Amazing Creamy Potato Leek Soup

WARM UP TO A BOWL OF CREAMY POTATO AND LEEK SOUP TODAY.   Imagine a hot bowl of Creamy Potato Leek Soup and bacon with slices of homemade fresh bread slathered in butter for afternoon lunch or evening tea. You can stop imagining now because I have that recipe for you today which my family loves so I made a big pot earlier this week. This creamy potato leek soup recipe will keep you coming back for more until your tummy has had enough. You know that feeling when you’re satisfied and you have a great big smile on your face. This is what I get when I enjoy homemade soup. It’s hard to compare any homemade soup to a can of soup which is why I always try to make 2 large pots of soup to eat and freeze for another day. Most often I just double a recipe which makes cleanup easier too. Having done my meal planning for the next couple of weeks I decided to go with leeks in my vegetable shopping.  We love vegetables and what ever is available at a price that is reasonable is good. Now you all know me by now to […]

Basil Pesto Cheese Biscuits In 25 Minutes

DON’T JUST DREAM ABOUT HAVING HOT BASIL PESTO CHEESE BISCUITS FROM THE OVEN, MAKE THEM RIGHT NOW.   Baking Christmas morning is not out of the question for me especially for these Basil Pesto Cheese Biscuits. I always like to find a balance between sweet and savoury foods to make for holiday celebrations such as Christmas and New Years Eve. This year I’ve decided to add something new to the menu that your guests can enjoy as a snack, for breakfast or used as a dunking vessel. They are also great to GIVE. Related: Cranberry Orange Biscotti Each year I look forward to creating Christmas baskets for the teachers at my children’s school stuffing them with homemade goodies that I work on for months before the holidays. I believe that many people would rather enjoy something to eat than something they will never use. The Christmas baskets this year include perogies, biscotti, chocolate truffles, peppermint melts, canned goods made from my garden and I will be adding my homemade basil pesto cheese biscuits to the basket. The basil pesto cheese biscuit is light and full-flavoured with a crispy cheese topping that pairs well with my sweet and sour red pepper […]

Cranberry Orange Biscotti Dipped In White Chocolate Drizzled With Lemon Glaze

BAKING SHOULD BE FUN AND THAT’S WHAT YOU’LL HAVE WHEN YOU MAKE THESE TWICE-BAKED CRUNCHY BISCOTTI DRIZZLED WITH LEMON ICING.   I’m in the kitchen again getting ready to bake more Christmas cookies for gifts and friends who pass by for a visit over the holidays. It’s always nice to send company home with a little care package and I like to do that sometimes with baked goods I’ve made. The aroma in the air today will be from Cranberry Orange Biscotti dipped in white chocolate then finished with a drizzle of lemon icing. You’re already brewing the coffee aren’t you? Biscotti are Italian biscuits that are twice-baked so they are delicious and hard with a bit of chew. You enjoy biscotti along with coffee or tea whenever you get the urge for something sweet. When you’re visiting Italy you may learn that the Italians also enjoy their biscotti with sweet wine. I love the Christmas holidays and so does my family because it’s a time of year where we feel closer than ever before. The kids know that as soon as they come in from school something sweet will be baking in the oven. Once the smell hits their […]

Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares

EASY CHRISTMAS BAKING TO CHECK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY TO-DO LIST   If you’re super busy for the Christmas holidays like we are you will appreciate our signature family Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares that take 15 minutes to prepare. We’re feeling excited as it’s coming closer and closer to Christmas which means I’ve been busy baking up a storm in the Don kitchen. You will LOVE what these fudgy no bake squares look and taste like especially since they are unique to our family. This is one less holiday recipe that you won’t have to worry about spending time in the kitchen for so you can get on with other tasks. These fabulous Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares take 1 hour to chill in the refrigerator and you’re ready to serve to your guests. What you end up with is a lovely dense graham cracker crumb on the bottom, fudgy chocolate coconut center topped with a buttercream vanilla milk icing that is sure to hit all those sweet notes. I love adding candied orange peel to the crumb as it gives a bit more to the taste and flavour. We’ve had our snow storms out west and now […]

Five Alive Carrot Cake + Pre-Made Snack Cake Mix

A BAKING MISTAKE SOMETIMES MAKES THE BEST PRODUCT!   I have a long story about this Five Alive Carrot Cake and how it all came together but I’ll keep it as brief as possible since I know you will want to rush to the kitchen to start making it. Trust me when I say it won’t last long and you’ll know what I mean once you take your first bite. If you’re looking for some easy cake recipes that you can make ahead to take to summer parties or back-yard BBQ’s with your family and friends this Five Alive Carrot Cake travels well. Yesterday I noticed that there were no snacks in the house as the kids have been eating me out of house and home. This is not unusual at the moment as both boys are growing like weeds and they are always hungry. On a whim I decided that I would make a banana loaf as I used the one I had stashed in the freezer for soccer practice as a snack last week. Having looked in the fridge (remember I said the boys were growing like weeds) only to find no bananas left meant I wasn’t making […]

Homemade Potato Waffles

USE YOUR LEFTOVERS TO CREATE A NEW RECIPE: NO FOOD WASTE   So, Monday rolls around and we had a refrigerator with Sunday dinner leftovers of roast-beef, potatoes, carrots and peas swathed in an onion gravy. What’s left from our meal is the roast beef, gravy and some boiled potatoes. Usually I would make Stovies (a Scottish dish where you place meat potatoes and fried onions in a pan brown slightly with some lard then add the gravy) but nobody fancied that this evening. Instead I decided to make potato waffles which I served piping hot with the rest of the leftover roast-beef and some baked beans. Every once in a while I like surprising my family with a new recipe creation and this my friends is one recipe that I must share with all of you. This was a new recipe idea for me so it took some trial and error but in the end they turned out just right. Since the potatoes were leftover boiled potatoes and not mashed I did question why I didn’t take the time to mash the leftover potatoes beforehand while they were still warm. That would have made the process of making these […]

Last-minute Chicken Corn Soup

DON’T WASTE ANY TIME…GET COOKING!   My go-to nutritious soup when I feel like an easy night of cooking has to be this Chinese inspired last-minute chicken corn soup packed full of flavour. Chicken corn soup is traditional specifically in southwest China, India and other countries where corn is a staple in many diets. Corn is also fairly inexpensive to buy and for this recipe I use one can of creamed corn. If you don’t have or can’t buy creamed corn you can simply whiz up a can of peaches and cream corn with a splash of cream and a touch of sugar. For the adventurous cook you can make your own creamed corn. Related: Homemade Creamed Corn (Martha Stewart) I’ve made many chicken noodle soup recipes over the years but as a busy mother and wife sometimes it’s nice to have a short-cut chicken noodle soup especially on a cold winter day. If you’re looking for a healthy chicken noodle soup that is packed full of flavour and loaded with sweet corn that can be made in a jiffy, this is a recipe you’ll want to tuck away. If eating out is out of the question because you’re trying […]

Anytime Sausage Egg Pie

A SAVOURY PIE THAT YOU CAN ENJOY FOR ANY MEAL OF THE DAY   If you enjou sausages, eggs and pie this anytime sausage egg pie is a great addition to your weekly meal plan as it freezes well plus you eat it anytime you’d like. Now that’s homemade cooking convenience. This week was all about cleaning out the freezer to get it ready for another freezer inventory so I make sure we are using up the food and it’s not getting freezer burned. Since the kids were back to school and the husband off to work after the holiday it meant time for recipe creations in the kitchen with no distractions. Since the house was quiet and I was relishing the time to myself I had realized around 11 am that I had forgotten to take something out of the freezer for dinner. Into the freezer I went to search for some sausage meat which is the same sausage meat I make my delicious British sausage rolls. Once I decide on something to take out of the freezer I then must come up with a recipe for it. This forces me to think of a new recipe that I […]