Savoury Cheese Straws

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CHEESY APPETIZER YOU CAN DIP   Since the holidays are around the corner I’m sticking to easy on the wallet appetizers like my buttery, flakey, savoury cheese straws. All that rolled into one delicious snack food. These melt in your mouth cheese straws will be a hit at any party or even better if you want to enjoy them on your own. The best part is that you can make these cheese straws ahead of time so that you are not hunting last-minute when company shows up unexpectedly at your door. (we all know that happens over the holidays) I like to keep the homemade theme in my family as much as possible. Not only are you paying premium for convenience foods but you are missing out on creating traditions for your family. I find store-bought baked goods have so many ingredients that you don’t want or you can’t pronounce. I prefer to be able to tell everybody exactly what ingredients goes into my recipes and most times people say, “Is that all?”.   Types of Cheese Straws   There are many variations of these delicious cheese straws because you can flavour them up so many ways starting with different […]

Easy Cheesy Rice Pie

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MEATLESS FAMILY MEAL   I know cheesy rice pie sounds a bit odd but trust me when I say it’s delicious and easy to make and great when you want to wow your family at dinner time. We love our meat dishes in this house but we also enjoy our vegetables too and my kids gobble up this cheesy rice pie every time I make it. Thankfully I don’t have picky eaters and the kids eat almost everything I put in front of them. I know this is not the case in every family but trying something new like my rice pie might become a hit and a new family tradition for you. Many times families stick to the same old recipes and that might put your family in a food rut so don’t be scared to whip something new up to see what they think. Everyone loves cheese and you can use whatever cheese you like in this rice pie dish although I opt for a strong cheese from Black Diamond so you don’t have to use as much and it cuts the fat content of the dish as well. This is also one rice dish that is not […]

Free Trade Agreement: Planning for a stronger Canada

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WHO CUT THE CHEESE PRICE?   The Free Trade agreement in principle was recently signed between Canada and the European Union.  It was hailed as a significant step to boosting the economy of Canada while having minimal negative impact for Canadians. Free trade   So what is a Free Trade Agreement?  Essentially it eliminates tariffs or taxes on cross border imports/exports making it easier for companies to trade products and/or services with neighbouring countries. It’s not just as simple as that though, there has to be limits or quotas set where each trading partner agrees to a set level. Depending on what the country exports or imports the most can determine what is set in the quotas. So for instance Canada has a lot of trees and the US needs to build a lot of houses, it would be in both of their interests to eliminate the tariffs on trees for, let’s say the first 100,000 tonnes. Anything past the 100,000 tonnes then tariffs will be applied so companies would have to budget their exports in order to keep with-in the quota. That’s great for Canada, they’re selling trees like they’re going out of fashion, but what’s the US getting out of the deal? They put […]

Cherry ricotta cheese turnovers with marshmallow cream

Organic Cherries Fresh From The Tree These cherry ricotta cheese turnovers are so good you will wonder what took you so long to swap out the cream cheese for ricotta cheese. The flavoured ricotta cheese in this recipe makes the filling so creamy and the texture blends well with the sweetness of the organic cherries. I created an easy cherry pie filling with the abundance of cherries we had in our house fresh from the tree. I’m sure there are many turnover recipes out there but nothing like this cherry turnover that is stuffed full of ricotta goodness. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make with the cherry pie filling but I wanted to make something more spectacular than a cherry pie or a cherry tart recipe. If you have cherries in your house and you want to make easy turnovers, this is the recipe for you. Don’t be boring, be fun in the kitchen and experiment. Even if it fails, oh well that’s the way we learn, or at least I learn. The longest part of the entire recipe was making the marshmallow cream (which I had from making Twinkies) and pitting the cherries. If you don’t want […]

Mr.CBB’s Creamy Ham And Cheese Macaroni Bake

If you are looking for some ooey, gooey comfort food this creamy ham and cheese macaroni bake is the ultimate easy meal for you. One of the things I enjoy about this mac and cheese is it’s loaded with baked ham pieces but it also has a few different types of cheeses inside. I finished this recipe off with buttered cheese seasoned breadcrumbs for that extra crunchy texture on top. Don’t tuck in right away though when it comes out of the oven. If you give it some time to rest and come together like you would a lasagna or shepherd’s pie it will be easier to serve. I’m sure there is no difference, but if you want to think of this as a macaroni and cheese with ham casserole then this is what it is.  It’s something I’ve created with leftover baked ham and a recipe you should tuck away for when the time comes that you have ham you want to use up. I’ve officially made a “Casa-Roll-Eh” and my fans know that I always joke about how many casseroles I say I’ve come across since moving to Canada. Light or Low-Fat Mac And Cheese  Mac and Cheese […]