Kielbasa Sauerkraut Soup

Kielbasa Sauerkraut Soup
It's time for another soup recipe and this kielbasa sauerkraut soup sure is one tasty bowl of comfort food! Sauerkraut and sausage is a fabulous flavour combination and it's absolutely amazing in soup form! This soup starts off with bacon which is cooked and set aside before cooking the kielbasa sausage in the bacon grease followed by the base of veggies including onions, carrots and celery. Next up is the sauerkraut along with some potatoes, beans and quinoa which make this a super hearty and healthy meal in addition to being packed with flavour! I like to serve this kielbasa and sauerkraut soup topped with sour cream and grainy mustard with a side of buttered rye bread!

Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef
For busy days I like to keep some super quick and easy recipes on hand like this slow cooker Mongolian beef which is just packed with flavour. My regular stove top version of Mongolian beef is pretty quick and easy to begin with but the slow cooker makes it even easier! You pretty much just throw everything into the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a cooked main, just quickly cook some rice and a veggie to go with it and you are set! The base version this recipe is just the beef in a sauce but you can also throw in some vegetables like onions, carrots, peppers, etc to make more of the meal in one pot. This slow cooker mongolian beef is melt in your mouth tender, tasty and light; a perfect meal for busy 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!

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Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

The turkey may be the star of the show but it's definitely the dessert that gets all the attention! I often like to go all out with the dessert and with falls harvest around there are plenty of options. My biggest problem is trying to decide which dessert to make as there are just too many amazing options. Despite the fact that I want to go all out on dessert I recognize the fact that the Thanksgiving meal is already a huge production and so I appreciate a dessert that can be made a day or two ahead of time.

Pecan Pie Cheesecake with Pecan Caramel Sauce

Pecan Pie Cheesecake with Pecan Caramel Sauce
Pecan pie and cheesecake are two of my all time favourite desserts (especially for Thanksgiving) and combining the two makes things even better! This decadent treat starts out with the pecan pie filling which is simmered on the stove top until it thickens before pouring it into the crust in a springform pan. Next up is the cheesecake layer which is a pretty basic cheesecake recipe using brown sugar instead of regular sugar which goes with the flavours of pecan pie. The whole thing is baked until both layers are set before cooling and enjoying! This two layer cake of pure magical delight is amazing all by itself but why stop there when you can top it all off with a simple pecan caramel sauce? This pecan pie cheesecake with pecan caramel sauce is easy to make and perfect for any special occasion, holiday dinner or any time at all!

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Although the turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving meal, I find that I spend more time planning the side dishes. There is only so much that you can do with the turkey so I spend a lot of my creativity coming up with exciting and tasty side dishes. I do try to restrain myself a bit though as the Thanksgiving dinner is already really big and it requires a lot of time and effort to make. As a general rule of thumb, I try to go with one green vegetable and one potato or squash side dish and then maybe one or two others and the sky is the limit for the extras! Sometimes it is nice to go with old favourites or maybe a new take on a classic and I like to try at least a few completely new dishes every year.

Pecan Crusted Turkey Cutlets with Bacon-Maple Onion Marmalade

Pecan Crusted Turkey Cutlets with Bacon-Maple Onion Marmalade
Not looking for a big, multi course, meal this Thanksgiving? How about these pecan crusted turkey cutlets with bacon-maple onion marmalade; a quick and easy turkey main that is perfect for any occasion! This meal is started by making the bacon-maple onion marmalade, which although it takes a bit of time, it's so easy! You start by cooking the onions until they caramelize and get all nice and sweet before adding maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and bacon far an amazing balance of sweet, sour and salty! The pecan crusted turkey is also really simple where you spread on some tangy dijon mustard on the turkey before pressing on chopped pecans and baking in the oven until the turkey is cooked and the pecans are nice and toasted and crispy! If you make the onion marmalade the day before this meal takes almost not time to make, making it a nice alternative to a full roast turkey!

Serve with some Thanksgiving side dish recipes!

Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

While everyone is waiting for the big dinner you cannot let them starve and this is where the snacks and appetizers come in. The appetizers or hors d oeuvres, are always one of my favourite parts of planning Thanksgiving and they are a great way to make your Thanksgiving day stand out. There are just so many different things that you can do with appetizers from a simple platter of meats, cheeses and fruit, to cookies, to dips, to chips, to crostini or even finger sized pies. Although I always enjoy sticking in season with pumpkin and cranberry dishes, I don't let it constrain me too much and I am not afraid to mix it up with combinations of sweet and savoury. The only thing that you need to be careful about really, is that you do not ruin your guests appetite for the big meal!

Creamy Brie Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Soup

Creamy Brie Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Soup
Sweet potato casserole is a classic Thanksgiving side dish and one day I was dreaming about soups for the holidays the two ideas crossed paths this creamy brie sweet potato pecan pie soup was born! This soup has a savoury base that starts with onions and garlic moving on to chicken broth after which we start with some sweet aspects with some apple cider. The sweet potatoes are simmered in the broth until tender, brie is added for creaminess along with some more savoury undertones, and once the cheese has melted everything is pureed until silky smooth. Things are finished off with some more sweet in the form of maple syrup and a hint of vanilla! This soup is amazing just like this but I like to top my sweet potato pie with a crunch pecan topping and so I top this soup off with a crispy rolled oat and pecan crumble! Yum! This creamy brie sweet potato pecan pie soup is such a fabulous starter fro your Holiday meal and it also makes for a great meal served all by itself!

Thanksgiving Main Course Recipes

Thanksgiving Main Course Recipes

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I thought that it was about time that I dusted off and updated the roundups of all of my favourite Thanksgiving dishes starting with the main course. I have to say that a simple roast turkey is my favourite main course and I am always looking forward to it! Although you could get all fancy with your roast turkey, you really don't have to as a long as you roast it properly, that turkey is going to shine all by itself. Since I generally serve Thanksgiving diner to a small group of people I often opt to just go with a large turkey breast which is much easier to roast but you do miss out on all of the dark meat and the bone that you can make turkey stock from. If turkey is just not your thing or if you are just bored with it or if you are serving to a large group of people and want a second roast, you cannot go wrong serving a ham, a roast beef or even a roast lamb. Without further ado, on to the recipes:

Crispy Parmesan Roast Cauliflower

Crispy Parmesan Roast Cauliflower
With the holidays coming I like to have some good side dish recipes at the ready for special meals and this crispy parmesan roast cauliflower is definitely on my short list! This side is so easy to make! You simply spread some parmesan cheese over the bottom of a baking dish, press the cauliflower florets into the parmesan and roast until the cauliflower is just tender crisp and the parmesan has melted and turned a nice golden brown. When the cheese cools a bit it gets nice and crispy; just like the cheese that oozes out of the sides of your grilled cheese sandwich and gets all sorts of nice and crispy and good! Yum! You can roast a few different veggies like this and cauliflower is my favourite and it's a great option for low-carbers. If you're looking for a side dish recipe over the holiday's you really can't go wrong with this tasty crispy parmesan roast cauliflower!

Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes

Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is almost here! That means it's time to roundup some Thanksgiving recipes stating with some recipes for breakfast! Having a couple of days off for Thanksgiving means that you can spend a bit more time on breakfasts giving you the perfect opportunity to make something a bit fancier and to share it with family and loved ones. Not only will these Thanksgiving brunches impress your guests but they will keep them fueled up t make it through the busy day! Here are a few tasty breakfast ideas for your Thanksgiving holiday!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin and white chocolate is an amazing flavour combination and I can't help but think about using it in cookies like these pumpkin white chocolate chip cookies! This is a pretty simple chocolate chip cookie recipe with the addition of pumpkin puree and the use of white chocolate chips! I like to add the classic pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg which also go well with the white chocolate. You can easily swap out the white chocolate chips for milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, cinnamon chips, caramel chips, etc. These pumpkin white chocolate chip cookies are perfect for the holidays!

Caramel Apple Bread

Caramel Apple Bread
Apples are everywhere these days and I always enjoy using them in recipes like this caramel apple bread that is jam packed with chunks of apples and pockets of melted caramel! This is a quick bread so it's super easy to make! You simply mix all of the dry ingredients into the mixture of the wet ingredients, pour the batter into a pan and bake; it's done in less than an hour! Instead of using all regular flour, I like to replace half of it with whole wheat flour and the addition of old fashioned rolled oats adds an amazing texture and flavour to the bread that goes so well with the apples! For the wet ingredients I go with brown sugar for the hint of molasses flavour along with yogurt and apple sauce which helps keep the cake light and moist without so much oil. Of course the star of the show here is the large chunks of apple and the caramels, which melt right into the bread leaving pockets of melted caramel! Yum! This caramel apple bread is amazing all by itself, or slathered with melting butter and some extra caramel sauce certainly doesn't hurt!

Make two loafs on the weekend for quick breakfasts during the week!

Chorizo and Potato Tostadas with Fried Eggs

Chorizo and Potato Tostadas with Fried Eggs
Crispy fried chorizo and potatoes are a great meal all by themselves but why not kick them up a bit by topping them with a fried egg with a runny yolk in addition to some tasty salsa verde and serving it all tostada style on crispy tortillas? Yum! These tostadas are so easy to make! You fry the tortillas in oil until crispy, fry the sausage and potatoes and the eggs before throwing everything together!

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach
It's time for a new soup recipe and it a tasty one, a tortellini soup with Italian sausage and spinach! This soup starts out with Italian style sausage, which are just packed with flavour, along with onions, garlic and a pinch of chili pepper flakes. Chicken broth and diced tomatoes fill out the body of the soup and the cheese tortellini brings everything home. I like to melt plenty of parmesan cheese into the broth which brings even more flavour. You really can't go wrong with the addition of some healthy fresh baby spinach leaves which wilt into the soup nicely. This tortellini soup with Italian sausage and spinach is just perfect for these cool autumn days!

Apple-icious Recipes

Apple-icious Recipes

One of my favourite things about fall is that it's apple season! Apples are amazing for snacking on and they can be used as an ingredients in a wide variety of dishes both fresh and cooked. You really can't go wrong adding some fresh diced apples to a salad and they bring a nice crisp texture along with a sweet and tart flavour but that is really just the beginning. Apples are truly amazing in sweet baked dishes like apple pies, crumbles, crisps, cakes, buns, muffins, oatmeal, etc. but they are also fabulous in savoury dishes like soups, sandwiches, quiches, etc. Let's not forget about some other classic apple uses including apple juice, apple cider and apple sauce all of which are fun and easy to make fresh at home! With all of the different varieties of apples at the market these days I could not help but think of some of my favourite apple recipes which I share here with you now. No matter how you use apples this fall you are bound to enjoy them!

Crispy Fried Chorizo and Potatoes

Crispy Fried Chorizo and Potatoes
After making a fresh batch of Mexican chorizo the first thing that I like to use it in is with some crispy fried potatoes! This dish is so simple! You just fry the chorizo until it's cooked, and then you keep frying it until it just starts to get all nice and crispy and good! Then you fry some diced potato in the same oil that the chorizo was fried in until the potatoes are crispy on the outside, cooked and soft on the inside and all of the chorizo flavour from the oil has infused into them! These crispy fried potatoes and chorizo are great all by themselves or you can throw them into tacos, burritos, quesadillas, top them with a fried egg, mix in scrambled eggs, etc. along with your favourite taco style toppings.

Homemade Mexican Chorizo (Fresh Pork Sausage)

Homemade Mexican Chorizo (Fresh Pork Sausage)
Mexican chorizo is a tasty fresh pork sausage stuffed with chilies, garlic and other seasonings. Unlike the Spanish sausage with the same name Mexican chorizo sausage needs to be cooked and you can find it along with the other fresh sausages in many grocery stores. Of course it is also easy to make at home, you pretty much just need to soak the chilies, puree them and mix them and the seasonings into some ground pork and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Of course you can stuff the chorizo into sausage casings but I generally just prefer to cook it like any ground meat in a pan, breaking it up. Chorizo is really convenient to have on hand since you just need to cook it in a pan and you are ready to go. Like a lot of Mexican meats it can be used in a lot of different dishes from tacos to quesadillas, tostadas, queso fundido or even just mixed in with your scrambled eggs for breakfast. Check out below the recipe for some tasty ways to use Mexican chorizo sausage.

Parmesan and Herb Crusted Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce

Parmesan and Herb Crusted Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce
It's been a while since I last shared a seafood/fish recipe and so the perfect time to pull out this classic parmesan and herb crusted salmon with lemon cream sauce. This dish is so quick and easy to make and yet so full of flavour! The fish, which can be a lot of different types of fish including salmon, trout, tilapia, cod, etc, is coated with breadcrumbs, parmesan and herbs and baked until the fish is tender and the crust is golden brown and crispy. Everything is then finally topped off with a fresh creamy lemon sauce which brings everything together perfectly. This dish is great for busy work nights and it's impressive enough for guests!