Now don’t get too shocked when you read this next sentence: hello, it’s Carlene here. I know….. I’m slightly ashamed to say I haven’t blogged in the past four months… yes FOUR months. Luckily Bob has been able to keep everyone up to date with some delicious recipes while I took on the challenge of a new job and a completely new schedule, said “see you when I see you” to a dear friend who lost his courageous battle with cancer, took a new focus on myself and those who matter most to me and continued to tackle my photography business. While food was still a centerpiece in my life over the past four months, unfortunately the blog got the shortest stick while I took some quality “me” time to figure what life really is about and what truly matters. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not money, a job, things or status. It comes down to time and who you choose to share it with and who chooses to value yours and share theirs back in exchange. Within that shared time is where memories are made and friendships take life. Perhaps it’s time that is the most valued commodity, not gold, gas or oil, and the one true gift you can share with those who matter most to you.
After taking some of time to “spend” on me, I’m back in action with a fresh cherry scone recipe using Saskatchewan cherries picked from our parent’s orchard. Let’s get to this recipe… Continue reading
Posted in Bread, breakfast, Dessert, Fruit
Tagged buttermilk, cherries, cherry, fresh, homemade, saskatchewan, scone, scones, Sour
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
This recipe begins something like this:
“Nooooooo Megan!” I shout, as my girlfriend reaches into the Sobey’s refrigerator, pulling out a box of *gasp* frozen chicken strips!
“Put the box down, step away from the refrigerator!”
Posted in Chicken, Dinner, Easy, Lunch
Tagged Chicken, chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, chicken strips, chicken tenders, easy, homemade, how to make, Panko, parmesan, strips, tender
Tomorrow (or I guess today once this post is published), I will be making my way to New York for the first time, where I will most certainly be enjoying a slice of pizza or two! In the spirit of New York and pizza, I felt this recipe that has been hanging out in my blog archives for quite some time needed to be shared!
This awesome pizza uses Jim Lahey’s amazing “no-knead” pizza dough, making it ridiculously easy to make! You basically just put everything in a bowl the night before, and voila, the next day it has become an amazing pizza dough! Now that’s my kind of recipe! Of course, I had to add a little bit extra to it, because following a recipe to the tee is never as much fun!
Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Easy, Lunch, Pizza
Tagged dough, easy, Goat Cheese, homemade, jim lahey, mushroom, no-knead, pizza, recipe, spinach, thin crust
Rather than try and combine both posts into one, I decided to create another one, as some people might be turned off by the idea of deep fried ravioli, and not notice that you can boil these into healthier, delicious ravioli!
Start off by making this Spinach Pasta Dough, once that is made proceed to the recipe.
Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Lunch, Pasta, Vegetable
Tagged boiled, dough, fresh, homemade, pasta, ravioli, ricotta, spinach, spinach pasta, tomato sauce
Anyone who buys those bags of frozen french fries is just cheating themselves. Especially if you have potatoes in your cupboard. These things are so simple, so delicious, and just look at how beautiful they are! Your frozen potato sticks don’t come close! Grab a russet potato, slice it up, bake it and feel the guilt wash away as you eat these non-deep fried homemade beauties (and then feel guilty as you realize you just ate a ton…oops!). Stay tuned for a much less guilt-free recipe coming in the next day or two using these tasty things! (can you guess what it might be??)
Posted in Appetizer, Dinner, Healthy, Potato, Side
Tagged alternative, baked, crispy, crunchy, easy, french fries, fries, healthy, homemade, oven, Potato, recipe, russet
In a continuation of the delicious spinach pasta dough I made, here is another great use for it! To make the pasta, check out the Spinach Pasta Dough post. Once you have made the dough follow these instructions:
Check out this video for a visual on how to quickly cut your pasta into fettuccine!
Posted in Dinner, Pasta, Vegetable
Tagged dough, fettuccine, fresh, frozen spinach, homemade, parmesan, pasta, sauce, spicy, spinach, tomato
A Kevin O’Leary inspired recipe, a strange thing you might think? Turns out he provided great inspiration for this tasty dish!
This is what we know about Kevin.
- He can be a little full of himself from time to time…
- He certainly “brings the heat” to hopeful entrepreneurs
- He is all about the “green” (a.k.a $$$$)
- His favourite restaurant in Toronto serves Italian food
- He is a wine connoisseur
Well it’s obvious isn’t it?! We need to make an appetizer that’s full of itself, can handle the heat, is green, perhaps Italian, and maybe even has some wine in it! So it came to be, The Kevin O’Leary, a.k.a Deep Fried Ravioli Stuffed with Spinach & Ricotta, served with a Spicy Tomato Sauce!
Posted in Appetizer, Dinner, Pasta
Tagged boiled, cookin' greens, deep fried, dough, dragons den, Fried, frozen spinach, homemade, kevin o'leary, parmesan, pasta, ravioli, ricotta, spicy, spinach, tomato sauce
We were recently contacted by Cookin’ Greens to develop a recipe for their upcoming appearance (March 24th) on the Dragons’ Den, where they will be presenting their innovative “farm-to-freezer” product line. Given that we have the power of two minds behind BS’ in the Kitchen, we were asked to tackle the meanest of all the “Dragons” Mr. Kevin O’Leary! Our challenge was to create an O’Leary inspired appetizer using Cookin’ Greens Chopped Spinach.
Here is what we made (Deep Fried Spinach Ravioli stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta). Of course they can be boiled, rather than fried (I actually think I prefer them boiled!).
Posted in Dinner, Pasta, Vegetable
Tagged cookin' greens, dragons den, easy, egg, flour, frozen spinach, homemade, kevin o'leary, pasta, pasta dough, recipe, spinach
I’ve always really liked carrot cake, but I’ve never actually made it before. This is likely because it’s one of my grandma’s specialities. However the calling came for a traditional dessert for a family dinner, I decided to give it a whirl and I’m quite happy with the results! It’s a classic homemade carrot cake that’s promised to make everyone happy. Continue reading
Posted in cake, Dessert, Easy
Tagged bean, cake, carrot, cheese, cinnamon, cream, frosting, homemade, icing, Vanilla