Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins


Here is this week's column in The Hinton Voice (my local newspaper).  Enjoy! 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Best of 2014



Last year I put together a list of the top recipes of 2013 and it was such a hit that I decided to do it again this year!  These are the 10 most popular recipes that I posted in 2014. 



Back in July I had the privilege of interviewing Gordie Johnson, the lead singer for Canadian Rock Band Big Sugar.  It was an amazing experience that you can catch a glimpse about my experience here.  Gordie shared with me his recipe for authentic Italian tomato sauce, a recipe that he makes weekly for his family.  His family's recipe was the 10th most popular recipe posted in 2014.   




I made these balsamic glazed carrots with ingredients from my summer garden.  From the carrots, right down to the thyme, all of the fresh ingredients were grown and picked by yours truly.  Gardening is a bit of a new experience for me, so it's always exciting when I'm able to incorporate my love for nature with my love for cooking!  A lot of you thought this recipe was delicious as well because it rang in as the 9th most popular recipe posted in 2014! 




Earlier in the year, my friend Kate and I decided to get together every couple of weeks and try out a new recipe.  One day she brought a couple of salsa ingredients for lunch and we decided to throw a ripe mango I had on the counter into the mix.  A few squeezes of lime and some fresh cilantro later, and we had ourselves a sweet and refreshing salsa that went great on tortilla chips!  I've made this recipe several times now, and it looks like a lot of you have as well!  This recipe rang in as the 8th most popular recipe posted in 2014! 




In 2014 I had the privilege of working with Hershey's Canada.  Even though I only posted this recipe a couple of weeks ago, it's fast becoming a favourite and rang in as the 7th most popular recipe of 2014! 




This cheesecake bar encompasses a lot of my favourite flavours.  I don't think there's anything that combines caramel and apples that I haven't adored.  Throw cheesecake into the mix, and you have yourself a winner.  This recipe rang in as the 6th most popular recipe posted in 2014. 




This recipe has been a family favourite for years.  It's one of those quick, easy recipes that make a great weekday meal when you're pressed for time.  This recipe rang in as the 5th most popular recipe posted in 2014. 




I am a huge fan of all things french onion.  My husband and I purchased our first propane barbecue this summer and I think it's safe to say that 90% of our meals came of the grill in the weeks that followed.  This recipe was the brainchild of one too many barbecues where we wanted something different than just a cheeseburger.  This flavour packed burger doesn't disappoint, ringing in as the 4th most popular recipe posted in 2014. 




Every New Year I do a bit of a food cleanse.  I try to negate the bounty of holiday treats with a solid few weeks of healthy eating.  This recipe is one of my favourite lightened dinners, and even my pizza loving husband thinks it's a win.  So did a lot of you, because this recipe rang in as the 3rd most popular recipe of 2014. 





I often host cooking classes throughout the year, and this year I decided to bring in my friend Sandy to make her recipe for authentic Mexican tacos and homemade salsa.  This recipe is incredible and will have you dreaming about it for days.  The salsa has a surprising ingredient that makes it stand out and keeps you coming back for more!  This tasty treat came in as the 2nd most popular recipe posted in 2014! 





The most popular recipe that was posted in 2014 is this recipe for chicken pot pie made in mason jars. Not only is this pot pie the perfect combination of creamy tender chicken and golden flaky crust, anything that I can cook, store, and eat all in the same dish is a winner in my books!  Plus, isn't everything in a mason jar just awesome?   





Wednesday, December 24, 2014

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 12 - Nutri Ninja Blender System with Auto IQ


This holidays season I've joined forces with 12 different brands to bring you 12 different giveaways!  I'll be partnering with a new brand each day leading up to Christmas! Together we'll be unveiling a new prize here on Cooking With Jax, so be sure to check back daily for your chance to win!  Over $2,000 worth of gifts are up for grabs so you're not going to want to miss out!  

This holiday promotion is a thank you to all of my readers - I appreciate each and every one of you!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog, try out new recipes, and leave comments!  It's because of you I'm able to follow my passion and turn my hobby of cooking and writing into a career.  This holiday promotion is a thank you to all of you.  As with any giveaway on Cooking With Jax, I've only included products that I absolutely love.  I'm really excited to bring you today's giveaway: 

The Nutri Ninja Blender System with Auto IQ
(a $249.99 value)
Overview: 
This system is everything you need in a blender.  You have your basic blender, though there really is nothing basic about it.  While most blenders have a blade on the bottom meaning you have to stop and stir every few seconds, the Ninja Blender has a unique blade like no other - it runs nearly the entire length of the inside of the blender meaning a perfect blend every time (plus you never have to stop and stir!).  This system also comes with a food processor, and a smaller blender system that is perfect for smoothies or food purees. 


Giftability: 
This is the perfect gift for the chefs in your life.  Last year I was making my annual batch of homemade Bailey's for my friends and family with my old (non-Ninja) blender.   Just as I was pouring the Jameson (Irish Whiskey) into the chamber, the entire thing broke and started leaking at the bottom.  I nearly cried, I had literally just poured an expensive bottle of alcohol all over the floor!  My husband saw how upset I was and ran to Canadian Tire - where he promptly purchased me my very first Ninja blender so I could finish making my homemade Baileys.  It was love at first sight, and I've been smitten with Ninja Blenders ever since! 

Good Luck! 


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 11 - Cuppow Prize-pack!


This holidays season I've joined forces with 12 different brands to bring you 12 different giveaways!  I'll be partnering with a new brand each day leading up to Christmas! Together we'll be unveiling a new prize here on Cooking With Jax, so be sure to check back daily for your chance to win!  Over $2,000 worth of gifts are up for grabs so you're not going to want to miss out!  

This holiday promotion is a thank you to all of my readers - I appreciate each and every one of you!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog, try out new recipes, and leave comments!  It's because of you I'm able to follow my passion and turn my hobby of cooking and writing into a career.  This holiday promotion is a thank you to all of you.  As with any giveaway on Cooking With Jax, I've only included products that I absolutely love.  I'm really excited to bring you today's giveaway:


(1) Regular Mouth Lid



Overview:
Cuppow is a great grassroots company that makes mason jar adaptors that turn a glass jar into a to-go mug, a lunch kit, and so much more (the spout for a jar of Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur perhaps?).  Every year I make my friends and family my famous Homemade Bailey's.  Now, I like to include a cuppow so they have an easy to pour solution for their Christmas treat!  Cuppow also recently introduced a new product called a BNTO, which turns a wide mouth mason jar into a lunch kit!  They are great for packing items that need to be separate until serving like cereal and milk, salad and salad dressing, veggies and dip, yogurt and granola... like the Cuppow lid, their are so many options!  Visit their website to check out everything they have to offer! 

Giftability: 
This is another great gift that would be perfect for just about anybody on your list.  Anyone who is eco-minded would definitely appreciate the Cuppow's capabilities and no frills recycled packaging, in addition to the awesome novelty of actually being able to take steaming hot beverages inside of mason jars outdoors without the fear of spilling them all over yourself (I may have done that a time or two before my cuppow came along...

Good Luck! 


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Monday, December 22, 2014

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 10 - ECO Lunchbox

 
This holidays season I've joined forces with 12 different brands to bring you 12 different giveaways!  I'll be partnering with a new brand each day leading up to Christmas! Together we'll be unveiling a new prize here on Cooking With Jax, so be sure to check back daily for your chance to win!  Over $2,000 worth of gifts are up for grabs so you're not going to want to miss out!  

This holiday promotion is a thank you to all of my readers - I appreciate each and every one of you!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog, try out new recipes, and leave comments!  It's because of you I'm able to follow my passion and turn my hobby of cooking and writing into a career.  This holiday promotion is a thank you to all of you.  As with any giveaway on Cooking With Jax, I've only included products that I absolutely love.  I'm really excited to bring you today's giveaway:

ECOpod


Overview: 
Eco friendly way to transport your lunch, store leftovers, or to use as a vessel for fun and healthy snacks.  The ECOrectange is great for sandwiches, salads, fruit,  or even turned into a medium snack bento box.  The ECOpod is an ideal size for small snacks like a handful of nuts, condiments, or toppings or  side salads (I used mine for a side of coleslaw the other day and it was the perfect size).  Store them both in the ECOcrossbag that comes in a variety of colours, and you have a great, eco friendly, unique lunch kit! 

Giftability: 
This makes an idea gift for pretty much anybody on your list this year.  These lunch boxes would be a great gift for the office secret santa, or for any of your friends that pack a lunch to work.  My husband prefers stainless steel sandwich containers because they are more durable, so I know he will get a lot of use out of the ECOrectangle and ECOpod.   

ECO Lunchbox has offered to send one lucky reader the ECOcrossbag of their choosing, an ECOrectange, and an ECOpod (a $70 value!).

  Enter to win below: 

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Good Luck! 
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 9 - Pink Cupcake Kit & Glitter Garland



This holidays season I've joined forces with 12 different brands to bring you 12 different giveaways!  I'll be partnering with a new brand each day leading up to Christmas! Together we'll be unveiling a new prize here on Cooking With Jax, so be sure to check back daily for your chance to win!  Over $2,000 worth of gifts are up for grabs so you're not going to want to miss out!  

This holiday promotion is a thank you to all of my readers - I appreciate each and every one of you!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog, try out new recipes, and leave comments!  It's because of you I'm able to follow my passion and turn my hobby of cooking and writing into a career.  This holiday promotion is a thank you to all of you.  As with any giveaway on Cooking With Jax, I've only included products that I absolutely love.  I'm really excited to bring you today's giveaway:



Overview: 
Today's giveaway is brought to you by Meri Meri.  They sell beautifully crafted stationary, baking, and party supplies. I absolutely adore their cupcake liners so I was really excited when they sent me these beautiful kits to try! They were so gorgeous I knew that I wanted to incude them in this giveaway!  I can hardly wait until the next time I have my nieces over and we get to bake cupcakes with these kits!  

Giftability: 
These would be the perfect gift for any of the bakers in your life, especially the little ones!  I can envision these at a little girl's princess themed birthday party, or even for Valentines Day in a couple of months!   
Good Luck! 

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 8 - Mumm's Sprouting Seeds Starter Pack


This holidays season I've joined forces with 12 different brands to bring you 12 different giveaways!  I'll be partnering with a new brand each day leading up to Christmas! Together we'll be unveiling a new prize here on Cooking With Jax, so be sure to check back daily for your chance to win!  Over $2,000 worth of gifts are up for grabs so you're not going to want to miss out!  

This holiday promotion is a thank you to all of my readers - I appreciate each and every one of you!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog, try out new recipes, and leave comments!  It's because of you I'm able to follow my passion and turn my hobby of cooking and writing into a career.  This holiday promotion is a thank you to all of you.  As with any giveaway on Cooking With Jax, I've only included products that I absolutely love.  I'm really excited to bring you today's giveaway:



Overview: 
Today's giveaway is brought to you by Mumm's Sprouting Seeds.  They sent me a box of their sprouting seeds to try over the winter, and I couldn't believe the variety!  I had tried their red clover sprouting seeds last summer, which I chronicled on Instagram, but had no idea that there were so many kinds to try.  What they sent was just a small sampling of their online store.  Literally any sprout you could imagine is available with shipping to either the US or Canada.  Sprouts go great on sandwiches or in wraps, and also make a great salad topping! 

Giftability: 
This is a great gift for the gardeners in your life that are missing the summer gardening season.  You can grow sprouts in your kitchen all year round, with as few supplies as a mason jar, some cheese cloth, and an elastic band (each package comes with directions).
Enter below for your chance to win a variety pack of 6 different types of sprouts!  
Good Luck! 

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