A Summer Side…

Tomatoes, basil and fresh corn, three of my favorites! So when I came across this Caprese salad recipe I had to make it. We are the supposed ‘corn capital’ here in our area. I don’t know what area we span, BC, Canada, North America! But we do take pride in our local corn. Personally my favourite is the Super Sweet variety sold at the Sparke’s Corn barns. You can find a “Chilliwack Corn Stand” at every corner from July-September here, so one does not have to go far for the sweet ingredient in this salad!

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INGREDIENTS

½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
4 medium size ears fresh corn , husked and silk removed
3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved, (I use multi coloured)
2 medium tomatoes, preferably heirloom, halved and sliced in to ¼ inch slices
3 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced into ¼ inch cubes or 3 ounces of Fresh Mozzarella Pearls
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 medium clove garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup small fresh basil leaves, if you don’t have small leaves, roughly chop enough larger leaves to equal ¼ cup
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves*** (optional)

Boil the ears of corn for 2-3 minutes, remove from water and cool.
When corn is cool enough to handle, cut kernels from cobs. Discard cobs.
Combine tomatoes, corn and fresh mozzarella in a medium size bowl.
For the dressing combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk well.
Add 2-3 tablespoons dressing to tomato/corn mixture and stir gently to combine. Taste and add more dressing and additional kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, if needed

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Peachy Sunday

Ahhhh Sundays in the summer, I love them! Living in beautiful British Columbia, summers are wonderful for our fresh fruit. I have had it on my mind for a while now to make a peach pie. and I had come across many recipes while scrolling through Pinterest. When someone asks me about Pinterest, 2 words, Life Changing!

I am crazy about my recipe book Butter Baked Goods, it has the best recipes, and is my go to for the pie crust recipe. I don’t believe in store bought crusts!If you follow my on Instagram, I mentioned that I would share my Peach Pie recipe that I used today. Of course, I think that I always need to double my recipes, I really need to remember that it’s just the 2 of us now!

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There is something about vintage Corning Ware that I just love!

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Here is the link for the recipe I used today, it was a bit runnier than I anticipated, I would perhaps add 2 more Tbsp of cornstarch to the recipe.

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What do you like to make with peaches!?

Summer Lovin’

Yes, summer lovin’! I love the sunshine, the activities that come with summer time, and of course the fresh fruit and veggies that are so abundant around here at this time of year. I must admit, I do have a slight addiction to canning and mason jars! I guess it’s not a dangerous type of addiction that can cause harm, so I am safe!

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love my sign from Typo shop in Australia!

Currently I have 30 pounds of cabbage fermenting for another 5-6 weeks to make my own sauerkraut as well. I haven’t tried it before, so I am curious how it will turn out. This morning I came across a recipe for Peach Pie Moonshine, so it has me thinking I should try this next, along with some more mustards and a Siracha sauce of my own. We have an abundance of peppers growing in our yard and I will make use of them!

Here I wanted to share a couple of my canned goods from the past couple of weeks.

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Some yummy mediterranean style mushrooms, pickled beets, cranberry siracha pepper jelly and blackberry jelly!

Here is a little glimpse of some of the stock downstairs!

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Fresh Strawberry Heaven!

This time of year gets me very excited with all the wonderful berries that are coming in to season. I start researching well in advance as to what I can make that’s new with the local berries that are coming out.

Today was the first trip of 2015 to the strawberry patch! Today little bird and baby bird came with me to get some berries. After a recommendation, we decided to try a new berry patch, Krause Farms in Aldergrove. We arrived around 10 am, and the parking lot was nearly full, so of course a little panic set in, are there any berries left!?

Lucky for us there were!  Although it was somewhat picked over, we did manage to pick what we needed. IMG_7848IMG_7857

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Once I got home, it was time to make something yummy for dessert with the strawberries. I am always wanting to try new recipes, and I hit the jackpot on this one. I found this cute little blog that has everything on it that I love! Here is a link to her recipe for the Strawberry Pie. Of course it said you could use a store bought pie shell, but that is kind of against my baking religion! I resort to my old stand by recipe from Butter Baked Goods for a pie shell. Of course I use Rogers flour, I have to support where papa bird works!

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I must say, if you have fresh strawberries handy, try this recipe, it is delicious and simple. Papa bird who doesn’t like pies, really enjoyed it!!!

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If you have a favourite berry recipe, please share!!!

Cleaning the Inside of Me….

Yes, as the title says, I am trying to clean the inside of me. In December a co-worker came to me and asked me if I would like to do the Whole 30 with her. Without even thinking, I immediately said sure!! I had no clue what the Whole 30 was, so when I came home that day and told my husband we are doing the whole 30, I really had no further information. I had till January 5th, to get my head around what I had gotten myself in to. The more I read, I thought, heck I can do this, although I will miss sushi nights.

January 5th came, and it began. I had meal plans made out, shopping lists in hand for groceries, and a shit load of processed crap still in my pantry! The 30 days flew by, and honestly, it was the best thing that could have happened to us. Our eyes were opened as to what just has been going in our bodies. Don’t get me wrong, I love crackers, cheese, wine and chocolate! And I will never give it up entirely, but will eat and drink it in moderation now.

Hubby and I thought that immediately on Day 31, we would be rushing to go for sushi and a glass of wine (craft beer for him). Well guess what, we didn’t. This past weekend was my first glass of wine, his first drink too. Our eyes have been opened to delicious and fresh food. I am in love with making soups, which we take in our lunches to work. I am ever so grateful for Pinterest and Instagram for recipes and inspiration. I thought I would share today’s soup, which is just cooling right now. I am embarrassed to say that this was my first time cooking an acorn squash!

Here is the recipe. I doubled it, added extra sage, along with garlic powder and dill. It’s a great Roasted Acorn Squash Soup recipe!

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I will continue to share my Whole 30 recipes with you! Off to make Spagetti Squash Pad Thai!!

Butter Baked Goodness!

We are going to be hit with a cold front the weather man tells us, this coming week. It’s hard to believe as I look outside, it’s clear and autumn looking. I guess it is December 28th, it is winter!

When I hear cold weather is coming, my insides are excited, this means wearing cozy slippers, blankets wrapped around me and reading a  good book (preferably a cook book) and making soup! I have this love of making homemade soup. Like I mentioned, it’s December 28th, so with the leftover hambone from Christmas, I made my first ever pea soup. Pea soup has always kind of scared me, it is green, thick and has PEAS!!! I have always told myself that I do not like peas, really, I have not given them a fair shake. Also with the turkey carcass, on the stove top right now is a turkey noodle soup.

Well we can’t have a soup without a scone or a biscuit, so immediately I went to my Butter Baked Cookbook, that I am absolutely in love with. I wish I could give it to everyone as a gift, but the banker tells me I can’t! Instead I will share the link with you, and tell you that this book is AMAZINGSAUCE!!!

The fragrant smell of my soup is accompanied with the wonderful smell of the Apple Bacon Cheddar Scones today.  This recipe must be tried by all of you!

scone1 scone2I just love using my Kitchen Aid mixer, this lil girl is just so handy, I can’t imagine my life without her!

The bacon used today was scrumptious, who doesn’t enjoy bacon!

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Margarine is something you will NOT find in my kitchen. I decided about 5 years ago that this was something that does not belong in my fridge. Growing up my mother was not much of a baker, and I never recall seeing actual butter in our house. I remember that there was always a tub of Country Crock, which I think is a cheap version of margarine.

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Once your dough is mixed, it will feel a little wet and sticky, but that is the way it should feel. Transfer to a flour surface and roll out. It really is a beautiful sight!

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Once the egg wash and cheese have been put on the cut pieces, in to the oven it goes.

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Voila, here are the finished products, and they are soooo yummy!!

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I also just had to add a picture of the turkey soup that is on my stove top right now, it too smells AMAZING!

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I would love to hear about some of your favourite winter recipes!

Zucchini and Salsa you say…..

I must admit when I first tried my old neighbours salsa many years ago, I thought she was from another planet when she said the main ingredient was zucchini! Zucchini in a salsa, well that’s just nonsense to some! Well after the first mouthful, I was addicted.

It did take me quite some time to convince her to give me the recipe, as she had said it was a ‘family secret recipe’. I remember making it for the first time and thinking how on earth does this make a salsa, and a tomato flavoured one too.

This recipe I have now shared with friends, who too are addicted to it, and only can this one item every season. We use this salsa on with chips, on eggs, potatoes, crackers and I am sure other things. This is a staple on my canning shelves, and every year I at least triple the recipe to get us through to the next season.

With modern technology, it’s funny, this recipe is on the internet, and I am sure it did not originate with her little family!!

So for you all, here is the link from Food.com, I highly highly recommend this salsa!!!!

I would love to hear about your ‘secret family recipes’!

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One can adjust the heat by adding jalapeños. I typically add 2-3 per batch, as well sometimes will put in some corn.

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