The Best Way to Cut an Avocado

Do you have an OBSESSION with avocado like I do? Ever since I was pregnant it has definitely been one of my favorite foods! Not only because it's delicious but because of the numerous health benefits it offers. Avocados are rich in vitamin A, B, C, E ...more

What to Do When Herbs Take Over Your Garden

So, I have to tell you all about my new favorite kitchen accessory. It was a gift from my soon-to-be mother-in-law. These Ball jar freezer cubes are ahhh-amazing!!!  ...more

A Child's Look at the White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July ...more

The Secret to Crispy Sweet Potato Fries!

Sometimes I like to mix it up a bit and go for sweet potato fries instead of its less colorful cousin. The problem, though, is that they generally don’t get all that crispy. They just kind of lay there.  ...more

Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in 15 Minutes

This ice cream is a cinch. An absolutely cinch. No cooking, no cooling, no churning, no icy lumps. It’s in the freezer within 15 minutes and ready to eat just two hours later. It’s incredibly soft and creamy while being rich and decadent from the ...more

5 Benefits of Planting Your Own Food Garden

Most people don’t enjoy going to the grocery store. It’s a mundane chore you put off all week, and when you finally venture out on Saturday, all the produce is picked over. The muted, pinkish tomatoes sit blankly in their rows. The wilted lettuce doesn’t look very appetizing. You can’t even find an apple without an ugly bruise. Now try getting your kids to eat those fruits and vegetables. ...more
ImproveCenter us too. Summer always feels like we eat fresh and get outside so much more.more

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Iced Coffee

There is nothing like a cup of really good iced coffee on a warm summer day. You know you are in for a treat when the barista hands you a cup filled with liquid that sparkles like a dark diamond. Taking that first refreshing sip, the flavors slowly blossom, starting with the robust, toasted notes of the coffee beans and ending with a slightly sweet flavor that lingers on your lips. There is no need for sugar or milk; with one sip, you are totally in the moment. ...more
I make coffee ice cubes which solves the problem of the ice watering it down. :)more

10 Summery Lasagna Recipes for National Lasagna Day

Just like Garfield, I hate Mondays and love lasagna. National Lasagna Day falls on a Tuesday this year—so I am practically purring with delight. I've collected 10 ideas that run from cheesy classic to super-vegan, with lots of smart variations (and even dessert!?) in between. ...more

Kale Salad with Tomatoes and Avocado

Lately, I have been trying different kale salad recipes. I like this particular one because it is not only healthy but also simple and consists of fresh ingredients. I love the combination of kale, tomatoes, red onions and avocado ....more

Baked Chicken Scampi with Potatoes and Zucchini

A summer comfort meal with baked chicken,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more

Cheddar Olive Thyme Bread

This Cheddar Olive Thyme Bread fills your kitchen with wonderful aromas as it bakes. An easy and delicious loaf, perfect combination of ingredients. Bread ....more

The Downtown Diner, Fort Saskatchewan AKA Comfort Food Done Right

The Downtown Diner, Fort Saskatchewan. Our new home away from home. The post The Downtown Diner, Fort Saskatchewan AKA Comfort Food Done Right appeared first on The Kitchen Magpie ....more

Bread and Butter

When I used to teach 6th grade the day before American Thanksgiving every year I would show Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and feed the kids the dinner that Snoopy made: popcorn, pretzel sticks, jelly beans, and buttered toast. What was always interesting to me is that the kids inhaled the buttered toast. I mean inhaled ....more

Oyster Crackers: Perfect snack for the kids!

Do you want to know what really amazes me?  How people can spend hours and days and weeks studying something and still get it wrong, but then can recall every detail of a memory down to a smell from so far back in their childhood.  One of my fondest memories as a child, you guessed it - something to do with food, is going to my grandma's house in Louisiana....more

Dark Chocolate, Cherry and Cashew Cookies

Hello, strangers! It feels like forever when in reality it’s only been about a week since I last checked in with you. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve seen more than enough photos of our vacation, but I’ll be sharing a full update of our time in Boston and Maine very soon ....more

Chewy Chocolate Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Raisin Oatmeal CookiesThis cookie recipe can be adapted to whatever little yummy bits you have in your pantry and can also be made ahead and frozen so it’s ready at a moment’s notice. ...more

What are the best carbs to eat when you are slimming down?

When you are trying to slim down one of the most difficult things to manage is your carb intake. Some weight loss plans promote “no carbs at all” or very little carbs.  For many people, that is not a good idea, especially if you are looking to lose the weight and to keep the weight off long term because you have to commit to eating that way for life to keep the pounds off. Healthy carbs, like healthy fats, are necessary to the healthy functioning of your body and the metabolic process of burning fat....more

A Sneak Peek of El Cortez, Edmonton

A Sneak Peek of El Cortez here in Edmonton. Two Words: TEQUILA BAR!!!!! The post A Sneak Peek of El Cortez, Edmonton appeared first on The Kitchen Magpie ....more