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 […]

Banana Bread with Prunes & Milled Flaxseed

Banana Bread with Prune and Milled Flaxseed

One of my many food related quirks has to do with how particular I am about bananas. I only eat bananas that are all yellow. If they start to get spotty then the banana flavour is too strong for my tastes. So what happens to the bananas that don’t get eaten when they are perfect for me? Well, they sit on the counter getting more and more skeezy until they are ready for banana bread. Banana bread is a treat. I have tried to make it healthier in the past by using maple syrup, Greek yogurt, rolled oats, etc. in […]

Savoury Flatbreads with Apples and Crumbled Blue Cheese

Warm Flatbread with Apples and Blue Cheese

This is a paid post sponsored by Ontario Apple Growers. All opinions are my own. There is a familiar scene for many who work from home or are a stay-at-home-mom like I am. We maybe grabbed a quick lunch while we were working or scavenged off of the lunch that we were preparing for the little ones. Who among us parents haven’t eaten some macaroni and cheese straight out of the pot with a fork when naptime was barreling down on us? We catch ourselves in the middle of the day getting mighty hangry. It is this time of day […]

Caramel Apple Chelsea Buns

Caramel Apple Chelsea Buns

This is a sponsored post for Ontario Apple Growers. As always, all opinions are my own. I remember the first time that I had a chelsea bun. My mom bought me one from a bakery that was in one of the malls in Barrie. I absolutely loved it. I always called it a cinnamon bun but I think that most people consider the ones with that white icing all over it to be cinnamon buns. I don’t eat those ones. My cinnamon buns, or chelsea buns as I learned they are called while watching The Great British Bake Off, always […]