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!

Creamy Parmesan Sundried Tomato and Spinach Tortellini Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Parmesan Sundried Tomato and Spinach Tortellini Cauliflower Soup
It's time for another comforting soup recipe to stave off the chill weather and this time is a creamy parmesan sundried tomato and spinach tortellini cauliflower soup! When I hear the word creamy in a soup I immediately think of copious amounts of heavy/whipping cream but in this soup I get the creaminess by using pureed cauliflower which gets things nice and creamy while keeping it light and healthy! Up next is the sundried tomatoes and I use a jar of oil packed sundried tomatoes where I puree half of them to infuse the soup with their flavour and I slice the remaining tomatoes so that you gets hits of their intense flavour when chewing on them! Of course there is plenty of freshly grated parmesan melted into the soup along with wilted spinach and fresh basil to finish it off. Whether you are looking for a comforting of soup to shake off the chill of a cold day or a soul warming bowl to curl up in your favourite chair with at the end of a long day this creamy parmesan sundried tomato and spinach tortellini cauliflower soup is just what you are looking for!

Gluten-free Recipes

Gluten-free Recipes

Update: Jan 23, 2016 - Given that it's January I was thinking about diets and that brought me to the idea of updating my gluten-free recipe favourites post! I've added a lot of new gluten-free recipes since the original post and I have now added 30+ tasty new recipes to this roundup!

One of the most commonly requested features on Closet Cooking these days has been gluten-free recipes and an easy way of accessing them. As it turns out, I have quite a few recipes that are gluten-free, more than 700, and there are even more that can easily be made gluten-free! I have spent the last few weeks labelling/tagging/categorizing and pinning all of my gluten-free recipes so that they can be more easily found and used! While I was going through all of the gluten-free recipes I took the opportunity to roundup the 50 most popular ones, which you can find below, and it is a tasty collection recipes! That's enough rambling, on to the gluten free recipes!

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All Gluten-free Recipes
Gluten-free Mains
Gluten-free Sides
Gluten-free Appetizers
Gluten-free Breakfasts
Gluten-free Salads
Gluten-free Soups

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Gluten-free Recipes Pinboard

Htipiti (Greek Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Cheese Dip)

Htipiti (Greek Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Cheese Dip)
Htipiti (or tirokafteri or tyrokafteri or tyrokavteri) is a Greek style whipped feta cheese and roasted red pepper dip or spread and with game season on I just had to whip up a batch! At it's base this dip typically consists of feta, roasted red peppers, hot peppers, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic and it is all pureed or whipped into a dip. In this version I use use a roasted jalapeno pepper (which I roast at the same time that I make the roasted red peppers) as the hot pepper and I like to add some sun-dried tomatoes for an extra kick of flavour. I tend to serve this greek roasted red pepper and feta dip with toasted pita chips but veggies are also great for scooping!