I don’t tend to blather on about recipes being life changing, however I am going to make a very rare exception for my Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce. This was amazing. This was melt-in-your-mouth sauce perfection. This is what your slow cooker was made to do. It was made to cook this sauce low and slow all day long,slowly breaking apart the ground beef and cooking everything into one velvety, rich, pillowy soft sauce that is the best thing I’ve eaten on pasta outside of the renowned Italian restaurant Corso 32 here in Edmonton. And yes, I meant it when I said the sauce was soft. You are just going to have to try it yourself to understand. This has changed how I view pasta sauce from here on in. Forever. I am going to warn you that once you try the real method, the North Americanized tough ground beef in spaghetti sauce is going to be garbage on your plate from now on. What we did here in North America is we took Bolognese sauce and made it fast, quick and terrible. This is slow, purposeful and magnificent. Important slow cooker bolognese tip #1 : I am not calling this […]
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Without Baking Soda or Baking Powder. That phrase right there is completely something that I would have googled for or searched for in the middle of a snowstorm when I had neither in my pantry. Oh, it’s true! We went away for 4 weeks and after my Christmas baking I had neither one in my pantry. We have had such crazy weather here in Edmonton and the urge for some chocolate chip cookies hit when it was freezing cold and snowy. I was so tired after the 5 day drive home from the States that the thought of getting into the car in -30°C weather made me want to cry. So I threw caution to the wind and made them anyways. So. Can you make chocolate chip cookies without baking soda or baking powder? Heck YAH you can and they are delicious! So obviously you can tell from the photos that no one complained about them. I mean, gooey chocolate, thick chewy cookies, they were amazing. I can actually hear you wanting to call BS on me and say ” Karlynn, there is NO way those thick cookies have no lift action ingredient in them.” To that […]
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My Dad’s Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are straight from the Quaker Oatmeal package, with a couple of tweaks, of course. These are the cookies that my Dad is famous for making down in Phoenix with all their snowbird friends. He takes them to every get-together they attend. Down there however, he can get these amazingly large raisins from Trader Joe’s ( we are talking huge!) and that makes all the difference in the world. If anyone has a lead on where I can get gigantic raisins (have you seen them at Bulk Barn maybe?) I would love to know! Huge raisins are the only way to go in oatmeal raisin cookies. I honestly don’t think that there is a better version of oatmeal cookies than the vanishing oatmeal cookie recipe. I’m not sure how long it’s been around but I would guess at least 60 years? It could be more, there are ads from 1905 for the oatmeal itself so that recipe could have come about any time after that! What I do know is that these are the cookies that I grew up with. Somehow no one makes them better than my Dad does either. I made this at his […]
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This PF Chang’s Copycat Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is thanks to my Disneyland obsession. If you’ve been to Disneyland, then you know that there is a PF Chang’s restaurant in the Garden Walk area along with Bubba Gump’s, another of my faves! I’m pretty sure that the reason I love to travel is trying out all the different restaurants and PF Chang’s is one of my favourites to stop in at. For research purposes, of course! It’s also thanks to my Instant Pot obsession, of which you all know about by now. This was SO easy. I literally popped it onto my counter and fried up the beef while washing dishes between stirs. Because it’s so portable, I pretty much use it anywhere I need to. Mongolian beef is my FAVOURITE thing to order, period. It’s sweet and savoury and oh, when you pile it on a bed of steaming hot white rice? HEAVEN. And the best part? Taste tested by all four of us and given a resounding FOUR thumbs up from everyone involved. Oh, thank the Lord that my daughter is finally eating all sorts of flavoured dishes. She actually loved this mongolian beef. Now the next part of my plan is […]
Are you starting to think about summer yet? Maybe considering an Alaskan Explorer Cruise when the weather warms up? I haven’t stopped, to be honest. I am constantly planning my next cruise, even if I just got off of one! This summer Mike and I went on an Alaskan Explorer Cruise on the Holland America ms Oosterdam. (ms Oosterdam is the name of the ship.) It was a very last-minute decision and due to that fact there were deals galore to be found online. We decided that since we usually forget our anniversary that we should finally do something after 17 years. I’m not kidding about the forgetting part either. We are NOT that couple that has a big romantic bash every year. We usually look at each other in August and go ” Huh. Happy belated Anniversary hon!” So we found the best deal, booked it, asked my parents to watch the kids are we were gone! Let’s start with our cabin and a look around. We had actually booked an ocean view room, not a balcony, but the day before we were setting sail we received an email telling us that WE HAD BEEN UPGRADED to a balcony […]
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I have been craving a Winter Citrus Avocado Salad for weeks. I love Christmas, I love vacation and travel but man when I get home, it’s not a January detox that needs to happen, it’s a vacation detox. I am ready for fruit and greens and all sorts of Vitamin C everything (I did end up catching a cold over Christmas, bah) and everything avocado. Always avocado. It’s a winter citrus avocado salad due to the fact that oranges are plentiful and cheap this time of year. The pieces that look like grapefruit are actually Cara Cara oranges that are available everywhere this time of year. Mike doesn’t like grapefruit so I omitted it and used cara cara oranges instead. The pomegranates give it a nice crunch and zing – not to mention colour that makes this salad a feast for the eyes as well. When you live in the cold, bleak North aka Edmonton, Alberta, a salad like this can be a ray of sunshine in your day, no word of a lie. This was so bright, beautiful, crisp and refreshing for lunch in the middle of a snow storming day. And those avocados with citrus? Amazing. I’ve never […]
With the new year comes new recipes and old – as doing a “best of” 2017 or the like type of post is what we food bloggers do. Instead of that ( or perhaps as well, January isn’t over and you might see a Top 10 list yet!) I’ve decided to divide my “top” lists up a little more. I’m going to start with my Top 5 Slow Cooker Dinners, because let’s face it, dinner is always on our minds! These are the best of the entire year, so I hope this helps with your suppertime struggles! First up is my Shipwreck Casserole. The video for it went viral on Facebook, turning it into my first million plus views video! It’s delicious, hearty and SO easy to customize that it’s no wonder it’s getting rave reviews and views. It was a surprise hit as well. I was in the middle of filming other videos that day and decided that since Shipwreck was so easy to make that I could squeeze it in between my other planned videos and feed it to the kids for lunches. And it turned into my first viral video! Crazy how that works! Next up is my […]
I was tired and lazy on this past Christmas Eve, thus I present to you my new Leftover Cinnamon Rolls French Toast Casserole. It is exactly what it sounds like. I walked into a store, bought 6 large cinnamon buns with frosting and pecans from some bakery in Surprise, Arizona and lazed right out on this recipe. To cut me a small amount of slack, I was cooking for 11.5 people daily during the Christmas break as my entire family was at my parent’s house in Arizona. (The .5 is my niece Elliette, who doesn’t really count as a full eater yet.) This casserole she didn’t eat but she certainly wolfed down my Double Cheese Overnight Hashbrown Casserole. Holy Dinah, did she ever. If you are wanting a savory casserole, that is the one for you! This cinnamon rolls french toast casserole is for the sweet-toothed out there. You know who you are. You are me, my sister and my dad. Since there were 12 of us, I knew that I could get away with making a sweet and a savory casserole. There were minimal leftovers, at best. I actually don’t recall any, but by the time I was done eating […]
This simple, classic hamburger soup recipe is a Canadian staple. I’m pretty sure that it was first published in a Best of Bridge book, those classic cookbooks that our moms swore by when we were growing up. I’m not going to get into an argument over whether it’s Canadian or American recipe in actual origin ( because really, you can’t track recipes that are this old) but I CAN guarantee that this recipe was made mainstream and popular by those ladies that wrote the Best of Bridge books. Everyone loves a good hamburger soup. You can make a million variations on it, from adding potatoes to adding barley, but I like it in it’s purest form: ground beef and frozen vegetable mix. It’s fast, easy and you take one look at it and you are transported back to your childhood at your Mom or Grandma’s table. Grandma always used the frozen veggie mix. I am also sure that the original recipe most definitely used a can of tomato soup so for posterity’s sake, I used one as well. Sometimes it’s not just about changing recipes and getting rid of the canned soups, sometimes my friends it’s simply about recreating the […]
I wanted to try my hand at making a peated scotch cocktail that was unique. With the help of my cocktail tasting wife, Karlynn, I’ve managed to do so and let me tell you, this cocktail is damn good if I say so myself. I call it the Pineapple Peat and I think you are going to love it too. Here’s the skinny. We’ve taken one of my favorite scotch whiskies and combined it with Lime Juice, Ginger Bitters, Pineapple Juice and Agave Nectar to come up with this cocktail. I’ve loved peated scotch whiskies since I first tried Laphroaig at the recommendation of a store employee when I was first getting into cocktails. The smoke flavor from the peat and the smoothness of this scotch whisky are what make it so damn good. There are, of course, a large range of peated scotch whiskies out there and sadly, I haven’t had a chance to try them all yet. You can use any peated scotch whisky for this drink but I recommend Laphroaig Select which is what I used. The folks at Laphroaig were nice enough to send me a bottle to try, which I used to make this cocktail. They […]