Saturday, February 4, 2012

Tip of the Day #10: Resources for Inspiration

Need Inspiration? Make sure to visit your local LCBO to grab a copy of their latest "Food & Drink" magazine--it is loaded with a variety of food ideas!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tip of the Day #9: Spruce up Sides!

Tasty Tip- add a mixture of fresh veggies to otherwise boring cooked ones--for example, spruce up a bowl of corn with colourful red and green peppers!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Crock Pot Potatoes

Here is yet another EASY slow cooker recipe, but this time it's a side dish!

What you need:
3 large red skin potatoes (diced)
1 package of Ranch dressing mix
3/4 cup of sour cream
1 can of cream of chicken soup


1. Spray your crock pot with cooking spray as it will prevent ingredients from sticking--this is an ESSENTIAL step!
2. Mix all ingredients (except potatoes) in a large bowl and stir well. Add potatoes and stir until the potatoes are completely coated. Add a dash of salt & pepper.
3. Pour into crock pot, cook on low for 4-5 hours or until potatoes are tender. 4. Stir occasionally as cream and potatoes start to stick to the sides.


Tip of the Day #8: Squeeze Bottle Alternatives

Start saving old squeeze bottles so you can find other uses for them!! Ex: For pancake mix!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Ultimate in Veggie Dips

There is a vegetable dip that has become a huge tradition in my family--every Holiday occasion brings a request for this one-of-kind dip! I do not really know the age of its existence, but I am aware that it has been around since *I* was born and it has always been a hit wherever it goes! Try it out and I am positive it will be a success with your close ones as well...and maybe it can be another idea for a Superbowl snack?

It's as simple as mixing all the following ingredients together:

2 cups WHOLE EGG Mayonnaise (preferably Hellmanns)
2 cups REGULAR sour cream
2 tbsp minced onion flakes
2 tbsp parsley flakes
1 tbsp of dillweed
1 tbsp accent
1 tbsp season salt
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Place in fridge until ready to serve

**This recipe makes close to a large bowl, so if only looking for a smaller portion, cut all ingredients in half.

Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

This is not only a delicious recipe, but one of the easiest as well, since it is all done inside the convenience of your slow cooker!

What you need:

1. 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast (or to save money you can use thighs or drums)
2. One package of Ranch dressing powder
3. 1 bottle of Buffalo Wing sauce (President's choice has a great one)
4. 2 tbsp butter
5. Kaiser or sesame seed buns (or any of your favourites)


1. Place your chicken in the crock pot.

2. Sprinkle with 3/4's of the Ranch dressing pack

3. Pour and drench chicken in Buffalo sauce.

4. Close lid and let bake on high for 6-8 hours.

5. After 5-6 hours, pull chicken apart with 2 forks, and place back in crock pot. ( If you used chicken with 'bone-in,' this is when you will remove all bones)

6. Smother again in more Buffalo sauce and add 2 tbsp of butter.

7. Continue cooking for 1-2 hours, until you feel it 'looks ready.'

8. Pile chicken on bun and drizzle with Blue Cheese and SERVE!

***This recipe is suitable for children by substituting the Buffalo Wing sauce for any Barbecue sauce of your choice, and omitting the Blue Cheese at the end.

Tip of the Day #7: Growing Herbs at Home

Instead of buying your herbs, make the move and grow your own at home!