Growing up on the East Coast, BBQ meant having a party with your friends and family that involved hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on an actual BBQ. I did not discover the art of ‘barbeque’ style meat until I spent more time in the US, sampling the different styles found in St. Louis, Texas and the West Coast.
Now the BBQ I’m talking about is the slow-cooking of meat over low, indirect heat, by smoking the meat over wood or charcoal. Now THIS is what I’ve been missing out on my whole life. Perfect tender chunks of perfectly flavoured choice cuts of meat – not hot dogs! Continue reading →
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I don’t know what it is, but things have been crazy here since we got our vacation rental up and running – coupled with a family visit.
I’ve been keeping busy with my freelance clients, blogging, running our rental, and planning get-togethers with family and friends. It’s hard to find time to fit everything in while aiming to cook a meal from scratch, making sure I’m hitting the gym for 30 minutes, and trying to get my 10,000+ steps.Continue reading →
I originally shared this recipe last year, but thought it would be good timing for me to re-post again as everyone is getting ready for the upcoming holiday season and Thanksgiving!
Canadian Thanksgiving is on the horizon and American Thanksgiving is not far behind. I’m already collecting recipes for things I might want to cook for the big feast. I thought I would share my recipe for homemade cranberry sauce for those of you also planning ahead. It is so easy to make, that you’ll never want to open a can again.
This year, my parents are flying into Portland for a visit and staying for about 3-4 weeks to baby-sit BINGO while we have a bit of traveling booked on our calendar. So we will likely do a very small celebration in the city with the four of us before Paul and I head out to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Zion National Park + Bryce Canyon!
Gobble gobble! Bookmark, pin or print this recipe for your Thanksgiving menu.
Bring to boil 1 cup of water + 1 cup of sugar. Make sure the sugar is fully dissolved before you add ONE 12 oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries.
The weather has been getting cooler and I’m craving all sorts of comfort food these days.
We have a super fancy old-school steakhouse in Downtown Portland that’s great for date nights, celebrations or when our parents are in town. Ringside Steakhouse Uptown on W. Burnside has been a Portland fixture for the last 73 years. Continue reading →
The cool weather is finally here and with schedules getting busier, I’ve been pulling out my slow cooker more often. Paul and I have been prepping up 6-8 different recipes once a month and putting them in the freezer. I use this crock pot here.
It’s been great to have these on hand to whip a quick and healthy weeknight meal without all the prep and clean-up. Usually all I have to do is create a side dish like rice, steamed broccoli or salad and we have dinner and lots of leftovers for lunch the next day!
Here’s a round-up of a few of our favourite slow cooker recipes to try this week. If you can, prep a bunch of these on a Sunday, throw them into freezer bags and you’re good to go! Continue reading →
I discovered a little trick while planning for Canadian Thanksgiving last year – which was to plan ahead as much as possible. I recommend cooking and prepping two days before your big dinner so you’re not stuck in the kitchen the whole day while your friends and family are there.
Paul and I had an awesome Canadian Thanksgiving last year and cooked up a feast for his parents who drove a uhaul full of our junk from Toronto to Portland, in order to help us furnish the new beach house!