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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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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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Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

If you know me or have been following my blog you know two things about me: I love soup and I love spice. This roasted carrot ginger soup is packed full of flavour with the caramel roasted flavours of the carrots, fresh ginger, coconut oil and milk and spicy garam masala and Aleppo chiles. Without further ado, here’s the soup!

Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

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Corn Chowder

Corn Chowder

Corn season has come and gone but maybe you stocked up and froze a bunch of those tasty, starchy kernels for another day; another day to make corn chowder, of course! I made this while corn was still in season, but if you are following me, you know I took a break in September and October, updating old posts, and then went to Peru in November! If you don’t have corn stashed away in your freezer, you could use frozen corn; or hang on to this recipe for late summer!

I love a good chowder and my husband and I have been making corn chowder almost annually since we met. I am from Alberta, Canada and am used to Taber corn season. Anywhere I drive in August and September I can expect to see trucks on the side of the road selling Taber corn. When Eric and I first met, I raved about how amazing Taber corn was. He couldn’t believe that corn picked from Southern Alberta, then put on a truck and sold on the side of the road up in Northern Alberta could be even the slightest palatable. You see, Eric is from Ontario and told me about the days of him and his dad literally driving up to a corn field and buying fresh corn from the farmer by picking the ears right off the stalk! I have yet to experience this freshness of corn, but until then, I will settle for what I consider the best corn! 

corn chowder

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Chickpea Avocado Salad

Chickpea Avocado Salad

Hey! I’m back! I have been on a little break from actively posting since the end of summer…. and then went on a trip to Peru! Amazing experience! More about that in the future! Now I am back and ready to share recipes with you on a regular basis, starting with this Chickpea Avocado Salad! So, the story here is, I am walking down Whyte Ave in Edmonton with friends and I run into my aunt and cousin having dinner on a patio. After we hug it out, my aunt pulls out a recipe for summer chickpea avocado salad from her purse and tells me how amazing it is and how I should try it out! Now if a recipe is so good that she’s carrying it around with her, then yes, I must try it out! I am so glad I did try it out. We have had this salad a couple times now; and even though it is a summer kind of salad, I’ve had it this fall already twice and loved it! So give it a try today! 

chickpea avocado salad

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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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