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. – – – – – – – 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 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 […]

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5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

Getting together with friends and family over food, has never been easier!  Here are 5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ! – – – – – – I think it’s obvious that I love to cook and bake, but at the same time I’m the first person to admit that there are times when it’s just nice to buy things that are ready to go.  This is especially true for last minute gatherings with friends and family…impromptu BBQ’s on summer nights are the best.  So I gathered some friends together for a BBQ and we tried out some of President’s Choice new Canadiana themed food from the PC Insider’s Collection! Here are 5 tips to make these last minute get togethers fun and stress free! 1.  Buy everything that you can Sometimes it’s just nice, and necessary, to buy everything that you need to host a BBQ with friends.  It takes the load off and means that you don’t have to spend the day in the kitchen preparing dinner!  We bought premade burgers, smokies, chips, buns, drinks dessert and Maple Marshmallow s’more ingredients!  I did make a pasta salad, but only because I wanted to! For this BBQ we tried […]

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7 Summer Appetizers!

7 Summer Appetizers to make your summer nights on the patio delicious! – – – – – 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 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! 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! 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 is always a summer favourite.  There’s no other time […]

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9 Movies to Binge Watch on Netflix this Summer!

Looking for movies to entertain yourself this summer?  Here are 9 Movies to Binge Watch on Netflix this Summer! – – – – – – Summer is here, and man am I ever happy about it!  No more soccer, rugby, exams and car pooling…just free time, sleeping in, camping, beach time and plenty of time to binge watch movies!  Summer bliss. While we don’t watch a tonne of TV in the summer, especially during the day because we’re busy, but there’s nothing like sitting down to watch a movie after a full day.  It’s one of my favourite ways to wind down after a busy day. So I am pretty happy to see some of my most favourite old movies are on Netflix…I’ve got plenty to watch this summer!   The Notebook A classic.  This is one of my most favourite love stories of all time…sigh. Legends of the Fall Remember this movie?!  A throwback to 1994…and when I really truly fell in love with Brad Pitt.  That hair though. Last of the Mohicans This was one of my favourite movies of the 90’s!  I can’t wait to watch this one with my teens this summer. Romeo & Juliet (1996) […]

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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! – – – – – – 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! 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 […]

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What’s For Dinner? Canada Day Edition

What’s For Dinner?  Let’s have dinner, Canada Day style.  This week it’s all about maple! – – – – – – It’s time again for What’s For Dinner!  Since it’s almost time to celebrate Canada Day, I thought it would be timely to post a dinner menu with a Canadian twist!  It just so happens that I have a few recipes with maple syrup as an ingredient, so what better time than now, for a menu like this! Canada Day Inspired Menu Main Dish:  Lemon and Maple Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner Side Salad: Green Salad with Maple Vinaigrette Dessert:  Maple Cream Tarts Make this Lemon and Maple Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner in less than one hour.  And if you feel like BBQ’ing, you can make this dish in a tin foil pocket on the BBQ.  Or if you feel really adventurous, cook it right on the grill.  Healthy and delicious! This Green Salad with Maple Vinaigrette is one of those hidden gem recipes on my blog.  The vinaigrette is SO good. It’s amazing with tender greens, nuts, goat cheese and fresh mango. Pairs perfectly with roasted salmon! These Maple Cream Tarts are a delicious dessert!  With a creamy maple filling made with Quebec maple […]

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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! – – – – – – 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! Today I’m sharing a yummy campfire dessert with a Canadian twist, 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. Delicious.  But you will need a glass of milk after.  😉 What you need to make Maple Leaf Cookie S’mores: Maple Leaf Cookies Marshmallows White Chocolate A campfire! That’s it.  Sugar overload…but what’s a party without sugar!  Enjoy Here are more Canada Day Party Ideas! Make these delicious and fun 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs.  Only 2 ingredients. These Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon pieces are a simple and fun way to serve this summer treat!  Aren’t they great? This Strawberry Cloud is a delicious and light dessert, that’s […]

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