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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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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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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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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!

grilled ham and cheese

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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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