Porcupine Meatballs

Meatballs with rice in them in a tomato sauce

What can I even say that doesn’t come off as trite about how the months have gone since my last post? It’s 2020, we all know the deal, this ongoing pandemic is incredibly difficult. I know that I am one of the lucky ones. My husband’s job is safe, none of my family have gotten sick, and I’m pretty sure my liver is doing ok despite being put through the wringer of late. At least I hope it is. We have been getting take-out about the same amount as we had done pre-pandemic and with three kids, we hardly ever […]

Chicken and Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup

Bowl of Chicken & Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup

Where do I even begin? It has been over a year and a half since I put up a new blog post. So much has happened since I last wrote. Many of you have been following my blog for years and may remember that this space used to be called Buffy & George. It was named after my dogs because this was going to be a fun spot where I would share stories of my life the way blogging used to be back in the day of the journal style blogs. Sadly, both Buffy and George have passed away. George […]

Camembert Baked with Herbs & White Wine

Baked Camembert with herbs and wine

  This is a paid post that has been sponsored by Fresh Wines. They provided me with a lovely case of VQA wine to try and to use in the development of this recipe. A couple of weeks ago a miracle happened. I was able to get eight moms together for a weeknight wine tasting session with relatively short notice. Honestly, it happened. When the case of wine arrived from Fresh Wines, I knew that I wanted a bunch of people to get together at my house for a tasting. I’m hardly a social butterfly and I also have a good […]

Linguine with Prosciutto and Pea Shoots

This is a paid post that has been sponsored by Fresh Wines. They provided me with a lovely case of VQA wine to try and to use in the development of this recipe. When summer finally comes I want to get out on those lovely restaurant patios and order a glass of chilled white wine  to accompany some delicious summer menu item. The reality of having three little kids is that this seldom, ahem, I mean never happens. Instead of paying through the nose for a babysitter we sometimes feed the little ones an early dinner and get them into […]

Crème Fraîche and Brown Sugar Ice Cream

As a stay at home mom, I often have grand plans in my mind of how I’m going to keep the boys entertained without resorting to the tv most of the day. Some days I nail it and they spend most of the day outside but other days they watch tv. A lot of tv. Now I could berate myself or, even worse, compare myself to the other moms who get all their little kids to the beach on their own without seeming to lose their minds. I try hard not to do that (often) because I’m only seeing a […]

Simple and Delicious Oven Fries

Oven Fries

There are countless recipes for oven fries on the internet. Some of them are very simple and just involve tossing some olive oil and salt on the potatoes and roasting them in a hot oven on a baking sheet. Others involve cumbersome steps of soaking, or par-boiling, and then drying the potatoes. I’m sure the soaking or par-boiling methods yields oven fries that are something closer to their deep fried cousins but when I’m putting together a quick dinner, that usually includes breaded chicken strips, I don’t want to give my potatoes wedges a bath. I want simplicity so that […]

Pork Schnitzel with Warm Savoury Apples

Pork schnitzel with sauteed apples.

This is a paid post sponsored by Ontario Apple Growers. All opinions are my own. Growing up, pork chops with apple sauce were a household staple. I was a picky eater so I always had the apple sauce on the side, rather than as a condiment on the pork chop. I was one of those kids who needed each food item to be separate on the plate. The pork chops we had usually had the bone in it still and were more than likely coated in Shake n’ Bake. My mom is a great cook but it was the 1980s and […]