Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

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The amount of hot peppers in my garden right now is a little insane. I had the bright idea to plant Habanero Chilis, Trinidad Scorpion Peppers, Ghost Peppers and two Jalapeño pepper plants. The Ghost Peppers and Trinidad Scorpion Peppers were pretty much inedible because they are so incredibly hot. (more…)

Ricardo Cuisine Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

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I’ve made it my mission over the last few months to use my slow cooker more often. I haven’t been overly successful, but that hasn’t stopped my good intentions. With the autumn months upon us, and schedules becoming insanely busy with kids back to school, there is no better time to haul out the slow cooker. (more…)

Breakfast Bruschetta

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My garden has exploded. I have never experienced so many tomatoes, hot peppers, and herbs in my life. I think it may have something to do with the Miracle-Gro that I used for the first time ever. I was very reluctant, as I pride myself on a completely organic garden. However, after much pestering from my husband (sorry honey!), we bought some. (more…)

Brown Sugar Streusel Rhubarb Muffins

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My favourite time of year to bake is early summer, when rhubarb and all kinds of berries are fresh and in season. I have so many sticks of rhubarb that I don’t know what to do with it. I often make crisps or crumbles, but this time I wanted to adapt an awesome cake recipe that my Mother-in-Law gave me into muffins. (more…)

White Chocolate Cranberry Almond Biscotti

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I have almost fully recovered from my food coma of Christmas 2014. I had 3 family dinners in the span of 4 days. All of them were filled with Ukrainian food that consisted of dough, butter, onions, more butter and the odd slice of turkey. Don’t even get me started on the sheer volume of chocolate that was also consumed. It was all worth it. But, I am already dreading my triumphant return to the gym next week.  (more…)

Pampushky (Ukrainian Doughnuts)

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I deemed this past Saturday “Deep Frying Day”. Claudia came over early, as we had a lot of Ukrainian cooking to do. All of which consisted of frying dough in hot oil. All of which was absolutely delicious. It had been quite a few years since I have had Pampushky. They are Ukrainian style doughnuts that are traditionally filled with either poppy seeds or prunes. (more…)

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