Asparagus Roasted

This recipe for roasted (or barbecued) asparagus originated with my brother-in-law Allan who uses the barbecue to cook asparagus - with delicious results. Oven or BBQ works great! INGREDIENTS - 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil 16 asparagus spears 4 - 6 cloves garlic, crushed...

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Oven Roasted Fries

Super easy and delicious Oven Roasted Fries. Great with a hamburger and salad - and lots of other things. Likely much better for you than fast food too :^) INGREDIENTS - 4 medium to large potatoes, cut into thin or thick fries garlic powder kosher salt and black...

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Pan Steamed Veggies

My sister Linda introduced me to this method of steaming vegetables.  It is fast, easy and, as long as you don't forget that it is cooking, will yield crisp veggies every time. All you need is a bit of water in the bottom of a frying pan with a lid.  Simple!!...

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Basil Garlic Cheese Bread

One of my brother-in-law’s (Ken) favorites. Great with spaghetti, lasagna, chili, soup, salad ... the list is endless! INGREDIENTS - 1 cup (250 ml) soft butter 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 cup (250 ml) sharp cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh basil, chopped...

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes with a bit of a twist - garlic! So easy and so good! Ingredients - 5 lbs (2.3 kg) red potatoes, cut into chunks for boiling 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1/2 cup (125 ml) butter 1 cup (250 ml) sour cream kosher salt and black pepper, to taste Preparation...

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Garlic Roasted Veggies

Use as many or as few veggies as you desire for this dish.  A great way to use up vegetables that may be close to the end of their life (still good but not so pretty :^). Be careful not to overcook - vegetables should be crisp though cooked when pulled from the oven....

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Chicken Veggie Stir Fry

This chicken and veggie stir fry dish provides a great way to use up excess or 'need to be used' vegetables in your crisper. Tasty, healthy and can be prepared without a lot of fuss. Ingredients - 2 tbsp (30 ml) grapeseed or vegetable oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2...

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Curry Chicken Wrap

Easy to prepare (use leftover chicken breasts!) with a delicious curry flavour, crisp veggies and the sweetness of grapes and apples (or raisins, mango) wrapped in a flour tortilla. A bit messy to eat but the taste makes up for it. Ingredients - 2 chicken breasts,...

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Greens, Craisins & Goat Cheese

An easy to prepare salad with a bit of sweetness from the craisins and tartness from the dressing. A favorite in our household. Dress the entire salad just before serving or have individuals dress their own. Ingredients - 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp...

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Three Pepper Salad

I love it when I get creative and it turns out!! We had family coming for dinner and the only veggies in the fridge were lettuce and three peppers (red, yellow and green). I decided to try something different when I realized I also had pineapple in my pantry. Do you...

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Garlic Artichoke Dip

Fast to prepare Garlic Artichoke Dip. Super easy appetizer recipe!  Serve while still quite warm - it thickens fast as it cools. Double for large groups. Ingredients - 6 cloves of garlic, crushed 6 oz (185 ml) jar of artichoke hearts, drained and diced 1 cup (250 ml)...

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Guacamole

Simple to make. Good as a dip with tortilla chips or nachos. Ingredients - 2 avocados, peeled and mashed 1 tomato, diced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice 1/4 cup (60 ml) cilantro, chopped (optional) sea salt, to taste black pepper, to taste...

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Grandpa’s Fudge

My Dad used to make Fudge at Christmas and to this day it remains one of my favourites at Christmas. It is simple to make and you can do it with or without a candy thermometer. The thermometer makes it a bit easier to tell when it is done. Ingredients for Fudge 4 cups...

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BBQ Chicken Breasts

Like Pesto? You'll love these. SO easy. INGREDIENTS - chicken breasts pesto, homemade or store bought kosher sea salt and black pepper, to taste PREPARATION - Use a mallot to tenderize chicken breasts. Place chicken in a ziploc bag along with enough pesto to marinade...

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