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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Meaty Coconut Kale Soup



Our daughter loves soup. Particularly pureed soups. But today I decided to take a chance on a chunky, meaty soup with chopped kale.

I was fairly certain that she would spit out the kale. Even chopped relatively small, it has a particular texture that doesn't fare well with 18 month old children. The other thing I wasn't sure about was the ground meat in the soup. Our daughter likes meat, but I wasn't sure she would like having to chew a lot while eating the soup. Lastly, the red pepper flakes. Our daughter loves food with good flavour, and I wanted to add enough to bring good depth of flavour without actually making the soup spicy. (If it was just me eating it however, I would have added more).

On the other hand, I knew the chunks of potato would be a hit. And the rich and creamy coconut milk I figured would be a no brainer.

Given all of this though, I really wasn't sure how this soup would be received in our household. So I made the soup, crossed my fingers, and hoped for the best.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cheesy Sourdough Bread



So at dinner last weekend, my sister started talking about her favorite grocery store sourdough cheese bread and how good it was. However, she said that not every grocery store in the chain seemed to make it the same way and she was often disappointed by the lack of cheese. The best she said, was the one that not only has cheese melted on top of the bread, but also has cheese melted throughout. Yes, that's the most important part about this bread-- lots and lots of cheese.

As she talked about it, I mentioned that I have a sourdough starter in my kitchen and could make her some sourdough cheese bread. And since my sister is about 6 months pregnant, I figured it wasn't really fair to talk about this bread, then no somehow produce her some.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Baked Egg Frittata with Sausage, Feta and Sundried Tomatoes


So I am in love with The Pampered Chef stoneware. This has nothing to do with the fact that I just started as a consultant for The Pampered Chef (www.pamperedchef.biz/heathergiraud) and everything to do with the fact that I LOVE this stoneware for everything! I have no idea why it took me so long to get myself some! Everything that I cook on it turns out awesome--- evenly cooked and browned-- and the more I use it, the better it gets. Plus, I use them for sweet and savory and the stoneware doesn't retain any flavors or smells!

One of my favorite things to cook on my stoneware is an egg frittata. It's perfect for brunch and so easy to make! You just cannot go wrong with this dish. You can modify it to suit your tastes-- remove the feta and add a different type of cheese, add some sauteed onions, remove the sausage and add bacon or ham. It all works. Oh, and did I mention that it sure is impressive when it comes out of the oven :) Yum yum!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Festive Cranberry Orange Cream Cheese Dip


So, as you can see, I have been missing in action for the last few months. Doesn't mean I haven't been cooking, but it means that life has been crazy!

But, here I am, ready to post this fantastic, very festive appetizer. It's festive because of the cranberries so would be a great addition to an Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas menu, but really, you could serve it all year round :)

It's so easy to make and it just gets better with age, so make it ahead of time and take the stress out of entertaining! The flavours are so fresh, but the ginger, jalepeno, cilantro and citrus juices just give this appetizer extra depth. Oh, and served alongside a block of cream cheese? To die for!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Red Curry Chicken Drumsticks


I don't usually buy drumsticks. I love chicken, but would prefer to buy them whole or if I buy pieces, I prefer the wings or the thighs. That has all changed.

We recently had chicken wings for dinner. As usual, I proceeded to take off some of the meat to give to my 1 year old daughter. This time, however, she was insistent on having a wing too. So, I cut off the drummette and gave it to her. She loved it. So much in fact that she completely cleaned the bone!

Curious to see if this enthusiasm would continue, the next day, I bought a package of chicken drumsticks and made these Red Curry Chicken Drumsticks. I wanted to see if my daughter would like eating off the bone as much as she had the previous day. To my surprise, my daughter happily ate 3 of them! It seems that she likes food with a little kick, and she loves holding the drumstick and eating off of it.

Since that time, I have tried other marinades for drumsticks and I have not been disappointed. My daughter has enjoyed all of them. So I guess I will be buying packs of drumsticks more frequently!