Barbacoa Quesadillas

The other day I was craving some tender slowly braised beef barbacoa and since it's so easy to make in the slow cooker I whipped up a batch and used it to make these tasty barbacoa quesadillas! Beef barbacoa is packed with flavour and although it's great enjoyed simply in tacos with onions and cilantro you can't argue against using it in some cheesy quesadillas! There is just something about biting into those crispy toasted tortillas filled with the tasty barbacoa and loads of ooey gooey melted cheese that is so irresistibly delicious! ...more

Fresh Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheddar

As nice as potato salads and pasta salads are one of my favourite summer salads has to be the fresh pea salad, sometimes called an English pea salad. A pea salad typically consists of peas, in a mayo based 'dressing' along with bacon and cheese and it's super easy to make! Although frozen peas will work year round I particularly enjoy the fresh summer peas where you can usually find them in bags in the fresh produce section of your grocery store or even still in their pods at the farmers market ....more

Loaded Cauliflower Salad

Continuing with my summer outdoors theme this week I have a loaded cauliflower salad for you today! This loaded cauliflower salad is essentially a potato salad using cauliflower instead of potatoes and it has all of the flavours of a loaded baked potato including sour cream, green onions, bacon and cheese! The recipe for this salad could not be easier, you just need to cook the cauliflower, let it cool and mix all of the ingredients! ...more

Caesar Grilled Asparagus

The local asparagus is still going strong and I have another recipe for you, a caesar style asparagus dish with grilled asparagus served in a caesar dressing along with croutons and plenty of parmesan. This recipe could not be simpler, you just need to grill the asparagus and serve it topped with caesar dressing, croutons and parmesan. If you use store bought dressing and croutons this recipe is lightning quick but I like to make my own because that way I know exactly what goes into the dressing and I can use up some leftover bread for the croutons ....more

Caesar Salad Dressing

The caesar salad is a classic salad, and with good reason given how tasty it is, and most of the flavour comes from the dressing which is easy to make at home! The caesar dressing traditionally consists of olive oil, lemon juice, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and black pepper and you can play around with it from there. I like to add anchovies, Dijon mustard and parmesan to mine for even more flavour and you can mix everything in a blender so it's a piece of cake to make! ...more

Sundried Tomato Caprese Turkey Burgers with Balsamic Caramelized Onions

When I think about summer holidays and food I tend to think of barbecues, grilling and burgers and with the first summer holiday coming up I was just itching to try out these sundried tomato caprese turkey burgers with balsamic caramelized onions. I recently came across the idea for sundried tomato burgers on Bev Cooks and given that I am a big fan of both the sundried tomatoes and the fresh basil that these burgers are stuffed with, they were a must make recipe! My first thought for these burgers was a caprese salad theme with tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar and since the patties already included the tomatoes and basil all that was left was to top them off with some melted fresh mozzarella and some balsamic vinegar ....more

Summer Holiday Recipes

The first of the summer holidays is upon us and that means that it's a great time to pull out some of my favourite recipes for such an occasion! When the weather is nice it's hard to resist heading outdoors for summer festivities and whether you are doing barbecue, going out for a picnic or just eating a meal in your backyard you are going to want to have some tasty recipes at the ready! Very often the centre piece of the meal is going to be grilled meat such as burgers, chicken, fish, ribs, etc ....more

Mediterranean Tortellini Pasta Salad

With summer here there is going to be a lot more outdoor eating from barbecues to potlucks to picnics, etc. and it's always good to have some tasty side dish recipes on hand like this Mediterranean inspired tortellini pasta salad. This tortellini salad is just packed with flavour from the salty feta and olives to the crispy and juicy cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers to the tangy dressing! ...more

Grilled Asparagus with Bacon and Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese (aka Bacon Jam Asparagus)

Up next we have another great way to enjoy some asparagus, topped with a simple bacon jam and creamy crumbled goat cheese! Bacon jam is a super tasty 'jam' that is made primarily of, you guessed it, bacon along with caramelized onions and various other flavour packed ingredients! I was thinking that some sweet and salty bacon jam would go perfectly on crisp and tender but still juicy and smokey grilled asparagus! ...more

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Up next we have another great way to enjoy some asparagus, topped with a simple bacon jam and creamy crumbled goat cheese! Bacon jam is a super tasty 'jam' that is made primarily of, you guessed it, bacon along with caramelized onions and various other flavour packed ingredients! I was thinking that some sweet and salty bacon jam would go perfectly on crisp and tender but still juicy and smokey grilled asparagus! ...more