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Friday, September 27, 2013

It's "Favorites Friday" | Five Foods I Must Try

Wow, that week flew by. I had wanted to come on here earlier and give some updates but here we are at Friday.

So - what's new this week? Hmm... it was horrible. Those changes I mentioned in life has its ruts... well we're still making our way through them and will have news soon! [fingers crossed] For now, let's forget all those people and places that think it's so much fun to put stress on a pregnant woman and her husband!! And, let's move onto food. Because we all know retail therapy - which I'm limited to at the moment - and food, cure all! haha Okay not all, but pretty close.

That brings me to another Favorites Friday... this time five foods I've been dying to make off of my food & drink board on Pinterest (come follow me). Anyways, here goes!

I absolutely love blue cheese and hot stuff... these would be great this weekend!

fox news.

YUMMY! Need I say more?

amazing mexican recipes.

Umm... does this recipe say cream cheese! Yes please!

kraft canada.

Okay - this one's for the hubby!

top appetizer recipes.

Except you should totally use my Pumpkin Pie Recipe and miniaturize them!

weddings by lilly.

Nothing like a bunch of comfort food! I love fall... and my waistline right now could handle the extra goodness... I'm sure ;) Have a great weekend out there... today's the hubby's birthday so I've convinced him to at least go out for dinner (he's a no fuss, forget it's even happening type of birthday guy). Oh, and don't be afraid to share your favorite fall recipe or one you've been dying to make in the comments below - I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Frank's Red Hot Turkey Chili | Recipe

A coworker had been bragging about this chili recipe she's been eating... so I made her give me the recipe. Oh my it's soooo delicious. She found the recipe online somewhere, altered it and handed it to me. I then altered it some more... so, I'm taking claim that it's now my recipe (and the original is on a piece of paper, so it's definitely mine now).

Get ready to have your mouth on fire. If you like super hot, add more Frank's Red Hot. If you like medium hot... this recipe is perfect for you. If you can't take any heat... you might want to avoid at all costs. Holy it's yummy, but it sure does have some heat. Ready for the best chili recipe ever.*

*Disclaimer: This chili recipe is the best recipe ever in my opinion. Others opinions may claim it as delicious, absolutely amazing, can't live without it, best they've ever eaten. But, my claim is best chili recipe ever. Kapeesh? Kapeesh.

Here goes.

Frank's Red Hot Turkey Chili Recipe

1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 lb ground turkey
1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
2 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground paprika
3/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes 
1 (19 oz) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (19 oz) can white kidney beans, drained
1 (10 oz) can mushrooms
1 (341 ml) can of corn

Heat olive oil and butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add turkey and cook until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Stir in the carrot, celery, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Cook until the onion is translucent and the vegetables are beginning to soften, 3 to 4 more minutes.

Stir in hot sauce, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, white kidney beans and red kidney beans. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 1 hour, or until the vegetables are tender and the flavors have blended.

Now grab some good old mozzarella cheese and greek yogurt and you're ready to go. Don't say I didn't warn you about the heat or the absolute goodness of this chili. It's delicious. Okay I know I already said that. What are you waiting for, let's eat!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

A Pin Attempt or Two - Steak, Crab and Soup!

Welcome back Monday! Last night I begged and pleaded to be a stay at home wife, but for some reason the hubby didn't think that was a great idea. Well, needless to say, I made it through the day today and, I have three posts in one tonight... a pin attempt, or two, and a quick recipe that I haven't made in a while, perfect for a quick dinner when you're not in the mood to cook.

First up....

Pin Attempt - Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I've really been trying my best to eat healthy and as natural as possible... without getting too bored. So, when I was craving a soup for my lunch this week, I thought this would be the perfect recipe, found on Pinterest and taken from manifest vegan.

manifest vegan.
Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup Recipe

1 Large Head of Cauliflower
Olive Oil for Drizzling
3 Medium to Large Sized Sweet Potatoes, Cut into 1" Cubes
1 Sweet Onion, Diced
2 Cloves of Garlic (I used 5!!)
7 Cups of Water

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cut the cauliflower into bit sized pieces, lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Put in the oven and let them roast until the tops are golden brown, but not mushy, roughly 20 to 30 minutes.

In the meantime, place sweet potatoes, onion, garlic and water in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Simmer continuously until the sweet potatoes are tender. Add in cauliflower, remove from heat and let cool. Once cooled, divide soup into two parts, blend one half and then add back to the soup. (Makes 9 servings.)

Easy, healthy and quick to do. But, not my favorite. For some reason I can't get past the texture and it keeps reminding me of baby food. Now, it does taste okay, just a little bland, but a little salt and pepper will fix that. And... I must admit, it smells really good. So, how about a six or seven out of ten. Hey, give it a try... it may be the perfect soup for you.

Pin Attempt - How to Cook Steaks on Your Stovetop...

off the (meat) hook.

... that tastes better than any fancy restaurant. Found on Pinterest and taken from off the (meat) hook. This recipe is easy to do and, trust me, makes the most delicious steak you've ever tasted. Okay a little salty, but I absolutely loved it and would trade in the BBQ any day for this recipe.

Best Stovetop Steak Recipe

All you need is a good cut of steak, coarse sea salt and your favorite steak spice.

About an hour before you're ready to cook the steak, remove them from the fridge and sprinkle both sides with coarse sea salt, I ended up using coarse salt (maybe that is why it was so salty?). When you're ready to cook, heat a pan as hot as you can get it on the stove, some people use a cast iron pan, I used a regular old non-stick. While the pan is getting super hot, rinse the steaks off and add the seasoning you want for your steak. Now, get ready to cook.

Take a pair of tongs and hold a steak with the fat strip down on the pan. Let the fat burn to release grease and brown. Then, take your steaks and put them in the pan... cook until the side browns, flip and continue until the other side browns. The trick here is that the steak will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat. Trust me, I only cooked them for about 3 or 4 minutes per side and they were medium-rare. The trick is to stop one temperature before the one your want, i.e. stop at rare if you want medium rare. Let your steak rest for 5 - 10 minutes and then be prepared for the best steak ever. Okay, if I don't make sense... go here, it explains it all! MMM... You can thank me later :o)

Perfect Weekday Menu - Easy Buttery Crab Pasta

This recipe is mine, all mine. I kind of threw this together a few years ago... made it all of the time and forgot all about it. The other day when we were grocery shopping, I saw some crab meat and thought yes, easy buttery crab pasta is easy and perfect for a work night meal. Here's the recipe:

Easy Buttery Crab Pasta Recipe

1 Package of Crab Meat
1/2 Package of No Yolk Whole Wheat Pasta
5 Tsp Buttery Becel (or Butter)
Garlic Salt for Flavor

Boil a pot of water and add pasta. In the meantime, put a teaspoon of Buttery Becel in a frying pan, melt and add crab meat. Warm crab through and cook pasta until desired tenderness. Drain noodles, divide into two dishes, add two teaspoons of butter to each dish and add crab to each. Sprinkle with garlic salt until desired flavor. (Makes 2 Servings)

Easy-peasy! It takes roughly 10 - 15 minutes and it's absolutely delicious. One of my favorite week-night meals.

Okay, enough from me for one night. I think I've made up for my lack of blogging lately. Here's to food, pinterest and a quick rest of the work week. :o) Cheers!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pin Attempt - Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

I hope you had a great weekend out there. While I meant to blog last night with this pin attempt, we had house business and a visit at the in-laws, that had us home late. So, better late then never, last night I decided to tackle Pepperoni Pizza Puffs from Lick the Bowl Good. While she adapted her recipe from elsewhere, I also decided to make a slightly different version of my own, skipping out on the bite sized pizza snacks and making pizza puffs that were more muffin sized and very filling for dinner.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp roasted garlic & peppers spice (I get this at costco)
pinch of salt
3/4 cup 1% milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup cubed pepperoni
garlic salt to taste
1/2 cup pizza sauce

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, roasted garlic & pepper spice and salt; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni. Divide amongst muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20 minutes. Take out 5 minutes before done and sprinkle with garlic salt. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

Okay, so this pin attempt was a definite pass! They were so quick, filling and really good! I did make them a little salty so maybe hold back on the garlic salt, although I didn't really mind. As well, definitely substitute spices, as I did from the recipe I used, and add any of your other favorite pizza toppings. I'm anxious to try chicken next time! Have a great rest of the week...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BBQ'd Portobello Mushroom Pizza Recipe

I came home last night to Ry making supper - vegetables everywhere and a couple of nice steaks ready to BBQ. The first thing I said was take a picture - I need a blog post and this will work. Of course he hesitated, it's my little secret and you aren't taking credit… So, I told him he'd get full credit and while eating dinner we gave it a name - BBQ'd Portobello Mushroom Pizzas. Of course I didn't get around to posting it last night because we had a fair meeting. So here it is.

BBQ'd Portobello Mushroom Pizza
2 Medium Tomatoes
1/2 Orange Sweet Bell Pepper
1/2 Yellow Sweet Bell Pepper
3 Large Portobello Mushrooms
2 Cloves of Garlic
1/4 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Place BBQ on medium heat. Clean all vegetables and dice tomato and peppers, place in a bowl. Add slivered garlic and lightly coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with spices. Place portobello mushrooms on a plate, downside facing up. Spoon mixture onto mushrooms to form a pile. Cover with parmesan cheese. Place on BBQ rack until mushrooms are cooked - they will go thin. Carefully remove from grill and enjoy! :D

That's it, a nice healthy addition to your dinner! Of course you can try adding a sauce first for more of a pizza taste. Other than than, life is still in full gear. We've had five house showings since listing with a realtor last week and there are already some booked for this week. The long weekend is coming up, but of course Ry has to work part of it. The joys of being on a golf course! On the upside, nice weather has finally settled in the area, although it makes working in an office all day rather depressing. Oh well, tomorrow I am off for the day to take my mother to a doctor's appointment, so I will surely enjoy a drink and lunch on a patio somewhere! :D Okay, go and try the recipe and let me know in the comments below what kind of variations you tried.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Portobello Mushrooms Sauteed in Red Wine & Garlic

Wow! What a busy weekend. We had a few visitors at our open house, very exciting! We had dinner with the fam jam and we spent the rest of the time getting the house ready or trying to catch our breathe. Tonight we went to look at a house (I'll tell you about it later) and came home to make a nice dinner, pork chops, portobello mushrooms sauteed in red wine and garlic, baby potatoes and fresh french bread from the oven. Mmm... I do love to cook. So, I thought I'd share the recipe with you that we used (followed on

Portobello Mushrooms Sauteed in Red Wine and Garlic


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion , cut longitudinally (we used a red onion)
4 garlic cloves , chopped
1 pinch sugar
2 beef bouillon cubes , crushed (we used 2 packages)
2 tablespoons dry red wine (we used regular red wine and added more throughout cooking)
2 medium portobello mushrooms

Warm a saute pan over medium heat and add oil, onions, garlic and sugar. Saute onions until they are soft, about 5 minutes.

Next, add beef bouillon and wine and stir until the bouillon dissolves. Continue to saute the onions until most of the wine has been absorbed, about 4-5 minutes.

Next, add mushrooms (we sliced ours) and saute until soft, about 5 more minutes - turning during to cook each side. We added wine throughout to keep the pan from drying out.


Place caps on plate, top with sauce and enjoy! Make sure you serve it hot - it was great with pork chops and fresh baby potatoes.

Okay, now as promised, the house tour tonight was great. There was a huge building on the acre and a half lot that was currently being used as a cafe, but easily could be converted into an amazing wood shop. Inside the brick home itself was the most amazing character, a brick wall in the kitchen that was exposed, large trim around the rooms, built in shelves in the dining room and a claw foot tub in the bathroom. Character is what we have been looking for and it certainly had it! The problem is, we can't decide whether character with the quirks of an old house is better than a new house that doesn't have any hidden surprises. Hmm... I guess we'll have to wait and see. Oh yes, and I told you I'd bat my eyes, Ryan is coming with me to San Francisco and we're making a weeks vacay out of it... definitely exciting and I can't wait to share the pics!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Best Pizza Dough Recipe Ever!

A few years back, my hubby came home from the hunt camp bragging about the best pizza dough ever. A cousin of his was in charge of making dinner that night and decided to treat them all to homemade pizza of different sorts. It was a couple years that I continued to hear about this amazing dough. So, I finally went through the family tree and got a copy of it for myself! Now, we have the best pizza dough recipe ever and I'm willing to share. :o)

BBQ Cilantro Chicken Pizza Recipe

Pizza Dough


875 ml (3 1/2 cups) flour
15 ml (1 tbsp) sugar
5 ml (1 tsp) salt
15 ml (1 tbsp) Quick Rise Yeast (I use pizza yeast)
325 ml water

Sift together first three ingredients. Mix in yeast. Work water into dry ingredients. Turn out and knead. Cover with bowl for 15 minutes - let rise. Work onto pizza stone (I love this stone from Pampered Chef) - let rise again.  

Now cover with all of your favorite ingredients and bake at 400ºF for 20 minutes!

Feel free to pass it on. We made it last night and my husband says he'd take our pizza over take out any day! Now that's a pizza!