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Guacamole ~ Quick and Easy!

Guacamole ~ Quick and Easy!

Guacamole is crazy easy to make; I make it all the time in minutes and it tastes amazing with chips, on a burger, or stuffed in chicken. Usually I make guacamole just for chip dipping, but this batch is for my guacamole stuffed chicken! You only need five ingredients to make a tasty guacamole, and it is ready literally in minutes. But if you make it and let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours (if you can wait that long; I know I rarely can!), then it tastes even better! 

Guacamole

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Grilled Ham and Cheese Bites

Grilled Ham and Cheese Bites

A lot of the time my inspiration to create a recipe comes from looking at leftovers in the fridge; much like these grilled ham and cheese bites. I had half a tub of cream cheese, half a package of prosciutto ham and half a baguette to use up. Yes, these grilled ham and cheese bites are a bit different than your standard grilled cheese sandwich! They are a little more on the creamy side from the cream cheese and salty from the prosciutto; and they are a great appetizer idea – maybe for a party you might be planning! 

Prosciutto is kind of like an Italian bacon. It is a cured ham that is salty and tastes amazing wrapped on things like pork loin, turkey breast, cantaloupe or asparagus; or slice it up and add it to roasting Brussels sprouts. That’s actually why I have left over prosciutto – I used it to add salt, fat and flavour to roasted Brussels sprouts. You could alternatively use up some of that leftover Christmas or New Year’s ham you might have in your fridge!  

Cream cheese is a mild, creamy cheese and usually I like a really sharp cheddar for my grilled cheese; but I didn’t want to take away from the prosciutto here, so the cream cheese worked really well for that!

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Christmas Dinner Ideas

Christmas Dinner Ideas

I’ve hosted Christmas dinner a few times now and love it every time! But when I tell people I am hosting, I hear groans and “Oh sorry to hear that!”, like I’ve caught some incurable plague or something. It turns out, not everyone loves entertaining and cooking, and some actually find it frightening to be responsible for cooking Christmas dinner! If you are reading this and nodding your head yes, then keep reading! This post is packed full of ideas for Christmas dinner!

Christmas Dinner

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Fabulous Fall Foods

Fabulous Fall Foods

Surprise post! I hadn’t planned on posting anything until I am back from my trip to Peru (less than 20 days away now!) but I got inspired by all the other food bloggers out there posting all their fabulous fall foods! Since my last post of lime basil no churn ice cream, I have been very busy. I’ve recreated some recipes to make a couple posts better – such as the garlicky Guinness glazed chicken sandwich (soooo good!) and the herb and spiced meatballs sautéed with navy beans (also amazing!). Also I cleaned up a few old posts, leaving the recipes the same, but adding better edited photos and pins. I clearly have learned a lot since starting this little hobby of mine. Lastly, I revamped the look of Chews and Brews – what do you think?! Better, worse, didn’t notice a difference? 

While doing all of these updates I have been consistently pinning, probably my most active social media outlet, and I keep finding fabulous fall foods from everyone, which is why I decided to create this surprise, unplanned post of all my own fabulous fall foods! I hope you are enjoying your fall; I know for me, I didn’t really have one. It’s already snowed here…twice… with dumps big enough to say it’s sticking around. So that means a good solid five to six months of the white winter land… best way to embrace it is with some amazing food, such as these recipes. Enjoy! 

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Rhubarb Fig Ginger Marmalade

Rhubarb Fig Ginger Marmalade

Not everything you make with rhubarb has to be sweet, such as in a rhubarb barbecue sauce like this. This rhubarb fig ginger marmalade I have created is sweet, but not the dessert type of sweet. It goes great on grilled pork or chicken, but I like it best with goat cheese on a crostini. It’s very simple to make and you can preserve it in mason jars to keep it on your shelf for a long time. 

Rhubarb Fig Ginger Marmalade

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Celebrating Canada Day

Celebrating Canada Day

It’s Canada Day tomorrow and I am celebrating in British Columbia, camping in the bush on a lake; eating and drinking lots, canoeing and fishing and just enjoying my Canadian life. When I thought about writing this post for Canada Day I tried to think about what being Canadian means to me. 

As a food blogger, obviously this post will be heavy on the food and I am rounding up some of my very own blog posts, mostly Canadian recipes of course! 

But what does being Canadian to me?

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Campfire Cooking: Pull-Apart Pizza Bread and Baked Avocados

Campfire Cooking: Pull-Apart Pizza Bread and Baked Avocados

It’s May long weekend here in Canada and I am sitting in my tent trailer camping as I write this. Not my usual camping, I have to admit. I am in a site that has power, water and sewer. None of these services I need. We bring our own power and water and the forest provides us with a latrine or we build a latrine. But it’s May long and we went out without a reservation, so the only site we found is basically “glamping”. So I figured I might as well bust out the computer and write about campfire cooking.

It just so happens that I have a camping post I have been waiting to write so I could share with you the great cookbook I had the opportunity to review: The Flaming Marshmallow’s Guide to Campfire Cooking, by Nikki Fotheringham. I was given this cookbook to review and try out some of the recipes! The recipes are simple enough for any outdoor enthusiast and they can be made over a campfire or your barbecue grill. The book not only has over 50 recipes, it also has some tips on packing, cooling and storing food; building a campfire; and tips to start your day while you are out in the wilderness. The camping recipes include breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and desserts. And to finish it off you can find scary ghost stories at the end of the book.

In today’s camping post I am going to share with you two campfire cooking recipes that I tried from The Flaming Marshmallow’s Guide to Campfire Cooking. Both simple and both delicious! I have to provide full disclosure here though. In Alberta we are on a complete fire ban, so neither of these recipes were made over a campfire, but instead the barbecue grill. They will work just as well over your campfire and once this fire ban is lifted, I will be using this book a lot more all season!

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How to Make Fantastic Fries from an Acorn Squash

How to Make Fantastic Fries from an Acorn Squash

Making fries or chips from vegetables other than potatoes seems to be somewhat of a trend, and I thought I would jump right on that bandwagon and make acorn squash fries. When I cook with squash, I usually choose butternut squash because I find it sweet and when it roasts it seems to get tastier and sweeter! I have used it in salads and pasta like sausage and butternut squash sauce pasta

Cooking with acorn squash isn’t foreign to me, but doing anything other than slicing it in half, adding butter, brown sugar and spices and baking, was more than I have ventured with this squash. Making fries with the acorn squash is an interesting and exciting concept to me and I found them to not only be fantastic and taste just like a potato french fry, but they are also super easy to make! 

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