Mango Panna Cotta

Mango Panna Cotta

Mango Panna Cotta ~ a simple, light and creamy dessert! The ‘king of fruits’ is reigning high this summer in our local rhythu bazaar (farmer’s market) and the varieties available seem endless.       I have had my fair share of mangoes in its pure form this season. Recently, I got down to incorporating it into an elegant Italian dessert, Panna Cotta (meaning’cooked cream’ in Italian). The luscious tropical flavor of ripe mangoes pairs beautifully with soft and...

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Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad

Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad

This simple Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad recipe comes together with just 5 ingredients. Rich and creamy cheesecake filling is folded into your favorite berries to create the most amazing fruit salad ever!  Your family will go nuts over it.     As I am sure you remember I love my coffee and always have creamer on hand, so it is super convenient to use in my recipes. It adds cream and sugar all in one. Well, one of my new favorites is this Simply Pure Vanilla...

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Parfait

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Parfait

Fill a glass with this beautiful NO BAKE Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Parfait! Layer after layer, it’s a delicious dessert recipe any time of year!       Easy desserts are my jam. I mean sure, I love baking a decadent, over the top cake from time to time. But most nights? We go the easy route. This is the perfect recipe to hang on to for summer. If you’re like me, you probably avoid turning on the oven as much as possible.        ...

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Orange Blackberry Trifle

Orange Blackberry Trifle

In true Nigella style, instead of sticking firmly to the recipe, I modified it to use what I had, something she strongly encourages in her cookbooks. I also lightened it up a bit, giving it a mini-makeover.     Nigella originally concocted her orange blackberry trifle to use up her leftover marmalade pudding cake, a recipe that is on my list to try.  I instantly thought it would be a great way to use up what remained of my light yogurt pound cake.  ...

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Roasted veggie Pitas with Avocado Dip

Roasted veggie Pitas with Avocado Dip

There is only one reason that it is a Top O’ The Monday kind of morning, and it is not the fact that I’m battling a throat-attacking cold, or the fact that we are embarking on some travels in just a few days for which I still have no hotels reserved, or the fact that our second bedroom/office is currently door-less because of a home fix-up project gone bad. Anti-inspiring Monday Things, I hereby banish you to another day. Or another life. Be gonesies.     Today...

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Crisy Black Bean & Rice Burritos

Crisy Black Bean & Rice Burritos

Burritos are BIG in our household, like seriously big.. I can’t imagine a few days going by without wrapping up one of these little baby’s. I love making burritos because they are super quick, easy, and healthy. Remember how easy those chicken burritos I made a few weeks ago were? well these burritos are very similar except with black beans and rice.       INGREDIENTS: 1 can of black beans ½ can of canned corn 1.5 cup mozzarella or Mexican blend shredded...

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Baked Jalapeno Popper Phyllo Cups

Baked Jalapeno Popper Phyllo Cups

Easy to make and even easier to eat, these baked jalapeno popper phyllo cups are the ultimate appetizer! Everyone is sure to adore this jazzed up, bite-sized, crowd-pleasing recipe!     This is totally one of those bonus recipe inception type of deals with a recipe within a recipe. You can follow the full schpiel and make the jalapeño bites as written above or simply serve the filling up as a dip with a small mountain of tortilla chips, some fresh bakery baguette,...

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Skillet Black Bean Queso

Skillet Black Bean Queso

Bold black beans and cheesy pepper jack are a match made in dipping heaven. Everyone loves this easy cheesy black bean queso!     There’s a burrito barn in Wilmington that has the most ridiculous black bean queso ever. It was getting to the point where I was starting to fantasize about driving two hours just to quell the craving. In traffic. With. A. Toddler.       INGREDIENTS:   3/4 cup tomatillo salsa verde 15 oz [1 can] vegetarian refried...

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Hummus Veggie Wrap

Hummus Veggie Wrap

This is one of those “recipes” that seems more of tour of assembly rather than an actual recipe. But because it’s become my standard lunch for the past two weeks, I deemed it in need of a share.     Hummus is easy to make at home. But perfecting the smoothest hummus can be tricky. Use store-bought or homemade hummus in this fast, fresh vegetable-filled lunch and add even more taste by using your favorite vegetable flavored wrap or tortilla. INGREDIENTS: 1 flavored...

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Loaded Guacamole Vegetarian Tacos

Loaded Guacamole Vegetarian Tacos

Veggie-loaded with lots of guacamole, black beans, corn, and peppers, these vegetarian tacos are full-on yummy.   Tacos, I think, more than any other savory food, make people happy. Set up a taco bar with lots of fixin’s, and you’ll have one giddy group of peeps. (Ever had a taco party in the summer? Lots of smoky-grilled toppings and free-flowing cocktails/mocktails/beer makes for one feel-good time.) And anything that includes guacamole. I made guac-loaded vegetarian...

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Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

Every once in a while, I find the need to detox from all the cheese-stuffed, chocolate-dipped,sprinkled-topped creations that graze these pages. And there seemed like no better time than the present to lighten the caloric load with a healthier take on a comfort food favorite: Shrimp Scampi with Linguine.       So the great news is, you’ll have your wine, and when all is said and done, you’ll have spent just 30 minutes on this recipe for Skinny Shrimp Scampi...

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Spicy Edamame Burgers

Spicy Edamame Burgers

After going vegetarian toward the end of college I became well acquainted with black bean burgers. At most restaurants (at least in my hometown) that serve burgers, the only vegetarian option is a black bean burger. I quickly found that I LOVE them (thankfully!). If I ever decide to join back up with the meat eaters, I will probably still be ordering black bean burgers from time to time. (Just for the record, I am currently a pescatarian, meaning the only meat I eat is...

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Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels & Sesame Lime Quinoa Salad

Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels & Sesame Lime Quinoa Salad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.     Two great back to school lunch options that use the same base ingredients – sesame lime quinoa salad and rainbow veggie pinwheels. A rainbow of veggies and chicken are combined with ranch spread on a rolled tortilla to make healthy and delicious pinwheel sandwiches. INGREDIENTS:   RAINBOW VEGGIE PINWHEELS: 4 large tortillas ⅔ cup whipped cream cheese...

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Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies

Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies

Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies – absolutely the easiest way to roast mushrooms, cauliflower, tomatoes and garlic Italian style. Simple and delicious.     I have a simple recipe for you today and that is roasted mushrooms and veggies. I roast veggies like this all the time, on a weekly basis. This time I chose to use gorgeous and delicious cremini mushrooms, cauliflower and tomatoes. If you’ve never had roasted tomatoes before, my friends, this needs to go...

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Cheesecake Lemon Bars

Cheesecake Lemon Bars

Here you get not just one or two layers of utter decadence but FOUR layers of heavenly, sublimely lemony, utterly creamy, melt-in your-mouth bliss! You will most definitely wow a crowd with these over-the-top bars. How could you go wrong with layered buttery shortbread, vibrant lemon bar filling, perfectly rich and creamy cheesecake and lusciously smooth sweetened sour cream all together in one bar? You just can’t.     Yes, it may seem these have an overdose of...

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Nutella Cheesecake Mousse

Nutella Cheesecake Mousse

Cheesecake mousse. They contains no eggs (like many mousse recipes do) so it doesn’t require any cooking on the stove top either. It’s just simple, irresistibly silky smooth and luscious, and amazingly fluffy mousse, at it’s finest. Then you add Nutella into the mix (literally and people what are you waiting for? These are calling your name! Simply put, these are what dreams are made of. Cheesecake and Nutella combined into one easy to make dessert that will leave you...

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Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

This Lemon Cheesecake Mousse is everything I’d hoped it would be an then some – even though it does use a store bought lemon curd (which have you added it to a s’more yet? It’s dreamy times one thousand! Just graham cracker, fire roasted marshmallow and a generous slathering of lemon curd as done here). These individual mousse cups would be perfect for Easter and Mother’s Day or for any get together. And of course they are also perfect for a weekend treat!    ...

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Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars – made with a sugar cookie crust, cream cheese filling, and blackberry topping. An incredibly easy dessert to make and seriously divine. These are the absolute perfect treat for Spring! This recipe is made easy with a pre-made sugar cookie crust. The cream cheese filling is creamy and the blackberry topping completes it.     Just look at the filling. Wow! I could eat that plain with the blackberries on top. The sugar cookie definitely...

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Chocolate Cookie Cups with Pumpkin Pie Frosting

Chocolate Cookie Cups with Pumpkin Pie Frosting

Soft and chewy Chocolate Cookie Cups filled with a smooth and creamy Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Frosting, the perfect mini dessert for Fall, or all year long!     These mini cookie cup treats were so easy to make, plus the frosting tastes just like my favorite pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie with the addition of a moist, chewy chocolate cookie cup underneath. Pumpkin and chocolate. Perfection. The frosting is thick, creamy and spiced with cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Just...

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Maple Glazed Snickerdoodle Muffins

Maple Glazed Snickerdoodle Muffins

Snickerdoodle muffins drizzled with a maple glaze. The sour cream in these muffins makes them super soft and fluffy! The cinnamon chips also add the perfect touch. My kids lit up when they saw these!     You can make them them the night before, or in the morning. My kids are always more easy to wake up when they know they’ll have something delicious to start off the day. Looking for a yummy snack/treat to make for your kids on the first day of school? They will...

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Fig & Brie Appetizers

Fig & Brie Appetizers

One of the defining features of our front yard is a giant fig tree. Each summer we harvest over 100 figs and many of these get turned into delicious jam. We’ve learned that strawberry-fig jam is the best combination as it creates a bit more complex and sweet flavor. Today I am sharing a delicious recipe with all of you that features this amazing jam. This Fig & Brie appetizer is perfect year round; when enjoyed during the middle of winter it can be a glimpse into summer...

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Who else is excited for fall? As soon as I send the kids back to school, I start dreaming about crisp autumn days, warm hot chocolate, fuzzy sweaters, and pumpkin everything! These pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting are the perfect fall dessert. They’re easy to make (you don’t even need a mixer!) and are full of delicious pumpkin flavor.     The pumpkin makes these cupcakes super moist and tender, and the sweet maple cream cheese frosting is...

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Cupcakes made with my favorite chocolate cupcakes and a creamy peanut butter frosting! All chocolate and peanut butter lovers are going to LOVE these. I made these buckeye cupcakes for my husbands birthday over the summer and they were a huge hit. I had never had a buckeye before moving to Ohio, but they may just be my new favorite candy. I love the chocolate/PB combo. If you can’t find buckeyes where you live, you could certainly use a...

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Slow Cooker Seafood Stew

Slow Cooker Seafood Stew

Slow Cooker Seafood Stew – a delicious seafood recipe cooked in a tomato-based broth with potatoes.  This stew is comforting and is an easy to make dinner recipe! Don’t you just love how easy and delicious slow cooker meals can be?  They are great for busy weeknights and long weekends.  This Slow Cooker Seafood Stew is a delicate, rich stew that is easy to prep and is a healthy dinner option.  It’s a perfect recipe for spring and summer! The tomato-based broth in this...

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Chocolate Pear Loaf Cake

Chocolate Pear Loaf Cake

Although it kinda started with the rotten pear; see below. Sucky. From there I had to walk back up to the store to get some more. That was a mistake. Hot, hot, hot—like the kinda hot that makes you mad you didn’t drive and realize, screw the few minuscule calories burned walking there, so you pick up a Frappuccino for the walk home to cool down.     Now mad, agitated and sweaty, there’s hell to pay from the baby, whose screaming from the blazing sun on his tiny little...

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Lemon Strawberry Loaf Cake

Lemon Strawberry Loaf Cake

It’s still strawberry season here in Ontario, but not for long. I made enough batches of strawberry-freezer-jam to last till next June! Froze some for smoothies and made mini strawberry-pies, I also made this delicious lemon strawberry loaf cake three times!  Many of you may who follow my blog may notice that this recipe looks familiar, that’s because it is! Its an adaptation of my orange-cranberry-loaf-cake. Unlike cranberries strawberries don’t float up, which was a...

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Pot Roast with Coffee Gravy

Pot Roast with Coffee Gravy

Slow cooked, melt in your mouth Pot Roast with Coffee Gravy and caramelized onions is the perfect comfort food for the chilly winter months!       The Custom Pour Over Brewer also offers the convenience of a traditional coffee maker with easy one touch settings, 24 hour programmability, and the ability to brew multiple cups of pour-over style coffee at the same time!   INGREDIENTS: Pot Roast 3-5 lb chuck roast salt and pepper 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1...

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Mussels in Lemon Butter Wine Sauce

Mussels in Lemon Butter Wine Sauce

Fresh, succulent Mussels in Wine Sauce are the perfect aperitif for any meal. Light, flavorful, and cooked in a delectable wine sauce that’s slurp-worthy. You’ll want some crusty bread to soak up all the savory sauce.     Whether or not that tale applies anymore, I’m more than happy to oblige. After all, It’s nearly September, and we’ll gladly bring the shellfish on board. Truth is, we load up on shellfish anytime it’s freshly available (imported,) regardless of...

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Spicy Firecracker Shrimp

Spicy Firecracker Shrimp

They turned out absolutely divine! Crispy on the outside, full of flavor and succulent and juicy on the inside….these Spicy Firecracker Shrimp would make a very sophisticated and elegant party appetizer. A great dipping sauce to serve them with is my Sweet & Spicy Chili Sauce (Thai Style), and if you’re thinking of just buying that at the store….I promise you if you try my recipe (which is super easy and quick to make with ingredients you probably have at home already),...

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Lemon Rosemary Salmon

Lemon Rosemary Salmon

Flaky salmon cooked to perfection in rich and lip-smacking-good Lemon Rosemary sauce. Ready in 20 minutes!  I love searing the salmon on the skillet because it saves a lot of time and helps the fish retain its natural juices and moisture. Oh, and the lemon-rosemary-honey glaze adds so much flavor to it. I am so happy to share this recipe with you guys!       INGREDIENTS: 1 lb salmon fillet 1 tbsp olive oil 1/3 cup dry white wine (such as a Sauvignon Blanc)...

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