With summer creeping upon us, I felt compelled to update one of my first posts as a food blogger and one of my favourite snacks, Pineapple Salsa!! A fantastic summer snack that’s worth repeating with a couple photos cleaned up. The original post was done for Cinco Da Mayo, however this fantastic recipe goes far beyond into the warm summer months with its perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Fresh and vibrant with fresh pineapple and lots of cilantro makes it a recipe I’ve made over and over. It’s always a hit, whether it be at work, at home or a social gathering. Serve with plenty of lime tortilla chips and watch it disappear. Enjoy!
A long, long time ago I used to make wings similar to these piquant Catalina Wings. I was in college and had a summer job cooking at a golf and country club. The food was basic fair, nothing too over the top, catering to the golfing crowd, small banquets and business meetings. It was a fun job, good people to work with and a happy crowd, because they’re golfing of course. It wasn’t unusual for the dining room to be filled with thirsty golfers looking for a mid afternoon snack and beverage.
Like many places of the time, we offered hot wings, but not everyone liked there wings “hot”. So to please the masses we mixed the hot sauce with Catalina Dressing to lighten some of the heat. The ratio of dressing to hot sauce was adapted to make the wings mild, medium or hot. We didn’t have a formula, it was always eye balled, so I doubt anyone ever got the same plate of wings twice. It’s the memory of this job and the tossing of bowl after bowl of chicken wings that Catalina Wings are derived. Not new in concept but these Catalina Wings are made with fresh Catalina dressing, making them zesty and sticky. You’ll love them!
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Give your carrot muffins a makeover with these wonderfully spiced and tender Parsnip Spice Muffins. Just like carrots, parsnips cook down to provide moisture, flavour and sweetness to baked goods. Already having a sweet note, parsnips readily take on an array of spices such as cloves, ginger and cinnamon. So get ready to fill your kitchen with the scent of baked goods and glorious spices with these gorgeous muffins.
Inspired by Bon Appetit’s Parsnip Spice Cake, I chose to lighten up the batter with applesauce and use less oil, sugar and eggs to create a relatively healthy muffin. Tender and moist with a spicy aroma and flavour. They’re particularly good with a drizzle of sweetened cream cheese for a little sweet treat, but eaten plain with a cup of tea is also a pleasure.
Recipe inspired by Bon Appetit’s Parsnip Spice Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting
Buttermilk Ranch Onion Rings are made with fresh onions and are super crunchy and addictive. The delicious buttermilk batter is made with fresh herbs, onion and garlic powder so there’s no dipping sauce required. There’s just enough batter to cover and coat the onion well, but thin enough to yield a good batter to onion ratio. No one likes too much fried doughy batter on anything….right? They’re a great side to your burger or piled high and shared with your pals on game day. However you choose to enjoy them, you’ll want to go back to the plate for more. Enjoy!
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Yes, It’s back to school and my latest Costco coconut cluster obsession makes a debut as a back to school snack or yogurt topping. I’m not sure how long they’ve actually been sold at Costco, I’ve only purchased them in the last couple months. Being a coconut lover, I was in heaven either snacking straight out of the bag or crumpling them on coconut yogurt. So tasty, addicting, crunchy and sweet, I just had to make my own. Seed and Almond Coconut Clusters are my version, which happens to be very similar but with the addition of almonds. All it really takes is a large bowl, a few great ingredients and 25 minutes for these amazing clusters.
I admit I can be a Costco junkie! My last obsession found at Costco was tomatillo salsa, and I practically drowned myself in it before making my own version with grilled vegetables Grilled Tomatillo Avocado Dip But now that I’ve conquered both I look forward to my next great Costco find that I can make at home. So whether you’re just trying to fill the lunch bags or love a good smoothie or yogurt topping, you’ll want to bake a batch of Seed and Almond Coconut Clusters to have on hand without having to run out to Costco. Enjoy!
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Maple Date and Nut Snack Bites make a nutritious snack that’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup and dates. Packed with nuts, almond butter and hemp seeds they’re a great source of protein, omega 3 fats and essential minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium and iron. Easy to mix together and pack in your lunch or stuff in your back pack or purse to give you a healthy energy boost throughout your day or satisfy your sweet tooth. A great change from that ordinary granola bar. Enjoy!
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