Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce

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If you love shrimp, you have to make this recipe.  Just one bite and they will be come a regular appearance on your dinner circuit.  I have played around with the shrimp spice blend to where it’s perfect…in my opinion, anyway.  The creamy avocado sauce brings it all together.  Add the toppings I have suggested or add your own.  I could eat one right now. Continue reading

Rice Krispies Squares – perfected

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I know what you’re probably thinking…why am I posting Rice Krispies Squares?  We have all made them countless times and if I had a nickel for every RKS that I have eaten in my life well, you know the rest of the story.  I decided to post RKS because the original recipe isn’t that great (for two reasons): 1) They don’t use enough marshmallows and  2) They use a 9×13″ pan.   This said, you will get a flat and dry RKS.  I think the vast majority of us want a RKS that we can really sink our teeth into without having to wedge it sideways into our mouths and biting it with our molars.  I have now cracked the code on the perfect RKS by adding more marshmallows (60 to be exact) and using a smaller pan.  But please, don’t take my word for it, just make them and you will understand.  I promise. Continue reading

Chili Macaroni n’ Cheese

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Winter is my favourite season — hands down.   I will take the coldest winter day over the hottest summer day, any day of the year.  To me, cooking in the winter is FAR more enjoyable than in the summer.  Chili Macaroni n’ Cheese is a vegetarian pantry recipe that you can whip up in no time.  So good and comforting on a “winter day”.  Lots of beans to bring up the fiber count and keep you filled up! The only non-pantry ingredients are: Onion, Garlic, and Cheddar Cheese.  Serve with a fresh garden salad.  For a fast week night or an easy weekend meal you can’t go wrong with this one! Continue reading

Fool Proof Squash Soup

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This Squash Soup recipe is an easy and basic recipe that is VERY forgiving.  Very low in calories and fat, not to mention satisfying. You don’t need exact measurements of any of the ingredients really.  However, I do give you the exact measurements of what I did with this soup.  If your soup is too thick, add more broth and salt to taste. You can easy personalize this soup by adding in a sprinkle or two of cinnamon. A pinch of cardamom or curry powder will also give a little kick. A little bit of cream to garnish is also a good option.  We garnished our soup tonight with chopped green onions.   The possibilities are endless.  Keep the flavour as mild or bold as you prefer.  Another idea is to serve this soup mild and have your family/guests add the seasonings and garnishes they prefer. Continue reading

Chocolate Overload Fudgy Brownies

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If there’s one thing I love about blogging it’s that I can post whatever type of recipe I want without someone telling me otherwise.  Here is yet another brownie recipe that I have made countless times.  Out of the oven they might not look like anything special but once you try one, I’m sure you’ll be sold!  I have modified the ingredients and method from the original recipe to tweak it just to my liking.  Super chocolaty, fudgy and ever so slightly gooey. You might think these brownies are not fully cooked through but they are! On top of an ice cream sundae or just pop them in your mouth…don’t expect these little gems to last long.  Continue reading

Mexican Sweet Potato with Cashew Sour Cream

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With all the festive eating I indulged in over Christmas, it was time for something extra healthy.  I  had a craving for sweet potatoes and this vegan recipe delivered!  It was so delicious and kept my stomach satisfied all evening.  No urge to snack afterwards. I took the left overs to work for my lunch the next day.  The Cashew Sour Cream pulls this meal together.  I hope you’ll try it! Continue reading

Christmas Bake-Exchange Tips

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Hello Everyone!  I was at the dentist today (of all places) waiting for my appointment.  I was chatting with two young ladies when the conversation turned to Christmas Baking.   I asked them if they were in a Christmas Bake-Exchange and started giving hints and tips about having one.   They appeared to be sold on the idea.  Where I work, we have a bake exchange every year between four of us.  In this blog post I will tell you how we do ours.  Should you decide to start or join a bake-exchange, choose the tips that you feel would work for you. Continue reading

Mississippi Mud Brownies

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Do I make too many Brownie recipes?

NOT POSSIBLE.

I would say that most people love brownies.  What’s not to love?  I have baked a lot of brownies in my day and can easily say that not all brownies are created equal. Not by a long shot. Each recipe has it’s own personality to suit whatever mood you may be in.  . The Mississippi Mud Brownie is moist, rich and a definite crowd pleaser.  No shortage of chocolate in this recipe.  Fortunately for you, it’s baked in a 9 x13″ pan so there’s plenty to go around or just keep for yourself. Continue reading

Tortilla (Cheater) Pizza

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Tonight, I really did not feel like making anything for dinner.  I was hungry but not starving.  I saw the tortilla wraps on my kitchen counter and wondered if I had the ingredients to make “cheater pizzas” with them.  The “cheater” part is using the wraps.  If you like thin crust, I think you will enjoy this pizza!  Once I found the pizza sauce in my cupboard, I knew I could come up with something and sure enough I did. Of course you can choose the pizza toppings you like.  I searched through my fridge to see what topping ingredients I could find.  One of these pizzas was just enough to hit the spot. Continue reading

Black Velvet Brownies

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This brownie recipe was given to me by a friend about ten years ago. It was called “Chocolate Truffle Brownies”. Since then we changed the name to “Black Velvet Brownies”.  One bite and you will understand the name change.  So dark, smooth and extremely chocolaty, yet light.  Be sure to make the frosting to get the full effect of Black Velvet!  Slices very easily and pops into your mouth without any difficulty whatsoever.  The entire pan may easily vanish in no time at all. Continue reading