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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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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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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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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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Chicken Breakfast Sausage Patties

Chicken Breakfast Sausage Patties

What is your favourite meal of the day? Mine is easily breakfast. But it has to be a savoury breakfast. None of the sweet syrups, sugary berries or whipped cream for me! I want salty, fatty bacon and sausages and creamy egg yolks please! However, if I ate the way I really wanted all the time, I would be having some weight problems, so to lighten up my savoury breakfast craving, I made these chicken breakfast sausage patties! They are lower in fat since I am using ground chicken, opposed to the typical ground pork. As well they have lots of savoury herbs and spices in them with just a touch of brown sugar sweetness. Pair these up with some perfectly fried eggs or throw them onto an egg sandwich with whole wheat English muffins! Whatever way you have it, I am sure you will enjoy these lightened up chicken breakfast sausage patties! 

Chicken Breakfast Sausage

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How to Make Your Steak and Eggs Breakfast Amazing

How to Make Your Steak and Eggs Breakfast Amazing

Steak and eggs for breakfast is something I don’t have a lot of because I stick to my daily breakfast sandwich. And usually we have steak and eggs when we are using up left over steak from the night before and honestly in this household, that is a rarity. That is, we rarely have leftover steak! To make this recipe happen I had to plan accordingly. I had to buy a steak specifically for breakfast and make sure we didn’t eat it before! A challenge I was willing to accept and glad I did; this breakfast was awesome! 

I love opportunities where I get to use my cast iron skillet. Often it is when we are camping, but sometimes I get to pull it out indoors, like for the skillet eggs and hash to go with my breakfast steak!

Steak and Eggs

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How to Make Fantastic Fries from an Acorn Squash

How to Make Fantastic Fries from an Acorn Squash

Making fries or chips from vegetables other than potatoes seems to be somewhat of a trend, and I thought I would jump right on that bandwagon and make acorn squash fries. When I cook with squash, I usually choose butternut squash because I find it sweet and when it roasts it seems to get tastier and sweeter! I have used it in salads and pasta like sausage and butternut squash sauce pasta

Cooking with acorn squash isn’t foreign to me, but doing anything other than slicing it in half, adding butter, brown sugar and spices and baking, was more than I have ventured with this squash. Making fries with the acorn squash is an interesting and exciting concept to me and I found them to not only be fantastic and taste just like a potato french fry, but they are also super easy to make! 

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