Mushrooms on the Grill

I hope you all got to spend the weekend in the sun like I did! What a beautifully warm weekend we finally had. I think this year has hit me particularly hard, with such a long cold snowy winter. Now that sun sun and the heat is here, I’m taking advantage of it! Long walks in the woods, bike rides and of course, grilling.

This past weekend, I pulled everything I could out of the fridge and threw it all on the barbecue. Chicken breasts, peameal bacon on a bun, roasted peppers and mushroom caps stuffed with goat cheese and pesto and some bacon wrapped Enoki mushrooms.

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Managing Meatless Monday

As I’m sure many of you are, I am snowed in today! The mix of a heavy snowfall and the icy freezing rain did not make a good combination for driving in to the office this morning. As frustrating as that can be, it does allow a lot of to manage your time at home, being able to multitask a little easier. On the docket for me today, taking care of a sick puppy and planning a fabulous meal for tonight’s Meatless Monday dinner!

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Fall Favourites

Autumn has to be my favourite season; the leaves beautiful colours, the cozy sweaters, the hot apple cider and of course, the comforting food.

On a rainy day, nothing is more exciting than walking into a warm kitchen with the aroma of dinner in the air. Tonight’s dinner? Savoury Mushroom Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with a mouth-watering Apple Drizzle.

This truly is an appropriate October dish, as it’s Breast and Prostate Cancer Approved and we all that that Mushrooms Go PINK for October! The mushroom stuffing provides an added boost of flavour and keeps the tenderloin moist the whole way though. Try using Crimini mushrooms in this stuffing to really bring out the earthy, delicious flavours.

As the temperatures cool, I love a dish with some heat! I’m a huge fan of spicy foods and look forward to all of my favourite Indian-inspired dishes including this Chicken and Vegetable Curry recipe. In only 35 minutes, you have a steaming bowl of deliciousness! Be sure to make lots because it reheats nicely and tastes great in a wrap.

Of course it wouldn’t be October without a hearty bowl of soup. Although French Onion soup is a classic and always a hit at my house, this twist is a welcome take on the original. This comforting Mushroom Soup Au Gratin pairs perfectly with a salad for a filling fall dinner.

Try each of these Fall Favourites and add your seasonal favourites in the comments below!

-Shannon

New Favourites Found Abroad

I’ve been so excited lately to have my long-time friend visiting me from Germany. Millie was part of an exchange program in high school that practically landed her right on my doorstep. It’s been a total of six years since her last visit to Canada, so naturally, after only a couple days here, we leave Canada and head to the USA. I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in New York City with my long-lost German soul-mate and do every touristy, sight-seeing thing possible, which of course includes eating. AND eating….oh, and more eating.
We made a conscious effort while in the city to eat where the locals eat or to buy from deli’s and markets. My favourite meal of the trip had to have been our picnic in central park (so picture perfect!), but I couldn’t help falling in love with the local pizza. Everyone says that New York pizza is a must-try, and when we kept seeing $1 slices at every pizza place, we HAD to try it for ourselves! I enjoyed a huge slice of pie with red peppers, green peppers, sausage and mushrooms for only, yep, $1.
Upon returning home and missing the skyscrapers, city lights and one dollar slices, I’ve been hunting through my favourite pizza recipes to satisfy my cravings:
I absolutely love the seafood addition to this pizza! Such a wonderfully unique flavour combination…
Have you found a new favourite pizza while travelling?
-Shannon