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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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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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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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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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