Over the next few weeks, we’re putting four parents to the test with a back-to-school mealtime challenge. These four parents will be up for judgment against celebrity chef, Christine Cushing, and her...
Earlier this month my boyfriend and I were visiting Kelowna for a friend's wedding. We had driven down in my little Kia hatchback instead of flying because I had a masterful plan of bringing home beautiful BC fruit to make into jam. The key word here is 'some'. Some canning. As it turns out, almost 200 pounds of fruit fits in there.
It was both very entertaining and insightful to see how families across the country dealt with the Main Ingredients Challenge. It's one thing to read a recipe and say "Oh, I think this might be a good recipe for dinner one night," but it's something totally different to try use a set of pre-determined ingredients and follow a plan knowing that your family may completely refuse your offerings.
I was shocked at how easy it was to prepare these dishes from scratch. All of the ingredients were easy to find at the grocery store. It was fun to work with my wife in the kitchen and reach a culinary compromise of healthiness and tastiness.
As we head into the last of our challenges, for these 12 ingredients, no doubt you've already been inspired with some new ways to cook with all of them. For the last challenge, we have to dig deep and use every single one of the ingredients to prepare a smorgasbord (why is that word so funny?) of recipes still abiding by the same principles of nutrition and balance. Let's do this!
Now that you've had a chance to think about my 12 ingredients, I want to introduce this week's challenge. Using the 12 ingredients plus any common things we may have in our pantry or fridge (for example: eggs, olive oil and spices), we have to make a 20-minute dinner.
If you are planning on making jam jams this year for Christmas you may want to put up your apricot jam now. I store my jam in the freezer where it always tastes as fresh as the day it was made. And maybe you can suggest your favorite apricot jam treat for our readers.
Crack has made its way from Brooklyn to Canada over the years. Christina Tosi and the team at Momofuku are making sure an addictive namesake crosses the border, too -- and no authority is giving them a hard time. The Crack Pie, which is a sugar high, has become one of New York's most celebrated dessert items. It is among the habit-forming treats available at the newly opened Momofuku Milk Bar in Toronto.
Avocados are a fruit not a vegetable. Also known as the Alligator Pear, they are delicious, buttery tasting and contain numerous health benefits. But why do people shy away from them? The answer lies in the fact that one avocado has 325 calories and 30 gm of fat!
The July long weekend is always busy at my house because it's when we get the kids ready for camp. This year they'll be away for six weeks without any parents, homework, city pollution, cell phones, TVs or computers. They are off the grid at camp. I love knowing this.
Following my posts on Wheat Beers, Fruit Beers and Sour Beers, today we are going to explore Lawnmower Beers. There is no denying, more people probably reach for a light lager after cutting the grass or weeding the garden, than anything else.
This is my variation of a Western Omelette that makes a great sandwich. I used left over ham from Easter dinner which made it very tasty. Put your favourite condiment on your toast and you have one hearty and filling sandwich. I like mustard on mine but you can add what ever you like.
Today we are going to cover a type of beer that is probably unfamiliar to many folks, sour ales, and specifically Belgian-style Saisons and German-style Berliner Weisse. For many, the thought of a beer being sour at all is a strange one.
Because of this variety of styles, even if you've had one fruit beer you didn't particularly like, it's never a bad idea to try one that is new to you. For many people who "don't like beer", a fruit beer is often an option that they actually enjoy.
Mennonite Girls Can Cook
I discovered my "fountain of youth" in juicing. With juice bars popping up all over the place it might be tempting to think that juicing is a new trend. But it's really just the latest manifestation of a centuries-old practice. Here's how to make a fruity green smoothie.
An easy-to-prepare recipe for a refreshing avocado egg salad sandwich.
One of the most obvious "summer" styles are wheat beers. These beers are generally bright, slightly tart or sour, quite refreshing, and generally weigh-in at 5 per cent or less. I've also got a BBQ recipe for Orange Glazed Pork Chops that includes a wheat beer.
Girl Guide Canada
Julie from Mennonite Girls Can Cook follows a the gluten-free diet. This is my husband's favourite square with an explosion of flavour that makes people ask, "What's in here?" This square is sweet but not too sweet with a light crumb base and optional icing.
Dessert in a dessert? You read that right. Chocolate, vanilla and mint Girl Guide cookies are getting a makeover, or should we say, bakeover. In honour of the non-profit organization's Cookie Days, Gi...
We're not saying you need to make big changes to your diet, but sometimes small changes can make a big difference.
Are you forgetting something? In your excitement to dust off the BBQ and start grilling up summer classics like burgers, hot dogs and kebabs, it’s easy to overlook scrumptious seasonal sides. It would...
Weeknight dinners can be stressful to plan, especially if you work late or have kids' schedules to work around. looking for dinner options that use just a few ingredients, makes life easier. In this case we like to call it the half-homemade approach. These easy recipes will keep meals from being stressful and keep you out of the kitchen longer!
Love -- isn't that what Valentine's Day is all about? Mention chocolate pudding to a friend, even on the phone, you can feel their brain pleasure centres light up, their chest warm and their hearts fly open. Chocolate pudding is really easy to make from scratch, and in the following video I show you how.
This Valentine's Day, surprise your loved ones with a creative DIY treat. We bring you 31 simple V-Day recipes and crafts from the best of the mom blogs. From Bacon Roses and Petit Fours to lovely crafts and activities, they'll know who loves them when they see these masterpieces.
Michael Smith told me he has built a career out of reminding Canadians that cooking is about the people you share the meal with rather than the perfection of the recipe. He then went about showing what he meant. In a wildly entertaining weekend at Deerhurst Resort, Smith held court and kitchen in the Muskoka property most famous for hosting Barack Obama.
Sports celebs as liars, a seven-year-old girl on a diet, the quinoa question and hockey rules. There was a lot of good stuff that caught my attention this week.
Big Girls, Small Kitchen
You're bound to win some cheers by serving pulled pork on a bun during half-time of the Super Bowl, set for Feb. 3 in New Orleans.Simply marinate boneless pork for a couple of hours or overnight, then...
I am 27. I live in the city. I love to cook. Due to my recent past, I have found myself eating alone more often. At first, eating alone was really difficult. I would shovel down a big bowl of something that was thrown together in minutes. At one time a chore, I now consider eating alone to be an art form. My goal is to instruct anyone to do the same.
By Madeline Vann, MPH; Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH You probably have a favourite comfort food that you love to indulge in. And, chances are, you feel a twinge of guilt every time...
Gourmet marshmallows are one of the hottest food trends in 2012. They're fun and nostalgic, with no shortage of incredible flavours (toasted coconut, chai and cinnamon maple just to name a few!). Tina Bacon is the creative mind behind The Pink Spatula, located in Mission, B.C.
Get creative -- or just get inspired -- with these simple DIY activities and recipes that don't just look good on Pinterest. We've got holiday crafts and recipes you'll love to make for the holidays.
No need to drop $4 every time you want a cup of fancy hot chocolate. Use your favourite mix (or recipe) and these simple add-ins; you'll ward off the winter chill with gourmet cocoa from the comfort of your own cottage. Top with whipped cream -- all that's missing is the cardboard cup.