• Food

    The Summer Salad

    Let me introduce you to the BEST summer salad. If summer had a “taste”, it would have to be this combo of in season tomatoes, peaches and basil. When I first heard about combining tomatoes and peaches in a salad, I was skeptical to say the least… it just didn’t sound like they would go together. I was most definitely mistaken – it may be my favourite combo of all time. I make this salad all summer long while peaches and tomatoes are in season. I make it as a side for dinner when we have people over, and even to bring to work for lunch. It is so easy…

  • Food

    The Wine List: The Best Bang for Your Buck Wines

    I am a wine lover. I love the flavours, tasting notes, trying new wines and sipping old favourites. However, I also love saving money. My whole family is of the mind that there is no greater joy than finding a great bang-for-your-buck wine. We all share new discoveries and recommendations. I also always get asked by friends to recommend good wines at a reasonable price point. Tori and I compiled a list of our favourites and why they are a part of our core rotation. All of the wines listed are under $20, available at the LCBO and some even at a grocery store. They are easy to find, easy…

  • Food,  Home

    Fangirling over Alison Roman

    I have a confession – I have the BIGGEST girl crush on Alison Roman. I kinda want to be her (I’ll settle for channelling her) or at least be her new best friend. She has the most laid-back, down to earth personality that is reflected in her cooking and style. Her videos and cookbooks have become my inspiration for having people over. I look to her for ideas for hosting laid back get togethers centred around delicious food. She will also most definitely inspire my outfit choice for the evening! Here are the ways I channel my inner AR: Hosting Her approach to having people over is so refreshing and…

  • Food

    Halt the Hangry Banana Bread Recipe

    Want to know a secret? I never follow recipes. As long as I can remember, I have been making on the fly adjustments to baking recipes to make them less of a dessert and more of a snack. Why you ask? As a girl who is perpetually hungry (and hangry), a dessert-type bread or muffin is going to keep me full, functioning and pleasant for all of 20 minutes. Making it more substantial allows it to act as an actual snack that keeps me going for hours. So needless to say, this is not your mom’s banana bread recipe. Hot tip: A slice of this bread toasts up BEAUTIFULLY in…

  • Food

    The Platter Salad

    When hosting the fam or friends for dinner, I always break out this salad. For some reason, making a well thought-out salad on a platter instead of a bowl makes it look so much more special! You can definitely apply the platter idea to any salad of your choosing. We’ve done caesar, california steak, and caprese as platter salads – the possibilities are endless! It’s also a great way of serving a “meal salad” since it magically makes a bunch of veggies, herbs, protein and crunchies of your choosing look like a composed dish. This particular salad, now known as “Spencer’s salad” in my family, is my go-to as a…

  • Food,  Life

    Bon Appetit Test Kitchen

    Remember back in the day, when you were obsessed with the Spice Girls or Power Rangers? You and your friends would all have your favourites and fight over who got to play who during recess? This is how I feel about the Bon Appetit staff as a full on adult. I just want to gather all my friends, fight over who gets to be Brad and who gets to be Carla, and never actually make it to doing anything else before the bell rings… Enter the BA Test Kitchen. Overflowing with personalities and amazing recipes, updated regularly with new content. I tune in every week, multiple times per week. The…

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    A Watched Pot Never Boils…

    A watched pot never boils…but an electric kettle does! Want to know the best trick for getting that GD pasta water to boil? Cheat! Either boil all the water in the electric kettle then transfer to an already warm pot. Or if you need even more water, do as much as will fit in the kettle and the rest in the pot. It will get that pasta off the stove and onto your plate so much faster! It’s the perfect trick for an after work “hangry” emergency.  Do you have any other “cheat” tricks in the kitchen? I’d love to hear!