Golden Sesame BallsThey are mostly known as a Chinese or Japanese food called "buchi". It's made with a sticky rice flour cooked with a variety of fillings. Most are made sweet, but some choose to add a little savory flavor. Here's the recipe.
Guacamole Deviled EggsThis is hands down my favourite twist on deviled eggs. Instead of adding mayonnaise and vinegar, I add avocados and lime juice. Every bite is just so creamy and dreamy. Not to mention I love the green colour! If you'd like to make yours spicy, add half a minced seeded jalapeno.
Roasted Red Pepper and Habanero HummusThis hummus has some sweet heat. Roasting the peppers before pureeing them give them a nice caramelization, and the habanero gives it some kick. Use as much of the habanero as you like; I used two-thirds of one in this recipe.
Shrimp Stuffed Cucumber RollThis is an awesome low-carb solution for those who love sushi but don't want the rice. Just hollow out a whole cucumber, stuff it with your favourite sushi fillings, and slice. I love this high-protein, guilt-free treat!
Rose Pistachio Rice PuddingThis is a beautiful rice pudding that's spiked with pistachios, rose water, and cardamom, and then elegantly decorated on top. It's a recipe we've held in our family for decades. I hope you try it out. :)
Cucumber KimchiAn easy to make side dish that pairs well with any Asian meal. You get a nice crunch and some spice (you can adjust the spice level depending on your preference).
DIY Organic Food ColouringI was chatting with a friend recently about how his kids are allergic to red food dye. It made me do some research, where I found that it contains plenty of chemicals, including petroleum. I decided to make my own food colouring from organic fruits and vegetables, and it was a total success!
Herbed Chicken Quarters with Smashed PotatoesI love making a large amount of roasted meats and veggies on a big sheet pan. It's such a time saver and it looks great presented on the table, as is, on the baking sheet. Gently smashing the potatoes before you put them in the oven allows the lovely meat and veggie juices to flavour them, while keeping them firm and intact. You can use any types of additional veggies you like along with the chicken and potatoes. I used carrots, celery, onions and garlic. This cost about $5 for 4 people. I like to serve it with a nice crusty rustic bread.
Taco Stuffed Sweet PotatoesOh, how I love my tacos, but they make me feel a bit guilty when I'm in charge of cooking and have the ability to grab more tortillas to keep making them! Enter the sweet potato: our shell substitute. It's got loads of fiber so it really keeps you full without taking away from the awesome taco filling. Give these a try, you won't feel guilty! I used lean ground chicken here. You can use any type of ground meat or meat substitute you like!
Crispy Parmesan Chicken BreastsThese chicken breasts are so juicy, and bursting with flavour. The exterior gets a delicious crunch without the use any kind of breading or flour. The trick is in stuffing Parmesan cheese right under the skin and finishing them in high heat. I am in love with this dish!
Sticky Rice with Chinese Sausage (Xoi Lap Xuong)This is one of my favorite Vietnamese dishes, called Xoi Lap Xuong which translates to Sticky Rice Chinese Sausage.
Caramel Apple CrispsEnjoy the flavour of caramel apples? These rose-shaped dessert cups are full of caramel and apple, and only have a handful ingredients in them. They're so easy to put together and they won't weigh you down. You don't need special tools or techniques to make these super pretty rose-like goodies; I even used my toaster oven!
How to Make Sushi CakesYou don't have to be a professional baker to make professional looking decorative cakes. I made these sushi cakes using regular cake batter, frosting, and candies you can find at any shop. It cost me 1/10th of the price that I would have paid had I ordered them from a custom bakery and they were absolutely delicious!
Fish Tacos with Lime CremaI adore fish tacos! They are so fresh and zesty. But they can be even fresher (and so much cheaper) when you make them yourself. These tacos came out to about a buck a serving, and I even used my toaster oven. I'd buy that for a dollar! :)
Spicy Bean Sprout SaladThis is a great side dish, goes well with rice dishes, soup, and especially fish in my opinion.
Homemade Queso FrescoQueso fresco is a lovely, fresh and springy Mexican cheese. It's awesome sprinkled on top of a salad or crumbled into a taco. It's very easy to make at home with just a few ingredients. No special tools needed.
Cinnamon Donut Chips RecipeThis page contains a cinnamon donut chips recipe. Sprinkle thin sliced, stale donuts, with cinnamon sugar, and toast in the oven for a delicious chip to have with tea or coffee or as a snack anytime.
Almond DelightsMy wonderful Mother-In-Law gave me this recipe. If you like almond flavor, you will absolutely love this dessert.
Springtime Jelly Bean FudgeMy friends and I had chocolate covered jelly beans for the first time recently and we really loved them. To keep the fun alive, I made this jelly bean studded fudge out of white chocolate, then decorated the top with flowers made of more jelly beans. It's truly a jelly bean lover's delight, and perfect for the springtime.
Pineapple Nice CreamThis is a super healthy and delicious alternative to ice cream. There's no dairy or added sugar. The pineapple flavour is the star, and the smooth texture of the mango gives it its ice cream effect. For being 100% fruit, this dessert is a guilt-free and creamy delight!
Chickpea Sprout and Cucumber SaladHere's an easy way to get some healthy foods in you! It involves sprouting which can be fun.
Beef and Green Bean Rice (Loobia Polo)Loobia Polo has been one of my favourite Persian rice dishes since I was a little kid. Its ingredients are rather simple to put together, but it's truly an all-in-one kind of dish. I love it with a side of chutney or a big scoop of greek yogurt.
Roasted Veggie Melt SandwichI love patty melt sandwiches, but sometimes I just crave a bunch of veggies in my sandwich instead. This is an easy, hot and melty sandwich to make, and great for when you've got to get rid of some odds-and-ends veggies sitting around. You can replace any of these vegetables with whatever you happen to have on hand. I used my toaster oven to roast these veggies.
Butterscotch Chocolate Pretzel CookiesThis is a page about butterscotch chocolate pretzel cookies. This recipe is a great way to use up the broken pretzels at the bottom of the bag. These butterscotch chocolate pretzel cookies are the perfect combination of salty and sweet!
Berry Muffin RecipeBerry muffins are a classic! This quick delicious muffin is the perfect recipe to make for your family. This page contains a berry muffin recipe.
Cantonese Ginger Orange CakeThis is the perfect dessert combination cake and cheesecake with Asian flavors. Just in time for Chinese New Year coming up next week.
Flourless PB Chocolate Protein MuffinsSometimes the best type of gluten free food is one that doesn't even contain gluten free flour. Sure, it's nice to not have to pay for pricey gluten free flour, but sometimes I like to remove flours all together. When I make these muffins, people have no idea there's not a drop of flour in them.
FAQ's About Organic FoodOrganic foods are often the better choice when purchasing food, especially produce. Here are some helpful FAQ's about organic food.
Freezing Red PotatoesFreezing your crop of red potatoes involves a few steps but the harvest can be enjoyed for months once you have prepared the potatoes and frozen them. This is a page about freezing red potatoes.
How to Remove Salmon SkinRemoving the skin from cooked salmon is fairly easy to do. One creative method includes using a cheese slicer to do the job. Prior to cooking, the skin and be simply peeled off. This is a page about removing salmon skin.
Cinnamon Donut ChipsOh, how I love when the day's fresh donuts get boxed up and put back out on the store floor for 25 cents a piece. You can make these scrumptious donut chips by drying them out, slicing them thin, and popping them in the oven.
How to Blow the Shell off a Hard-Boiled EggRemoving the shell from hard-boiled eggs is easy if you blow on the shells to gently remove them. This page details how to blow the shell off a hard-boiled egg.
Homemade Chicken and Vegetable SoupThis is a page about homemade chicken and vegetable soup. This delicious soup is quick and easy to make. Plus it can be varied based on what vegetables you have on hand.
Smashed Potato RecipesRather than fully mashed, smashed potatoes are left chunkier. Firmer potatoes work best for making smashed potatoes. Similar finishes can be used for smashed potatoes as with mashed, including cheese, sour cream sauces, garlic, or any seasonings you like. This page contains smashed potato recipes.
How to Use Tea for Tenderizing MeatStrongly brewed tea works well as a marinade and a meat tenderized thanks to the tannins in tea. This is a page about using tea for tenderizing meat.
Freezing ColeslawTo prepare cole slaw for freezing begin by soaking the shredded cabbage in salt water for an hour, then squeeze out excess moisture. Add other ingredients and package for freezing. This is a page about freezing cole slaw.
Mussels with Garlic and Tomato Sauce RecipeThis delicious meal begins by preparing a sauce using diced canned tomatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms, celery, garlic, and of course tasty mussels. This page contains a mussels with garlic and tomato sauce recipe.
Pressure Cooker Mongolian BeefUsing an Instant Pot or another pressure cooker, you can create this delicious, sweetened beef dish. This page contains a recipe for Pressure Cooker Mongolian Beef.
Freezing NutsA great way to maintain the quality of stored nuts is by freezing. This is a page about freezing nuts.
Roasted Tomato Soup RecipeA delicious tomato soup to make at home year round with a basic marinara sauce flavor. This page contains a roasted tomato soup recipe.
Sweet Cornbread RecipeAdding more sugar to a corn bread recipe can make a yummy difference and change some people's opinion of this bread. This page contains a sweet cornbread recipe.
Cranberry Brie Walnut CupsThis recipe is my effort in getting rid of the last of all the cranberry sauce that piled up in my house from all the holiday and new year dinners. These caramelized cups are so easy to make and taste absolutely elegant. When the brie and walnuts heat up together, they make a soft center with a delicious crispy topping you will go crazy for. Give this a try!
Caramel Brownies RecipesYou can make even more yummy brownies by adding caramel to your recipe. Add pecans for a turtle brownie treat. This page contains caramel brownies recipes.
Using Leftover Tater TotsLeftover or prepared for the first time tater tots can be used in a variety of main dish casseroles or added to a breakfast burrito. This page contains recipes using tater tots.
End of the Month Stir FrySome of the best meals are prepared using leftovers and other foods on hand in the cupboard. This is a page about end of the month stir fry.
Softening BananasYou don't have to let bananas sit on your counter, turning brown, until they are soft enough to make pancakes or banana bread. Here is a great tip to quickly soften bananas for your next recipe. This is a page about softening bananas.
Make Two Meals at OnceYou can save time and money by making two or more meals at once. Large cuts of meat can be divided and used for several recipes. This is a page about make two meals at once.
Winter Beef Stew RecipeFall and winter are the perfect seasons for cooking up a big pot of delicious beef stew. Load it with your favorite veggies for a hearty meal. This page contains winter beef stew recipes.
Slaw Beet SaladThis is a healthy and refreshing side salad dish that will complement any dish especially meat. I made this for our holiday Christmas party and it paired very well with prime rib.
Using Up Leftovers from a PartyI hate wasting food. I just cleaned out my refrigerator last weekend and made sure that every bit of holiday food was used up or tossed. It can be a fun challenge to use everything up in creative new ways. Here are some of ideas I've heard about over the years.
Super Easy MeatloafMeatloaf is a very easy meal to prepare, even on short notice, and can be seasoned with whatever you have available. This is a page about making super easy meatloaf.
Planning a BBQ for 100 PeopleWhen planning a BBQ for a large group you will need to decide on your menu, including drinks, snacks, dessert, etc. Then estimate the amount of food in each category needed to feed your crowd. This is a page about planning a BBQ for 100 people.
Juicing and Growing Your Own PomegranatesMy family and I are known as the Pomegranate People because we've been growing them ever since I was a little one. In fact, the first thing I ever grew on my own was a pomegranate tree at age four. This is one method of juicing pomegranates at home, then planting the leftover seeds in order to grow more of the fruit.
Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup (Instant Pot)If you have recently gotten an Instant Pot, you might enjoy making this soup. It was very easy to make and turned out great. This is a vegetarian version but I'm definitely going to make one with beef broth and meat. It would be like a Stroganoff soup. Yum!
OrangettesIn Europe Christmas means citrus, the green grocer's shelves are filled with citrus of every size and shape. The smell of the peel brings back happy memories of Christmas past. For me this is also the signal to do what I love the most; making something out of nothing and making a delicious festive treat to help my friends and family celebrate Christmas. Don't be daunted by all the steps, the ingredients are few and the delicious results and compliments make it well worth spending your time!
Garlic and Herb Snowflake BreadThis is a cute snowflake shaped pull-apart bread for the holidays. It's filled with garlic and herbs. Serve by itself or with marinara sauce.
How to Fix Grainy FudgeThis is a page about fixing grainy fudge. Grainy fudge is a common issue. Some recipes are more finicky, while others are more fool proof. Here are some suggestions if your fudge has turned out grainy.
Simple Chocolate Cream PieA yummy, easy dessert that will satisfy a chocolate lover. This page contains a simple chocolate cream pie.
How to Soften Brown SugarHard brown sugar can be softened with a piece of apple in the closed container or by heating it in the microwave. This is a page about softening brown sugar.
Mashed Potato SushiI have been making wasabi mashed potatoes for a long time now and it's definitely one of my favourite sides. I thought it would be cute (and yummy) to turn that mash into something super cute: mashed potato sushi. Making perfectly rolled sushi can be daunting getting the rice perfectly cooked so it sticks enough, but doesn't get mushy. Using mashed potatoes will make getting the shape right much easier... and you don't even need a rolling mat!
Cranberry Eggnog SconesI love a touch of holiday flavour during the winter months. These scones use eggnog in the place of heavy cream, making it a bit more cost-effective and a lot more delicious. The eggnog gives it a more complex taste. Good luck having just one of these!
Can I Freeze Stuffing?Stuffing is often leftover from holiday meals. Freezing stuffing is a great way to preserve it for later use.
Preventing Grainy FrostingEveryone likes a smooth deliciously sweet whipped frosting on their cakes and cookies. Use the tips for preventing grainy frosting when baking.
Bacon Apple StuffingI came up with this recipe for homemade stuffing when I was recently having a turkey, apple, and bacon sandwich. I loved the combination so much, I thought a stuffing version of it would be a great addition for the holidays to have alongside turkey. I usually use packaged stuffing mix and throw in extras, but this will now be my go-to method from scratch. The textures will blow you away. I can't get enough of it!
Beautiful Cornucopia BreadThis seasonal centerpiece is a showstopper that everyone can actually eat! I love to make these for Thanksgiving. Fill them whatever you like; fruit, veggies, even little bread rolls. Everyone can pull at the rings and enjoy.
Using Eggs After Their "Sell By" DateYou can see if your eggs float when they are past their sell by date. If they float, they are not good and should be thrown out. This is a page about using eggs after their "sell by" date.
Use a Pressure Cooker to Tenderize a Smoked Brisket?Cooking meat in a pressure cooker is a great way to tenderize tougher meats. Here are some tips about finishing off a brisket in a pressure cooker. This is a page about using a pressure cooker to tenderize a smoked brisket.
Corn Bread Convenience Mix RecipePreparing this quick and easy corn bread convenience mix ahead of time, will save you time when preparing dinner. When stored in properly it can last up to one month. This page contains a corn bread convenience mix recipe.
Freezing Uncooked Potatoes?Some cooks rinse the potatoes in water and vinegar, then blanch prior to freezing. These steps will help keep the potatoes from turning black when frozen. This is a page about freezing uncooked potatoes.
Avocado Hummus RecipeThis variation on traditional hummus may become a family favorite and is an alternative to guacamole as a party dip. This page offers a delicious, easy homemade recipe for avocado hummus.
Making Copycat Herb and Spice Mixes at HomeBy reading the ingredients on commercial spice mixes, you can make your own seasoning blends. This is a page about making copycat herb and spice mixes at home.
Quick Veggie Chili RecipeAlthough this recipe has added meat, it has lots of more vegetables than most chilis. This page contains a quick veggie chili.
Egg and Cheese Muffin in a MugI love the taste and convenience of Egg McMuffins but I don't visit fast food chains anymore. This is a way to get the same kind of breakfast quickly using a mug and a microwave. The dough turns into a soft and fluffy English muffin and there's a perfectly cooked egg in the middle. I've made this with gluten free flour and it's worked out perfectly.
Balsamic Crispy Garlic SteakThis is a quick and easy way to make a very flavourful steak with very few ingredients when you're short on time. The balsamic vinegar works great as a rapid tenderizer, too.
Crispy Grilled Caramel Puffs (Karumeyaki)This is my mother's childhood recipe for a traditional Japanese grilled caramel called Karumeyaki. It is said this recipe is over 400 years old. It's mostly sugar but with a little help and the high heat from a copper ladle, it turns into this beautiful meringue-like cookie. It's actually quite the edible science experiment!
Cream Cheese Sweetheart Cake RecipeA sweetheart cake is more like a brownie or cookie in texture. This particular recipe includes the addition of a delicious cream cheese based glaze. This page contains a cream cheese sweetheart cake recipe.
Problems Making FudgeChefs will tell you that cooking is an art and a science. The science can come into play when making fudge. Not only do proper measurements play a role in the success of your batch of fudge, but so does the cookware used and believe it or not the weather. This is a page about problems making fudge.
Kool-Aid and Jell-O Popsicle RecipesMix up two popular flavors into some deliciously refreshing popsicles. Make these Kool-Aid and Jell-O popsicle recipes for a yummy snack on a hot summer day.
Freezing Cooked Vegetable Burgers?Preparing vegetable burgers ahead of time and freezing them for later use is a great way to have them handy for when you need a quick meal. This is a page about freezing cooked vegetable burgers.
Storing Applesauce in Ziplock Freezer Bags?If you have made applesauce and have extra to store, freezing it is a great way to preserve the applesauce for later use. Here are some ideas about storing applesauce in ziplock freezer bags.
Balsamic Steak and Veggie RollsThis is a super yummy low carb recipe for steak and vegetables. The colourful, julienned vegetables embraced by the juicy steak are so pretty. The sweet and savoury balsamic glaze is irresistible. Give this recipe a try!
How to Refresh Stale Chips and CrackersA short time in the microwave can help make stale chips taste better. This is a page about how to refresh stale chips and crackers.
Caramel Apple Slice PopsI adore caramel apples but I find them so hard to eat. Whether I bite into them or cut them, it seems huge chunks of the precious coating busts off and I'm left with a lot of apple. This is my recipe for an easier to manage caramel apple as they are done in little slices that you can successfully enjoy without having them crumble. You can play around with the amount of toppings and use things like white chocolate drizzle and sprinkles. It's so much fun!
How to Make Pickle PopsiclesThe left over juice from a pickle jar can be frozen to make some tasty popsicles. This is a page about how to make pickle popsicles.
Sesame Garden Fish Bake RecipeFrozen or fresh fish fillets combined with garden produce can be baked into a tasty, easy to prepare meal. This is a page containing a sesame garden fish bake recipe.
Meatball Subs for Under $10Meatball subs are a classic lunchtime option. They are fast and easy to make as well as yummy and inexpensive. Here's how to make meatball subs for under $10.
Good Friday Porridge RecipeThis traditional Holy Week recipe, from the Philippines, begins with rice, fish, eggs, and cheese. This page contains a Good Friday porridge recipe.
Real Buttercream Icing (with Vegan Option)Real butter combined with powdered sugar, vanilla, and a bit of milk makes one of the most delicious icings you will ever taste. You can easily swap out the butter and milk with vegan friendly ingredients. This page contains instructions for making real buttercream icing (with vegan option).
Simple Buttercream RecipeButtercream frosting is a favorite for decorating cakes and other baked goods. This page contains a simple buttercream recipe.
Zucchini Refrigerator PicklesAs your zucchini multiplies exponentially in the garden, new recipes are always welcome. This page contains a recipe for making zucchini refrigerator pickles.
Sautéed Butternut Squash RecipeThese winter squashes can be cut into thin, small pieces and sautéed for a yummy fall side dish. This page contains a sautéed butternut squash recipe.
Watermelon Pops RecipeWatermelon can easily be frozen to make an icy, sweet summer treat. Here is a watermelon pops recipe that no one will be able to resist on a hot summer day.
Chicken and Butternut Squash StewButternut squash and chicken go great together and makes for a wonderful stew. Make a hearty chicken and butternut squash stew for dinner tonight, your family will love it.
Fudge is Too SoftIf you have made fudge that is not setting up, you may be able to fix it. Making fudge that is too soft can be frustrating but there are some options to improve your fudge.
Bisquick DumplingsUse Bisquick to drop some tasty little dumplings into your next stew or soup. Bisquick dumplings are easy to make and add substance to any soup.
3 Ingredient Fondant RecipeFondant is used for detailed cake decorating. Make your own fondant with this quick and easy 3 ingredient fondant recipe.
How to Pour a Black and TanPouring a proper black and tan is a handy skill to have, especially around St. Patrick's Day. Read on to learn how to pour a black and tan.
Uses for Glad Press'n Seal WrapPress'n Seal can be very a very useful variation of regular Saran Wrap. Once you start using it, it is easy to find many uses for glad Press'n Seal wrap.
Portobello Mushroom Personal PizzasThis is an amazingly delicious low-carb, keto-friendly pizza recipe that's really great for the whole family. I love making these with the kids in our family, and their parents love that they're getting loaded up with plenty of vegetables. No kneading of the dough or lengthy waits at the oven.
Use Foil to Prevent Meat Freezer BurnFreezer burned meat is not as delicious as meat that has been frozen properly. If you would like to avoid getting freezer burn on your meat you can use foil to prevent meat freezer burn.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake RecipeWhether it's for a birthday party or other celebration, a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake is sure to get gobbled up by your guests. This cake is easy to make and can be decorated and customized for any occasion.
How to Cook Freezer Burned MeatFreezer burned meat can be safely eaten, as long as it was properly frozen and defrosted. If possible, trimming off the burned portions will help prevent the taste that develops in freezer burned meats. This is a page about how to cook freezer burned meat.
Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Stir FryEnjoy this very sweet chicken main dish with the addition of pineapple. This is a page about making teriyaki chicken and pineapple stir fry.
Homemade Aloe Vera JuiceAloe vera juice is a fantastic digestive aid with anti-inflammatory effects. It also works great to clean out impurities from the system because of its natural detoxifying and laxative effects. Making you own at home is better because the longer those brand-name bottles sit on the shelves, the quicker they lose their potency. Aloe vera is also one of the easiest plants to grow, so there's less of an excuse for not having them around! Here is how to easily make your own aloe vera juice at home with a blender.
Making Yogurt in a CrockpotRegular or Greek yogurt can be made inexpensively using your crockpot at home. This page features a recipe with step by step instructions showing you how to make yogurt in a crockpot.
Tahini-Free Hummus RecipesTahini, made from ground sesame seeds, is a common ingredient in hummus. If you don't like tahini, or simply don't have it on hand, you can still make hummus using the recipes and advice on this page.
Fizzy Cherry Popsicles RecipeHomemade popsicles are a refreshing treat and a lot of fun to make. This page has a recipe for making fizzy cherry popsicles that kids (and adults) are sure to love.
Watermelon-Strawberry PopsiclesFresh watermelon and strawberries are the main ingredients in this refreshing treat. This page has a recipe for making watermelon-strawberry popsicles.