Sugared Butterscotch Ginger Snaps

THERE’S LOTS OF SNAP IN THESE EASY TO MAKE GINGER SNAPS   Bring gourmet into your home kitchen without the extra costs of the bakery. I’ve taken an old-fashioned Ginger Snaps recipe to the next level and created a cookie (biscuit) that no one has ever tasted before. Let’s be realistic here for a moment because I know many of you might be scratching your heads wondering why and how on earth I’ve made Butterscotch Ginger Snaps. Although traditional baking holds a place in my heart I find the only way to create new recipes is to experiment. This might mean you fail at some of your test recipes but other times like this, they turn out magnificent.   Old Fashioned-Ginger Snaps   Before we get into my Butterscotch Ginger Snaps recipe for those of you not familiar with the Ginger Snap think crunch. If you’re craving a spiced cookie with a crunchy, chewy texture this is the cookie recipe that you want to make. What are Ginger Snaps? A ginger snap, ginger nut, or ginger biscuit is a globally popular biscuit based snack food, flavoured with ginger. Ginger snaps are flavoured with powdered ginger and a variety of other […]

Delicate Almond Peanut Butter Cookies (Only 4 Ingredients)

A SOFT NUT COOKIE WITH CLASS BUT WITHOUT THE COSTS   If you’ve ever wanted the tastes of peanut butter and toasted almonds in one delicious bite I’ve got you covered with these satiny almond peanut butter cookies. Begin by opening up your pantry and refrigerator, blast the oven to 350 degrees, pull out utensils and with-in 30 minutes you will have 20 almond peanut butter cookies cooling as you’re drooling! Homemade baked goods are best…always and forever. Have you ever noticed that any time you want to purchase specialty made cookies from the bakery they come with a high price-tag? You’re not alone and in that moment of lazy baking walk away and vow to make them at home yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in buying pre-made foods including baked goods but you don’t need to. I no longer buy cookies for my family, I bake them myself. These days however my kids love to be in the kitchen with me so simple cookie recipes such as these almond peanut butter cookies are perfect for them to participate with me. Our son Wilson made the last batch of Almond Peanut Butter cookies all by himself and he […]

Creamy Peach Melba Chill Is A Must-Have Summer Beverage

FROST YOURSELF THIS SUMMER WITH A REPLICA TIM HORTONS CHILL MADE WITH PEACHES AND CREAM.   Frozen drinks during the summer months are a must especially for Canadians who bask in hot humid temperatures. What a better way to enjoy a non-alcoholic frozen drink on a hot day then with this super frosty Peach Melba Chill. If you’re craving a budget-buster popular Chocolate Ice Chill from Tim Hortons you don’t need to drive anywhere at all to pick up one of those drinks. As long as you have fresh ingredients stocked in your pantry and refrigerator you can make frosty blender drinks all summer long. Best of all, it’s done in your kitchen or even outdoors if you are lucky to have a bar or space to create a bar station. With just a handful of ingredients you can whizz this Peach Melba Chill up in 5 minutes. I hear you shouting, No way. Yes Way! I’d rather be spending my time sitting outside sipping on a frosty beverage in front of the pool even if it is a kiddie pool. You will be the envy of your neighbours and party host of the summer.   Taste the flavour of […]

One-Pot Meal: Courgette and Tomato Goulash

FILL THOSE HUNGRY BELLIES WITH THIS INEXPENSIVE ONE-POT MEAL.   It has been surprisingly cold and white (Yes that means snow) here in Manitoba,Canada the last couple of days. I think Mother Nature forgot to switch to Spring but that’s fine because it gives me more opportunity in the kitchen to create new recipes. Having said that it was time for me to make a pot of stick to your ribs goulash. Originally this was to be a soup recipe but I wanted it to be bulkier to fill everyone up easily. This is a great way to stretch a meal or to add any leftovers looming in your refrigerator that look like they could use some love.   What are Courgettes?   I knew you would ask! Don’t worry they aren’t something you have to source as they are found in every grocery store.   Photo Source: Rik Schuiling / TropCrop-TCS – Own work I love courgettes (a.k.a zucchini) and they generally go on sale quite often or you may find them on the reduced rack. Keep an eye out for green and yellow zucchini as most people tend to know more about the green then they do the […]

Flaky Corned Beef Puffs A Taste Of Home

YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO THE UK TO TASTE THE FLAVOURS OF CORNWALL   They say that you haven’t had a proper pasty unless you’ve been to Cornwall, UK. I grew up on Corned beef pasties as we call them in the UK and if you ask anyone they will tell you the history behind pasties and Cornwall, hence the name. Corned beef pasties (Cornish Pasty) were common meals for those who worked in the Cornwall mines because they were considered a meal-in-one. The pasties are short crust pastry stuffed with meat (typically beef) and vegetables, sealed then baked in the oven. My version of the UK Cornish pasties are Corned Beef Puffs which are savoury flaky and sure to fill hungry bellies. Don’t let corned beef in a can (also known as salt beef) scare you away because it’s delicious and certainly a staple in many homes around the world. Another popular recipe you might be familiar with is corned beef and cabbage. My corned beef pastry can be eaten hot or cold which makes them perfect for an on-the-go meal instead of stopping off for fast-food. If you double the recipe you can pack extras in your […]

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 […]

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