It seems that everyone was making bread earlier this year and I certainly had my own experiments with the subject and hit on several favourites. But when it comes to ones that can be paired with anything and act more like a blank slate or a vehicle for toppings as my wife is fond of saying the Focaccia is the best choice. This particular recipe is simple to make and can be topped with almost anything you like or eat plain! Timing Preparation: 30 minutes Rise: 30 minutes Bake: 30 minutes Total: 1.5 hours Ingredients 1 cup of Water (Warm ~41-46C) 2 tablespoons of ButterRead More →

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a cooking blog, but I recently did my own personal take on a classic comfort food, Chicken Parmesan. The idea for the recipe came out of a poorly executed replacement sauce a few weeks back. When Heather, suggested that it could be turned into a slightly different variation on Chicken Parm. And last week after figuring some details out I made it and it tastes amazing! Not to mention it gives the dish a little more communal feel and makes it super easy to scale up or down. Timing Preparation: 10 Minutes Cooking: 30 Minutes Total: 40 MinutesRead More →

One of my wife’s favourite dishes at our local Milton Thai Restaurant, The Thai House, is their Basil Pad Thai. She enjoys that it’s not too saucy and is spicier than their usual Pad Thai, which is my favourite. So when I happened across this recipe on Pinterest I knew she would enjoy it right off the bat. And sure enough, it’s a hit with both of us! Not to mention it got us started on including the iconic Siracha sauce in some of our dishes. Ingredients 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 1 teaspoon Sriracha Sauce 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes 4 cloves ofRead More →

When it comes to chicken dishes, it doesn’t take much more than crispy and sticky to get me looking closer at the dish. Of course, this usually means the dish is going to cause plenty of chaos and dish use in the kitchen but the end results are worth effort. I already have had to modify this recipe from the original and will certainly be adjusting it more the next time I make it! Ingredients I’ll be dividing the ingredient lists into two sections, one for the chicken, the other the sauce. The Chicken 2-3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts cut up into bite-sized pieces. 5Read More →

Okay, as I’ve mentioned before it’s not hard to go wrong with the cheesy comfort of Mac & Cheese. But why not kick it up a bit and give a baked version of it a little bit extra by adding in some bacon (or prosciutto in this case) and make it extra crispy by baking it in cast iron? It makes for a good, quick, enjoyable evening meal. Sadly Heather and I didn’t find this one as creamy as our slow-cooker Mac & Cheese, maybe next time increase the amount of cheese sauce. Ingredients Elbow Macaroni ~300g Prosciutto or bacon ~8oz 2 tablespoons of unsaltedRead More →

Whenever I’m out traveling and come into a new town or city, there are two types of takeout that I often will judge a location on, the local hole-in-the-wall pizza joint and the Chinese place, specifically their General Tao Chicken. I’ve had some excellent General Tao such as Chambersburg and Waterville, and some terrible ones in Ottawa and Gent. Now, this can be a bit of a difficult dish to master at home. Thankfully Heather and I in our trips through Pinterest ran across a Slow Cooker version of the dish and decided to give it a go. INGREDIENTS One of the best parts ofRead More →

I have never met a single person who did not like pizza in some form or another. I’ll be the first to admit, whenever I’m staying in a new town there are two things I like to get delivered to the hotel room, the first is the local Chinese take-out place, the second is a local pizza joint. While take-out is convenient, homemade is better. And the best part is that you can have it ready in about an hour. Before I get into the details, there are a couple of items that will make your life easier when making homemade pizza, the pizza stone,Read More →

As someone who has tried a baked mac & cheese and didn’t like it (sorry mom) because it didn’t taste like the box, well I guess my tastes have expanded. This most recent dish I made was a big hit for both Heather and I and certainly will be revisited and modified later. So let’s get into the kitchen with my take on the college classic, Mac & Cheese. And the best part is that you can make this dish entirely vegan! Ingredients Nothing in this dish you can’t find in your local grocery store. 2.5 Cups 2% Milk 2 Cups of shredded chedder cheeseRead More →

It’s been a long day, and you just want to make up a quick meal, that is filling and tastes great for an evening of lounging. Well, look no further than this great easy short pasta recipe that has bacon. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon. This was one that Heather suggested, and it worked well! Ingredients There isn’t anything too weird in this dish so no need to worry about hitting up odd/international markets. 8oz of Spaghetti 2 Large Eggs 1/2 Cup of Parmesan, grated 8 Slices of Bacon, diced 4 cloves of garlic, minced Salt & Pepper Instructions In a large pot ofRead More →

After discovering and making a 30 Minute Mongolian Beef recipe on Pinterest and making it with great results. After following the original recipe, Heather and I decided to kick it up a notch to not only make the meal more filling (and a little healthier). So here’s our take on the dish, the 30 Minute Mongolian Beef, and Broccoli! The dish is a quick, easy to make, and to great dish to share that can serve between two and four people depending on the amount of meat you include in the recipe! Ingredients You can easily find all these ingredients in your local grocery store.Read More →