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!

It takes just four ingredients… Four. Ingredients! Continue reading

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

Classic Lasagna!

3Classic Lasagna

There is nothing like a good classic lasagna for supper, so today I am sharing my number one lasagna recipe with you! Now don’t be scared away by the “made with 5 cheeses” bit…. Any “one” type of cheese will work! I just love, love, love cheese and always have at least 10 different kinds in my fridge — and no, I’m not kidding!

All you need is:

  • 1 package of Ground Beef
  • 1 chopped, medium-sized onion
  • 1 cup of chopped mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 dashes of Hot Sauce
  • 1 can of diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can of your favorite type of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tub of Cottage Cheese
  • 1 tub of Ricotta Cheese (Optional)
  • 2 Cups of shredded cheese (Mozzarella and/or Cheddar)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
  • 1/2 tsp of crushed Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp of Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp of Thyme
  • 1 pinch each, of Salt & Pepper
  • 1 box of Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles

Step One: In a large skillet or frying pan, add ground beef, mushrooms, onions, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high for about seven to ten minutes, or until fully cooked and then drain.

Step Two: Add diced tomatoes, hot sauce, tomato sauce, crushed garlic and the oregano and thyme to the ground beef mixture. Simmer on medium heat for about ten minutes. (Don’t worry about draining the diced tomatoes, the extra juice will help the noodles cook!)

Step Three: Layer the bottom of your casserole dish with a single layer or noodles. I typically use a 8″ x 11″ casserole dish, but if you wanted to make two smaller square sized lasagna’s, that works too! (This is great for smaller sized families, because you can eat one lasagna and freeze the other one for another night!)

Step Four: Cover the single layer of noodles with about half of the ground beef-sauce mixture. Make sure that the noodles are fully covered, and then lay down another single layer of noodles.

Step Five: Spread the whole tub of cottage cheese over the second layer of noodles, and then cover the layer of cottage cheese with a layer of ricotta cheese…. Mmm!

Step Six: Place another layer of noodles down over the cottage cheese/ricotta cheese layer, and then cover the noodles with the remainder or the ground beef-sauce mixture.

Step Seven: Sprinkle the two cups of shredded cheese on top of everything, and then sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese.

Step Eight: Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking for a crispier top.

Step Nine: Let stand for five minutes, serve, and enjoy! 🙂

 

Cranberry Brie Appetizer

5Whether entertaining over the holidays, or during any time of the year, this Cranberry Brie appetizer is the perfect dish!

What you need:

1 wheel of Brie Cheese

1 cup of frozen Cranberries

1 Tbsp of Margarine or Butter

2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar

1/4 cup of chopped Almonds or Walnuts (Optional!)

1/8 cup of Kahlua (Optional!)

In a sauce pan, melt the butter, add the cranberries and simmer until the cranberries are soft. Stir in the brown sugar and Kahlua. Let simmer until the mixture is thickened…. for approximately 10 minutes. Remember the mixture will thicken as it sits, as well. Remove from heat and stir in the nuts of your choice.

Slice off the top of the brie cheese wheel, but leave it in place. Next, place the brie cheese wheel in tin foil, (this makes it easier to transfer out of the oven and onto a serving tray). Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the brie cheese wheel from the oven and place it onto a serving tray. Then, remove the top of the Brie cheese wheel, and place the cranberry mixture on top. Serve with crackers and enjoy!

If you are looking for another yummy appetizer to make, check out this amazing 3 Ingredient Crab Dip…. Its my fav!!!!