Chocolate Red Velvet Cheesecake for Two

Chocolate Red Velvet Cheesecake for Two
Valentine's Day is this weekend and I have one more treat for you, a chocolate red velvet cheesecake for two! This cheesecake recipe is perfectly portioned to make two individual sized servings so it's great for special nights like Valentine's Day. With red being the colour of Valentine's Day this cheesecake is nice and velvety red and it includes not one but two kinds of chocolate, melted white chocolate and a blast of cocoa powder. I made these cheesecakes without a crust to keep them light but it's easy enough to add a chocolate crust! Feel free to serve these magical little double chocolate red velvet cheesecakes for two topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate along with a side of raspberries or strawberries!

Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce

Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce
This creamy brie mushroom sauce from the mushroom and peppercorn crusted steak in a creamy brie mushroom sauce was so good that I felt that I had to break it off into it's own recipe. I mean this mushroom sauce is amazing all by itself on the afore mentioned steak, pork chops, simply tossed with pasta or smothering vegetables like cauliflower, mashed potatoes, green beans etc. In addition to being addictively good, this sauce only takes about 30 minutes to make so if you are serving it on pasta, steak, pork chops, etc. it's done in time to make for a nice quick 30 minute meal! The brie in this mushroom sauce makes it so nice and creamy and it lets you cut back on the amount of heavy/whipping cream at the same time. I like to add a bit of white miso paste to add some extra umami but it's completely optional. Once you try this creamy brie mushroom sauce you'll be using it on everything, that is when you can stop yourself from just eating a bowl full all by itself!

Mushroom and Peppercorn Crusted Steak in a Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce

Mushroom and Peppercorn Crusted Steak in a Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce
With Valentine's Day just around the corner I have been thinking and testing out some new recipes and this tasty Mushroom and Peppercorn Crusted Steak in a Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce is the front runner this year. Steak is always a favourite and it goes so well with mushrooms and it's even better when you crust the steak with mushrooms by coarsely grinding up some dried mushrooms and pressing them into the steak before searing it, grilling it, etc. Steak done crusted with mushrooms like this is so amazingly good but I could not stop there so I grabbed my favourite mushroom sauce and I took it to a whole new level by using brie cheese to make it even creamier and oh so good! You can use any mushrooms that you like in this sauce and for this one I used a combination of button, oyster, portobello and enoki mushrooms to make it extra special! No matter how you slice it, this Mushroom and Peppercorn Crusted Steak in a Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce is perfect for any occasion and there won't be any leftovers!

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!

Quick and Easy Beef and Pepper Stir-fry

Quick and Easy Beef and Pepper Stir-fry

Today is the Lunar New Year, also sometimes called the Chinese New Year, and since it's a work night I thought that I would share a recipe for a tasty, quick and easy beef and pepper stir-fry! This steak and pepper stir-fry takes only 20 minutes to make, that's just as much time as it takes to cook the rice to serve it with, so it's definitely a great meal for a busy work night! Despite being nice and easy to make this recipe is just packed with flavour starting with the usual suspects including soy sauce, garlic and ginger with some chili sauce for heat and a finish of sesame oil for those amazing aromatics! I also like to throw in a not so secret ingredient that adds something special and right now my favourite is sweet soy sauce which has a caramel-y sweet flavour that just makes the dish shine but other equally great ingredients include hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar or even molasses; so change it up for something new every time! No matter how you make it this quick and easy beef and pepper stir-fry is sure to please!

Enjoy the Lunar New Year!

25 Recipes for the Chinese New Year

Chinese Recipes for the New Year

The lunar new year, aka the Chinese new year, is tomorrow and it's the perfect excuse to to pull out some of my favourite Chinese recipes in addition to trying some new ones! I am a big fan of Chinese cuisine, both traditional style Chinese and American style Chinese, ie. Chinese takeout, and luckily they are both easy to make at home! Below you will find a mix of both traditional and takeout style Chinese recipes that are really easy make and most of them can be made with ingredients that are already in your pantry! I always find that it's fun to try to recreate recipes that I have had at restaurants and this is especially true for Chinese takeout where I can make the dishes much lighter and healthier than the takeout version and what's more, the homemade version tastes even better! Whether you are celebrating the Chinese New Year or not, you really cannot go wrong with making any of these tasty recipes at home!

100 Game Day Snacks

100 Game Day Snacks

The football playoff, aka "The Big Game", is this weekend and that means that it's time to start planning your game day snacking menu! Whether you are throwing party at home in front of the big screen or heading out to a tailgating party you are going to need some tasty snacks! With that in mind I have gathered some of my favourite football munchies recipes and they include everything from decadent dips to chicken wings, chilies, grilled meat, jalapeno poppers, potato skins and grilled cheese sandwiches! All of these recipes are easy to make and many of them are even slow cooker friendly so drop that phone and don't bother ordering takeout when you can make something far better at home with little or no effort! No matter which of these recipes you make, they are all sure to keep you satisfied while watching the big game!

75 Healthy Game Day Snacks

Healthy Game Day Snacking


Are you looking for some healthier snacking ideas for the Big Game, aka the football playoffs, tomorrow? I know that a lot of the 100 Game Day Snacks that I shared with you yesterday were not the healthiest recipes around so I decided to come up with a list of healthier munchies for the game. I know that a lot of you are rolling your eyes about now but these recipes are lighter without sacrificing anything in the way of flavour! The only things that are sacrificed are the carbs, calories and fat and all of these recipes are really easy to make and super tasty! This list of healthy game day snacks includes everything from buffalo cauliflower to veggie pizzas, dips, grilled meat on a stick, nachos, baked crispy veggie 'fries', quesadillas, chilies, casseroles, etc; pretty much anything that you could ask for! So if you are looking for some lighter snacking ideas for the Big Game this weekend I've got you covered and no matter which of these recipes you choose they are sure to satisfy and make your party the talk of the town!

Sriracha Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

Sriracha Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs
Up next I have some spicy sriracha teriyaki chicken meatballs that are just perfect for both snacking on while watching the game and for dinner. Anything teriyaki starts out with a teriyaki sauce and I like to make my own, especially when it's a simple combination of salty soy sauce with something sweet like mirin or in this case brown sugar. (Teriyaki sauce usually also contains sake but it's ok to omit it here.) These meatballs begin as you would expect with some ground chicken along with an egg and breadcrumbs as binders and they are seasoned with green onions, garlic, ginger and a touch of the tasty homemade teriyaki sauce. When I think about things teriyaki I often think about adding pineapple since it's such a fabulous combination so these meatballs also contains some crushed pineapple and the teriyaki sauce uses pineapple juice! Once the meatballs are assembled they just take a few minutes in the oven to bake, then you toss them in the teriyaki sauce and you are in teriyaki chicken meatball heaven! Serve with toothpicks and extra sriracha chili sauce if desired!