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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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IPA Simple Syrup Grapefruit Cocktail

IPA Simple Syrup Grapefruit Cocktail

I really like craft beer, in case you didn’t know that about me already! My favourite characteristic of craft beer is that the ingredients are usually hand selected, specifically picked to create a certain flavour characteristic. This end goal flavour characteristic is what brings me back to trying new craft beers all the time. One ingredient in beer is hops. Hops will give beer that bitter taste but also can add a level of citrus, floral, herbal or grassy type of flavour. There are over 80 varieties of hops, each bringing their own flavour profile; which brings me back to why I love craft beer so much; the selection of ingredients is so well thought out! A lot of love goes into a batch of craft beer! Now, back to the hops; hops are in a lot of beers, but they really stand out in India Pale Ales, or otherwise known as IPAs. Today I am reviewing the Green Magic IPA from Dead Frog Brewing – a brewery that I have tried many beers from. Bravo and Mosaic hops are used in the Green Magic IPA, giving it a citrus flavour profile. When I tasted this beer, the first thing I really noticed was grapefruit rind flavours. I’ve been wanting to make an IPA Simple Syrup for a while now, and after tasting this beer, I knew this was the one! And then using grapefruit juice and vodka with the IPA simple syrup to make a cocktail just seemed like it would be a winning cocktail! Let’s get right into the beer review and recipe! 

IPA Simple Syrup

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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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July Craft Beer Review

July Craft Beer Review

Summer beers are out in full force with hefeweizens and witbiers, IPAs, and now I find new sour beers everywhere. My July Craft Beer Review is shorter than my usual beer reviews. I wrote a huge review of 12 beers in the June Craft Beer Review, so I thought I would give you a little reading break! So with that being said, here is my July Craft Beer Review; a review of four very different beers. All can be enjoyed during any of the summer weather you get, even if it is a rainy day or a steaming hot one. 

July Craft Beer

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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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Fajita Spice Blend

Fajita Spice Blend

My husband and I love making our own spice blends and rubs, and lately we have been hooked on our homemade fajita spice blend; using it on fish, chicken, pork and beef! Sometimes…. we don’t even make fajitas with it!! It’s incredibly easy to make in a flash and adds so much flavour that I guarantee you will wonder why you ever purchased the processed blends from the store! 

You can make your fajita spice blend, seal it in an air tight container and store it for months! Pull it out when you want awesome flavour added to grilled chicken, fish or shrimp, beef burgers, pork chops, and of course anytime you are making fajitas!

Fajita Spice Blend

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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!

campfire cooking

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