French Leek Soup with Swiss Cheese Crouton

French Leek Soup

While flipping through the latest issue of Canadian Living, I came across a recipe for a Swiss-French Leek Soup (pg. 18). I was drooling! You know me - I see a recipe that makes my mouth water, and I am jumping right in to make it. I headed off to pick up a the basic ingredients I would need; like leeks and beef broth. I came home and had to make it. While I stayed pretty true to the recipe, I did add more garlic because.. well it's garlic. I also added some red wine to the soup as well. I found that it gave it a bit more body and flavour - more true to a classic French Onion Soup. Both Chris and I loved it - I really like the subtle flavour of the leeks, paired with the Thyme and broth. It was delicious. What you will need: 2 Tbsp. butter 3 large leeks; rinsed and sliced 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 3 cloves garlic; minced 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 4 cups beef broth 2 sprigs of fresh Thyme 1/4 cup red wine 4 large or 8 small sliced of French … [Continue reading]

Bacon Tomato Swiss Breakfast Sandwich

Tomato, Bacon Swiss Breakfast Sandwich

This bacon, tomato, Swiss breakfast sandwich is inspired from a local coffee shop in Osoyoos. While away to shoot a wedding, my friend Sarah and I stopped in for a quick bite to eat and a caffeine fix for the long day ahead. I have learned to just order food and if there is something on it I do not like, I will take it off myself... there was tomato in this particular breakfast sandwich; a food I am not fond of raw. But regardless, I drank back my latte, and stuffed every last morsel of food into my mouth. IT WAS SO EFFING GOOD! So I recreated it! What you will need: Makes 2 2 Sourdough English muffins; lightly toasted 1 tsp butter 2 pieces Swiss cheese 2 slices Canadian back bacon 2 eggs 2 slices vine ripened tomato; sliced thin Heat a skillet over medium heat, once heated cook egg to your liking. I like a fried egg with a soft center. While egg is cooking, add back bacon to pan and heat through. Place cheese on toasted English muffin, followed by … [Continue reading]

Simple Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders When a craving hits, sometimes you just have to go with the flow. That's what happened when I had a crazy craving for a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. I've had many Cheesesteak sandwiches in my life, but have never attempted to make one. That changed right quick. Rather than a large sandwich, I chose to make little Philly Cheesesteak sliders. I really like the simplicity of this recipe, and by making them sliders, they can be served as a full meal, or as an appetizer for game day... or any day really. You only need a few simple ingredients to make these Philly Cheesesteak sliders, and believe me, you will want to make them. What you will need: 1 medium size ribeye steak; cut thinly 1 Tbsp. oil 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 green bell pepper; diced 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms 1 small onion; diced 6 slices provolone cheese 6 dinner rolls or slider buns **A little trick to cutting the ribeye thinly, is to freeze it for about … [Continue reading]

Simple Blueberry Compote Recipe

Blueberry Compote Recipe

This simple blueberry compote recipe is full of blueberry flavor, and tastes great on cakes, ice cream, french toast and pancakes. I even added a little to a yogurt bowl one morning and it was delicious. My compote is a lot like my blueberry pie filling, except I don't thicken it - I like it a little more 'runny'.. is that the correct wording? It's a little sweet, it's a little tangy, and it's bursting with fresh blueberry flavour. What you will need: 1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries; washed 3 Tbsp. sugar juice of half a lemon 1 Tbsp. water pinch of salt Place 1 cup of blueberries in a small sauce pan. Add in the sugar, water and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat for 8 minutes, and remove from heat when the blueberries start to burst. Stir in salt and add the remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries. Cool and store in a mason jar with a good sealing lid, or an airtight container. Enjoy! [mpprecipe-recipe:179] I couldn't get enough of this blueberry … [Continue reading]

10 Ways to use up Peaches

Peaches Ways

  Today I am sharing 10 ways to use up those ripe peaches you may have lying around. I always buy way too many peaches when we visit the Okanagan - and I hate to waste them. So I have scoured … [Continue reading]

Refreshing Sweet Peach Tea

Refreshing Sweet Peach Tea

Ya'll know how much I love sweet tea, and this sweet peach tea is no different. I had some peaches that needed to be used up, so rather than making another dessert, I made a peach simple syrup, and … [Continue reading]

One Pan Roasted Chicken Dinner

One Pan Roasted Chicken Dinner

I've been wanting to try a one pan roasted chicken dinner for a while now, but it was only recently that I went for it. There were a couple of big hits and a minor miss. The hits: Baby red … [Continue reading]

Summer Stone Fruit Tart

Summer Stone Fruit Tart

On our way back from Osoyoos we always stop in Keremeos to pick up some stone fruit like peaches, plums, cherries, apricots and nectarines. I usually will grab some vegetables as well because they are … [Continue reading]

Cheese Crepes with Creamy Dill Sauce

Cheese Crepes with Creamy Dill Sauce

While I was in Alberta, I tried these cheese crepes with creamy dill sauce at Uncle Ed's Ukrainian restaurant and they were to die for. Tender crepes, filled with seasoned cottage cheese and … [Continue reading]

B.C. Cherry Crisp with Almond Whip Cream

B.C. Cherry Crisp with Almond Whip Cream

Cherries are one of my favorite fruits that I only get to enjoy while they are in season. So I enjoy them as much as I can - like in this cherry crisp. I never thought to make a crisp - I've always … [Continue reading]