Friday, April 16, 2021

Take It Easy: Spiced Ginger Beef




This is a sponsored post. I was compensated by Saskatoon Co-op, but as always, all opinions are my own. 

Everyone likes a quick meal that's super easy to throw together. Right? Right! I'm pleased to have partnered with my local Saskatoon Co-op to help get the word out about their brand new What's For Dinner promotion. Inside each Saskatoon Co-op store, there's a display which is basically a one stop shop to get all of your ingredients for the featured recipe that week. Saskatoon Co-op has really taken the guess work out of grocery shopping by putting all of the items in one display case. No need to run around the store and try to find ingredients, because honestly who has time for that? These days, I want to get in and out of grocery stores as quick as possible. There will be a new featured recipe every week, which will be a great way to introduce something new to the usual meal rotation. And you may find some new favourites you'll want to make over and over again. And honestly, grocery shopping will be less of a hassle and more of a breeze! Look for the What's For Dinner display in your local Saskatoon Co-op store for a new recipe each week. This is a super helpful way for busy folks who want to put supper on the table as quickly as possible, and still have it be delicious and nutritious. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Carrot Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Icing



If you're looking for a show-stopping Easter dessert, this carrot cake should do the trick. It's one of the most-loved recipes from my first cookbook All the Sweet Things, and I'm always getting notes and messages on how much people love to bake it. Here's why: there's moist and aromatic carrot cake, creamy brown butter icing, and a layer of crunch from the maple pumpkin seed brittle. If you love regular cream cheese icing, this recipe will make you downright giddy. It’s smooth and creamy, with the lovely caramel nuttiness that brown butter is known for. The carrot cake is rather wonderful in its simplicity—no pineapple, raisins or nuts to be found here, just straight-up carrots. Feel free to make the cakes a couple of days ahead. They freeze well, too. The middle layer of crunchy brittle may feel like an extra step, but it’s one you want to take. As my friend Lindsay said while testing this cake, the brittle makes it. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

One Pan Only: Quick Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet



This is a sponsored post. While I was compensated monetarily by the Ontario Bean Growers, I've been a huge fan of all things bean related for a very long time. All opinions are mine.


I can't believe I'm writing this, but spring is right around the corner. Hooray! It has been a long winter, that much is true. Snow is still piled up in the front yard, but the birds have been chirping a happier tune, and so have I. My editor has sent me the interior pages of my second cookbook, and I've been scrolling through the final page proofs, checking for errors. It's quite the task, going over every detail, but it means that Vegetables: A Love Story is getting closer to becoming real and I can't wait for it! The pages are so very pretty and vibrant, and it's truly awesome seeing my photos and recipes (and stories!) come to life. I can't wait to share more with you soon! In the meantime, these busy days mean that simple and speedy suppers are what I need, and this quick version of cassoulet, bursting with tomatoes, sausages and white beans, is so very good. Plus I added kale, because greens are good! 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Brighter Days: Caramelized Banana Cream Pie




Hello friends, I am just popping in here for a quick hello, and to tell you about this luscious pie I concocted recently. Dixon and I devoured slices while watching Meghan and Harry spill all of the tea during their interview with Oprah. Holy cow! There is so much to unpack there, but two things stuck with me: 1) I am so glad they got out and 2) Oprah is the queen when it comes to interviewing. Her questions were spot-on, and their answers more than a little shocking. So much drama there! While there is no drama over, there most certainly is pie. I wonder if Meghan and Harry bake pies?

Friday, February 12, 2021

Upside-Down Apple Ginger Cake


 

This is a sponsored post. While I was compensated monetarily, all opinions are my own.


It’s been a cold, cold week here in Saskatoon. The temperature has barely crept over -30C, so yeah, that’s very, very cold. I’ve largely been hunkering down inside my little house, and the oven has been working overtime. There have been roasts with herbaceous veg snuggled up beside them; cookies with puddles of chocolate; muffins burst with bananas. But, my favourite thing to come out of my gas range has been this Upside-Down Apple Ginger Cake, made with beautiful JAZZ apples. I am super thrilled to be included with a group of talented creatives across Canada this year with JAZZ Apples to create recipes incorporating their delicious  apples. This year, we made a recipe based on a “mystery ingredient” chosen for us by another group member. Mine was ginger, selected by the incredibly talented photographer/stylist/blogger Debi Traub from @simplybeautifuleating from Toronto, Ontario. 


Friday, February 5, 2021

Ten Years Later: Lemon Ricotta Cake


 "You never knew which split second might be the zig zag bolt dividing

all that went before from the everything that comes next." ~ Barbara Kingsolver

  

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Snacktime: Apple Crostini with Whipped Ricotta



This is a sponsored post. While I was compensated monetarily, all opinions are my own. 


If your house is like my house, snacktime is important. Whether it’s a second breakfast around 11 am or a bedtime snack around 11 pm (I’m a nightowl), I like a little something to nibble on while I work or binge watch a current favourite show (lately, it’s Broadchurch). These crostini made with Cosmic Crisp Washington Apples fit the bill perfectly. Toasted slices of baguette are slathered with a whipped ricotta spread, then topped with crisp and sweet slices of Cosmic Crisps, drizzled with honey and garnished with toasted walnuts. 

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