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Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce ~ Plus a Rhubarb Recipe Roundup!

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce ~ Plus a Rhubarb Recipe Roundup!

If you follow along, you know that I have written about rhubarb before; and as long as I can remember we had rhubarb growing on my parent’s acreage and my mom would use it to make cakes, sauces and then give the rest away. Now that I am all grown up and on my own, living in the city without a rhubarb plant, I am lucky to be one of those people that my mom gives rhubarb to! I thought a good way to bring Spring in would be to share the rhubarb recipes I have created over the years – plus one new one – rhubarb barbecue sauce! 

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

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Cheesy Grilled Corn Mini Tarts

Cheesy Grilled Corn Mini Tarts

So as you may have noticed, if you’ve been following along, I recently have been working on some corn recipes. I made a batch of corn chowder and delicious shrimp and corn foil packs and now I have these tasty cheesy grilled corn mini tarts to share. These bite sized corn tarts are a great appetizer and are kind of ridiculous how good they really are! Once you pick one up, it’s hard to stop! The sweet corn balanced with the acidic tomatoes and then all baked in cheese?! Yeah, I had a few of these all to myself! 

Cheesy Grilled Corn Mini Tarts

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Slow Cooker Curry Chicken – A Winter Warmer

Slow Cooker Curry Chicken – A Winter Warmer

It’s still winter and it’s still kind of cold out. This winter hasn’t been too terribly bad, but still a few cold spells that require good bowls of warm foods, just like this slow cooker curry chicken. I enjoy curry and coconut flavours together and like adding in any variety of vegetables to increase that veggie intake. This recipe was made to warm us up and it did just that! With just enough heat from the curry to take the edge off, the sweet coconut balanced everything out. 

Slow Cooker Curry Chicken

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Slow-Cooked Bolognese Sauce

Slow-Cooked Bolognese Sauce

I made this recipe a few times and soon realized that it needed to be put on the blog. For one, I really want to share the goodness with all of you! And second, the piece of recipe paper that I am using to create this is getting pretty gross; full of food droppings, crumpled edges and smudged words. It’s time to type out the slow-cooked bolognese sauce!

slow-cooked bolognese

If you are looking for a quick and easy sauce to make, this isn’t the recipe for you. I have other pasta recipes that don’t require as much time or prep. This recipe takes a bit of prep work and also has to slow cook in the oven for 3 – 4 hours. But it is so amazing, you’ll never want to make a quick sauce again! Especially if you have enough left over to freeze batches! 

slow-cooked bolognese

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IPA Simple Syrup Grapefruit Cocktail

IPA Simple Syrup Grapefruit Cocktail

I really like craft beer, in case you didn’t know that about me already! My favourite characteristic of craft beer is that the ingredients are usually hand selected, specifically picked to create a certain flavour characteristic. This end goal flavour characteristic is what brings me back to trying new craft beers all the time. One ingredient in beer is hops. Hops will give beer that bitter taste but also can add a level of citrus, floral, herbal or grassy type of flavour. There are over 80 varieties of hops, each bringing their own flavour profile; which brings me back to why I love craft beer so much; the selection of ingredients is so well thought out! A lot of love goes into a batch of craft beer! Now, back to the hops; hops are in a lot of beers, but they really stand out in India Pale Ales, or otherwise known as IPAs. Today I am reviewing the Green Magic IPA from Dead Frog Brewing – a brewery that I have tried many beers from. Bravo and Mosaic hops are used in the Green Magic IPA, giving it a citrus flavour profile. When I tasted this beer, the first thing I really noticed was grapefruit rind flavours. I’ve been wanting to make an IPA Simple Syrup for a while now, and after tasting this beer, I knew this was the one! And then using grapefruit juice and vodka with the IPA simple syrup to make a cocktail just seemed like it would be a winning cocktail! Let’s get right into the beer review and recipe! 

IPA Simple Syrup

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#FoodBloggerLove – Hershey’s Caramel Kisses Slutty Brownies

#FoodBloggerLove – Hershey’s Caramel Kisses Slutty Brownies

Today’s Hershey’s Caramel Kisses Slutty Brownies post is special; special because I am lucky to participate in the #FoodBloggerLove campaign! So this is what happens: Food bloggers from all over sign up to be a part of the campaign, and then we are assigned another awesome food blogger, in which we can recreate one of their recipes and share their awesomeness with all of you! If this is of interest to you, check out the Facebook page and you can join next year!

I was assigned with Katie Cakes, a professional baker who blogs about all of her delicious, sweet baked goods!!! Katie also runs her own cupcake shop, Pet Lamb Patisserie, with her best friend in the United Kingdom! If you have been following along with my blog, you know that I am not much of a baker; so this is super exciting (and a tad scary) for me to try out one of these baked treats! I could have gone the easy route, and recreated one of her cocktails, or savoury recipes… but I wanted to honour her properly by recreating something from her own profession – so fire up the oven and bring out the cake pans! Chews and Brews is going to bake! 

Hershey's Caramel Kisses Slutty Brownies

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Shrimp and Corn Foil Packets

Shrimp and Corn Foil Packets

When it was still corn season I was working hard to use up the huge bag of corn we bought from a “street” vendor and I ended up trying to recreate a southern crawfish boil type of dish. Living in Alberta, we don’t exactly have access to a lot of crawfish, if any, so I used shrimp. You can make these shrimp and corn foil packets anywhere; in the oven, on the barbecue or over the campfire. For this specific recipe I used the barbecue, but I know I am taking this recipe with me camping! Very easy to make and has great flavours! For the cajun seasoning I used Slap Ya Mamma seasoning that I picked up while in New Orleans. If you don’t have cajun seasoning on hand, you can make your own

Shrimp and Corn Foil Packs

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Chestnut Ale Turkey Chili

Chestnut Ale Turkey Chili

For 2017 I am changing the way I review craft beers. What I will do is continue to enjoy craft beers and post my reviews on my Instagram feed, and then once a month I will select one beer to review for Chews and Brews, and also use it in a recipe! That way if you aren’t totally a beer drinker, you are still getting a recipe out of the weekly post from me, and if you are a beer drinker, you are getting a beer review AND recipe! Plus I love cooking with beer, so it’s a win-win all over! For January, I am using one of my all time favourite fall-winter beers and making a chestnut ale turkey chili. It was hard for me to use my favourite beer in a recipe (and not drink it), but I am so pleased with the results!

Chestnut Ale Turkey Chili

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