Pork Recipes

Freezing Avocados

My sister introduced me to freezing avocados that are ripe or getting beyond ripe, when you're not ready to use them right away. I admit, I was skeptical! But it is surprisingly true! You can freeze avocados, pull them from the freezer and they're as good as the day...

Homemade Apple Pie

I use Tenderflake for the pastry, using 25% wholewheat or Einkorn flour and 75% all-purpose flour. I find this adds a bit of goodness (whole wheat) to the pie while not impacting the flakiness of the crust. The Tenderflake recipe gives me 3 double (top and bottom)...

Caramel Popcorn

This recipe for Caramel Popcorn comes from my brother-in-law, Ken Smith. Ken has been making this Caramel Popcorn at Christmas for over 20 years. It's a huge hit  and something my husband and I look forward to receiving every Christmas! Ingredients for Caramel Popcorn...

Butter Tarts

This delicious and simple recipe for Butter Tarts originated with my mother-in-law, Florence. A favourite at Christmas! You can make the Butter Tarts with nuts and raisins or make Butter Pecan Tarts, by adding more nuts and eliminating the raisins...

Brownies with Walnuts

This is super simple, delicious and relatively healthy (coconut oil, flax, oat bran, nuts).  A great recipe for times when you crave something sweet and don’t have a lot of time to bake. Ingredients for Brownies with Walnuts 3/4 cup (185 ml) coconut oil or butter 2...

Making Bread!

(Looking for the bread recipe, skip my ramblings and go to the end of the page for the details.) If you'd like to try sourdough, click here to check out the recipe. The sourdough is now my go to bread recipe. Over the years making bread is something I've often...

Easy Pesto Recipe

This is an easy Pesto recipe! Simply toss all of the ingredients in a food processor and process on low speed. A bit of pulsing the contents can help the basil work it's way throughout the mixture a bit more easily too. Easy Pesto Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups (500 ml)...

Sweet and Sour Pork

Preparing Sweet and Sour Pork is easy and the results of the recipe are delicious! Ingredients: 2 tbsp (30 ml) grapeseed or vegetable oil 2 to 4 pork chops, or a pork tenderloin roast sliced into thickness desired or into stew size chunks garlic powder, to taste...

Veggie Lo Mein

My sister Linda introduced me to this Lo Mein dish, and my husband and I love it! The base for the recipe comes from No-Pain Lo Mein by Rachel Ray ... and, of course, I've  made it my own. See below. I've made both Kung Pao Chicken and rice, as well as Sweet and Sour...

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

A delicious and easy to make Coffee Cake for those who enjoy rhubarb. Ingredients for Rhubarb Coffee Cake 1.5 cups (375 ml) flour (white, whole wheat) | Optional: replace  1 tablespoon of flour with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ground flax seed 2 tsp (10 ml) baking powder 1...

Easy Kung Pao Chicken

My sister-in-law, Laura, made Kung Pao Chicken for my father-in-law's birthday dinner. She pointed me to an AllRecipes.com Kung Pao Chicken recipe and from there I created my own rendition of Kung Pao Chicken - and it is delicious! Served with your favourite rice,...

Pesto Chicken Quesadillas

This Pesto Chicken Quesadilla recipe is inspired by the Cactus Club restaurant. A friend took me there for lunch a few weeks back and we shared a salad and their Pesto Chicken Quesadilla with yam fries. YUM!! Afterwards, I was determined to recreate Quesadilla recipe...

Easy Garlic Sour Cream Dip

This is simple dip to make and works with chips, fresh veggies and quesadillas. It also lasts for at least a few days in the fridge. Easy Garlic Sour Cream Dip Ingredients: 2 cups no-fat or low-fat sour cream (works with regular sour cream too) 4 to 10 crushed garlic...

Cajun Chicken Pesto Pasta

This is delicious and easy to prepare cajun chicken and pesto pasta recipe! Flavourful and pretty straightforward to prepare - who would have thought cajun and pesto would go together!! A great dish to make the night after you’ve had a Cajun Caesar Salad --- or the...

Lemon Cheesecake (Lime works too!)

This is a relatively simple lemon cheesecake recipe. It has a creamy, light and flavourful taste that is delicious! Unbelievably good. Truly!! INGREDIENTS - BASE CRUST - 1st LAYER 1 1/4 cups (310 ml) graham wafer or Oreo cookie crumbs 1/4 cup (60 ml) crushed pecans...

Hummus Made Easy

Hummus Made Easy

A simple and tasty hummus made without tahini. Great with cut up pita, fresh veggies, crackers, etc. Ingredients for Hummus: 1 can (19 oz - 540 ml) chickpeas, drained 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup (60 - 80 ml) olive oil 1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini (optional) 3+ garlic cloves, crushed...

Cranberry Maple Baked Chicken

A spicy flavourful chicken dish.  So simple to prepare. The cooking sauce will also work for roasting a whole chicken or pork roast. INGREDIENTS - 2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts kosher or sea salt, to taste black pepper, to taste Cooking Sauce - 1 cup (250 ml)...

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Recently I started making my own Granola after checking out my mother-in-law's recipe and a few others online. My goal was to keep it as healthy as possible and delicious tasting. Here's the result - and it is SO easy. Goes great mixed with plain yogurt or whatever...

Quinoa Vegetable Salad

One of my favourite ways to eat quinoa is cold in a salad. This is a recently discovered favourite after having a lunch with my friend Kathleen Hatley (MyClutterCoach.ca) at the Italian Deli on Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge. (It used to be Crumbs Bakery). After...

Herb Salad Dressing

This salad dressing recipe came about when my good friend Violet Sexsmith visited for lunch a while back. Violet is a phenomenal cook, a trained chef and in more recent years a Vegan. Violet and I worked up the dressing together ... but the combination of dried herbs...

Chocolate Macaroons

Thanks to Fran Beaver for asking about Chocolate Macaroons! These are SO simple to make  ... maybe 15 minutes (at most) to put together and 15 minutes in the oven! Add more sugar if you like them really sweet. INGREDIENTS - 3 egg whites 1/4 cup (60 ml) sugar (or more...

Yummy Mac & Cheese

This dish is more a winter one than a summer one but I pulled it together at the last minute on a busy day. I happened to have cooked ground beef on hand (cooked in the crock pot the day before) and some leftover cooked macaroni noodles in the freezer. I cooked up...

Coleslaw in Seconds

The key to ‘Coleslaw in Seconds’ is buying coleslaw in a bag. INGREDIENTS - 6 cups (1.5 liters) coleslaw (or equal parts grated carrots, green cabbage and red cabbage) 1/4 cup (60 ml) sunflower seeds 1/4  cup (60 ml) craisins or raisins 1 cup (250 ml) apples, diced...