Cajun Chicken Alfredo Dip

Cajun Chicken Alfredo Dip
Today I have a fun and tasty recipe for you, a cajun chicken alfredo pasta inspired dish in dip form! That's right, all of the flavours of a cajun chicken alfredo pasta in a hot melted cheese style dip that is great for snacking on while watching the game! This dip starts out by making a simple alfredo sauce with butter, garlic, cream, cajun seasoning along with plenty of parmesan cheese which is then combined with the dips base of cream cheese and mozzarella and the chicken. I like add broccoli, which I also enjoy adding to the pasta dish, and the vegetable makes it healthier and I then can feel OK about having the dip as a meal! :) Everything is then baked until the cheese is all ooey, gooey, melted and good! Perfect for scooping with garlic rubbed crostini or chips! This cajun chicken alfredo dip is amazing for munching on while watching the game, snacking on at a party or having for a fun family dinner!

Mushroom Recipes

Mushroom Recipes

October the 15th is National Mushroom Day and since mushrooms are one of my favourite foods I took it as an excuse to roundup some of my tastiest mushroom recipes! Mushrooms are so versatile! You can use them in breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks,... hey wait a minute, I wonder if they can be used in desserts? They are amazing in salads, soups, pastas, sauces, omelettes, etc., the larger portobello mushrooms can even be used as bowls/plates! No matter how you celebrate National Mushroom Day, it's bound to be tasty!

What are your favourite ways of enjoying mushrooms?

Jalapeno and Cheddar Corn Pancakes with Bacon (aka Jalapeno Popper Pancakes)

Jalapeno and Cheddar Corn Pancakes with Bacon (aka Jalapeno Popper Pancakes)
I have really been enjoying a lot of pancakes recently and my next batch, and possibly my favourite recipe, are these tasty jalapeno and cheddar corn pancakes! These pancakes were inspired by the flavours of jalapeno poppers! Of course spicy jalapenos are the primary ingredient and I like to balance things out with the addition of sweet corn and honey. Next up is the cheese aspect of the poppers that I add with large cubes of cheddar cheese which melts in pockets in the pancakes that just burst into your mouth when you bite into them, that is if they don't melt and ooze out into the pan when cooked. I also enjoy a bacon wrapped version of jalapeno poppers so I like to add crispy cooked bacon to the pancakes, in addition to serving it with extra strips; you can never have too much bacon! These jalapeno and cheddar corn pancakes with bacon (aka jalapeno popper pancakes) are an amazing combination of sweet and savoury that is simply magical!

31 Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Recipes

October is the month for pumpkins! Pumpkins are everywhere and it's the perfect time to take advantage of them because they won't last long. Although pumpkin pie seems to get all of the attention, and with good reason, pumpkin is pretty versatile and it can be used in many different things both sweet and savoury from desserts to breakfasts to appetizers, side dishes and even mains! I am definitely a fan of pumpkin and I always have fun using it in new dishes at this time of year! I thought that it was about time to gather up and share a few of my favourite pumpkin recipes!

A lot of these recipes call for pumpkin puree which is super easy to make at home and perfect during pumpkin season but it is also available canned which is convenient and available year round. Although these recipes are great with actual pie pumpkins you can also make them with other sweet pumpkins and winter squash like butternut squash, which is also easy to roast and puree.

Asiago Cauliflower and Quinoa Chowder

Asiago Cauliflower Chowder
Soups are one of my favourite meals and with the weather cooling they are in season again! I thought I would kick off soup season by sharing my current favourite, this tasty asiago cauliflower chowder! Cauliflower is a fabulous ingredient in soups either pureed or in chunks and its pretty healthy, especially when combined with plenty of other veggies along with chickpeas and quinoa! A lot of the flavour from comes from the asiago cheese which is a flavourful hard cheese that melts right into the soup infusing it with pure flavour. One of the best things about this soup is that it takes less than 30 minutes to make, making it perfect for busy work night meals and you can easily make a double batch and bring the leftovers into work for lunch the next day! This asiago cauliflower chowder is the perfect soup for enjoying these cooler fall days!

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

The Thanksgiving dinner is a truly amazing thing and one of the parts that I enjoy most is just getting started when the dinner comes to an end and that is thinking about creative ways to use all of the leftovers. In fact I tend to plan on making more than I believe that will be finished to ensure that there will be enough leftover to experiment with. Although I would be probably be perfectly happy using all of the leftover turkey in my favourite roast turkey sandwiches, I see it almost as a challenge to do something new and creative with the leftovers every year to keep things interesting. There are just so many things that you can do with roast turkey and if you also consider using some of the other leftovers in the same dish like the cranberry sauce or the sweet potato casserole things really start to get really fun. If you roasted a full turkey, don't throw the carcass out as you can use it to make some turkey stock and that opens up a whole new load of doors for turkey soups and stews. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some ideas for using your Thanksgiving leftovers in creative ways and so I present to you some of my favourites!

Loaded Chipotle Carnitas Nachos

Loaded Chipotle Carnitas Nachos
Last week I shared a recipe for chipotle slow cooker carnitas and now I am sharing what I used it in, these tasty loaded chipotle carnitas nachos! Nachos are so easy to make, especially when you have all of the ingredients made already so I like to make the meat, guacamole, salsa, etc. ahead of time and then I just need to throw everything together and bake until the cheese has melted! You can top these nachos with your favourite nacho toppings and I like to go with the chipotle salsa that the carnitas were cooked in along with onions and cheese before baking followed by fresh guacamole, pico de gallo and cilantro after baking. These loaded chipotle carnitas nachos are so nice and easy to make and they are perfect to snack on while watching the game or a family friendly meal!

Crispy Parmesan Roast Potatoes

Crispy Parmesan Roast Potatoes
For me, side dishes are the fun part of a big dinner like Thanksgiving and this year I am making these crispy parmesan roast potatoes! You know when you are making a grilled cheese sandwich and some cheese oozes out of the sandwich, cooks in the pan and gets all nice and crispy and all sorts of good? You know, the best part of the grilled cheese sandwich! Well that's what these roasted potatoes are all about! Parmesan cheese is sprinkled into a baking pan and topped with the potatoes before roasting and the cheese cooks on the bottom of the baking dish just like on the bottom of the grilled cheese sandwiches pan and it gets golden brown and after letting it cool/set for a few minutes after pulling it out, it gets crispy! These roast potatoes are melt in your mouth soft and tender on the inside and crispy n the outside and just pack with melted cheese flavour! Yum! Step aside French fries, there a new king of potatoes in town!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cheesecake

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake
The first new recipe that I am planning for Thanksgiving this year is a dessert recipe, a white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake! Cheesecake is my all time favourite dessert but and with a classic Thanksgiving dessert being the pumpkin pie I thought I would combine the two! A New York style baked cheesecake is pretty simple with a cookie crumb crust topped with a cream cheese and egg layer that is nice and dense, creamy and good! For this pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices are added to the cream cheese and egg mixture and I enjoy adding plenty of white chocolate to make it even more decadently delicious! For the crumb crust I like to use crumbled gingersnap cookies as ginger is one of the spices in pumpkin pie spice and it goes really well with the cheesecake! This white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake is simply magical and although it does not need it, I like to drizzle it with a nice homemade caramel sauce!