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A Savory Something to Soak Up All That Green Beer

Beef, Recipes - Jennifer - March 16, 2013

My grandmother came to the US from Ireland when she was a young woman.  She never really talked to me about what it was like to grow up over there, but I do know that she never wanted to go back, and I always assumed that her life had been very hard.  I also assumed that the Irish found little enjoyment in food because Grandma’s Sunday dinners were torture to a kid (forgive me for saying so, Dad!).  Everything was always either boiled or baked to death.  I recall many dried out, shriveled up roasts in my childhood, and being admonished to eat every scrap on my plate.  And I don’t like corned beef.  Or cabbage.  So my lifelong association with Irish cooking?  Bleh.

Last year around this time, I was at a gathering of friends, and I couldn’t stop eating this most amazing dip.  It wasn’t until the end of the evening that I found out what was in it:  corned beef!  So this is what I will be making in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and if the kids don’t want it, I won’t make them eat it.  I’d hate to sour them on an entire culture’s cooking with one dish.  As for me, I’m slowly coming around.

CORNED BEEF DIP

3/4 c. mayonnaise
3/4 c. sour cream
2 (2.5 ounce) packages thinly sliced deli corned beef, chopped
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 tbsp minced fresh parsley
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp prepared horseradish (optional)

Combine mayonaise and sour cream; add in the corned beef, onion, parsley, seasoned salt and horseradish, if you like.  Serve on mini-rye breads or bagle pieces.

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Halloween Treats

Halloween is favourite holiday around our house- as soon as one is done our daughter is thinking up a costume for the next year – this year she is going to go as the wicked queen from Once upon a time.  Can’t wait to see her all dressed up!
Along with dressing up she loves all the wonderful Halloween treats that go along with it.  One of My best go to places for great desserts any time of the year is Kraft Canada [well for pretty much anything] their website is filled with so many great tips and information.
The Kraft Canada website even has a page specifically dedicated to Halloween, it is full of amazing recipes, party ideas, decorations  and tips for a great Halloween party! They also have some great stencils that we can use on our pumpkin.

Halloween pumpkin stencils
After  they go out trick or treating, the kids will be coming back for some Halloween treats at our house. I took   a quick look at the site and I found some great snacks for them to have when they come back with loaded bags.  This is a Mummy cookie balls recipe I found that looks great and will be a hit with the kids. It is also one that I can easily make gluten free, so my daughter can enjoy along with her friends.

There are also some great games available  on the site that they can play! I think this will be a fun one:
Mummy Wrap:
Divide kids into teams of 3 (1 mummy, 1 wrapper, 1 un-wrapper). Each team gets 1 extra-large roll of toilet paper. This is a timed event, so instruct the kids that on your signal, one team member must wrap the “mummy” in toilet paper. When the roll is complete (and the mummy is mostly covered) the 2nd team member unwraps the mummy (no tearing the toilet paper, it has to be unrolled). The first team to finish, wins. This is a great activity, especially when you play it to fast-paced Halloween music.

Whatever it is that the kids have or play afterwards, make sure that they are safe when they are going out; have some reflective tape on their clothing [I get the glow in the dark neon bracelets and necklaces for them to wear  that way they also have  bit of a light source] and make sure there is a group of them going out together [teens don’t like you going with them] as well as making sure that they are carrying a cell phone to call if they need picking up or feel threatened in any way.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!  :)

 

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I love chicken!

Barbeque, Dinner, Recipes, Uncategorized - rossana - July 29, 2012

Chicken – one of our favorite meals around here, we love it any which way!

Now that it is BBQ season,  it is the only way to cook our chicken – I love grilled chicken breasts, (bone in or boned),  kebabs,   done in foil packets and of course, the famous beer can chicken (although ours isn’t really in a beer can, we have a special stand).

 

Chicken is such a fast and nutritious meal to prepare [it also one I know my daughter won’t balk at!]. So I know that my family is being fed well; both white and  dark meat are  nutritious and a  great  source of protein, niacin, phosphorous, B6, B12, Vitamin D, calcium, iron and zinc.

 

There are so many different ways of preparing chicken, being able to BBQ adds a new level to it.

 

If I am running out or busy, I know that I can prepare the chicken with a sauce in foil packet and it is ready to go on the BBQ when my husband gets home and they don’t have to  take any special precautions when handling  because I have taken care of all that! [makes me worry a lot less!].

 

Want to know more about chicken and our Chicken Farmers? Take a look at their website, lots of great information and articles as well as wonderful recipes!

 

I am going to have to try this Ginger-Lime grilled chicken soon, looks so good!

Chicken

Ginger-Lime Chicken - image courtesy of Canadian Farmers

 

Join us this Wednesday for our #SCFoodChat on twitter at 1pm EST – We will be chatting Chicken!

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Nothing Says “I Love Me” More Than My Mom’s Meatloaf

Dinner, Recipes - Jennifer - February 4, 2011

I’ve tried them all. Found them in cookbooks, on the backs of boxes, recipe swaps, you name it.  Meatloaves come in countless shapes, sizes and compositions.  But I always come back to the one my mom made when I was a kid.  It was my absolute favorite meal, the one I requested for every birthday dinner, even though we had it regularly anyway.  And it’s so totally easy, it’s almost like cheating: doesn’t even require an egg or breadcrumbs!

My Mom’s Meatloaf

1 lb.+ meatloaf  mixture (I use beef & pork)
1 small onion, diced
1 small green pepper, diced
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, to taste
1 can tomato soup

Preheat oven to 375.  Combine first four ingredients, and mix well.  Form into a loaf in a 9×9 pan (I prefer glass, and I never make meatloaf in a loaf pan because it takes forever to cook through to the middle).  My loaves tend to look more like giant hamburgers, nearly filling the 9×9, with a moat all around the edges.  Cover with tomato soup.  Bake uncovered for one hour. 

I love to serve this with corn and baked potatoes, using the gravy created by the soup.  I am not kidding you even a little bit when I say that the most anticipated part of this meal for me is the very last bite, when I eat the remaining remnants of meatloaf, corn and potato all at once in a final forkful. The fact that all of my children eat this without complaint is a special happy bonus (ah, a peaceful, whine-free dinner!), but honestly, I don’t care whether they eat it.  I make it for me, and I’ll just eat what they won’t!  Here’s what it looks like:

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Who’s the Boss? You or the Cake?

Cookbooks, Desserts - Jennifer - January 26, 2011

I have a fondness for fun cakes.  I tried to do something special for each of my kids’ first birthdays, even though I sometimes took the easy way out, skipping the baking step and using frozen pound cakes for my medium.  But I have a genuine appreciation for fun, pretty, or inventive cakes, which is why I enjoy TLC’s Cake Boss  so much.  Here are some of my own attempts:

 

Pound cake regatta

 

Pound cake fire engine

 

Sheet cake Larry the Cucumber (Veggie Tales)

Sheetcake graveyard with the Scooby Gang

They’re not perfect, but the kids completely loved them, and that’s what is important to me.  Ever striving to improve my techniques, I thought I’d turn to the Master Baker himself, Buddy Valastro, so I consulted his book  Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia for inspiration.  And inspiration is what I found!  A fourth-generation baker, Valastro tells his tale by way of his parents’ stories and the traditions passed down to him, literally and lovingly, by “hand.”  He rounds out his narrative with plenty of recipes and photos.  I know I’ll never achieve Cake Boss perfection, but it sure is fun to try!

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