Pesto 101

It is summer. The fruit and vegetable crops are coming into the season in our gardens and farmers markets. This past weekend at the trailer in a torrential rain storm with limited TV choices, I watched a cooking show where the chef blanched the basil before making her pesto. Intrigued, I called on my Mom and Dad's abundant basil crop to try it myself.This potent sauce is versatile—on pasta, in an omelet, and paired with chicken—and because I can freeze it, I can make pesto when basil is at its best and then continue to enjoy it through the fall. Bonus!...more

Weekday Wrap Up

It is Friday and the Premiere ofWeekday Wrap UpThis is a new feature on the 5 o'clock rush that showcases the pictures of Weekday dinners that I have prepared for my family. These are simple dinners from what could be in my fridge, freezer, and/or pantry and even a trip to the supermarket....more

Smoker Pork with a Homemade Pineapple, Apple BBQ Sauce

Over any given weekend during the summer when the weather is beautiful, we will be BBQing or in this case smoking a variety of meats....more

Buffalo Chicken and Loaded Potato Bake

I do love trying “buffalo” food in all forms.Buffalo wing wraps, mac and cheese, pizza, nachos, poutine and of course wings right from the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY.So armed with package of chicken breasts in the fridge, I was looking for inspiration. My DD was requesting another dinner where we could have Baked Potatoes with a selection of toppings. I immediately thought of another bar menu item...potato skins. I found an inspiration recipe that contained both.Of course I tweaked it. ;)...more

Hamburgers using My Flavour Enhancers | the 5 o'clock rush

Hamburgers are synonymous with BBQ, camping and summer at the trailer for my family. I like to make my own hamburger patties. I can control the ingredients and seasonings that are in my burgers. The flavour enhancers that I made add that extra punch and moisture to the burgers. Think of the package soup mix from the past without the added chemicals or salt. These burgers can be made ahead and frozen for the next BBQ....more

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta

While I was searching through my fridge for dinner options, and I came across some almost too sad baby artichokes and leftover cooked spinach. This is when it hit me. Why not make dinner with all of the flavours of spinach and artichoke dip in the form of pasta!This spinach and artichoke pasta comes together in less than 30 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal and it's so addictively good!FYI I thought this was some groundbreaking pasta dish but apparently others are a sharp as me. ;) LOL!...more

Smoky Chicken Enchiladas

Take a trip to Mexico with an added a twist to your family's typical taco night. These are delicious Smoky Chicken Enchiladas with ingredients that you can easily find in the international section of the supermarket. Serve with fresh sautéed vegetables, sour cream, and guacamole....more

Spring Vegetable Frittata

My Nanie would always make a delicious asparagus egg dish for her brunches. It was very thin and served cold. Since asparagus is in season in Ontario and I was in need for a quick dinner for last night a frittata was a great option. I used what I had on hand to fill my frittata. ...more

Pan Fried Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Savoury Apple and Pineapple Sauce

After a wonderful long weekend in Canada, it was off to the grocery store to plan some upcoming dinners. The plan for last nights dinner was to be Butter Chicken but that was immediately scratched with the chaos and delays in getting the necessary preparation done to really make this happen.The back up plan came quickly into play. Pork Tenderloin.I usually roast the entire tenderloin in the oven but short on time, I decided to prepare medallions....more

Stuffed Peppers

As a child, the dish of stuffed peppers were in the regular rotation of meals that my Mom versed us in preparing while she was at work. My brothers did not enjoy the pepper part of the dish so to avoid a debate, we would make extra large meatballs. My Mom's recipe used green peppers and my DH can't stand them so I tweaked the recipe using the coloured varieties.Stuffed Peppers using the Flavour EnhancersStuffed Peppers using the Flavour Enhancers...more
LavondaThigpen  Thanks for letting me know. The spaghetti pic is my blogher gravatar, wonder if ...more