Four Ingredient Gourmet Burgers (The quick and tasty burger hack!)

Four Ingredient Gourmet Burgers! (The quick and tasty burger hack, that you need to know about!)

BBQ season is among us! Woohoo!

One of my favorite summer dinners is a good old-fashioned homemade burger! I’ve really been working on perfecting my burger recipe for years and years… And let me tell you, this burger is packed with flavor! It looks and tastes just like a gourmet burger!

But unlike your usual gourmet burger, this one is extremely quick and easy to prepare, and I mean… Extremely. Easy!

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Salmon Stir Fry (Super quick and super tasty!)

Salmon Stir-Fry (Super quick, and super tasty!)

This Salmon Stir-Fry was devised because I am always trying to come up with really easy and fast recipes, that still have a slight twist of gourmet, for my family and I. This is one of my favorites, that has pretty much been perfected by now!

It only takes four ingredients, and about roughly fifteen to twenty minutes to put together. Continue reading

Quick and Easy Pie Crust (made without eggs!)

Every once in a while, when I’m baking dinner, I decide to make something that requires a pie crust… Of course, I don’t always meal plan like I should, so I sometimes end up in a kind of tight spot!

The other night I wanted to make my yummy quiche recipe, which can be made with or without crust, but I was really in the mood for some crust!

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Creamy Mushroom Steak Sauce

With BBQ season just around the corner, (or if you live in Chatham, Ontario – it’s already started this year in mid-February – what the what??!), I thought that I would share one of my favorite BBQ season recipes with you: Creamy Mushroom Steak Sauce! Continue reading

How to get Perfect, Crispy, Bread Crumb Batter!

Have you ever been to a cooking class before?! I’ve been to a couple now that are held at The Great Canadian Superstore, and they have been great!

One of these cooking classes is where I finally learned how to properly batter something in bread crumbs and I’m about to share the very simple and easy process with you!

I’ve used pork chops here in my example, but really you could use anything! Fish, mushrooms, pickles… Cheese!

All you need are these three items (plus whatever it is that you plan on battering!)…

Eggs.

Flour.

Bread Crumbs.

Depending on how much I have to batter, I usually start with three or four eggs, and add more as I need it.

I also like to use bowls that are about the same size as whatever I am battering. You will need 3 bowls, total!

I beat my eggs in one bowl, and leave them in there. In another bowl, I start off with about one cup of flour, and again, just add more as I need it. In the third bowl is where I put my bread crumb mixture. For these pork chops, I used Panko with Italian flavored seasoning, but you can use whatever is your favorite!

The first step, is to dip it in the flour and make sure it is fully covered.

Next, you take it, and dip it in the egg, making sure that the flour is fully saturated.

Then, finally, you roll it in the bread crumbs!

So, repeat after me… Step one, flour. Step two, egg. Step three, bread crumbs. So simple, right?!

Now here’s the kicker… If you are like me, and love extra, extra crispiness, then you are going to do this. Flour, egg, bread crumbs…

Egg…

Breadcrumbs.

And if you want even more crispiness, just continue with egg, bread crumbs… egg, bread crumbs.

It’s really that easy, and it’s really that delicious! Go on, give it a try, and let me know how you like it!

 

SPINACH, MUSHROOM & ARTICHOKE DIP

I don’t know about you, but whenever I eat a nice dinner out somewhere and my husband asks me what I’d like for an appetizer, I always, always, always choose spinach dip! It is hands-down, my all-time fav!

Although I love a good spinach dip, I don’t always feel like going out for dinner to have it…

This got me a’thinkin’ again… Why don’t I just create my own delicious spinach dip recipe so I can make it at home, whenever I like!

So here we go!

(Psst! This recipe will make one large dip, or two smaller dips – one for now and one for later!)

Ingredients that you will need:

  • 8 oz of Cream Cheese
  • ½ cup of Mayo
  • ½ cup of grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ¾ cups of grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups of chopped Spinach
  • 6 oz of chopped Artichokes
  • 1 small finely diced Onion
  • 4 large finely diced White Mushrooms    
  • 4 dashes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp of Margarine or Butter
  • ¼ Tsp of crushed Garlic
  • ¼ Tsp of Salt
  • ¼ Tsp of Black Pepper           

Instructions to follow:

Step One: In a medium sized frying pan, sauté the mushrooms, onions and garlic in the margarine or butter, over medium heat, for about 5 minutes. Then add in the spinach and continue sautéing for another 3 to 5 minutes.

Step Two: While your mushrooms, onions, garlic and spinach are sautéing, soften the cream cheese in a large bowl. I find forty seconds in the microwave usually works perfect!

Step Three: Add the mayo, parmesan cheese, artichokes, hot sauce, salt and pepper to the cream cheese mixture, and mix well.

Step Four: Combine the sautéed mixture with the cream cheese mixture.

Step Five: Split the mixture into two small baking dishes or one large baking dish, and cover the top with the cheddar cheese.

Step Six: Cover with tin foil and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step Seven: Serve with Tostito’s chips or your favorite crackers… and enjoy!

HONEY APPLE ROASTED HAM (a very quick and easy, delicious recipe!)

Usually I remember to make supper — but sometimes I just get so busy that I forget to take out meat to thaw, and I end up in a pinch! This is why I have been trying to come up with more quick and easy recipes, that don’t have to sacrifice flavor!

I’ve really been trying to keep my freezer stocked up with a variety of frozen meats, beef, pork, chicken, and with emergency frozen vegetables as well… corn, peas and carrots, etc.

Lately, every time that I am at the grocery store, I try to remember to grab a couple of hams to throw in there, because; 1. They are usually pre-cooked so they cook up really quickly, and 2. If you are like me, and always forget to take meat out of the freezer so that it can be thawed in time for supper, you can easily defrost it in a bowl of cold water.

So the other night, I realized that I of course, forgot to take something out of the freezer for supper, and instead of having a full-on panic attack, I instead ran out to the deep freeze in the garage and pulled out a ham… Whew — Crisis averted!

And well, that brings us to this new and exciting, super easy and quick ham recipe…

What you’ll need:

  • Honey (about ½ a cup)
  • Apple Juice (1 juice box – yep, I said juice box… I am a busy mom!)
  • Pepper (just a sprinkle for extra flavor)
  • Ham

Step One: Slice the ham up so that it is about ¼” thick, and then put the ham into a casserole baking dish.

Step Two: Pour the box of apple juice over the ham.

Step Three: Pour the honey over the ham, and then sprinkle on the pepper on top.

Step Four: Cover and bake in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

Step Five: Serve and enjoy!

Psst! Looking for the perfect side dish to go with your ham?! Check out my yummy Double Baked Loaded Potatoes!

 

Six Amazing Things To Do With Left-Over Mashed Potatoes!

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Doesn’t almost every traditional family dinner end up serving one of the most classic dishes, mashed potatoes, for almost every holiday?! I mean, think about it… you have Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and more! And if you are anything like my family and I, you always make extra because you don’t want anyone to end up hungry, and also, because you just never know who might end up stopping by!

We always end up with a LOT of left-over mashed potatoes. And yes, you can heat them up with left-over gravy for lunch or supper the next day and they still taste fantastic… but, boring! Total yawn!

Umm… One of my most favorite things to do is to actually make a mashed potato poutine! Mmm…. So good! Just throw a little cheese and gravy on your mashed potatoes, and you are good to go! And yes – Somebody always rolls their eyes at me when I do this! Although this is like the best idea ever, there are actually, so many more things that you can do with left-over mashed potatoes!

Since my family doesn’t share the same feelings as I do for mashed potato poutines, I decided to compile this list of six amazing things to do with left-over mashed potatoes! I found these recipes on Pinterest, and let me tell you… they are amazing and definitely not even close to being boring!

Mashed Potato Puffs devised by The Cooking Jar

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Mashed Potato Soup devised by The Yummy Life

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Potato Pierogi Pizza devised by Potato Goodness

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Homemade Gnocchi devised by The Art of Doing Stuff

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Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes devised by Just A Taste

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Shepard’s Pie devised by The Project Pile (This one is my very own recipe… It’s really easy to prepare and you can use fresh veggies if you like, or frozen work great too! It’s perfect for busy mom’s or dad’s on the go!)

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Hey! Did you know that you can actually make mashed potatoes in your crock pot?! The Creek Line House has really easy-to-follow instructions, and you can get them right, here!

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