Category Archives: Food

5 Places For Christmas Dinner in Toronto 2017

Cafe-Boulud-Toronto

Trying to avoid cooking a big feast on Christmas day? Would you prefer going out with family and leaving the grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning to someone else? Here are 5 places for Christmas Dinner in Toronto for 2017:

1) Cafe Boulud

The fancy Cafe Boulud inside The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto will be serving up a three-course prix-fixe menu for $107. Make sure to book early as spots will fill up quick. The main course includes an option of turkey, scallops, venison, fish or pasta. See more from our visit! (more…)

7 Easy Recipes To Try This Winter

Trying to get cozy?

It seriously feels like winter already, even though the official date isn’t until a month away. When the weather gets cold, I’m always craving big warm bowls of comfort food that make the house smell amazing. I’ve been experimenting with a couple different recipes lately – here are a few to definitely try out this winter:

1) Chicken Soup with Dumplings

Soup has to be one of my all-time favourite foods and this hearty bowl of homemade chicken soupwith big chewy dumplings does the trick for me. Make a big pot at the start of the week and throw it into a cute thermos for work the next day. This soup is also super quick to prepare and is a great weeknight meal. (more…)

Weekend Brunch: Jack’s BBQ – Seattle

Brisket Brunch

Let me start off by saying – I love BBQ.

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! (more…)

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry-Sauce-Recipe

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.

Cranberry-Sauce-Thanksgiving

Simmer for 8-10 minutes until the cranberries begin to burst (more…)

Fancy Night Out at Ringside Steakhouse – Portland

ringside steakhouse portland

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. (more…)

8 Slow Cooker Recipes To Try This Fall

pulled-pork-sandwiches

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! (more…)