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Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

These Tipsy Cheese & Cherry Crostinis are a perfect summer appetizer!  Made with fresh seasonal cherries and a flavourful Swiss like cheese.

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It’s Cheese of the Month time!  I hope you look forward to this cheesy goodness each month, as much as I do!  I’m really enjoying discovering new Canadian cheeses.  Canada has an amazing range of award-winning cheeses from different regions all across the country, so it’s exciting to be able find new ones and share them with you each month.  Canadian cheese really is the best cheese.

So far through this partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada, I’ve had the chance to feature ‘Heidi’ in a Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam, ‘Dragon’s Breath Blue’ in a Dessert Cheese Plate and ‘Comfort Cream’ in a Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote.  And this month I’m sharing Gunn’s Hill Tipsy Cheese in these Tispy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis!  Dee. Licious.

Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

Tipsy comes from Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese out of Woodstock, Ontario. All of their cheeses are made with milk right from the family dairy farm.  When I first tasted Tipsy Cheese I knew right away this was my favourite thus far.  It’s a mild and creamy cheese with a subtle Merlot flavour.  The Merlot flavour comes from the rind, as Tipsy has been soaked in Palatine Hills Cabernet Merlot for several days, so the rind is so good. So so good.

Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

Because I loved the flavours of the wine and cheese so much, I wanted to preserve them in a recipe.  I wanted to make something that would bring out the true flavours of the cheese, so I decided to make these Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis. And they’re perfect for summer!

Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

I kept things simple and made a cherry balsamic reduction to drizzle all over fresh bread and slices of the Tipsy cheese. And it works.  Oh does it ever.  You get rich and sweet cherry flavours, but you can still taste the creamy cheese with wine undertones.

Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

Tipsy is definitely on my list of favourite cheeses.  I will be packing Tipsy on our next picnic, with crackers and bread…it’s a perfect picnic cheese.

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Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh cherries, cut in half and pits removed
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 block of Gunn's Hill Tipsy Cheese
  • 1 baguette
  • salt & fresh ground pepper
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix together the water and cornstarch.
  2. In a saucepan over low to medium heat, add the halved cherries, water/cornstarch mix, sugar and balsamic vinegar. Cook until the cherries are soft and the juices turn syrupy.

  3. Once the cherries are cooked, set them aside to cool.
  4. Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch slices. If you wish, you can toast the slices or leave them fresh, it's entirely up to you!

  5. Lay the baguette slices out on a serving platter, add slices of the Tipsy Cheese, then add dollops of the cherry mixture to each crostini.
  6. Drizzle with extra cherry syrup, add salt & fresh ground pepper to taste, and garnish with fresh parsley.
  7. Enjoy!

Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

About Gunn’s Hill Tipsy Cheese:

  • Type:  Handcrafted washed rind cow’s milk cheese, modelled after a Swiss cheese.  Soaked in Palatine Hills Cabernet Merlot.
  • Tasting Notes: Mild creamy cheese with lactic and buttery flavours. With an edible rind rich in Merlot flavour.
  • Pairs Well With:  Lighter white wines like Riesling, as well as Lager beers.
  • Location:  Woodstock, Ontario

More Ways to Enjoy Cheese!

Visit Dairy Farmers of Canada for delicious recipes using cheese!

Have a delicious day!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada.  I will be working with Dairy Farmers of Canada over the next year to bring you some delicious recipe ideas that I have created!  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own.  I love cheese. 😉

7 Summer Appetizers!

7 Summer Appetizers to make your summer nights on the patio delicious!

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Ah summer.  The season of easy, dreamy living.  And the time of year when everything tastes better outdoors on the patio, glass of wine in hand. So what better way to enjoy this beautiful season than with a repertoire of delicious summer appetizer recipes? You’re in luck…I’m sharing 7 appetizers that are perfect for summer.  Full of fresh and flavourful summer ingredients.

7 Summer Appetizers

Caramelized Onion, Apple and Brie Flatbread

I’m sharing the recipe for this Caramelized Onion, Apple and Brie Flatbread over on the Kendall-Jackson blog. This is a perfect summer appetizer that you can make on your BBQ!  It’s great as an appie or a light meal as well!

Figs with Ricotta Cheese & Honey

Summer is the best time to find figs around here, making them the perfect fruit for a summer appetizer. This recipe for Figs with Ricotta Cheese & Honey is simple and so delicious!

Cherry & Wine Compote with Goat Cheese

This Cherry & Wine Compote with Goat Cheese is a delicious summer appetizer!  Serve it up with chunks of fresh bread, and enjoy with a glass of wine.  I dare you not to eat the whole thing.  😉

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Tomato Basil Bruschetta is always a summer favourite.  There’s no other time when tomatoes are more plenty, and taste more delicious!  This flavourful and fresh appetizer is a crowd pleaser.

Zucchini Fritters with Tzatziki Sauce

These Zucchini Fritters are a great way to use up zucchini, fresh from the garden!  Double the batch and serve them with Tzatziki sauce.

Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers always disappear from the table faster than any other appetizer! The combination of cheese, olives, pasta, tomatoes and cured meat is so delicious!  These are fun to get creative with too…use your favourite cheese, add fresh basil…the possibilities are endless!

Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels

Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels are a fun appetizer too! I like these because you can make them ahead of time, and make a lot…perfect party food!  And they’re a favourite amongst all ages.

Now nothing left to do but invite your friends and family! Enjoy.

Have a delicious day!

 

Disclosure:  This post has been sponsored by Kendall-Jackson wines!  But as always the pictures, my voice, all content, and opinions are mine alone.  Happy Summer! xo

BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

This BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce is a perfect summer dish!  Easy, healthy and so delicious!

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Summer suppers in our home are all about the BBQ!  Barbequing is so easy when it’s hot out and you don’t feel like cooking over the stove.  Plus the mouth watering flavour that barbequing gives food, just isn’t comparable to anything else.  And the grilling possibilities are endless…burgers, roasted vegetables, side dishes. So many delicious options.

One thing you may not think to grill on the BBQ, is turkey.  Turkey is a perfect grilling protein.  It’s lean, healthy and so versatile.  There are many cuts to choose from including ground meat, legs, drumsticks, thighs, breast steaks, breast rolls, breast roasts, drummettes, wings, sausages, and burgers.  So much deliciousness.  As I’ve said before, turkey is not just for the holidays!

BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

One of our favourite ways to serve turkey from the grill is this BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce.  The brown sugar rub is perfect with the turkey, because it adds so much flavour.  I make a small batch of homemade rub, then generously cover the meat with it so you get a delicious taste of sugar and spice in each bite.  Then we toss the turkey onto the grill and cook it up until it’s juicy and tender.

BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

Once the meat is almost done cooking, we smother it with our favourite BBQ sauce and roast it a little longer…just until the sauce gets nice and sticky!

BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

Then slice it up like a flank steak and enjoy!

BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

Doesn’t that just look scrumptious!  I served our grilled turkey with roasted corn on the cob, fresh radishes, zucchini zoodles and warm bread.  A perfect summer meal.  And ready in about 30 minutes.  So easy.

BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

Just think of the grilling possibilities.  There are so many delicious ways to grill turkey!

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BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

Turkey:

  • 1 turkey breast (approx 2 lbs) (see notes)

BBQ Sauce:

  • your favourite BBQ sauce

Brown Sugar Rub:

  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 - 3 tbsp chili powder
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 racks of back ribs

Instructions

Brown Sugar Rub:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the salt, brown sugar, chili powder and fresh ground pepper.

Prepare the Turkey Breast:

  1. Separate the fillet from the turkey breast. It should remove easily. We do this for ease of BBQ'ing.

  2. Generously rub the tops of both the turkey breast and the fillet with the rub. (as show in the photo above)

BBQ'ing the Turkey Breast:

  1. Preheat your BBQ to high, then, turn down the heat to low/medium.
  2. Add your turkey and roast over the low/medium heat for approximately 20 minutes, (10 minutes on each side), or until the internal temperature measures 165 degrees.  Note:  The fillet will take less time to roast because it is smaller.  It will likely be done in half the time.  Just check it by temperature for doneness.

  3. In the last few minutes, coat the top of the turkey with your favourite BBQ sauce. We like ours to be smothered!
  4. When the turkey is done, remove from heat and let rest under tin foil for a couple of minutes.

Serving the Turkey:

  1. When it is time to serve the turkey, cut the turkey into 3/4 inch slices, cut against the grain.
  2. Serve with cobs of corn, bread and a green vegetable!
  3. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

1 (approx 2 lb) turkey breast will feed our family comfortably.  

Tips for Healthy Grilling:

  • Grill lean and trim the fat.  Using lean cuts of meat with less fat means less flames and smoke on the grill.
  • Infuse flavour into your meats by marinating them with healthy fats like olive oil, adding citrus, beer, wine or vinegar and fresh herbs, spices and rubs.
  • When grilling, go low and slow by grilling over low and medium heat. Cook until a meat thermometer registers 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the meat.
  • Practice food safe habits and refrigerate any foods that are marinating longer than 1/2 hour.
  • Cooking entire meals on the grill will give you juicy meat and tasty vegetables.
  • Grilling your food gets you outside where you can hang out with the family while you cook.

Try More Turkey Recipes:

Answering Your Questions About Turkey:

For more information on using turkey in your every day, visit the Canadian Turkey Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube channel.

Have a delicious day!

Disclosure:  This post has been sponsored by Canadian Turkey.  I am working with Canadian Turkey as a brand ambassador, and over the next year I am excited to bring you some delicious and easy turkey recipes that I have created!  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own.  We just really love turkey over here!

Canada Day Party: Maple Leaf Cookie S’mores

Up your s’more game and make these Canada inspired Maple Leaf Cookie S’mores at your next campfire!

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Here we are at day #5 of Canada Day theme party ideas!  If you missed any ideas, you can see them at the bottom of this post.  They’re all easy, delicious and quick to make…which is perfect for party planning!  It is my hope that you have been inspired to have a fun and tasty Canada day!

Maple Leaf Cookie S'mores

Today I’m sharing a yummy campfire dessert with a Canadian twist, Maple Leaf Cookie S’mores!

Maple Leaf Cookie S'mores

These are SO good, and a nice change from regular s’mores.  Just swap out graham crackers for maple cookies, and milk chocolate for white chocolate.

Maple Leaf Cookie S'mores

Delicious.  But you will need a glass of milk after.  😉

Maple Leaf Cookie S'mores

What you need to make Maple Leaf Cookie S’mores:

  • Maple Leaf Cookies
  • Marshmallows
  • White Chocolate
  • A campfire!

Maple Leaf Cookie S'mores

That’s it.  Sugar overload…but what’s a party without sugar!  Enjoy

Here are more Canada Day Party Ideas!

5 Minute Dessert Kebabs

Make these delicious and fun 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs.  Only 2 ingredients.

Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

These Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon pieces are a simple and fun way to serve this summer treat!  Aren’t they great?

Strawberry Cloud

This Strawberry Cloud is a delicious and light dessert, that’s perfect after a big meal!  Ready in 15 minutes.

Canadian Animal Cupcakes

And how fun are these Canadian Animal Cupcakes?!  Make them with store bought cupcakes!

150 Canadian Songs for your #Canada150 Road Trip!

Going on a road trip?  Here are 150 Canadian Songs for your Canada 150 Road Trip!

 

There you go!  I hope you enjoyed this week full of Canada Day Party ideas!  Have a happy Canada day!

Canada Day Party: Strawberry Cloud

This Strawberry Cloud is a simple & delicious dessert made of whip cream and strawberries!  Takes only 15 minutes to make!

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Hello, I’m so happy you’re here!  Today, I’m sharing another simple and delicious recipe for your Canada Day Party!  So far I’ve shared 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs, and Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon, and today on the menu are these Strawberry Cloud Desserts.  These desserts are super easy to make, and can be made in about 15 minutes or less.  Keeping things simple makes for a much more fun party for the host!  True story.

Strawberry Cloud

These Strawberry Cloud desserts are made with just 4 ingredients…whipping cream, strawberries, vanilla and sugar.  That’s it.  Pretty much all ingredients that people love.  And they are just as light and fluffy as their name suggests!

Strawberry Cloud

I like these because they’re not a heavy dessert which is nice after a big meal!  So when you have a belly full of delicious Canada Day BBQ fare, these cloud desserts are a nice and light after dinner touch.  Just garnish with fresh strawberries and serve.  Oh, and if you’re serving a crowd, feel free to double or triple the recipe.  You can even serve this Strawberry Cloud out of a large serving bowl, and let your guest help themselves.

Strawberry Cloud

Such a simple, light dessert!

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Strawberry Cloud

Servings 6
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

Strawberry Cloud:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Garnish:

  • fresh strawberries

Instructions

  1. In a mixer, whip together the whipping cream, 1 tbsp sugar, and the vanilla. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor blend together the frozen strawberries and 1/2 cup sugar.

  3. Once the strawberries have been blended, fold them in to the whipped cream.

  4. Evenly distribute the dessert between 6 dessert cups.

  5. Add slices of fresh strawberries as a garnish.

  6. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve!

Recipe Notes

You can make this dessert ahead of time.  I like to make it in the early afternoon of the same day that I'm going to serve it. 

Here are more Canada Day Party Ideas!

5 Minute Dessert Kebabs

Make these delicious and fun 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs.  Only 2 ingredients.

Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Make Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon pieces!  Such a simple and fun way to serve this summer treat!

Come back tomorrow for another simple and delicious Canada Day party idea!  Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day Party: Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

For your Canada Day Party, make these Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon pieces!  Such a simple and fun way to serve this summer treat!

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Hello, I’m back again to share another super easy and fun foodie idea for a Canada Day Party!  I made Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon pieces!  These will only take you a few minutes to make which is amazing, and really appreciated when you have a party to prepare.  Not to mention how cute they are.  Sometimes the cutest things are also pretty easy.

Canada Day Party: Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Everyone loves watermelon on a hot summer day, so I thought it would be fun to serve it up in a festive way for a Canada Day Party!  A little different and A LOT of fun.  All you need is a maple leaf shaped cookie cutter (I found mine at Michaels) and you can have the most festive watermelon ever.

How to make Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Slice the watermelon into circle slices about 3/4 of an inch thick, then using your maple leaf cookie cutter, cut out the shapes and add them to a serving platter (cut out as many leaves as you can from each piece).  DONE.  And if you don’t want to waste the outside pieces, just cut them up and add them to a fruit salad!

Canada Day Party: Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Really.  How simple and fun are these?!  Your guests will think you are a super human.  Just don’t tell them you didn’t break a sweat over this task…no one needs to know such things.  😉

Canada Day Party: Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Enjoy!

Here are more Canada Day Party Ideas!

5 Minute Dessert Kebabs

Make these delicious and fun 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs.  Only 2 ingredients.

Come back tomorrow for another fun and easy idea!  Happy Canada Day!

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

Make this Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote as a quick and super delicious appetizer!

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It’s Cheese of the Month time!  This is quickly becoming my favourite time of the month!  Sharing a delicious Canadian cheese is pretty much one of the greatest things ever…cheese is life.

Since I began my partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, I’ve had the chance to feature ‘Heidi’ in a Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam, and Dragon’s Breath Blue in a Dessert Cheese Plate.  This month the feature cheese is Comfort Cream from Upper Canada Cheese Company, a small cheese company that raises a rare herd of Guernsey cows to create all of their cheese.

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

Comfort Cream is a camembert style cheese that is creamy, buttery and so delicious.  It is amazing on its own, but served melted with a sweet and tangy topping, it is ah-mazing.

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

I decided to make a rhubarb compote to pair with the Comfort Cream.  Since it’s June, and we are surrounded by loads of fresh rhubarb, a rhubarb compote seemed like a perfect recipe for this cheese.  I have already harvested all I can from my own rhubarb plant, so I had to scour the neighbourhood for more!  True story.  I put a call out on my personal Facebook page looking for rhubarb, and my neighbours did not disappoint! I’ve now got rhubarb for dayyyyyyyys!

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

So, with rhubarb in hand, I whipped up a quick and delicious compote to bake with the cheese.  And let me tell you, this flavour combination is a match made in heaven.

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

The tart and sweet of the rhubarb compote is THE perfect contrast to the buttery deliciousness of the melted Comfort Cream cheese.  You will be tempted to skip the baguette and just dig in with a spoon. Don’t give in to temptation.  I sure didn’t.  😉

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

And in case you were wondering…Comfort Cream is in fact, as creamy and amazing as the name suggests.

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Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 1 wheel of Canadian Camembert , Comfort Cream

Rhubarb Compote:

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp Cointreau

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan over low to medium heat, add the chopped fresh rhubarb and sugar.
  3. Cook until the rhubarb mixture is the texture of a soft jam, about 10-15 minutes.

  4. Stir in the cointreau and cook for about 1 more minute.
  5. Remove from the heat, and set aside to cool slightly.
  6. Place the Camembert cheese in a brie baker.
  7. Add a generous amount of the rhubarb compote to the top of the cheese wheel.
  8. Cover and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is as soft as you would like it.
  9. Serve warm with crackers or chunks of fresh baguette.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of rhubarb compote.  You will have a lot left over, but you can enjoy it on toast or vanilla ice cream!

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

About Comfort Cream:

  • Type:  Camembert Style Soft Cheese
  • Tasting Notes:  Continues to ripen with age.  With flavours of fresh truffles. And a buttery, tangy finish.
  • Pairs Well With:  A mellow red wine, such as a Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, dry sparkling wine or ciders.
  • Location:  Beautiful Niagara Escarpment region of Ontario

More Ways to Enjoy Cheese!

Visit Dairy Farmers of Canada for delicious recipes using cheese!

Have a delicious day!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada.  I will be working with Dairy Farmers of Canada over the next year to bring you some delicious recipe ideas that I have created!  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own.  I love cheese. 😉