Pan-Seared Filet Mignon BordelaiseI can’t believe Christmas is this week!!! I think I’m in denial, but ready-or-not, here it comes! With my South Florida family, our big celebration happens on Christmas Eve. We start with an early mass, followed by hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at my grandparents’ house, then dinner and finally — opening presents.
When it comes to food preservation, you can practice different methods of preserving your food. Basically, there are six methods of preserving food: (1) canning, (2) freezing, (3) drying, (4) smoking, salting and curing, (5) fermenting, and (6) juicing.Canning food
I haven’t baked bread or buns for a while now. Baking usually takes up the whole of my afternoon, which could be time well-spent on other necessary house chores nowadays. But this recipe on Pinterest had to keep showing up on my Pinterest homepage – Buchteln – bread made of milk and butter, with apricot jam hidden within. Hmm… sounds like a must-do this Christmas season!
This past fall, my girlfriends and I spent the day apple picking at Puddicombe Estate Farms, an annual tradition. With a bushel of apples in my fridge the possibilities were endless! Over the past month I made lots of cider, apple crisp, apple butter and for my last five precious apples I decided to bake some muffins. One of my staple dishes I like to make during the holidays is a cornmeal and apple stuffing, such a tasty pairing! This inspired me to include some cornmeal to add some natural sweetness and density. To add to the heartiness, I also threw in some ground flax seeds for extra fiber. Packed full of apples with some cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for that holiday spice, these apple muffins are a healthy sweet treat.Ingredients1 cup all purpose flour¾ cup fine cornmeal¼ cup ground flax seeds½ teaspoon cinnamon½ teaspoon ground ginger½ teaspoon baking power¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg¼ teaspoon ground all spice¼ teaspoon ground cloves¼ teaspoon baking soda¼ teaspoon salt2 large eggs¼ cup packed brown sugar½ cup honey½ cup coconut oil1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract2 cups peeled, cored, cubed McIntosh apples1 apple peeled, cored, cubed, halved and thinly sliced for topping
This has been one of my favourite pastas to eat lately. It's got a creamy tomato flavour and the mushrooms make it smell like Bolognese pasta but it's meatless! The flat noodles compliment the heavy sauce well and the best part is that it's so easy and quick to make! Perfect for vegetarians and non-vegetarians or part-timers like me!
Sometimes I have a real craving for fries. But sometimes I am just too lazy to go out to order some and I'd rather make my own. It allows me to control the amount of sodium and oil in my fries. These Baked Garlic Fries take 25 minutes to cook in the oven and they come out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
This is an easy pasta dish that is sweet and contains a hint of spice, garlic, rosemary and shallots. Earlier this week, I posted my Kale Butternut Squash Salad (if you missed the recipe click here) and sometimes it's challenging to eat all that squash in one go.
What?! I know, right?! Could you cram any more deliciousness into that title? I think not. It's stuffed full of amazingness and so is this cookie. It's the 8th day of Christmas and I think I've put on five pounds this week. No joke. All in the name of delivering baked deliciousness. It's a worthy cause, one I'm proud to be a part of.
People tend to make poor diet choices when they're in a hurry. That's why the key to healthy living is planning ahead. It also helps to know some tricks for swapping out unhealthy foods for better choices. Check out these five quick swaps you can make in your diet for a healthier lifestyle.Drink Water Instead of Juice or Soda
This week's star vegetable is Butternut Squash. I'll be cooking one squash in 2 different recipes saving you money, time and helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Whenever I create my weekly food plan, I aim to use one ingredient in at least two dishes.
If you know me, you'll know I love any combination with tomatoes and fresh basil. So why not add cheese to that mix and create a delicious but easy recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to make? This salad is an Italian classic and something interesting I've learned is to not overdo the Balsamic Vinegar even though many recipes or restaurants will.
This sandwich is one of my quick and simple recipes that takes less than 5 minutes to whip up! This recipe is more on the richer side but it's alright to treat yourself every once in awhile. Whenever I purchase seafood, I do my best to buy sustainable seafood and not farmed fish (read why by scrolling down).
Bordelaise SauceA few days ago, I shared my Cheater’s Demi-Glace. A shortcut that will save you about 2 days of wrestling with beef bones, reducing, simmering and skimming. Demi-Glace is like liquid gold.
This year, tell your loved ones how nuts you are about him. Send them this rustic wooden gift tray heaping full of premium roasted nuts. The assorted nuts are arrayed by nut type in a pleasing display. One handful of these delicious gourmet nuts and your Recipients will be going nuts over the great taste and crunch. The wooden tray of this gift basket features two leather-look handles and will probably be reused over and over again.
Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookie SeriesHave I got a treat for you. Today, I am actually featuring one of my own recipes. It's an adaptation of a commonly known cookie called snowballs, Russian teacakes, or Mexican wedding cakes. Whatever you call them, their buttery deliciousness is a perfect accompaniment to a cup of warm, fragrant tea. My mother made these every year and when I embarked on my own holiday traditions, I made it a point to include these staples in our cookie repertoire.
Taco Tuesdays have become a weekly tradition for my boyfriend and I, but coming up with a new idea every week is a challenge. I was in a bit of a taco slump. This week I decided to create a special summer shrimp taco. I wanted something fresh with a bit of crunch, along with a creamy element to compliment the shrimp. Since my boyfriend is lactose intolerant, it's been awhile since I topped our tacos with cheese. With all these elements in mind, I came up with my best taco yet: Shrimp Tacos with Dairy Free Coconut Coleslaw and Cilantro Pesto!Let's face it, tacos need cheese and so do I! To make the dairy free cheese I used unsalted cashews for a smooth texture, nutritional yeast and garlic powder to add a cheesy flavour and a bit of apple cider vinegar for acidity. I was so happy with how well the cheese turned out, no longer will my tacos be deprived! For the crunchy bite, I wanted to add creamy coleslaw to this taco. To keep the coleslaw lactose friendly, I rediscovered coconut yogurt hidden among the soy and Greek yogurts. I combined this coconut coleslaw with the homemade cilantro pesto to give the 'slaw some kick. My tacos were now oozing with dairy free goodness!My Shrimp Tacos with Dairy Free Coconut Coleslaw and Cilantro Pesto are the ultimate summer taco! Pan fried spicy shrimp are nestled in an authentic corn tortilla filled with fresh guacamole and creamy coconut coleslaw. Topped with homemade sweet peach salsa, garlicky cilantro pesto and crumbly cashew cheese, this is my taco masterpiece! Taco Tuesdays have been elevated to a new level of awesome, I don't think I will get bored of this one anytime soon!IngredientsFor the shrimp:400 grams peeled, divined, cooked shrimp. Thawed.2 limes, juiced1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 tbsp taco seasoning1 tbsp coconut oil8 fresh corn tortillasYour favourite salsa (I used homemade peach salsa)Your favourite hot sauceFor the guacamole:2 ripe avocados, peeled with pit removed1 small tomato, diced2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced1 tbsp cilantro, stems removed and finely choppedjuice from half a lime1 tsp extra virgin olive oilsea salt and freshly ground black pepperFor the cilantro pesto:1/4 cup cilantro, stems removed1 green onion, trimmed and roughly chopped2 tbsp extra virgin olive oiljuice from half a lime1 garlic clove, peeledsea salt and freshly ground black pepperFor the creamy coconut coleslaw:2 cups coleslaw1/4 cup vanilla coconut yogurtFor the cashew cheese:1/2 cup unsalted cashews2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes2 tsp apple cider vinegar1/2 teaspoon garlic powdersea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Create a yummy dinner based on Frank Sinatra's favorite recipes from a restaurant he loved in New York City,Patsy's Italian Restaurant!-PJ GachImage via CBS News Frank Sinatra's birthday is December 12th, yes,it's Ole Blue Eye's 101st birthday. To celebrate his big day, why not re-create his favorite recipes from his favorite restaurant in New York City Patsy's Italian Restaurant. Read A Salad That Is More Than Just Rabbit Food!Patsy's Italian Restaurant specializes in Neopolitan Italian cuisine and is a family owned restaurant that's been in business since 1944. The resto has had only three chefs in its entire existence! The late Patsy Scognamillo (the founder),and then his son, Joe Scognamillo, and now it's Joe's son, Sal Scognamillo in the kitchen. Sinatra met Patsy back in 1942, and became friendly with him. When Scognamillo opened his restaurant Sinatra stopped in and the rest is history. The Midtown West resto still has members of Sinatra's family coming in and dining there. If you decide to eat there, you might see Al Pacino, Frankie Valli, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Madonna, George Clooney or other celebs having a bite to eat.Here are some of Sinatra's favorite recipes from Patsy's. Enjoy!Frank’s Clams PosillipoIngredients:32 littleneck clams3 tablespoons olive oil6 garlic cloves, halved¼ cup onion, chopped28 oz can whole plum tomatoes with juicesalt and fresh ground black pepper to taste1 tablespoon tomato paste¼ cup chopped fresh basil1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley, plus more for garnishDirections:Scrub the clams with a stiff brush, rinse thoroughly in cold water and place in a large pot.Add cold water to just cover (or slightly less) and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the clams open, about 5 minutes. Using tongs or a slotted spoon remove the clams to a large bowl as they open and discard any that do not open.Strain the cooking liquid though a chinois/strainer lined with a coffee filter. Reserve ¾ cup of the strained cooking liquidReturn the clams to the pot, add cold water and stir to remove any remaining sand. Drain and reserve clams.Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium flame and sauté the garlic halves until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove garlic with tongs and discard. Add the onions to the garlic oil and sauté 3 to 4 minutes, until soft but do not brown. Coarsely chop the tomatoes and add them and their juice to the saucepan. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomato paste if using and add the basil and 1 tablespoon of parsley. Simmer UNCOVERED 5 minutes.Add the reserved clam broth and clams to the sauce and bring to boil. Cover the saucepan, reduce heat and simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until the clams are heated through. Spoon the clams and sauce into serving bowls, garnish with remaining parsley and serve immediately with hot crusty bread.More of Frank Sinatra's Favorite Recipes from Patsy's After the Jump
During the holiday season, you can almost always find me spending my free time in the kitchen baking Christmas cookies. As a child, I loved helping my mom and grandma bake cookies, and for several days, I was dusted in flour. I continued the tradition with my children as well, and smile at the memory of my flour coated boys standing on their step stool decorating snowmen and reindeer. It must be genetic.
Try these easy to make and delicious fruit and cheese kabobs. Three simple ingredients for some appetizer beauty. Make this simple, pretty and healthy appetizer. It’s quick to put together and oh so colorful! Bring this to your next party and enjoy receiving several compliments. Pretty food makes me smile.
Are you planning your next holiday trip to Australia?If yes, then undoubtedly you have chosen one of the best places to visit on this globe. Australia is highly famous for many visiting spots that majorly include Sydney Harbour Bridge, Kings Park, Kakadu national Park, Sydney Opera House and many more. These entire historical or architectural masterpieces are unique and amazing to visit.
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