Olive Pita Pizza: Mushrooms, Sausage, Ricotta and Pesto

Dinner Ideas Made Simple With Pita Bread Pita bread pizza is one of our favourite pizzas to make on homemade olive pita even though every once in a while I whip up my better than take-out pizza as a splurge for the two of us. The great thing about pita bread pizzas is that it is an easy meal for one and it’s not only simple to make it’s also a healthy alternative to the traditional pizza pie. The ingredients to make your own pita bread are fairly straightforward but if you don’t fancy making your own pita bread you can purchase all sorts of flat breads and pita breads at the grocery store for about $1.00. For this recipe I used my olive pita bread recipe but I rolled it out very thin so no pocket would form. We are always looking for healthy lunch ideas and preferably a recipe that won’t take us long to make. The great thing about making the pita bread is you can freeze it and take one out a time if you like if you only want to make one serving. Cooking with kids Pita bread pizzas are becoming more popular with the […]

The Saturday Weekly Review #28: Frugal fun in the kitchen with basil

Holy basil this year in our garden, I can hardly see the neighbours property through all the basil that has grown. Not really, (that’s my sad attempt at humour today) but it all brings me joy. Just when you thought you wouldn’t have enough, your seeds start sprouting and you have an abundance of green aromatic beauty before you. That’s how I feel after growing basil this year in the planters that I built with leftover wood from building our deck. Over the years we have grown basil in the ground, in stand up pots but we’ve had much more success in the flat wide pots that we continue to use them year after year. Planting basil is not difficult, but if you want to grow basil you have to start early and get your seeds in the soil so they have ample time to grow over the summer. I spent the morning today making a frugal basil pesto. I call it frugal because it doesn’t contain pine nuts or walnuts both of which cost a fortune but we don’t miss that at all. A small jar of basil pesto like in the photo above can run you about $3.99 at the […]

Mr.CBB’s Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Bake

I’ve been making this easy Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Bake for years now because my mum used to make it when I was a child. I enjoyed hanging out with my father in the garage “fixing” things but I also enjoyed hanging out with me mum and cooking. I remember the smell of the house when this Cauliflower bake was in the oven. The pungent smell of the strong cheese would make your mouth water. I mean, who doesn’t like cheese right? I know some people can’t eat cheese and I would be heart-broken as cheese does make everything better. I’m not a fan of that cheese whiz stuff so I would never buy that although some people don’t mind it. Besides the cost of the cheese this is a frugal side dish but that is elegant enough to be served at a fancy gathering. Mrs. CBB believe or not has never had a Cauliflower Cheese Bake before so it was my turn to whip up another British Family Traditional recipe in our Canadian home. Technically you could substitute the cauliflower if you didn’t like it and make a cheesy broccoli bake or cheesy potato bake.  If you really want to jazz […]

Too Much Fresh Basil? Try Mr.CBB’s Basil Garlic Cubes

Are you faced with too much basil in your garden? Last year when we planted fresh basil we struggled to get enough to even make a few tomato salads. We use basil in just about anything we cook that we can jazz up the flavour like pasta, salads, dips, meat and potatoes etc. Basil in oil is a wonderful thing and if you haven’t tried it you are missing out on some incredible flavours.I don’t know many people who don’t fancy basil but you can get all sorts of different types of basil such as lemon-basil and chocolate-basil as well. You can easily grow a garden in a small space including herbs all you need are small pots to get your seeds going and before you know it you will have more basil than you know what to do with. It’s not as lucrative of a herb as mint is that grows like a weed but with some love and care this plant will grow in abundance for you depending on where you live of course. Pairing basil and garlic together with some extra virgin olive oil is like a match made in heaven. If you enjoy the freshest ingredients […]

Stuff this! Mr.CBB’s Green Stuffed Peppers on Mash! $2 each Meal

My wife and I started making these Stuffed green peppers after watching her mother in the kitchen. Her mom is a great cook but one who never measures.. you know- a little of this, a little of that. Ay! What happens to her recipes, they taste great. I have no idea how some cooks work their magic with no recipe but it works. Although we would love to stir up some magic in the kitchen we needed a recipe. So after watching and learning we took to our own test kitchen and proceeded to cook. You can use any colour pepper to make this easy stuffed pepper recipe, we chose green. After many trials our green stuffed peppers are now perfected! They stand tall on a nice slathering of mashed potatoes, surrounded by a sweet basil, garlic marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella and Parmigianno Reggiano. I can assure you there won’t be any left when you are done making this recipe. For the vegetarians if you want to make this a meatless stuffed pepper you can simply omit the meat and continue on with the rest of the menu as it can be just as hearty. I would likely add in an extra […]

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 […]