Mr.CBB’s Roasted Red Pepper Gnocchi In A Creamy Mushroom Sauce

  Don’t be afraid of the word Gnocchi, pronounced “noki” which are simply soft potato dumplings that melt in your mouth. They are super easy to make and easy on the budget. You can’t compare frozen to homemade and the price well it’s as cheap as it gets to make these little lumps of love. I’ve made these bundles of yummy goodness for many years now as they were a favourite of mine back in the UK. Along with gnocchi I also enjoy tortellini and ravioli all which offer something unique on the dinner plate than regular pasta. In the past I’ve made bog standard potato gnocchi but I’ve also made spinach gnocchi which are also very tasty. When I wanted to make this recipe I was wondering if I should make a rapini or roasted red pepper recipe but since I’ve made spinach before the peppers won. Gnocchi originates in Italy and means “Knot in wood” or “Knuckle” and has been a traditional meal since Roman Time. Gnocchi are simply made with flour, eggs, potato, spices and cheese. You can easily make these love dumplings at home or purchase them fresh or frozen at your local supermarket for a fairly cheap price. This […]

Mr.CBB’s Whole Wheat Kalamata Olive Bread with Oregano

We love the taste of ACE Bakery Olive Bread and actually purchased it quite often on the reduced rack at the grocery shops as it is a pricey bread, but with good reason.  We wanted to take a step back and see if we could come up with our own Olive Bread. We wanted one that was comparable to the olive bread we love so much and that we could make in our own home for a fraction of the price. The cost to make this loaf of bread was about $3.00-$3.50 a loaf which includes  one jar of olives. You can’t compare something especially bread made with your own hands to store-bought. Source With this bread we decided to use Whole Wheat flour which is derived from grinding the whole grain of the wheat. Although we’re tempted to try this recipe mixed with a white all-purpose flour the nuttiness of this bread is perfect any time of year. This bread is a tasty, hearty bread that is good to dip in soups, make a sandwich, or toast and top with your favourite spread. Or if you are like us you love this bread with Mr.CBB’s Tomato Salad with Chick […]

Mr.CBB’s Easy Spinach and Wheat Tortilla Recipe

I’ve made tortillas ever since I decided that I didn’t want to pay $3.49 at the shop for 8 wraps. To be honest I’m sure you will smack yourself a couple of times wondering why you are paying that kind of money for a recipe that is so quick, easy and frugal to make. If you do buy tortillas you can cross them off your list and save some money in the budget because convenience truly does cost. It’s important to know your prices on products. As you will see making these tortillas at home is a huge savings compared to the price you would pay at the shop. We make these once a week and fill them will all sorts of yummy healthy foods for a quick snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner. This one today has Mr.CBB’s Tangy Easy Guacamole Dip on top with a dollop of fat-free Sour Cream or you can use a low-fat greek yogurt. We also switch it up and make a spinach tortilla simply by adding 4 cups of fresh spinach from our garden to a pot of salted water to wilt. I then toss it in the food processor with garlic. Instead of using […]

Mr.CBB’s Spicy Cheesy Bacon Corn Bread $5 a pan

By: Mr.CBB I was inspired to make cornbread from a couple of fans on facebook who had talked about corn bread. If you have followed along with me you know I am terrified of making any bread whatsoever. My attempts in the past have all went south right into the bin.  When I realized corn bread had no yeast, well the ideas started popping into my head. Both Aunt B’s Kitchen out of British Columbia and Beckie Thiessen who shared their recipes with me. I decided to make cornbread but wanting to design my own recipe for the blog. I don’t think I realized how versatile cornmeal is and how cheap it is to buy. I love to experiment with texture and flavour so sometimes, my recipes fail but most they are an epic success! (well to us at least, we love them) This particular recipe has flavours that Mrs. CBB and I both love Cheddar, Bacon and Jalepeno.  The spices were simple and I added a bit of cumin to make the bread pop with flavour. I suggest eating it straight from the oven when the cheese is oozing… hot! I also did not have buttermilk which I read is the best for cornbread… […]

Mr.CBB’s Pasta Frittata Pie with Spicy Italian Sausage $9

Are you tired of the same old pasta dinner?…. Try this pasta frittata pie and I promise you it will become part of your family mealtime favourites. The pasta frittata Pie was inspired by a family member who also loves to cook. This pasta pie is also called a “frittata di pasta” which makes it sound even more enticing. This is not an omelette it’s an actual pasta pie that will make your mouth water. If you are scratching your head wondering if you can make this pasta frittata recipe don’t, it’s easy to make. If you want a food to bring to a picnic or party where you will be the talk of the table, this is your meal. It’s not common to see pasta pies and everyone wants to know what it is and how they can make it. Customizing the pasta frittata is easy and if you like you can make smaller versions if you use a smaller frying pan. Personal size pasta frittata pies for those that fancy certain ingredients but an easy recipe to make. You can easily add whatever ingredients you want to the pasta frittata which makes it easy to accommodate even the fussiest eater. Who doesn’t like pasta anyways? In […]

Nonna’s Meatballs and Pasta Sauce $1.65ea Feeds 10

What to cook with meatballs? Pasta Sauce of course! Well you’ve been waiting for it and here it is, Nonna’s Meatballs and Pasta Sauce. You can also create this easy pasta sauce and meatballs in a crock-pot if you want to set it and forget it. If you like pasta sauce in the jar, you have no idea what you are missing with homemade sauce. I’ll warn you this sauce is loaded with fresh garlic and basil and it tastes like nothing you’ve ever tasted before in a sauce. Unless of course you have an Italian nonna or have the secret recipe. I think every family who makes their own pasta sauce no matter what culture they are from has their own magic that they put into the pot. Making an easy Italian pasta sauce takes no effort at all. If you don’t like meatballs and would prefer a meat sauce for your pasta you can still make a huge pot of sauce that will taste better than anything you will ever buy in a can. All you need to do is sautee the  meat ingredients and add them right into the tomato sauce. If you don’t like the meat, make […]

Fettuccine with Tomato,Garlic, Lemon, Basil Sauce

Fettuccine pasta is one of my favourite pasta recipes especially when I create a fresh tomato, lemon, basil sauce, which is an easy pasta sauce to make. When I’m not in the mood to cook a big meal for the evening or to get into anything too fancy I turn to this pasta dish. No only does it have fresh ingredients it one of those 30 minute meals that you just can’t complain about. Meatless Recipe This is a meatless pasta dish because we don’t tend to eat meat every single night of the week as that would weigh heavy on the grocery budget. Meatless meals are great to include in your weekly meal plan as they really do take no effort at all to create and you can make them very tasty. A small portion of pasta mixed with a lovely tomato salad on the side is the perfect meal for 2 or for a family with hungry kids. Sometimes when I’m in the mood for something with some meat I’ll make it a sausage fettuccine or add some fresh shrimp to make a shrimp fettuccine pasta dish. As long as you have the base of the sauce and […]

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