Quick Vanilla Cake – just mix & bake! An all butter vanilla snack cake that’s as simple as mixing all the ingredients together and baking! Nothing could be easier. An easy summer berry sauce is included with the recipe. This quick vanilla cake is a shortcut snack cake I developed just so I wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time on dessert this...

Spicy Turmeric Rice – a tasty side dish that goes well with everything from grilled fish to BBQ pork chops; terrific with added back beans in burritos too. This turmeric rice has been almost a permanent resident in our house this summer, it seems. Our two teenage kids in particular like to have it made and at the ready in the fridge. They combine it with...

Puttanesca Pasta Salad – a simple and delicious pasta salad with the bright tomato flavour of a puttanesca sauce that can be served hot or cold. This versatile pasta puttanesca salad is one that I came up with simply to use up a bounty of tomatoes that were in the fridge. As often happens at this time of year, we are guilty of  buying more produce than we...

Banana Cake with Brown Butter Frosting – a cross between a butter cake and banana bread, this is an easy to make, moist, tender banana cake with a slightly caramel-y flavoured brown butter frosting. Homemade at it’s best! There’s something about this cake that just says homemade deliciousness. Perhaps because it evokes remembrance of warm fresh...

Smoky Spice Honey Barbecue Sauce – our versatile BBQ spice blend is used to season and flavour this sweet and slightly spicy sauce that’s perfect for chicken and ribs or on pulled pork sandwiches. Many times I’ve made honey barbecue sauce simply by mixing a portion of honey into an already prepared sauce. I make a lot of my own barbecue sauces...

Fudge Brownies – this recipe for the best, ultimately fudgey brownies starts with a boiled fudge base to ensure dense, chocolatey delicious brownies every time. These fudge brownies prove that it’s never too late to discover a new favourite recipe. The perfect brownies recipe is something that many bakers obsess over and I’m no different. There...

Prosciutto Wrapped Cod with Mediterranean Salsa – beautiful fresh north Atlantic cod wrapped in prosciutto and served with a Mediterranean inspired salsa. This prosciutto wrapped cod recipe was an easy one for me to develop because prosciutto is probably my favourite cured meat of all time. I love it with crusty bread and gorgonzola cheese, wrapped around slices...

Dijon Cole Slaw – our standard recipe with cabbage and carrots or try adding sweetness with the addition of golden raisins and bell peppers. This dijon coleslaw post was inspired by a photo that I posted on our Facebook Page this past weekend. It was the photo below of a traditional Newfoundland Sunday supper “cold plate”. I was astounded at the...

Barbecue Spice Burgers – start with a simple mix of salt and spices to perfectly season the ground chuck beef. The grilled beef patty then gets served on a toasted bun with a bacon blanket, tempura onions, lettuce, tomato and a roasted garlic sriracha mayo. Salt is one of those things that we take for granted in everyday cooking and baking but where would we...

Maple Pie – a close cousin to butter tarts, sugar pie and even a southern pecan pie. This rich maple flavoured filling in a flakey butter cry pastry is perfect for Canada Day or even for Thanksgiving or at the Holidays. I based this maple pie recipe on an old recipe for sugar pie that I made many years ago. Since it’s the Canada Day long weekend, I decided...