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Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth

I am building a pantry. A virtual pantry! I decided to start creating some general recipes that are simple and everyone can use, like simple syrups, rubs, sauces and condiments and homemade chicken broth. When you hover over ‘Chews‘ in the navigation bar, there will now be a ‘Pantry‘ option where I will store all of these great staples!  Homemade chicken broth is really easy to make especially if you live in a household like we do, where you pick up…

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Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Making simple syrups is like it says in the title: simple! I like playing around with different herbs and spices to make interesting simple syrups that can be stored in your fridge for weeks, waiting for the next cocktail inspiration. I have made a sage simple syrup that I have posted in the past where I used to make a gin cocktail.  This cinnamon simple syrup is just as simple as any other simple syrup and you end up with…

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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…

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Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

I make nuts and bolts every year at this time to give out as gifts and to share with family and friends as a snack when they come over to my house during the holiday season. Oh, and I always have enough for my husband and I to wolf them down while watching Christmas movies. This recipe started from my dad who made them annually for us at Christmastime. They are crunchy and salty and quite honestly, I followed the…

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How to Make Homemade Tomato Salsa

How to Make Homemade Tomato Salsa

Almost every fall my mom, aunt and I get together and make homemade tomato salsa. This was my 6th year of making salsa with my mom and aunt and this year my cousin joined in on the fun! The four of us worked for a good eight hours, chopping, mixing, pouring and canning and came away with 92 – 500 mL jars of fresh, homemade tomato salsa. This recipe is one that has been in my family for a while and…

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Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

My husband and I like making our own barbecue sauces and when we found this cherry chipotle barbecue sauce recipe in the Champion BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food cookbook we thought it sounded amazing! We made it a couple times and were going to see what we could change to make it our own, but it is so good, we left it almost as is; the only thing we changed is we increased the amount of cherry juice. We also processed…

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Chicken Noodle Soup for Everything

Chicken Noodle Soup for Everything

Chicken noodle soup solves problems. It’s that simple!  When you are sick, have chicken noodle soup. If you are cold, warm up with chicken noodle soup. Come home grouchy from work and need comfort food? Chicken noodle soup!!  Not only does chicken noodle soup solve some of the world’s toughest problems (okay, maybe a little over the top??), but it is also extremely simple to make!!  After work for a quick meal, Eric and I will often pick up a rotisserie chicken…

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Summer Salad Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Summer Salad Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

I love salad rolls. Anytime I am in a place that has them on the menu, I just have to have them! I don’t know if it is how fresh they taste, or if it is the sweet and savoury peanut dipping sauce, or everything combined; but they are one of my favourite foods. I will have them as an appetizer, snack or as a meal; so it was only natural that I needed to try and make them myself! …

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