Angel Berry Trifle

An angel berry trifle that's perfect for Easter brunch made with fresh berries, angel food cake and an out of this world vanilla pudding and cream cheese custard.  If this angel berry trifle is not going to get you thinking of summer, I don't know what will. This trifle is sunshine, it's a glimpse of the summer we wish so desperately to come. Especially when here we are, Easter weekend, and it's still snowing outside. The great thing about this weekend is that Easter is at my sister's house so that saves me from doing a lot of cooking, but as usual when we go over there, I am in charge of dessert. I usually have trouble figuring out what to make because I try and make something different every time. But not this time, I've been … [Read More...]

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Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu

This gnocchi with mushroom ragu is a super easy dinner that’s ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for any night of the week. Remember I told you I work in IT (Information Technology)? I’ve been a systems analyst/software developer all my life, for almost 20 years. Stop guessing my age! Would you believe it… 

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Hot Crossed Buns

Traditional Hot Crossed Buns with a cream cheese icing, brushed with a sweet syrup and filled with juicy raisins. Perfect for your Easter brunch. I almost forgot all about Easter! Me who loves all holidays and plans for them way in advance, create my menu and get all excited way before the holiday! How is… 

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Easy Beef Lasagna

Oh hi there! I so glad you came to join me in my culinary adventures because I have a super easy recipe to share with you. If you’re like me, you’re probably scared to make lasagna because of all the work it takes, boil the noodles, make the sauce, assemble the lasagna and bake it…. 

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Baked Breaded Cauliflower Florets

Crispy cauliflower pieces breaded with Panko breadcrumbs and baked to perfection. Not only are these delicious but they are super healthy and good for you. It’s the weekend, so it’s time to relax and be silly again. I live for weekends, to have time off, relax and be with my family. And it continues to… 

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Pancetta and Gruyere Breakfast Pizza

As I sit here to write this post and look at these pizza pictures I remember the first time I ever had pizza. I was about 11 or 12 years old at a restaurant in Timisoara with my family. This was when Romania used to be communist and foods like this were not common. Eating… 

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Spicy New Orleans Shrimp

I am not a winter person, yet here I find myself in Calgary where it’s winter 10 months out of the year. Granted the 2 months out of the year that we do have a summer, has got to be the best weather in the whole wide world. While it’s true that I don’t enjoy… 

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Finnish Cardamom Rolls

A few years ago when I visited my mother in law in Romania, she taught me along with my sister in law how to make our popular walnut bread. I had written the recipe in my little notebook I had taken with me to write all my mother in law’s recipes and have treasured it… 

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Corn and Chive Pancakes with Bacon and Eggs

I have the perfect weekend breakfast for you. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love these pancakes. They’re savory pancakes packed with corn and chives and so freaking delicious. This right here is the breakfast of champions. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m a breakfast kind of person. I could… 

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No Bake Banana Pudding Dessert

I have to tell you I have been exhausted lately.  I’ve been working on this project at work for the past year and a half and it’s finally coming to fruition in the next couple months, and I couldn’t be any happier. I just want it over and done with. I want to do something… 

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Crockpot Thai Chicken Thighs

There I was this morning in my kitchen staring at these chicken thighs and wondering what I’m going to cook. Yes sometimes even I run out of ideas. As I kept staring at those thighs I got a brilliant idea. The crockpot would be my tool of choice. Now I just needed a sauce to… 

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Brown Sugar Coated Pecans

We went to Costco today. Every single time I go there I feel like a kid in a candy store, I want everything. But in smaller sizes. Everything is so big, huge bags, huge boxes, but everything looks so good. I have to practice a lot of self control because there’s only 2 of us…. 

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

I’m sure somewhere in the world it’s warm and sunny and people are wearing their shorts  or short  skirts and flip flops. I envy those people! I wonder does anyone envy me? The snow mountains in front of the house getting bigger instead of melting, snowing every day, wearing my thick winter jacket, snow boots… 

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