Hit & Run Baked Chicken and Veggies

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I wish you could come over for dinner because I really want to share this meal with you. But don't worry, you can make this yourself! It's so simple. This could be like one of those clean out the fridge kind of meals. The best part of this meal is how quickly you can throw it together. But before I tell you more about this recipe I need to tell you how much I hated roasted tomatoes and peppers as a kid. I used to think they were so gross, hated the skin from the tomatoes or peppers. The funny … [Read more...]

Jo Cooks: 40 Thanksgiving Recipes

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Well, it's that time of year again. At least here in Canada it is. Thanksgiving time. And as usual you wonder what to cook for this turkey dinner. For me this is a very busy time of year, I start cooking a day or two before the actual dinner. But I love it, because you know me, I love to cook and bake. I love to be in my kitchen, with the TV on, bread or pies baking in the oven, drinking my coffee and cooking away. So if you've run out of ideas, here's a few recipes that might help you out. … [Read more...]

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

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You all know I love easy and simple recipes. I tried to make this jambalaya recipe as simple as possible. Now I know you might be saying that I'm missing sausages from this jambalaya, but I wanted to make it a bit healthier and so I skipped them. OK fine, I did not have any sausages so please feel free to add a couple. But regardless whether you add sausages or not, this jambalaya was a hit in my house. My picky husband could not get enough, and he's not a rice fan. I know he hates rice and … [Read more...]

Crockpot Mongolian Beef

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What's the big deal with crockpots anyway? Everywhere you look you see another crockpot recipe. If you ask me, there aren't enough crockpot recipes. I resisted buying one for a long time, but now I can tell you what the big deal is about crockpots. It literally takes you 5 minutes to get all the ingredients together, dump them in the crockpot, turn it on and forget about if for a few hours during which you can do whatever you wish. Spend more time with your family, work on what matters, go visit … [Read more...]

Sticky Buns

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When I was 14 years old I used to work in a bakery, probably told you this before, this was my first job ever. But one of my favorite things to eat there, because we could pretty much eat whatever we wanted, were these ooey gooey sticky buns. It was one of the most popular items there and whenever they were available they would sell pretty fast. Boy, were they ever good, your fingers would get all sticky and messy but it was so worth it. This is why I love sticky buns. I don't make them … [Read more...]

Indian Salmon Curry with Saffron Rice

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I love Indian food! I have been to many Indian restaurants in my day and had some amazing Indian food. Not often do I attempt to make it at home, though I have done it before. But as much as I would like to take credit for making this salmon curry dish, I must give credit where credit is due. To my huge surprise when I came home from work I found my husband making this flavorful dish. You have to understand what a huge surprise this was, I didn't even think he liked Indian food, in face I was … [Read more...]

Sausage, Spinach and Bocconcini Frittata

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Frittata! Frittata! I just love saying frittata! Isn't it a fun word? Frittata! OK, I'll stop. But this frittata is insanely delicious. It has some of my favorite ingredients, sausage and bocconcini. Yes there's spinach in here too, but really that's not one of my favorite things to eat, but seriously in this frittata you won't even taste it, and you get your greens. Seriously! In case you're wondering, I used mild Italian sausages here, yum! Now my friends, if you have not had bocconcini … [Read more...]

Baked or Fried Pizza Balls

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You all know I love my pizza! I love to make my own pizza dough and experiment with different ingredients and basically just have fun with a pizza pie. This time I wanted to have more fun because that's the kind of gal I am. I love my kitchen and I love baking and cooking in my kitchen. So what's more fun than making pizza balls. I can't think of anything. Now of course if you're not as "fun" as me, you can buy your pizza dough from the store, but if you dare to really truly use that kitchen … [Read more...]

Crockpot Cuban Style Pork Tenderloin

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One of the best $15 purchase I ever made was my crockpot. I resisted for a long time buying one, never seeing the need for one, or just being my usual stubborn self. But am I glad I broke down and bought one. Even as I was buying it, I wanted to buy the cheapest there was, still thinking it was going to be one useless purchase and $15 wasted. Well I was wrong! From day 1, my crockpot and I have had a beautiful relationship. It's like it was meant to be. We have pretty much been inseparable my … [Read more...]

Healthy Cajun Chicken Linguine

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It's been a stressful week with me being sick and still super busy at work. I look forward to Fridays and am very grateful for little things such as having a wonderful lunch with great friends. Today I had Indonesian food with my dear friend from work. I had never had Indonesian food until my friend took me to this little place at the market that sells the best red curry with basil chicken that comes with a wonderful salad and coconut milk rice. One of these days I'll have to attempt to make … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup

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I have been sick now for a few days with the flu. Pretty depressing. But it's times like this when I remember soups. There's nothing better to have than a warm soup with some cheesy bread when you have the flu. OK, so maybe the cheesy bread doesn't really help with the flu, but it goes great with this roasted garlic and tomato soup. And I love cheesy bread, dipped in this soup it's to die for. But enough about the bread, the star of this show here is the soup, after all. It's probably one … [Read more...]

Lighter Chicken Parmigiana

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Chicken Parmigiana or Chicken Parmesan as it's mostly known, it holds a dear place in my heart. I love this dish. To me this is a real comfort food. Chicken Parmigiana is an Italian dish and you can probably find it in any restaurant you go to as it's a very popular dish. Usually the chicken is breaded and fried and it's covered with tomato sauce and cheese. Here I wanted to make this chicken a little lighter. One way to save on those calories is instead of frying the chicken, I decided to … [Read more...]