Creamy Avocado Blue Cheese Salad Dressing (Low-Carb)

LEAVE THE BOTTLED DRESSING AT THE GROCERY STORE AND JUMP INTO THIS CREAMY AVOCADO BLUE CHEESE SALAD DRESSING.   Watch out…I’m bringing the best of my game with this Creamy Avocado Blue Cheese Salad Dressing which is low-carb, sugar-free and gluten-free. Whether you’re a fan of blue cheese or not you can adjust the amount you use or find a brand that is not heavy on the blue veining. Please don’t run off when you see the words ‘low-carb’ because that steak you eat is low-carb too as are eggs, cheese, spinach and lettuce greens. Low-carb is just a way to say there aren’t that many carbs in the recipe or food you are about to make or eat. There are no toxic weird science projects going on behind the scenes and low-carb doesn’t taste like horrifying diet food. Not.even.close.   Low-Carb Party Food   Once the hot weather is here the back-yard BBQ party invitations will be arriving and you’ll want to bring something unique. One of the things I love about pot-lock parties in the summer is that we get the opportunity to try different kinds of foods. Related: How to have a frugal back-yard BBQ party I […]

Swirled Nutella Banana Bread

THE SECRET TO MY POPULAR MOIST BANANA BREAD IS REVEALED TODAY. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DO WITH THIS SWEET INFORMATION.   In a perfect Nutella world we’d all love Nutella but for now you either love it or you hate it. I’m going to Nutella bomb your kitchen today with a Nutella banana bread recipe like you’ve never tasted before. Creating recipes with Nutella seems pretty easy and it is because chocolate practically goes with everything, especially bananas. I may be biased but this is one of the best and moist Swirled Nutella Banana Bread recipes that has a bit of ooey-gooey at the top. I promise you’ll either be licking your lips or your fingers when no one is looking or grabbing another piece to mask those sticky fingers.   Breakfast Nutella   All you need is a spoon…and maybe a slice of bread. Nutella has gotten a bad rap after consumer complaints about their nutritious breakfast advertising over the years but production is still going strong. Someone has to be buying it! This is chocolate folks and probably not the best breakfast but heck, everyone needs a little chocolate boost in the mornings some times. Years ago when […]

Simple Italian Tomato Salad…Buono!

YOU CAN’T RUSH A DELICATE TOMATO SALAD TO THE DINNER TABLE   Italian tomato salad with fresh basil is a summer must-have dish for any BBQ party. You’ll have an empty dish to take home and your guests will rave about how amazing the flavours were in your tomato salad and want the simple recipe. If you’re looking for a salad alternative besides greens this simple Italian tomato salad will do the trick every time. Both my wife and I live for this salad every summer which is one of the reasons we grow so much basil in our planters. Related: Too Much Basil?- Basil Pesto Cubes Nothing beats the fresh flavours of minced garlic, fresh basil and organic tomatoes. You can 100% taste the difference when you bite into a juicy organic tomato rather than the over-grown, tasteless tomatoes you can buy at the grocery store. Even though they have organic options we both gravitate towards the home gardener who has an abundance of tomatoes like her father. Every year he plants about 100 tomato plants and thousands of organic garlic bulbs for the family. It’s a fun hobby for him since he’s retired and we all get to […]

Eggplant Meatballs

A TASTE OF ITALY   If you are Italian your parents may have or still do make Eggplant Meatballs also known as “Polpette di Melanzane) which are delicious on their own or dipped in a marinara sauce. Today I’m sharing my version of this classic Italian recipe but I actually have meat in my eggplant meatballs. If you don’t fancy the meat in my version don’t run away just yet as you can simply eliminate it. Combine all the other ingredients the same way adding breadcrumbs as needed until the mix comes together. If you eliminate the mince pork and beef you’ve made the Italian Polpette di Melanzane which is a great vegetarian dish. We were given eggplants from my wife’s parents who tend to have legions every gardening season because my father-in-law who is retired loves to grow just about anything in abundance. I think eggplant must grow like weeds because we end up with quite a few in our summer box from them every year. In the past I’ve made cheesy eggplant lasagna which is amazing as well we enjoy eggplant parmigiano but I wanted to try something different. I considered making eggplant parmigiano pizza which I saw […]

Easy Tomato and Bacon Risotto

DELICIOUS RISOTTO RECIPE   Rice is a staple in almost everyone’s pantry so I’ve created this easy Tomato and Bacon Risotto for anyone who wants a nutritious meal on the table and not wait for hours. It was another nice day here in Ste Anne and I needed to cook something hearty and quick for supper. Both boys are now in Football until first week of November and they need something filling but not too heavy. Risotto is perfect before the kids go to practice and packed with flavourful herbs, vegetables and a light sauce. With so many rice dishes available today in convenience packets I hope my recipe motivates you to get in the kitchen and try something new that is homemade. Don’t be afraid of the word risotto, it’s just a name and you too can cook this delicious Tomato and Bacon risotto just like I have done. This easy risotto recipe will be on your kitchen table in just under an hour.   Risotto   What is Risotto? Risotto is typically made with an Italian rice called “Arborio Rice” cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency. Making risotto is one the main ways rice is served […]

Mr.CBB’s Shrimp, Rapini and Radicchio Penne Pasta In A Creamy Pesto Sauce

I’m almost sure you are licking your lips because this shrimp, rapini and radicchio penne pesto pasta is calling out your name. That or you are reading this before lunch or dinner. Have you ever wandered into the market or the grocery store and noticed different types of vegetables and fruits from around the world. You look at them and think, wow they look different, I wonder what they are and how to cook or eat them. I know you are nodding your head because we have all done it. Don’t be shy to purchase new products just because you don’t know how to prepare them. Learn about them and give it a shot like we did. The best part is you don’t have to spend money in fancy restaurants to eat this food. With a little research and patience you too can have restaurant style quality meals in your home at a fraction of the cost.  Like my mate Edward says, “If you can read, you can cook”! I’ve actually had ladies stop me after looking inside my cart to ask me what something was and how I cook it (OK maybe it was a pick up line attempt, they do […]

Mr.CBB’s So-Much-Better-Than-Take-Out Pizza

If you want to make pizza at home instead of take-out delivery pizza it’s easy, tasty and won’t break the budget. Pizza Delivery is still a big phenomenon around the world especially when it comes to parties, gatherings, weddings, or just treat night for the family. These shops make it even easier for the average consumer who has internet access as you can now order pizza online without having to make a phone call. The easier they make the process the less hassle you will believe it is. Making homemade pizza does take a bit of time but if you plan ahead you can easily make the perfect pizza crust and a good Italian pizza sauce. After all the history of pizza  also known as a pie points in the general direction of the Italians towards Naples, Italy. Pizza is pronounced “pittsa” which is funny because we have heard Italians pronounce it that way.Unlike Canadians, Italians savour their pizza like a small snack and don’t particularly eat it as a meal. Great thing is you don’t have to be Italian to make an Italian Pizza recipe. I will always say the best pizza is a stone oven baked pizza although most Canadians don’t have a […]

Mr.CBB’s British SpudNuts a.k.a Zeppole Potato Donuts

Ring in 2013 New Year’s with a sweet or savoury Italian potato donut also called zeppole. Zeppole in Italy is a traditional fare that is served on Saint Joseph Day March 19 and during the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. Last week when I posted my Thai Fish Cakes recipe which is also a great New Year’s finger food I mentioned our mates Marco and Christina and their famous Italian recipe for savoury potato donuts. Being British and all I joke around and call them spudnuts donuts just because that’s what we call potatoes in the UK. I turned their zeppole donut into my Zeppole Spudnut based around the same concept adding my own flavours. Since moving to Canada and being exposed to Tim Horton’s and the famous Boston Cream donut I always wondered; how do I make donuts? It can’t really be that difficult and with the myriad of donut flavours available you can’t go wrong with a homemade donut recipe. From what I understand there are 2 types of donuts a cake donut and a yeast donut but heck I’m not a donut connoisseur. Is a donut a cake? Well when you bite into a Boston Cream Donut for example that is a yeast […]