black olives seared in lemon, garlic & herbs

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Talk about a makeover – from boring to bodacious in the blink of an eye! You won’t believe you cracked these from a can, added a few flavours and simply turned up the heat. You’d get your party hat on too! Keep these in your fridge and you’ll be adding some serious smack to all sorts of things – salads, soups, pastas, pizzas, on, in and over just about anything that needs an honest-to-goodness pick-me-up. Perfect to have on hand over the holidays!

popcorn with maple syrup & salt

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It doesn’t get any better than this! Popcorn, maple syrup, brown (and if you have it, maple) sugar, maple extract & salt. Talk about addictive. I make popcorn in the microwave using brown paper lunch bags, make the maple coating in a measuring cup, pour it over the popcorn, stir to coat and bake it…

chicken cooked whole in a crockpot

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Hands down, the easiest way to cook a whole chicken. Lose the is-it-done-yet fear factor for good, cause this’ll be the moistest, fall off the bone, cooked to perfection chicken you’ll ever produce.

zucchini bread with lemon zest & almonds

zucchini bread with lemon zest & almonds

Quick breads come together in no time, freeze beautifully and best of all – you can load ’em up with all sorts of powerhouse ingredients. Think carrots, zucchini, kale, squash, spinach – all sorts of vegetables can be hidden in a delicious quick bread packed with all things tasty– chocolate chips, dried fruit or toasted nuts.

black bean soup with pork & veggies

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If you’re not a black bean lover, what are you waiting for? And black bean soup is the perfect place to start to convert you for good! Throw in a ham hock and you’re in smoky hog heaven!

split pea soup with ham (or not)

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Split pea soup is a classic, so simple to put together, is easy on the pocket book and couldn’t be a healthier dish to enjoy as is or load up with heartier fare to turn it into a complete meal!

spice blends ~ pumpkin apple pie

spice blend: apple pumpkin pie

After countless times of countless jars and countless spoons –  I’ve finally come to my spicy senses! Open 6 bottles once, make a blend, and enjoy the taste of pie whenever the mood strikes! Spice companies got smart, threw a few spices together, slapped on a label – and sat back thinking they found the…

eggs in pepper rings

eggs in pepper rings

Did you know that we all own a never-ending set of ring molds that take up absolutely no space in our gadgets-we-rarely-use drawer? I know, I know – I didn’t either – but we do! Meet Mr. Red Pepper, sliced into thick rounds, makes the perfect ring mold minus the fuss of oiling & washing…

quinoa-crusted quiche

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Quiche is a method – bring a grain-based crust together, load it up with vegetables and protein, held together with eggs and milk, and you’ve got yourself a meal for anytime of day.

tomato sauce deconstructed

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Tomato sauce is a staple in every pantry, so why not load up on fresh tomatoes and make it yourself!