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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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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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Lime Basil No Churn Ice Cream

Lime Basil No Churn Ice Cream

It’s September now, and that, for some, is a sign of summer’s end. I know that for me, I am starting to think about putting away the patio chairs and mowing the grass once or twice more before the snow comes. Also my closet is starting to shift from capris and light t-shirts, to long sleeves, pants and back into boots. But summer isn’t completely over yet and that’s why I am pushing out one more summer recipe; one being this awesome lime basil no churn ice cream.

After this post Chews and Brews is going to take a little break. I will still be working hard behind the scenes with recipe creation, food photography and content development, but you won’t hear much from me until late fall. I am 18 months into building this little food blog and now want to move into the next steps making it bigger and better than ever! I’ll keep active on all my social media accounts, sharing sneak peeks of what is to come; and I will be reworking some old posts, but other than that, it will be a little silent from Chews and Brews. So without further ado, here is the last summer post! See you in the late fall!

lime basil

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Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble with a Twist

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble with a Twist

It’s part two of my rhubarb month-long blogging event and today is a dessert of rhubarb strawberry crumble with a twist! I’ve eaten a lot of rhubarb in my life and have had it a few different ways. A staple summer cake for me is the Alberta rhubarb cake, which my mom makes for me every year. Once I even made it myself too, but it’s much better when mom makes it! I’ve also used rhubarb in my easy Greek yogurt rhubarb muffins, which are great for breakfast or an on the go snack. Last week on the blog we had a rhubarb shrub (you may be familiar with my new addiction to making shrubs if you also read the kiwi shrub I recently made) and next week will be a rhubarb fig ginger relish. 

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble

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Orange Cardamom Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

Orange Cardamom Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

June is the month that kicks off summer and what better way to welcome the warm months ahead but with an orange cardamom chocolate no churn ice cream! If you are a food blogger or a person who follows a lot of food blogs, this won’t be your first no churn ice cream recipe that you’ve come across. It’s kind of all the rage right now and I just couldn’t help myself from jumping on the no churn ice cream bandwagon! I can understand now why this is trending with food bloggers alike; you literally can whip it up in a snap and wow, it tastes really good! 

This flavours of this recipe were actually inspired by a cookie I saw at a Farmer’s Market in Edmonton. I walked by a booth of homemade cookies, and saw the orange cardamom chocolate chip cookie and instantly the light bulb went off – wouldn’t that be amazing in ice cream!? I love cardamom already, and paired with orange and chocolate?! Amazing is too weak of a word to describe the flavours going on. Make it and you’ll know what I mean!

Orange Cardamom Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

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Cardamom Apricot Muffins

Cardamom Apricot Muffins

Mmmmore mmmuffins!? Yup I am posting yet another muffin recipe! If you read my blog regularly, you know by now that I a) like cooking and baking with Greek yogurt, b) love spices especially those from Silk Road and c) am not really in love with baking but love muffins! This is why it seems appropriate to post a recipe on cardamom apricot muffins where I use Silk Road spices and Greek yogurt. 

I have a lot of favourite spices, but cardamom is in the top ten for me. I just love the smell and flavour and when I bought green cardamom from Silk Road I searched for a way to use it immediately. I saw a few recipes for cinnamon apricot muffins so I wondered how cardamom would fit with apricots. I pulled out my favourite reference manual, the Flavour Bible, and found right away that cardamom indeed goes with apricots. 

Next step was to find another muffin recipe, instead of just recycling one my blueberry or rhubarb muffin recipes. The Kitchn had a quick and tender whole wheat muffin recipe that I tweaked a little to make these cardamom apricot muffins my own. 

Cardamom Apricot Muffins

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Greek Yogurt Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Greek Yogurt Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

I’m on a muffin kick and these Greek yogurt whole wheat blueberry muffins are one of my favourite latest creations. I have been baking muffins every weekend to add to our weekly lunch snacks and have been loving them! Every week I am trying different spices with different fruit or berries and am loving every week’s new creations! This week I tried out blueberry muffins made with greek yogurt, whole wheat flour and for some spice, cinnamon. They were great! Packing one of these into our work lunches daily was one of my best ideas ever! So now I can’t go back and must always have a little muffin added to my lunch bag.

I’ve made muffins a few times before in my little baking life. I don’t know why I turn away from baking so much; almost everything I bake turns out to be at least edible! I think part of it is that I can’t be as creative as I can with cooking. But with muffins, I have been able to be very creative with the spices, fruit and other ingredients I am using! These Greek yogurt whole wheat blueberry muffins are easy to make and if you want to change the spice or fruit, that’s doable! 

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