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Rhubarb Shrub

Rhubarb Shrub

It’s rhubarb month! Okay, it’s not actually, but it is for Chews and Brews. Every post for the month of August will feature the amazing vegetable (yeah, that’s right, it’s a veggie!) rhubarb! I am kicking off the series with a rhubarb shrub, but before we go into those details, let’s discuss rhubarb first.  Rhubarb comes in a stalk similar looking to celery, but is very sour and must be sweetened. The leaves are actually poisonous and should not be…

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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…

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Red Enchilada Sauce

Red Enchilada Sauce

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and I will have two recipes for you to help celebrate. I cook and eat Mexican all year round because it is one of my favourite cuisines. I even have a huge cookbook called Mexico that I often look for inspiration. To start my mini-Mexico series of two posts, I bring to you homemade red enchilada sauce. It is way better than anything you can buy in a can and is not hard at…

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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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Sage Simple Syrup and a Gin Cocktail

Sage Simple Syrup and a Gin Cocktail

I have an abundance of sage. My husband bought me a huge herb planter this summer and it is about 50% sage, so I needed a recipe that would use a decent portion of it. I thought a sage simple syrup would be an interesting addition to summer cocktails. I have made plain simple syrup before and figured adding sage to the mix would make an infused syrup, perfect for creating unique cocktails.  To start the sage simple syrup, I picked a…

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Gorgonzola Stuffed Burger with Fig Onion Marmalade

Gorgonzola Stuffed Burger with Fig Onion Marmalade

May is national barbecue month; national burger month; and national salad month. There are some pretty amazing barbecue posts, burger posts and salad posts out there, and on top of sharing my gorgonzola stuffed burger with fig onion marmalade and a salad recipe today, I also want to share a small list of posts that are all things barbecue, burger and salad!

Garlicky Guinness Glaze

Garlicky Guinness Glaze

Cooking with beer is something I love to do. Beer has a lot of flavours that can add depth to any recipe. You can enjoy the caramel sweet malts or bitter citrus hops in any recipe. For every beer review post I share, I will include a recipe that uses beer to cook with. Today I am cooking with Guinness Extra Stout Beer to make a garlicky Guinness glaze to go on a chicken sandwich. It’s sweet, strong, bitter and…

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