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If you're like me, you've avoided making scallop potatoes for years. Sure, they taste great but the slicing, the layering and extra sauce pan makes it labour-intensive. Well, you are in for a treat. Saveur magazine's executive food editor Todd Coleman has refined a quicker method that will cut your prep and baking time almost in half. As a bonus, I threw in a fabulous recipe for salsa scalloped potatoes too.
Since zucchini season is long and extends from May through August, I tweaked a vegetarian casserole recipe in Robert VanNorden's Kindle book Casserole For The Soul: 25 Hearty Casserole Recipes; Comfort Food to Satisfy the Hunger Within. Since this recipe contains rice, it's fairly easy to make gluten-free as well. Just be careful to grate your own cheddar cheese - since prepackaged shredded cheeses sometimes contain flour to keep cheese pieces from sticking together.
I snapped up a fabulous Jamie Oliver cookbook last week and I've been drooling over the photographs in it ever since. Since I found three types of gorgeous tomatoes at the market over the weekend, I wanted to enjoy them at their peak (without cooking them). Well, on page 238 of his book "Jamie Oliver's Food Escapes" I found the simplest, tastiest Greek salad recipe and I just had to share it with you.
Recently, I overheard an ice cream truck and immediately remembered spending $3 on a frozen treat for my daughter last summer. Sure it kept her happy, but the artificial colours and excess sugar in it compelled me to make healthier ones. The biggest obstacle to overcome was, of course, that dreaded wait time for them to freeze. Thankfully, I found the Zoku Quick Pop Maker which does the job in 10 minutes and - get this - it uses no electricity. Bonus: includes two tasty ice pop recipes (one for the kids and one with tequila for adults).
Tired of pumpkin pie? Me too. And surprisingly, so is my daughter. This fall, I decided to try out three completely new pumpkin recipes and make them gluten-free. I made chocolate chip pumpkin cookies, a pumpkin smoothie, and pumpkin muffins. The really great thing is that you can use canned pumpkin or make your own pumpkin puree. Either way, these recipes taste fantastic. Plus, the cookies and muffins are easier to transport than a pie.
If you've ever had African braised chicken in peanut sauce, you'll love this dish. The subtle nutty flavour combined with hot peppers, curry and sherry makes this an easy meal to serve up on rice. For those of you on a peanut-free or gluten-free diet (or both), I've found WowButter to be the tastiest substitute. What's more, it's actually healthier than peanut butter and mixes easily into slow cooker recipes.
With Canadian Thanksgiving around the corner and the American Thanksgiving in November, I've been trying out various pumpkin recipes. Pumpkin pie is wonderful but can be difficult to transport (especially for me). So, I worked on my gluten-free pumpkin loaf recipe and my pumpkin spice ratios until I found the ideal combination for the most decadent tasting pumpkin loaf you've ever tried.
Who said vegetarian meals were bland? And why do salads have to be cold? I love experimenting with unconventional methods of preparing meals. When I first tried this recipe, I knew it was a keeper. For only a few dollars worth of ingredients and 15 minutes of your time, you too can enjoy a lovely warm vegetarian Moroccan dish.
Sometimes you have to cook a meaty dish for the non-vegetarians in your life. If you've never heard of Skyline Chili before, you are in for a treat. This incredibly tasty chili dish is slow cooked with aromatic spices - including cinnamon and chocolate. I made mine gluten-free (which is easy to do) but you can use gluten-containing ingredients and it will be just as decadent. Bonus: Includes a helpful guide to determine how much spaghetti you need from an opened package.
Anything yellow seems to conjure up happy feelings in the people I know. I offer up a few interesting facts about everyday yellow things. But wait, I also include three new lemonade recipes (including a hard lemonade) with some handy tips for those ready to turn lemons into lemonade.
The avocados at my grocery store have been excellent this past week, so I decided to create some new avocado recipes. Fortunately, the creamy texture of avocados makes them easy to blend into sweet dishes like smoothies and desserts. I feel better about my daughter eating an avocado-based smoothie or pudding over any commercial one. What's more, these recipes require very few ingredients and there's no need to turn on the stove or oven.
Thanksgiving desserts seem to be the same ones every year - whether I am in Canada or the US. This year, I thought I'd try a gluten-free blueberry pudding cake made in my slow cooker. It's the ideal way to serve up a warm dessert without having to use my oven, stove, and microwave. Plus the aroma of it cooking for a few hours creates an uplifting mood that greets everyone who enters my home.
Frittatas seemed like a lot of work, until I discovered a fabulous recipe on YouTube by Matt Johnson with Ontario Living in series called Recipe of the Month. All I needed was one large bowl and one pan for the oven - no need to pull out any frying pans. In less than half an hour, I had a lovely brunch ready (complete with toast, juice and coffee). What's more, everyone's frittatas were ready at the same time, so we could enjoy a relaxing, sit down brunch together. This would make the perfect Mother's Day brunch.
What's Thanksgiving without both pumpkin and pecan pie? Right. The turkey-loving winemakers in my life have inspired me (a-hem, um, bribed me) to come up with a gluten-free pecan pie that contained no corn syrup. So I used maple syrup. Actually, I was surprised that pecan pie wasn't traditionally made with maple syrup. Fortunately, some fabulous Grade A maple syrups are becoming available on the market for my American friends. If you love pecan pie, I think you'll find my recipe a keeper.
As soon as Thanksgiving was over, my IT guy asked me to make my world-famous pepperpot stew. What I love about this dish is how tender the stewing beef is after being in the slow cooker all day. It's a hearty meal to come home to after a long day shopping, sightseeing, or hitting the slopes. With sweet potatoes, peppers, and the right combination of spices (including cinnamon), I've found this a simple way to feed 8 to 10 people or to halve for a family.
Credit: Marie 2375 "Busy Mama" Amazon Customer Image Baked donuts? Is that really a donut then? Hey, why not . . we have baked chips now. I decided to try out three recipes with three different toppings (which you can mix and match). There's even one for my vegan friends. ...
One of my all-time favorite Thai desserts is sticky rice with mango. I always wondered how to make it and was surprised how labor-intensive the authentic version is to create. I don't own a bamboo steamer - but I do have a kick ass rice cooker. After reading some commentary on a recipe website for coconut rice (created in a rice cooker) I decided to skip the stove top method. Instead of using sugar, I Canadianized my version by using maple syrup instead. It was fabulous.