as a hearty pork chop finished with chive butter. My house smelled so good after making this, it was a low level of torture, having to wait to eat this while smelling it and taking pictures.
Posted in Dinner, Fresh herbs, Pork, Roast, Side
Tagged Balsamic, balsamic vinegar, chive butter, comfort food, dinner, fall, pan roasted, Pork, pork chop, red onion, Roast, roast onions, winter
I’ve been all about making food with fun names these days. Blueberry Cla-foo-tee, chicken catch-a-tory, they are fun to say and even more fun to eat! As part of our back-to-school special for CTV Morning Live, Carlene and I were tasked with making easy, budget friendly meals for students. Carlene settled on making the always tasty Vietnamese cold rolls; an easy to make, inexpensive, and light meal. Taking the alternate route, I went with a comfort classic that’s easy to make and easy on the budget!
Posted in Chicken, Dinner, Easy, Pasta
Tagged budget, budget friendly, cheap, Chicken, chicken cacciatore, chicken thighs, comfort food, dinner, italian, pasta, recipe, student
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
The Breakfast Pizza – the end of a trilogy! This also marks the 4th day in a row that I have eaten pizza. I can’t complain though, pizza is a wonderfully balanced meal in my eyes (and stomach)!
I figured it was time to try making a breakfast pizza, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Not only did it gift my nostrils with the pleasant aroma of my breakfast favourites, the flavour was wonderful! Combining breakfast classics onto thin, airy pizza crust, how could you go wrong? Well you can’t! Unless you burn it of course…
Posted in breakfast, Cheese, Dinner, Egg, Pizza
Tagged Bacon, breakfast, breakfast pizza, cheese, egg, green onion, ham, how to make pizza, no knead pizza dough, Potato, thin crust
Continuing on with the pizza and pesto of the previous posts, here is a pizza stacked with some awesome flavours! Delicious fresh pesto, juicy mushrooms, savoury red onion, finished off with the smokey flavour of creamy smoked gouda! A pizza that not only looks great, but tastes awesome too!
Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Easy, Fresh herbs, Pizza
Tagged basil, Garlic, gouda, mushroom, no-knead, pesto, pizza, recipe, red onion, smoked gouda, thin crust
For whatever reason, this week just felt like a pizza week, but truth-be-told, every week could be pizza week because that stuff is freakin’ amazing! Especially with this ridiculously easy pizza dough recipe. It literally takes about 5 minutes to make (maybe less).
For this pizza I decided to keep it simple and go with a classic margherita style pizza with tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, topped off with a sprinkle of salt! So simple, so good!
Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Easy, Fresh herbs, Lunch, Pizza, Vegetable
Tagged basil, classic, homemade, how to make pizza, margherita, mozzarella, no-knead, pizza, pizza dough, recipe, simple, tomato
Browsing through my favourite magazine (Bon Appetit of course!) I came across this simple and delicious looking recipe for Citrus Marinated Chicken. Taking some chicken out of the fridge, I went about assembling the marinade when it took a bit of a left turn! Cutting into what I thought was an orange, but was actually a small, very orange-esque grapefruit, I had to make a little change of plans! Undeterred, I went with it, using grapefruit as my main citrus and making a few changes here and there to the recipe.
In the end, it all worked out and I had myself some tasty chicken. It had some great teriyaki flavour with hints of citrus and a really nice caramelization from the sugars in the marinade. Served with some rice and fresh veggies, it made an easy and delicious meal!
Posted in Barbecue, Chicken, Dinner, Duck, Grilled
Tagged asian, Barbecue, bon appetit, Chicken, citrus, citrus marinated chicken, drumsticks, grapefruit, marinade, recipe, soy, soya sauce, summer, Teriyaki