Quick and Easy Chicken Dinners

Quick and Easy Chicken Dinners

Chicken is one of my go-to foods for when I want an easy meal, or better yet a quick and easy meal, and that's because there are so many chicken recipes that are really easy and taste great! Chicken is really versatile with recipes ranging from simple roast chicken (pure comfort food!) to light and yet filling chicken salads and everything in between such as soups, pastas, sandwiches, etc. Since I have been enjoying a lot of easy chicken recipes these last few weeks I thought that I would take the opportunity to gather some of my favourites to share with you! Whether you are looking for a quick weeknight meal or you are looking for an easy meal that will also impress guests you have plenty of tasty options!

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potatoes

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potatoes
Today I have some baked potatoes for you, but not regular baked potatoes, super easy, no mess slow cooker baked potatoes. Baked potatoes are pretty easy to make in the oven but sometimes you don't have access to an oven or your oven is too full of other things, or you just don't want to have your oven on and the slow cooker is the perfect alternative way of baking them. You pretty much just need to scrub the potatoes, add a bit of oil, salt and pepper, wrap in foil and cook in the slow cooker! That's less than 5 minutes of effort and some no attention required slow cooker time and you have great baked potatoes every time! I like to make a meal out of them by topping them with cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon and chives!

Slow Braised Beef Stroganoff Soup

Slow Braised Beef Stroganoff Soup
With the cooler days I have been enjoying a lot of soups and the one that I have been crushing on recently is this slow braised beef stroganoff soup! This soup was inspired by the flavours of beef stroganoff with the beef in a paprika and sour cream broth along with egg noodles! Instead of going for a quicker stir-fried beef version I like a slow braised beef one that takes nice big chunks of stewing beef and slowly simmers it until it's melt in your mouth tender; pure comfort food in a bowl! This recipe starts by browning the beef to build the flavour, followed by cooking the onions and mushrooms until they start caramelizing, which continues the flavour train! Next up we have some garlic, and thyme and one of the primary ingredients, the paprika which when combined with the sour cream, forms the base flavour for the broth. The flavours just keep getting better with the addition of dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, a hit of fish sauce and a personal favourite, dill. After the soup braises for a few hours, and all of the flavours have had a chance to come out and mingle and the beef tenderizes, it's time to add the egg noodles to cook before adding the sour cream and enjoying! After writing this I can't wait to curl up in a comfy chair with a nice big bowl of this slow braised pot roast beef stroganoff soup tonight!

Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes

Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes
After I made the raspberry white chocolate lava cakes I could not help but make the dark chocolate version, I mean chocolate cake is a classic for a good reason! This recipe is super easy with only 5 ingredients, starting with a bar of dark chocolate and continuing with butter, sugar, flour and eggs! You pretty much just melt the chocolate into the butter, mix in the remaining ingredients, pour into ramekins and bake! It's that easy! Impress that someone special in your life this Valentine's, or any other occasion that you want to be extraordinary, with these dark chocolate lava cakes!

60 Soups to Warm the Soul

60 Soups to Warm the Soul

It's never a bad time for a nice, hot, comforting bowl of soup, especially on a cool winter day! Soups can be pretty amazing; they are pure comfort food and they are able to pick you up when you are down, warm you up when you are cold and of course help you feel better when you are sick. There are so many different kinds of soups that you will never get bored whether you like to stick with your favourites or if you like to try new ones all the time. I am always looking for a tasty new bowl of soup and these are a few of my favourites; I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do!

Raspberry White Chocolate Lava Cakes

Raspberry White Chocolate Lava Cakes
Today I have a recipe for raspberry white chocolate lava cakes to share with you for Valentine's Day, or any other special occasion, even "just because"! This cake has a nice, light and fluffy outside and the centre is filled with melted/molten raspberry white chocolate that just gushes out when you cut into it! You might think that this would be a complex recipe but it's actually super easy with only one batter that bakes into the cake with the solid outside and liquid inside! The base of this cake is white chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs and a bit of flour along with raspberries! The baking time is the magic here, where you bake it until the outside has baked into a solid cake but the inside is still liquid. It's actually pretty easy to time it perfectly, you want to bake it until the edges look baked, lightly golden brown and the middle of the top looks like it's still a little moist and it still jiggles a bit. You want to serve it soon after pulling it out of the oven so that the middle remaining nice and liquid! Whether you are making these raspberry white chocolate lava cakes for someone special on Valentine's Day or "just because", they are sure to impress and nobody needs to know how easy they are to make!

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy
I always enjoy a nice steak, whether it's a tenderloin steak, a rib eye, a new york, etc. and I also enjoy the classic salisbury steak, aka the hamburger steak which is so quick, easy and cheap to make. The salisbury steak is basically a ground beef patty (aka a burger patty) that is pan fried until crispy on the outside and served like a steak to be eaten with a knife and fork rather than in a bun like a burger. Because the steaks are cooked in a pan it's really nice to make a simple pan sauce to take advantage of all of the brown bits of flavour that are stuck to the bottom of the pan after cooking the patties in it! I like to go with a mushroom and onion style gravy seasoned simply with garlic and thyme and the combo with the beef patties is a fabulous one. Because we are dealing with a ground meat patty here, we have the opportunity to add flavour, both to the patties and to the gravy. I often like to keep it simple and go with the recipe as written but it's also nice to change it up every once in a while. No matter how you go with these salisbury steaks with mushroom gravy, you are sure to enjoy them!

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake
Valentines Day is next week and I have been testing some new recipes out! Not too long ago a shop (Uncle Tetsu) opened up in town (Toronto) that makes Japanese souffle cheesecakes and there were lineups around the block for months after it opened! Eventually I got around to trying it out and they were good, and that meant one thing, that I would have to try making my own! I usually enjoy a nice creamy New York style cheesecake which are normally pretty heavy or dense where as these Japanese style cheesecakes are nice and light and fluffy while still having that amazing cheesecake flavour. Given that Valentine's Day was approaching I thought that it was the perfect time to start working on my Japanese souffle style cheese cake, aka cotton cheesecake, and of course it would have to be chocolate!

I tried a number of different recipes and I settled on this one which is super easy to make, containing just 4 ingredients, and takes less than an hour to whip up! You start out by melting some dark chocolate into the cream cheese which is nice because melting them together helps ensure both that the chocolate does not burn and that there are no lumps of cream cheese, because no-one like lumps in their cheesecake! The egg yolks and sugar are then mixed into the chocolate and cream cheese mixture. The next part is what makes this cheese cake souffle like and adds that nice lightness and fluffiness, the egg whites are beaten into stiff peaks and gently folded into the batter. (A new York style cheesecake differs in that there is more cream cheese, less eggs and the egg whites are not beaten which give it it's denser texture.) The batter is then poured into a pan and baked in a water bath during which the cheesecake will puff up even further only to collapse a bit as it cools. The final result is a light and airy Japanese souffle style cheesecake (cotton cheesecake) that simply melts in your mouth! This dark chocolate version is decadently delicious and perfect for your chocolate indulgence!

70 Valentine's Day Recipes

70 Valentine's Day Recipes

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that means that it's time to start thinking about what recipes you want to make for that special person in your life. Homemade food is a great way to show that you care so I thought that I would take the opportunity to roundup some of my favourite recipes for Valentine's Day. This list includes tasty recipes for everything from breakfast in bed, to appetizers, dinners for two and of course plenty of decadent chocolate treats! Most of these Valentine's Day recipes are super quick and easy to make for all levels of cooking skills. No matter what you make, a homemade Valentin's Day recipe is bound to bring a smile to that special person in your life!