A dedicated Bon Appetit subscriber (and recipe maker), it wasn’t until last month (when I saw foodie friend Dan’s Goodside’s pork chop) that I noticed they encourage you to “Cook the Cover” and then feature some of the recipes. Given how delicious their February cover looked, I had to give it a go! I adapted the recipe to fit to the ingredients I had on hand, swapping out the ground pork for ground turkey, as well as cutting most of the ingredients in half. I should also mention, that at 5:00PM, when I was just about finished cooking the ragu (or so I thought), I noticed it’s supposed to simmer for 4 hours…!!! Well I sure as heck wasn’t about to wait until 9:00PM to eat the delicious smelling ragu in front of me! So I simmered it until the pasta was done boiling and enjoyed my shortened version. Even though I didn’t cook it nearly as long as the recipes suggests, it had great flavour. If you’re in a rush, and don’t want to simmer it for 4 hours, don’t worry, it will still taste great!
Posted in Dinner, Pork, Turkey
Tagged bon appetit, cook the cover, february, italian, parmesan, pasta, Pork, ragu, recipe, red, rigatoni, sausage, spicy, tomato
If you’ve been ready the blog for the past little while, you’ll know that I’m on a bit of a lentil kick. These little guys are packed with flavour, fibre, protein and vitamins, so what’s not to love! This easy fall soup is just an extension of my love. Two loves actually because it comes from the Kraft ‘What’s Cooking’ Recipe Flyer (I always find great recipe in those!), I slightly altered the recipe, but nothing huge. But let’s get to the recipe! Continue reading
Posted in Dinner, Easy, Gluten Free, Healthy, Lunch, soup, Vegetable
Tagged biscuits, carrot, Cheddar, cheese, dill, easy, healthy, lentil, red, soup, wheat, whole
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for… the fifteenth and FINAL week of the JC100! FIFTEEN WHOLE WEEKS, that’s three and a half months…105 DAYS…nearly a third of a year! And of course, the final dish is one of Julia’s flagship recipes – Boeuf Bourguignon. This couldn’t have worked out better, as my mother made beef stew on Sunday, and had purchased about 5 pounds of stewing beef. Suspecting that this recipe was coming, I made sure she set aside 3 pounds in case my premonitions came true!
As a stew described by Julia Child as “one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man”, I was definitely looking forward to the end result of this rather laborious recipe. Though I can’t say whether this was man-kinds most delicious beef dish, as I am no connoisseur of beef stews, it definitely did not disappoint! The stew was rich, hearty and had an array of wonderful flavours!
Buckle up, this is a long one!
Posted in Beef, Dinner, JC100, Red Meat, soup
Tagged Bacon, beef, boeuf, bourguignon, burgundy, dinner, french, jc100, julia child, mastering the art of french cooking, red, stew, supper, week 15, wine
It is now week 3 of the 100 year celebration of Julia Child and they’ve hit us with a doozy! Well not really, but this one did certainly take more time than the Omelette Roulee of week 1 which was in and out of my HOT pan in a minute and a half! (That’s my kind of recipe). This week I was faced with Coq au Vin, which is essentially “Chicken in Wine”. I knew this would be more challenging for me, not because it was difficult to prepare, but because I don’t like following recipes, but I stuck it through and it was a success!
Posted in Chicken, Dinner, JC100, Potato
Tagged 100, art, au, birthday, celebration, Chicken, child, chive, cooking, coq, french, in, julia, mashed, mastering, of, onion, Potato, ragout, red, the, to cook, vin, way, week 3, wine
After picking up an avocado at the grocery store, in hopes that I would do something cool with it, I had planned on making a toasted tomato sandwich with avocado on it. While that would have been a simple and tasty dish, it wasn’t very creative. Fortunately, inspiration struck courtesy of the ingredients in my fridge (red onion mainly!) and the Deconstructed Guacamole Sandwich was created! These tasted great and were super easy to make, perfect for a quick snack or a twist on the traditional guacamole appetizer at at party!
Posted in Appetizer, Bread, Easy, Healthy, Lunch, Sandwich, Snack, Snack, Vegetable
Tagged appetizer, avocado, cilantro, creative, deconstructed, dip, easy, Garlic, guacamole, Mayo, mayonnaise, onion, party, platter, quick, red, Sandwich, tomato
Red velvet is one of my favourite cakes. Everyone thinks it’s really fancy, but let’s get real here – it’s super easy. Just think of it as a mellowed chocolate cake with some kick (all thanks to our buddy vinegar). In the past, I religiously used the Magnolia Bakery Red Velvet cake from their great cookbook, but found it to be a tad dry and dense, so I decided to switch it this time to Chef Cake Man Raven
‘s Red Velvet Cake recipe. WOW. I’m happy I switched! These cupcakes were perfectly moist, melt in your mouth delicious and nice and light. Continue reading
Posted in cake, Cheese, cupcake, Dessert, Easy
Tagged cake, cakes, chef, chocolate, cupcake, cupcakes, easy, Man, moist, raven, recipe, red, southern, velvet
If anyone has a garden or lives anywhere close to a Farmer’s Market they know zucchinis are season. This vegetable lasagna is a great way to pack in your veggies in a hearty manner! Continue reading
Posted in Cheese, Easy, Healthy, Just for Fun
Tagged basil, green, healthy, lasagna, mushrooms, onions, pasta, peppers, Quinoa, red, sauce, vegetable, vegetarian, veggie, vodka, zucchini
We recently had a 60th birthday in our office at work for the “big dog” so I made this ‘ancient dinosaur’ cake for him to celebrate the milestone! Continue reading
Posted in cake, Dessert, Just for Fun
Tagged birthday, buttercream, cake, cheese, chocolate, cream, dinosaur, icing, red, velvet
A while back I picked up a Sirloin Tip Roast and having never cooked one, I started browsing the food websites looking for a recipe and this one kept coming up. So by popular demand I had to give it a try and I was certainly not disappointed! What I got was a wonderfully juicy and well spiced roast that I enjoyed every bite of.
Posted in Easy, Red Meat, Roast
Tagged beef, chili flakes, easy, Garlic, hot, how to cook a roast, how to cook sirloin tip roast, how-to, juicy, meat, oregano, oven, recipe, red, Roast, sirloin, Sirloin tip roast, spiced, the best, tip