Fall

Rotisserie Chicken & Buttermilk Dumplings

Rotisserie Chicken & Buttermilk Dumplings

This summer we have been so busy that my blog has been totally neglected on an embarrassing scale! It feels good to finally be “settled” again, with a routine, and have more time to be consistent with my cooking and posting! I think fall is one of my absolute most favorite seasons for cooking– but it can be quite “dangerous” as I love to make a lot of comfort food for the cold, gradually darkening nights! One of those “comfort classics” I was determined to master this autumn, was chicken and dumplings! I found a recipe by Tyler Florence that looked awesome– but I didn’t have the time to roast the chicken, and make the home-made stock from scratch. I had a crazy day of running around town, and after getting in the door at 5pm with a car full of groceries and hungry kids, this dinner was quick and simple enough to put together while putting groceries away! It was ready, with next to no effort, in under 30 minutes, and it tasted like I had been working on it for hours! Gotta love that!
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Icelandic Lamb Stew

Icelandic Lamb Stew

A few weeks ago, when my husband and I were in Iceland, we stumbled into this little dive for lunch, on a black sand beach, in the beautiful coastal town of Vik. I ordered the lamb stew– not only because it’s one of Iceland’s most traditional dishes {that I wanted to try while I was there}, but also because I had heard SO many people rave bout it! {And also because I was freezing cold, and it’s just a great thing to warm you right up!) When they brought it out, it smelt and looked pretty good– but when I took a bite, I was in pure heaven! It was by far, the best thing I had eaten during my week’s stay in Iceland, and I would go as far to say THE BEST stew I had eaten in my entire life. The lamb was tender, juicy and flavorful, the broth was beefy, and salty with a hint of red wine, and they used buttery new potatoes, al dente carrots, and fresh petit pois. I took note so I could go home and recreate the recipe, because it’s one I wanted to eat time and time again.
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Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

This summer I didn’t Blog very many recipes– partly because we were just so busy, but also because I had a string of really bad luck, where few recipes I made were actually good enough to be posted. Then this week it all turned around, with a string of awesome recipes that have become some of my new all time favorites!
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Fettuccine Alfredo with Balsamic Brussel Sprouts & Bacon

Fettuccine Alfredo with Balsamic Brussel Sprouts & Bacon

Today was back to school day here in Mattawa. My son Braden started Kindergarten, and my little girl started preschool!
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Restaurant Style Filet Mignon

Restaurant Style Filet Mignon

My husband oftentimes complains that I never cook beef– in particular, steak, which is his favorite. I guess it’s not something I had even noticed until he started pointing it out, and then I started wondering, why? Firstly, it could be that i’m not much of a “beef-eater.” I hate burgers, and I never ate steak growing up. Secondly, a good cut of steak is so expensive, that you might as well just eat out at a nice steak-house. There are so many around here, and whenever we go out to diner, my husband usually gets his “steak fix” so I feel as if I don’t need to cook it. Cheap cuts are just tough and BAD, so I don’t want to cook those. So my thinking, probably like most people, is: “why cook steak at home, when it’s just as expensive as eating out, and it doesn’t even taste as good?”
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