Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Make It Monday

As my Fall To Do List promised, this is the year that I learn to deal with pumpkins! While I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin tarts (so essentially the same thing in different sizes…), I figured it might be time for me to learn how to actually work with it. Once you know how, you can actually do a lot with pumpkin but I always found  it a little overwhelming. My only work with pumpkins is pumpkin carving 15 years ago when cutting into it felt like a Herculean task- so, cooking with pumpkin as an adult, here I come!

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Double Chocolate Fleur de Sel Cookies, Make It Monday

After treating myself to my new Bobbette and Belle  cookbook, I knew that I was going to have to make at least one recipe this week to christen it, and I was  little overwhelmed by all of the choices, to be honest. I almost went with a loaf or muffins for classic fall comfort food, but we were having dinner with some friends and I never arrive without dessert- cookies it is! I’m still trying to work on expanding my repertoire in the kitchen and I have never worked with salted sweets before, so I knew what choice I had to make- Double Chocolate Fleur de Sel cookies.

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Strawberry Chocolate Bites, Make It Monday

For anyone who doesn’t know, today is National Extra Dessert Day, and I’m here to help you make that happen! For anyone who is in North America, you are probably enjoying a long weekend right now, and that means that you deserve an extra dessert more than anything. I’m trying to branch out in my recipes and be more creative in the kitchen- enter pastries! This is about as entry level as it gets, but I was feeling a little unsure about the whole thing and decided to start at the beginning…

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2 Ingredient Ice Cream, Make It Monday

Me being an ice cream addict and someone who spends far too much time in the kitchen finally gave into the ice cream recipe that is sweeping across Facebook, Pinterest, and every other form of social media out there. I’m always hesitant about miracle recipes that promise the world (and the food) in the easiest of ways but I figured that at the very most, I’m out $8 and a few hours. So, with the allure of ice cream I set off…

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Kitchen Time Savers- Make It Monday

We all have busy lives and take more shortcuts than we would like, particularly in the kitchen. Of course it’s easier to simply stop at the grocery store on the way home or run to Starbucks instead of making things yourself, but with a bit of practice and creativity, you can save yourself time and work when you really need to! These are time savers that have actually worked for me and I use- sometimes Pinterest hacks aren’t quite as easy or successful as they would make it seem… These four suggestions are easy and fast, and don’t require any speciality equipment or skills!

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Strawberry Ice-Box Cake, Make-It Monday

The weather is getting warm, the sun is staying up late, and it’s the time that you have friends over and you head out. So, that means more potlucks and barbecues- easy and light recipes that don’t keep you in the kitchen and feeling heavy afterwards. This couldn’t be an easier recipe and it can be thrown together in less than 5 minutes- this ice box cake is the perfect summer recipe!

 

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Recipe: Rice Krispie Squares

In terms of classic, memory-evoking recipes, I don’t know if there is a bigger recipe for me than Rice Krispie squares. Never falling prey to regional or familial variations, Rice Krispie squares are fast to make and faster to eat! I decided to make some for M’s visit- they are one of his favourite treats, so I know that they will be well appreciated. They are also quite simple to make, and given that I haven’t been baking and cooking as much as I could be, this was a good way to get back into it again! So, for those experienced cooks and those brand new to the kitchen, the ever easy Rice Krispie squares:  Continue reading

Trial: Shepherd’s Pie

I have made shepherd’s pie a few times before; it makes a semi-regular appearance in my house. It’s one of my favourite meals because it hits all of the food groups, and it is fairly easy to modify for different preferences and allergies. When I decided that I wanted to make bigger meals to freeze and eat for lunches/dinners, I figured that shepherd’s pie should be a good choice given how many servings you typically get out of one casserole dish. The only aspect that slightly concerned me was the freezing- would it still be eatable after it had been frozen and reheated? Only this trial would tell….

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Trial- Homemade Mac and Cheese

I have decided to take my nutrition and health into my own hands, and that starts with not buying lunches at work. While mac and cheese might not be the lowest calorie option, I decided to give it a shot for two reasons: 1) I need to get more calcium in my diet and the milk and cheese will help, and 2) I’ve never made food ahead of time to freeze for lunches and dinners, so I wanted something familiar! I’ve actually not tried to make a cheese sauce before, so this was an interesting ride all around. Unfortunately, I only have a picture of the finished product- I was hurrying along and didn’t have time to take pictures during!

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Trial: Brownie Cookies

As per my summer of recipes, I have been tackling one new recipe every week. While sometimes I am not 100% in the mood to bake/cook, I always end happy that I tried it out. Some recipes are more of a leap, but for this week, I tried Brownie Cookies! I love brownies- if I could only ever have one dessert for the rest of my life, it would be a brownie. And cookies make everything easy to transport and in a bite-sized portion (so that I don’t eat everything). I looked through probably ten different recipes before settling on this one; it had several positive reviews that swung me.  Continue reading