Monday, June 7, 2021

Crispy Baked Onion Rings

 



These crispy baked onion rings make the perfect side dish for our summer menu!   

1 cup flour
1Tbsp (A&W seasoning- you can buy it at their store)
1 1/2 cup Panko
1/2 cup parmesan
2 Large onions, sliced in rings
2 large eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 400. 
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil (or I use cooking spray) it. 
In a large bowl combine flour and A&W seasoning and set aside
In another large bowl combine panko and parmesan
An lastly have your 2 beaten eggs in another bowl. 

Working in batches.  Dredge the onion rings in flour, dip in egg, coat in panko mixture. 
Spread the onion rings in even layers and bake in oven until golden brown 20-25 minutes. 


Monday, March 29, 2021

Delicious Easter Treats




Easter week is here and I am sharing with you 6 of our families favourite Easter treats!!!!  

We kicked off Easter week by matching a delicious batch of little cotton tail pink and blue bunnies.  We use our favourite sugar cookie recipe and dyed the dough with Wilton's Icing Gel Food Colouring.  When the cookies have cooled pipe on a cute little bunny tail (with buttercream frosting) and sprinkle some of the tails with coconut. 



Next these no bake bird nest are so fast to whip together and require NO baking!!!!!  
 



Individual mini egg cheese cakes are a perfect way to end off that Easter Supper! 





I feel like you can't celebrate Easter (and Spring time) without the delicious combination of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.   I like to topped these with toasted coconut and Easter themed M&Ms. 




My amazing sister in law introduced these delightful Sweet Homemade Crescent Rolls to our Easter menu (and Christmas) and we WILL NOT GO BACK!!!  They are so yummy and the perfect treat to add to our Easter meal.   



And last but not least the perfect Sweet and Salty Easter popcorn.  We can't get through the Easter season without adding mini eggs to our buttery popcorn. 

















Thursday, January 28, 2021

Italian Wedding Soup

 



My sister- in- law makes the most delicious soups and this one was so good I needed to create it for my family.  Usually this soup has meatballs in it but I like leaving the ground mild Italian sausage in very big chunks when I fry it up instead. 

I don't have specific proportions for soup making, it's kind of just go with the flow in that area of my cooking. But I'll do my best to give you a guide for how this soup was made :) 

  

Italian Wedding Soup

5 Mild Italian Sausages
Diced Onion
Minced Garlic
Celery
Diced Carrots
Diced Potatoes
4 cups Chicken Stock 
2 handfuls Spinach
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and Pepper to taste
Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese

For this recipe I like cutting the casing on the sausages and just using the ground sausage.  When I am frying it up I tend to leave it in big chunks. 

1.  Start by heating up your dutch oven (or whatever soup pot you use) over medium heat with a bit of oil in it.   Fry up the sausage meat until cooked.  Remove from dutch oven and place on some paper towel to drain some of the fat from it.  But you want to keep a little bit of the fat in the dutch oven (trust me this will add so much flavour to your soup). 

2.  In the same dutch oven sauté diced onions, celery and garlic until tender.  Add in diced carrots and potatoes.  Be sure to get them coated in all the extra sausage juice there is in that pot!  

3.  Cover that with 4 cups of chicken broth and let simmer (10-12 minutes) or until your carrots and potato are cooked. 

4.  Add back in your cooked sausage and 2 big handfuls of spinach.  I know it looks like a lot but trust me it cooks down.  

5.  When the spinach has cooked down and is nicely wilted you will want to add in some seasoning.  Salt and pepper .

6.  Now just before serving you want to add in 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream.  Make sure your soup is only simmering and on low heat when you add in the cream. 

7.  You can either grate in fresh parmesan into the large pot or you can add it to individual bowls. 

8.  Enjoy with a side of these quick and easy 1 hour rolls




Monday, January 11, 2021

Fall/ Winter Recipe Collection



The fall and winter season here in Canada brings cold weather outside and hot warm comfort food into the kitchen.  Here is my list of 40 fall/winter meals that I will be using this season to create my monthly meal plans faster.  

1.  Roast Chicken



2. Meat balls

3. Meat loaf




4. Shepards pie 



5. Sloppy Joes on these delicious buns 





6. Spaghetti


7. Chili



Big pot of chili served with the most delicious Skillet Corn Bread



Using up left over chili and serving with Nachos and Cornbread. 


8. Tacos

These can be done lots of different ways.  



Tacos in hard, soft and tortilla bowls 



Walking Tacos adds a fun twist on this meal 




Or make it a big old pile of taco salad


9. Fast and Frugal (our favourite is Mac, hamburger and tomato) 

10. Sunday Night Beef Stew


11. Beef and Broccoli

12. Asian Beef Bowls




13. Pork Fajitas

14. Pulled Pork




15. Brown Sugar spiced pork


16. Slow cooker pork lion roast


Slow cooker pork served with roasted vegetables winter salad and apple sacue


17. Bangers and Mash Or Sausage Bake


Sausage bake 

18. Sweet and Sour Pork or Chicken (Chinese fakeout)




19. Honey Baked Chicken






20. Chicken and Broccoli casserole


There are a lot of recipes on the internet for this!  But we love one that has Mayo and a little curry powder it in. 

21. Butter Chicken




22. Masaman Curry Chicken






23. Pad Thai (fakeout)

24. Chicken Pot Pie




25. Sticky Chicken Legs

26. Ham Supper

















31. Baked Beans









34. Sliders





35. Fish and Chips

36. Chicken Burgers

37. Fried Chicken and Waffles


It doesn't need to be fancy! hahah.. sometimes its homemade waffles with Janes chicken nuggest 





38. Nacho Night













40.  Quesadillas



Saturday, December 19, 2020

Asian Beef Bowls

 



Asian beef bowls where an instant hit with my family!!   I love how quickly this meal comes together when because I make it with Taylor Farms Asian Chopped Salad






Asian Beef Bowls 

Ground Beef (or Pork or Chicken or Turkey) 
Onion
Garlic
2 bags of Asian Chopped Salad

Cooked Rice


Fry ground beef ( or whatever meat you choose) with onion and garlic.  Add one bag of Asian chopped salad (including the dressing) to your meat mixture and cook for 5 minutes or until the mixture is soft.  You can add in the dressing that it comes with but if you find it a little too dry you can add in this homemade Asian Dressing or put in some Kraft Asian Salad dressing ;) 

Put together the second bag of Asian Salad mix.  This adds texture and more filler to your meal. 

Serve your meat mixture over cooked rice, top with salad mixture and enjoy :) 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Honey Baked Chicken




Honey baked chicken is a family favourite.  I love when fall comes and this comes back onto the meal plan rotation.  You can make this with any cut of chicken.  I use legs and thighs. 

I bake the legs in the oven until they are almost done and the skin is crispy. While they are baking combine the sauce ingredients together and boil.  

Pour sauce over chicken and bake for 20 minutes at 350. 

 
This recipe card is written for when you boil your sauce then pour it over uncooked chicken.  You want to make sure to bake it all together for 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked. 


I've switched up my method of cooking cause I like the skin to be crispy when I pour the sauce on it ;)  

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Chowder

 

Chowder makes the perfect fall and winter comfort food and is on our meal plan frequently during these cold months. 

I love making a variety of chowders depending on the type of meat I have.  When ever we have a ham supper you can count on us enjoy corn chowder.  I don't have a specific recipe for these but I am going to try my best to let you know how to make a chowder. 

Start with a Dutch oven seriously they are a game changer for soups and stews. 


Corn Chowder

Fry up some sliced up bacon (6 strips cut up into pieces)
* Remove cooked bacon from dutch oven with a slotted spoon, you can also remove some of the bacon fat....some....you want that delicious flavour. 
ADD 
Onion
Garlic
Let these get soft 5 minutes.
Then add your cubed potatoes and carrots. 
Cover with Chicken broth and let boil for 10-12 minutes or until tender.  Turn down your heat to medium. 
Add 
frozen corn 
Creamed corn
Your cooked bacon 
And your left over cooked ham (if you have it)
1 can of evaporated milk 
1 tsp Tarragon 
Salt and Pepper 

Chowder and biscuits are a delicious duo so hop on over here to get my best biscuit recipe! 









Sausage Chowder 

This is great way to make a little meat go a LONG way.  I use a pack of 5 honey garlic sausages to create a delicious chowder that feeds our family of 9!  All you have to do is take the sausages out of the casing and fry it up like ground pork. 

Sausage Chowder
Fry up sausages (out of casing, remove with slotted spoon and drain some of the grease.)
Add 
Onion
Garlic
Let these get soft 5 minutes
Add cubed potatoes and carrots
Cover with chicken broth and let boil for 10-12 minutes or until tender.  Turn down your heat to medium. 
Add
Frozen corn and peas if you want to 
The cooked sausage
1 can of evaporated milk
Tarragon
Salt and Pepper

Oh and if you hadn't tried to make your own sour dough bread yet you really should its so yummy!!! 

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