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?   





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