Weeknight Wonder: Baked Pesto Chicken with Heavenly Potato Green Pepper Hash!
Every week when I buy groceries, one item that always ends up in my cart is boneless skinless chicken breasts. While they're the perfect starting point and you can pretty much cook them a million ways, finding new and delicious ways to present the same ol', same ol', can be quite challenging! This past Monday, I took a package of frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts out of the freezer in the morning, thinking I'd make some sort of chicken dish for dinner that evening. Whe
Oh, Ya Baby...Crispy Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges!!
Just in case you noticed, I've been off the grid for a little bit. Not only did I have the holidays to contend with but my oldest daughter got hitched just last weekend, which meant lots for dear old mom to do. It was a hectic few months, but alas, the wedding ceremony brought tears to my eyes and seeing my daughter absolutely aglow with happiness during the reception and dance that followed, filled my heart with so much love and pride, I thought I might burst! This weekend w
Sumptuous Chicken Saltimbocca with Saffron Orzo!
Yesterday was one of those days when I didn't have a whole lot of time to make supper but when considering my options, I was really in the mood for something different, something special, something 'exotic', for lack of a better word. But is there a suppertime meal that is both fancy AND quick and easy, with minimal fuss and fewer ingredients? The premise of most Italian cuisine is a few simple, readily available ingredients, cooked simplistically, letting the ingredients spe
Jazzin' Up Meat and Potatoes: Twice Baked Potatoes with Spinach and Gruyere!
We've all had one of those days where you stare aimlessly into your fridge and pantry, hoping to God that inspiration jumps out at you and strikes your fancy. This past Sunday, it was a miserable old day here - rain, drizzle, fog, 14 degrees Celsius, (approximately 57 degrees for you Fahrenheit folk), and a bitter 'noreaster' wind coming in off of the Atlantic. In no way, shape or form was it bbq weather but for some reason, all I really wanted for supper was a grilled steak.
Perfect Pork Tenderloin With Roasted Asparagus and Warm Citrus Sauce!
It's been a frigidly cold week here on The Rock and I felt in the need for some serious warming up. Pork tenderloin was on sale last week at my grocery store and while I had no idea what I was going to do with it, I can't resist a good sale. That was last Thursday and when I opened my freezer Wednesday morning to see what I might cook for dinner, the pork loin I had bought last week looked at me all lonely and forlon. I took it out of the freezer and placed it on a plate on m
Inspirational Prosciutto Wrapped Greek Chicken Breasts!
Inspiration is a wonderful thing. When you think of it, to inspire means to 'influence with an animating, quickening or exalting influence'. When it comes to cooking, I can get inspired just about anywhere. Sometimes my inspiration comes from a food item I've spied or read about, the season, a specific location, an event or something that has piqued my curiosity. The inspiration for Prosciutto Wrapped Greek Chicken Breasts came from a local restaurant my husband took me to fo
Warming Up Winter With Slow Cooker Maple Bourbon BBQ Ribs!
Last week, I was as sick of January as I had ever been. It's the Mount Everest of all of the months; a constant, uphill battle against frigidly cold days marked with less than 8 hours of daylight. For me, January is the longest, most drawn out, anticlimactic of all months. Thankfully, it's now over for another year. Never mind that it's only February....February is the shortest of all months which is some small consolation. When you live in Canada, you have two choices: let y
Adventures in the Produce Department: Regal Radicchio
Every now and then, when I actually either have the time or chose to make the time, I stroll around the produce department at my local grocery store looking for something dfferent to highlight in a meal. I like to call it 'Adventures in the Produce Department', which might make the produce manager more than just a little weary of, unsure as to what that might entail...were he aware. Yesterday, I was doing just that when suddenly my eyes fell upon radicchio. I've had salads be
Dine and Dash: Veal Scallopini in Pesto Sauce
Yesterday was one of those days when, despite the best of intentions and meticulous planning, (ok, not so much with the meticulous planning but certainly, as always, with the very best of intentions) time got away from me. I was left with only 50 minutes to prep, cook, serve and eat before my husband and I had to dash out the door to meet our realtor at yet another house that could conceivably put our house hunt to an end. While at the grocery store, my eyes fell upon some lo
If You Can Dream It, You Can Eat It! Mediterranean Steak Sandwich
Dreaming is a pretty neat phenomenom. Sometimes I dream I can fly and other times, I can leap tall buildings in a single bound. But yesterday morning when I woke, although I couldn't remember all of the details of my dream, I could still smell the aroma of Mediterranean seasonings and remembered I was making Mediterranean Steak Sandwiches in my dream. You might think that makes me a tad weird - I like to think I dabble in quirky. I've come to realize that if I can dream it, I