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Sweet Chili Shrimp

Sweet Chili Shrimp

Sweet and spicy seafood

Posted on December 02, 2015
Sweet Chili Shrimp is a great appetizer or meal, depending how you serve them. These little guys surprise the palate with their initial sweetness, then kick it in to high gear, finishing with a little fire. Ooooh, I am on fire describing these shrimpies aren't I? When I help with photo and video shoots at work, I love ensuring the food is good enough to eat afterwards. We wanted something colorful and tasty looking for a new accessory that we're working on, and I created quite the ticket with these shrimp. With the sauce and their cooked to pink perfection, they looked great on film, and when we were done everyone got to enjoy a taste. 
Posted in: Seafood
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Sweet Potato Flower

Sweet Potato Flower

Quite the tasty looking dish

Posted on November 17, 2015
This Sweet Potato Flower is as pretty to look at as it is tasty. A little fiddly to make, but well worth it when people are in awe of your grilling prowess. I thought of this recipe because I already had mashed potatoes and mashed turnip on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner. I just couldn't do another mashed dish. Instead I created something that was both visually stunning and pretty dang tasty if you happen to enjoy sweet potato. 
Posted in: Veggie & Fruit
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Green Beans

Green Beans

With Bacon, Butter & Maple

Posted on November 17, 2015
I really enjoyed the way the green beans turned out in my recipe for Maple Glazed Duck Breasts. Adding bacon seemed like a logical next step. And even better, I had the Peppercorn and Maple Bacon that I recently made. Green Beans With Bacon, Butter & Maple turned out to be a fantastic side to go with Thanksgiving Dinner. Even better, this recipe is also gluten free, making it a great side dish if you have guests with dietary needs. 
Posted in: Veggie & Fruit
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Spaghetti À La Vodka

Spaghetti À La Vodka

A delicious vodka cream sauce

Posted on November 10, 2015
Many years ago, I went on a girl's weekend and had the pleasure of trying some pasta in a vodka cream sauce. I haven't seen it on a menu in years, until recently I spotted an article about it somewhere. I suddenly had a craving. Conveniently, we had just gotten back from our trip to Prince Edward County, and had procured a bottle of 66 Distillery Rye Vodka, which went perfectly into my Spaghetti À La Vodka. This pasta dish is filling, rich, creamy, and a little tomato-y too. The chicken adds a smoky flavor to the whole dish, and when you taste it, you will fall in love. 
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Cider Brined Pork

Cider Brined Pork

With Cider Sauce

Posted on November 04, 2015
I was going to throw my pork tenderloin into the crock pot and have some Slow Cooked Sake Pork. However my loving husband wrapped the loin straight instead of curled around itself and it wouldn't fit into the crock pot! Needless to say we had something else for dinner that night, but I did come up with a nifty recipe to have the next night! 

Like I mentioned in my Cider Donut recipe, we're obsessed with Angry Orchard Cider right now. So while rifling about in the fridge for something I could do to my tenderloin to make it tastier, my eyes alighted on the Angry Orchard Cider I had. Thus Cider Brined Pork was devised. 

Posted in: Pork
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Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts

With Cinnamon Sugar Dust

Posted on November 03, 2015
National Donut day is coming fast, and you can't celebrate without having donuts. As we're currently obsessed with Angry Orchard Apple Cider, Apple Cider Donuts seemed like the next, perfectly logical step. Like my first attempt at Homemade Donuts, I made these for us, and a couple friends, this time, there was only one left. 

These donuts are slightly cakey, but fried and crunchy on the outside with a light fluffy interior that reminds me of those tiny donuts that you get in the mall. You know the ones. I tossed them in a cinnamon and sugar mixture, mostly because I ran out of time to do a glaze, but it worked out really well, giving a little extra texture to these delicious donuts.

Posted in: Desserts
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Maple Walnut Apple Crisp

Maple Walnut Apple Crisp

Sweet Autumn Dessert

Posted on October 27, 2015
I found honey crisp apples in the grocery, they were beyond gigantic. I mean I have a teacup that holds 2 cups and they were bigger than that. I bought these apples for a different recipe, but wound up with more apple innards then I knew what to do with. So I made Maple Walnut Apple Crisp. Sweet, overloaded with syrup and cinnamon, crunchy walnut bits everywhere. Top that with cream cheese icing, yogurt, or whipped cream and you have a dessert made in Autumn Heaven. 
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Grilled Haddock

Grilled Haddock

With Spicy Rice

Posted on October 21, 2015
One evening the husband and I were driving through a shopping center, and we saw that there was a Nando's going in. He waxed poetic about their rice and how amazing it was. I knew that I needed to find a way to make it for him. If you're not familiar, Piri-Piri is the name of the game with Nando's dishes. So I set about gathering the spices that would bring that kind of flavor. That is how the recipe for Grilled Haddock With Spicy Rice was born. 

This turned out a little warmer than I had intended, but the scent was just amazing. A huge plate of veggie laden rice, topped with a perfectly grilled haddock fillet that is smothered in garlic, butter and more piri-piri spice. The husband and I were in flavor heaven. Try this and you will be too. 
Posted in: Seafood
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Peppercorn Crusted Steak

Peppercorn Crusted Steak

With Buffalo Milk Cheese

Posted on October 21, 2015
I am a huge believer in letting quality steak speak for itself. Simply seasoning a steak with pepper and salt, allows the beef to shine. That's why I made Peppercorn Crusted Steak With Buffalo Milk Cheese. Topping the steaks with this fragrant, creamy cheese was a flavor match made in heaven. 

When I visited Prince Edward County for a photography class last month, I had the intense pleasure of visiting some incredible cheese shoppes too. One such was Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. who had a cheese called "Where the Buffalo Roam". Made with local water buffalo milk, a higher fat content and oh so creamy delicious, this cheese is aged for a month, then washed in Chardonnay! It's like butter on the tongue, creamy, and slightly cheddar-y. Pairing it with the subtle flavors of beef and crushed peppercorns was probably the most genius thing I had done all week. 
Posted in: Beef
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Grilled Beef Wellington

Grilled Beef Wellington

Beef Was Never So Good

Posted on October 07, 2015
I've been wanting to try making Grilled Beef Wellingtons for a very long time. Like since I started this blog. But time, bravery, money, there were a lot of factors that prevented me from just doing it. This Thanksgiving, however, I wanted to do something  different, special, spectacular. This is my first time hosting Thanksgiving for the family, they deserve it after helping my husband and I into the new house. So, emboldened by my incredible kitchen, and with uber support from everyone, I did it. 

Wellingtons are expensive. Beef is getting more and more pricy, and tenderloin is through the roof. But if you're going to do this, you want to spend the money on quality. It is worth it. This meal shut the mouths of 8 people. They were so in awe of the flavors, I can't believe how speechless they were. Among these guests was my younger sister. If she is telling you about something, there is no stopping her! This did. 

You want to impress? Make this. It's not nearly as scary as you would think. I did not make up the recipe, but instead gained inspiration from Chef Gordon Ramsay's infamous recipe. You know the one. I took a few liberties when it came to the preparation, but followed his guidelines. He's actually a great teacher. 
Posted in: Beef
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