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What I’ve Been Making Lately – September 9

What I’ve Been Making Lately – September 9

Mini M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies I couldn’t resist picking up some mini m&m’s at the bulk food store, and thought that cookies would be the best vehicle for them. I used the chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Joy of Cooking. I replaced half of […]

What I’ve been making lately – June 16

What I’ve been making lately – June 16

Tacos Al Pastor Pork was on sale, so we thought we’d make tacos. Not just tacos, but my favourite kind of tacos – Al Pastor. I love pineapple on anything and everything. I was going to just cook the meat in a slow cooker. Ethan […]

What I’ve been making lately – May 30

What I’ve been making lately – May 30

Breakfast Burrito

Who doesn’t love a breakfast burrito? It’s a great way to try and use up what’s in your fridge. I’m looking at the picture and craving this now. If you want the recipe, you can check it out here.

Fancy Grilled Cheese

We ordered some sourdough bread from our local bakery (I am not brave enough to make my own). With this, we thought it would be fun to go ham (pun absolutely intended) with our grilled cheese. We used provolone AND swiss cheese with a slice of prosciutto and a slick of local blueberry jam. We used the mayo on the bread method. I prefer margarine tbh.

Skillet Roast Beef

We put in an order from a local butcher and with it came a 5 pound roast. We cut it in three so we could pull it out when we wanted. Even though the weather got HOT in the last few weeks, I was craving a classic roast. I heavily salt and peppered the meat before hard-searing on all sides in a cast-iron skillet. I then added garlic, vegetable stock and red wine into the skillet before putting it into a 375 degree oven until it came up to 150 degrees for a medium rare/medium doneness. The potatoes and heirloom carrots were slow-roasted in the oven. The gravy and yorkshire puddings were from packages, so I can’t take too much credit for those.

Homemade Pizza

In the aforementioned bakery order, we also got a couple of pizza doughs that we stuck in the freezer for a rainy day. It was literally raining the day we made this. We made a classic pepperoni, but added a few dollops of ricotta throughout.

Smoky BBQ Bacon Burger

We wanted to put these burgers on the grill, but I guess I didn’t add enough breadcrumbs into them, because they started to fall apart. For the burgers, we used ground beef, with egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and some chopped bacon. The bacon was cooked, and the onions and mushrooms were cooked in the bacon fat, and then barbecue sauce was added to the vegetables. You can’t tell under all of the stuff, but there is a nice piece of cheddar on there too.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Gaby Dalkin posted these bars in her instagram story this week, and I knew I had to make them. I’ve had one pack of cream cheese in my freezer for a while, and was never sure what to do with it. This recipe was perfect for that. I didn’t have quite enough chocolate chips, so I chopped up some Hershey’s kisses that were in the cupboard. These bars were fantastic, and Ethan has been raving about them all week. Check out the recipe here.

Pasta e Olio with Ricotta and Prosciutto

I have been LOVING ‘no sauce’ pastas lately. I find them so easy and satisfying. Pasta e Olio is incredibly simple. We were guided by this recipe, but made sure to follow our hearts. My heart told me to stir in some ricotta cheese at the very end and top it with prosciutto.

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Vegan Carrot Coconut Soup

Vegan Carrot Coconut Soup

In my world, soup season is never over. Just because the temperatures are getting warmer, it doesn’t mean I’m putting my ladles away. This carrot coconut soup is a great, filling lunch soup. It’s based off of this Soup Sisters recipe, making adjustments for ingredients […]

What I’ve been making lately – April 15

What I’ve been making lately – April 15

Souped Up Trader Joe’s Miso Ramen Soup Whenever I make the trek to Trader Joe’s, I pick up a couple of these soups. I love them for lunch. I was a little hungrier this day, so I add some more ramen noodles, frozen corn, and […]

Niagara Restaurant Roundup – Counterpart Brewing

Niagara Restaurant Roundup – Counterpart Brewing

There’s a real craft brewery boom going on in Niagara right now. The best part, besides the great beer, is that a lot of these breweries feature some great food too. Counterpart Brewing is no exception.

We’ve visited this hot spot a couple times so far. Every time I’ve gone for the Better Place which is a fruit-forward beer that I am obsessed with. I don’t LOVE beer, but I love this one.

The first time we went, we ordered the fried chicken sandwich with buttermilk ranch slaw and tabasco mayo that is often on special. We also got soy-glazed beef brisket sandwich topped with kim chi and cilantro mayo. To start, we had the house sourdough bread with olive butter.

On another visit, I needed to have the tacos. I think I’ve made my love for tacos clear, and I’ve heard great things about these ones. We ordered the pork taco with chipotle, pickled onion, and cilantro on a corn tortilla. We also tried the new soy glazed beef brisket taco. Our friends ordered the fries with old bay seasoning, and we got another round of the house sourdough.

Everything I’ve had I would order again in a heartbeat. They have a variety of specials every day and I can’t wait to try one of those. It’s located in a bit of an odd spot, but the inside of the the building is light and airy. Counterpart is one of my new favourite places in Niagara.

Niagara Restaurant Roundup – Lost + Found

Niagara Restaurant Roundup – Lost + Found

I’m a sucker for a good taco. I was super excited about a new Mexican restaurant opening up in downtown St. Catharines called Lost + Found. The interior is super stylish, with a modern feel featuring classic touches. I love the mixture of wood with […]