Tuesday, December 20, 2016


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Getting bored of drinking the same old same old Rum and Eggnog year after year?  Yeah, me neither.  But this shooter is still worth a try at your first available opportunity next holiday party!

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and Eggnog.  Our friends April and Brad introduced this holiday shooter to us and dubbed it, 'The Firenog.'  We liked it too much, that fiery sweet creamy combo.  In the new year, April and Brad are moving from living 4 km away from us to living 1140 km away from us, which is awesome for them and their new beginnings, but very sad for us!  We will miss you guys - xo!

To make Firenog, all you do is mix together two parts Eggnog and one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.  Shake over ice.  Pour into shooter glasses.  Top with nutmeg if desired.  Cheers to friendship (April and Brad!)/family/holidays/life/love/health/happiness.  Consume (responsibly).

Is it bad that I archived this post under 'Desserts?'  I guess it's better than archiving it under, 'Lunch.'

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  • Eggnog
  • Fireball Whisky
  • Ice
Mix together two parts Eggnog and one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.  Shake over ice.  Pour into shooter glasses.  Top with nutmeg if desired.

Recipe Source:  Our buddies, April and Brad Kirk

One Year Ago:  Chicken Cacciatore
Two Years Ago:  Baked Chicken With Creamed Spinach and Squashed Potatoes
Three Years Ago:  Amy's Lentil Soup Copycat Recipe
Four Years Ago:  Mom's Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked BBQ Pork Ribs
Five Years Ago:  Plum Cake

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

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Pictured behind the potatoes is a suuuuper good Cheesy Corn Pudding that I want to post the recipe for
but I can't find the recipe for.   That's the whole reason that I have this blog - to be able to archive recipes for later use!
Quelle frustration!  Let's focus on this not-in-focus picture of potatoes instead.

This is just a no-brainer!  Because: mashed potatoes with bacon, sour cream, cheese, green onions, and butter.  We ate this as our potato side dish for Christmas dinner last year, and not only would it make a great holiday dinner side dish again, but it would be a great non-holiday dinner side dish too.  Whoa.  As the name suggests, it's like twice baked double stuffed potatoes, but in a casserole.  If you ask the hubby really nicely, he will even fry up the leftovers for breakfast potatoes the next morning.  Drool.  Only rivalled by one other mashed potato recipe for the best mashed potatoes everrrrr.

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One Year Ago:  Plum Cake
Two Years Ago:  Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon
Three Years Ago:  Amy's Lentil Soup Copycat Recipe
Four Years Ago:  The Best Mashed Potatoes I've Ever Eaten
Five Years Ago:  Chicken Cacciatore

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Serves: 16

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 16 russet potatoes, scrubbed clean (don't peel)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.
Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Cook the bacon in a pan until crispy; let cool and then crumble.

Rub potatoes with olive oil and place on baking sheets.  Bake until tender, 45 to 60 minutes.  Remove the potatoes from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.

Slice the butter and transfer to a large mixing bowl.  Add the bacon and the sour cream.  Cut each potato in half and scrape out the insides into the mixing bowl.  Tear up the skins from 3 of the potatoes and add to the bowl.  Mash the potatoes with a potato masher, then add the cheese, milk, seasoning salt, green onions, and salt and pepper to taste.  Mix together well.

Grease a baking dish, and scoop the potato mixture into the dish, then top with more grated cheese.  Bake until warmed through, about 25 to 30 minutes.


Recipe Source:  Food Network - Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Breakfast EggNog Bread Pudding

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Looking for a new and super tasty make-ahead Christmas morning brunch dish?  Here's one.  You're welcome.

Ha, I have a love/hate relationship with the passive-aggressive 'you're welcome!' when someone doesn't say thank you.  I don't often say it, but I definitely think it.  Oh, I just waited a few extra seconds to hold the door open for you and you just waltzed right though as though I was the doorman and didn't say thank you?  You're welcome!  Oh, I just let your car enter my lane in front of my car and you didn't give me a wave to let me know that you're super appreciative?  You're welcome!  'You're welcome' is how I knew it was time for me to leave the restaurant industry back in my 20's after close to a decade of being an amazing server (if I do say so myself!  Yes, self, you can say that, and thank you for the compliment.  You're welcome self!).  The night it happened I was flying around the restaurant with a zillion tables to look after and a zillion things on my to-do list, when a man sitting at a table that I was not the server for asked me to bring him ketchup.  And even though I was ignoring the kajillion things that I should have been bringing to my own tables (thus ensuring a nice tip) on this extremely busy Saturday night, I looked after getting the ketchup, and when I dropped it off, ha, when I dropped it off, the man at the table didn't even acknowledge that I was bringing something to him!  He didn't even look up from his conversation and give me a nod or a smile.  So, i did it, I said, "You're welcome!!!" in my most chipper friendly voice, and turned on my heels and left the table.  Soooo passive-aggresive, I know, I'm guilty, but sooooo satisfying at the time!  A couple of weeks later I gave my resignation and left the restaurant industry for good.  And I do miss it sometimes...those were super fun days!  But I don't miss the extreme rudeness from a few of the restaurant patrons (ketchup man was nothing in comparison to some people).  I strongly believe that it should be a mandatory requirement for every single person in this country to have to work in a restaurant at some point in their life.  I think that it would make everyone a nicer person.

Well, that was a tangent that had nothing to do with Egg Nog Breakfast Bread Pudding or Christmas spirit!  Talk about pent-up rage...sheesh!  Moving on...

Egg Nog Breakfast Bread Pudding.  Make-ahead Christmas morning breakfast dish idea.  You're welcome.

The Hubby and I served this on Christmas morning in 2015 along with a green chile frittata (recipe to come), fruit salad, cheesy hash brown casserole (recipe to come), and mimosas.

Yum - isn't Christmas delicious!!!

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One Year Ago:  Parsnip and Carrot Puree
Two Years Ago:  Mom's Fall Off The Bone Oven Baked BBQ Pork Ribs
Three Years Ago:  Amy's Lentil Soup Copycat Recipe
Four Years Ago:  Baked Chicken with Creamed Spinach and Squashed Potatoes
Five Years Ago:  Chicken Cacciatore

EggNog Breakfast Bread Pudding

Serves: 8-10

  • 1 (12 ounce) loaf French bread
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups egg nog
  • 2 cups whole or 2% milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • icing (confectioners) sugar, and maple syrup, for serving
Preheat oven to 375°F.  Slice the French bread, and generously spread the butter on each slice, then cut the buttered slices into 1-inch cubes.  Put the bread cubes into a 9x13-inch baking dish.

In a large saucepan, heat the egg nog and milk together until hot but not boiling.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and a pinch of salt, and whisk until light and frothy.  Whisk in one cup of the warm egg nog / milk mixture into the egg /sugar mixture, then gradually add the remaining egg nog / milk mixture, one cup at a time.  Stir in the bourbon.

Pour the liquid mixture over the bread cubes, gently pushing down the bread to make sure all of the bread gets saturated.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 - 50 minutes, until the custard is set and the top is lightly golden.  Allow to cool for 5 - 10 minutes, and serve hot or at room temperature.  Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with maple syrup on the side.


Recipe Source:  The Kitchn - Egg Nog Breakfast Bread Pudding

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

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I am loving the stream of recipes that deliciously appear in my Facebook news feed.  My Facebook friends share the best recipes!  All of the food looks so gorgeous there on my screen, but so far I haven't made anything.  Similarly, I have 3200+ food-related pins on my Pinterest page with the best intentions of making every single one, I swear, but so far have only made about three of them.  So, a few days ago I saw this recipe, went to the store to buy the ingredients, made, and ate it all in the same day.  And it was great.  All of that effort and then I wait to blog about it two weeks later - ha!

We don't eat a lot of vegetarian dishes in our house, but with this one we didn't even miss the meat.  Although, we did agree that shredded chicken would have been a great addition if we wanted to add some extra protein next time.  These enchiladas are butternut squash, black beans, and cheese in a spicy creamy-tomato chipotle sauce, all topped with sour cream and sliced avocado.  Cilantro would have been a great addition (if the Hubby didn't despise it so).  Leftovers were even better than the first time around.

Here's your ingredient line-up!

I used these medium-sized package of 8 flour tortillas
I've always wondered the easiest way to cube a butternut squash, and this time I actually Googled it and found this helpful video.  This is so much easier than the way I was doing it before, so it's worth a quick watch!

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One Year Ago:  Parsnip and Carrot Puree
Two Years Ago:  Easy Refried Bean Soup
Three Years Ago:  Healthy Southwest Chicken and Rice Bake
Four Years Ago:  Thanksgiving 2012
Five Years Ago:  Chicken Cacciatore

Chipotle Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

Serves: 4

  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (I used about 1 teaspoon of sauce and the 2 peppers)
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 cloves minced garlic, divided (2 for the sauce and 2 for the filling)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cups cubed butternut squash (about 1/2 a medium-sized butternut squash, or a little over a pound)
  • 1 - 18oz. can black beans, drained, rinsed, then drained again
  • 3/4 cup corn (frozen or fresh)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded Tex Mex cheese blend, divided
  • 8 medium-sized flour tortillas
  • For topping: sour cream, sliced avocado, sliced green onions, and cilantro

In a food processor, combine tomato sauce, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, yogurt, 2 cloves minced garlic, and chili powder, and whir together until well blended.  Set enchilada sauce aside.

Preheat oven to 350F.  In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion and remaining 2 cloves of minced garlic, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add squash, cover skillet, and continue cooking (stirring occasionally) until fork-tender, about 8 minutes.  Reduce heat to low, then add beans, corn, salt and pepper, and 1 cup of enchilada sauce.  Stir until heated and combined, then remove from heat.

Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish, then smear the bottom of the dish with 3/4 cup of enchilada sauce.  Scoop 3/4 cup of squash mixture into one of the flour tortillas, then sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cheese on top, roll up, and place seam-side down into the baking dish.  Repeat with the remaining tortillas, using up all of the squash mixture.

Pour remaining enchilada sauce over top, and sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling.  Top with sour cream, sliced avocado, green onions, and cilantro.  Enjoy!  

Recipe Source:  Ambitious Kitchen

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tex Mex Pinwheels

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Yum!!!  This is an appetizer that I always get asked for the recipe for!  And now I can just point to this blog post like yep here's my blog and here's the recipe.  I love bite-sized food.  And food with cheese in it.  And food that is Mexican.  And come to think of it, food that is a pinwheel.  So this appy definitely fits the bill.  The recipe comes from the Best of Bridge, like approximately 95% of the food we eat in our house does.

I most recently made these pinwheels for my aunt's 65th birthday party, and they were gobbled up in no time.  You can use whatever flavour of flour tortilla that you like, and it will change the look of the pinwheels...maybe for Christmas you use sundried tomato flavoured (red), or maybe for Halloween you use cheese flavoured (orange), or maybe for Earth Day you use spinach flavoured (green)...I don't know, get crazy with it!  I used whole wheat ... boring!

Anyway, this is an easy to make, delicious appetizer.  Very bite-sized, very cheesy, very Tex Mexican, and very pinwheely...but not pinwheely in a 'boring cold ham and cheese pinwheel that comes on a sandwich platter' kind of way.  Pinwheely in a hot, tasty little morsel kind of way.  Why not try it out next time you need to bring an appetizer to a potluck...they will go fast!

Little Man Update!  He is growing up so quickly - he's now 8.5 months old and saying a few words:  Dada, Hiiiii, Baba, and...melt my heart...Mama.  He barrel rolls around the living room,  laughs hysterically if you kiss his tummy, and loves the outdoors.  He's developing more and more of a personality every day, and we are loving getting to know him.

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One Year Ago:  Plum Cake
Two Years Ago:  Easy Refried Bean Soup
Three Years Ago:  Healthy Southwest Chicken and Rice Bake
Four Years Ago:  Peas with Shallots and Pancetta

Tex Mex Pinwheels

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 oz. can green chilies, drained
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 - 6 flour tortillas

Blend together cream cheese and mayonnaise.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.  Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.  Spread cream cheese mixture over each tortilla and roll up tightly, trimming the ends (and eating them!).  Refrigerate until firm.  Slice and place pinwheels flat onto the baking sheet.  Broil until lightly golden.

Recipe Source:    Best of Bridge - Best of the Best and More (Pasadena Pinwheels)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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This is a recipe that I have been wanting to try for so long!  And it was actually really good - unusual, but good.  The Hubby is not a huge cauliflower fan, and even he really enjoyed it.  In terms of a carb-free pizza option, it's delicious, but you have to keep an open mind.  This is not going to taste like your standard pizza crust - it's cauliflower, so it's going to taste a little bit like, well, cauliflower.  But, the crust is loaded with cheese so it also tastes quite a lot like delicious cheese.  Also, the crust isn't going to get quite as crisp as your standard pizza crust, but it does get pretty close (if you follow my instructions well).  All in all, this is a great alternative to regular pizza, but it's not the real thing.  Have I sold you on it?  No, probably not!  But all that said, it was delicious and I would definitely make it again!

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One Year Ago:  Plum Cake
Two Years Ago:  Refried Bean Soup
Three Years Ago:  Amy's Copycat Lentil Soup Recipe
Four Years Ago:  Butternut Squash Soup with Cumin

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Serves: 4


  • 1 head cauliflower, leaves and hard core removed and discarded
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350F.  Cut cauliflower into florets and blitz in a food processor until very fine but not pureed.  You will likely need to do this in a few batches.  Place cauliflower into a medium bowl and microwave uncovered for 5 minutes.  Remove from microwave and transfer to cheesecloth to remove water by squeezing and draining.  This is a very important step so as to have a more crispy pizza crust.  When I drained my cauliflower I estimate that I was able to train about 2 cups of water, so when you think you have drained enough, keep squeezing out the water for a little longer.

Return the drained cauliflower to a bowl, where it will look something like this:

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Add the egg, cheese, oregano, salt and pepper to the bowl of cauliflower and combine well, using your hands.  Separate 'dough' into two balls and place one ball on each of the two baking sheets.  Flatten the 'dough' with your hands until it is in the shape of a round pizza crust.  Pop into the oven and bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until crisp around the edges and no longer soft in the middle.  Remove from oven, add your choice of pizza toppings, then bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Recipe Source:  Ditch The Carbs - Cauliflower Pizza

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween 7-Layer Dip

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Happy Halloween!

I'm a mom now, which, my friend Kristy told to me, means that I officially need to start making theme food on Halloween.  We were both invited to a Halloween get-together at our friend Jenn's house for the mamas and babies in our mama/baby group.  To Pinterest we went.  Kristy decided on carving two pumpkins into red and white wine dispensers, and I went with this spoooooky seven-layer dip.  I think it's safe to say that Kristy won Halloween.

It was total cuteness overload with ten babies under ten months old in Halloween costumes.  A scuba diver, a strawberry, a skunk, an elephant, Cookie Monster, Batman, an owl, a panda, and a couple of monkeys, including the Little Man (who has had to do about two costume changes a day for the past couple of days to fit in all of the cute costumes he has!  He's turning into a panda tonight).

The cutest little monkey in town
Plus - daytime wine!

This 7-Layer Dip is basically your regular old 7-layer dip recipe, but instead of sprinkling the tomatoes, cheese, olives, and green onions on top, you kind of sprinkle them only around the edge of the dish, leaving room to draw the spider web in the middle.  It was fun to make and delicious to eat.

Happy Halloween!

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One Year Ago:  Parsnip and Carrot Puree
Two Years Ago:  Easy Refried Bean Soup
Three Years Ago:  Kendra's Italian Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers
Four Years Ago:  Bacon Night!

Halloween 7-Layer Dip

  • 1 can (398 mL / 13.5 oz) refried beans
  • 1 3/4 cup sour cream, divided
  • 1 package (35 grams / 1.25 oz) taco seasoning
  • 2 - 3 medium avocados (or 4 small avocados)
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 plastic spiders!!!  
  • 1 bag of tortilla chips, for serving
In a large circular serving dish, spread refried beans.  In a small bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups of sour cream and taco seasoning, then spread on top of refried beans.  In a small bowl, mash the avocados with the salsa and lime juice until consistency is that of guacamole, then spread on top of sour cream mixture.  Sprinkle cheese around the outer rim of the serving dish in a circular pattern.  Repeat with tomatoes, olives, and green onions.  Pipe remaining 1/4 cup of sour cream on top of the guacamole mixture in the design of a spider web (I did this by drawing a straight line down the middle, then crossing three more lines through in a star shape, then drawing three circles to connect the lines.  I used a plastic sandwich bag with the corner cut off to help me pipe a clean line.).  Top with plastic spiders and serve with tortilla chips.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Cheesy Carrot Casserole

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It would be nice to have some fancy blog with an amazing editorial department where blog posts about a fabulous side dish for Thanksgiving get posted prior to Thanksgiving rather than a few weeks later, but, this isn't that kind of blog!  And, it's almost American Thanksgiving, so I'm way ahead of the game there!  And, Christmas is around the corner!  And then Easter right after that, after which it's Thanksgiving again anyways.  And, it doesn't really need to be a special occasion to serve a carrot casserole anyways.

As promised, this has quickly become the carrot blog (refer to the last three posts including this one to see what I mean!), and here is another blog post about carrots coming at ya!  The recipe comes from the Taste of Home website, and it's a keeper.

I brought this to the Thanksgiving dinner on my side of the family, and it was a huge hit.  The casserole dish was literally scraped clean by the end of the dinner, because people were taking seconds and even thirds (ok, I was the only person who took thirds).  Doesn't it just feel so great when that happens?  I pre-made the casserole earlier in the day, and then we just reheated in the oven prior to dinner being served.  Little Man spent the weekend at his Nana and Grandpa's house (The Hubby's parents) while we went over the line to stay at their trailer in Washington with some friends before coming back for Thanksgiving dinner with his side of the family.  It was a much needed weekend away, but it was awesome to come back to two back-to-back family dinners and our first Thanksgiving with the Little Man.  What a wonderful year with so much to be thankful for!  Cheese definitely being one of those things...

Hope you enjoy this Cheesy Carrot Casserole!

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One Year Ago:  Carrot and Parsnip Puree
Two Years Ago:  Easy Refried Bean Soup
Three Years Ago:  Healthy Everything Cookies
Four Years Ago:  Braised Red Cabbage with Goat Cheese

Cheesy Carrot Casserole

Serves: 10 -12 side dishes

  • 8 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 can condensed cream of celery soup (10.75 oz / 284 mL), undiluted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup seasoned croutons (use the ones that are small in size)

Grease a 13 x 9-inch casserole dish and pre-heat oven to 350F.

Place carrots in a pot and cover with water, bring to a boil, then cook until tender-crisp.  Meanwhile, in a skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter and cook onions until tender.  Stir in the soup, salt, pepper, and 1 cup cheddar cheese, and stir to combine.  Drain the carrots and stir into the onion mixture.  Transfer to the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheddar cheese and croutons.  Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, then drizzle over top.  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.


Recipe Adapted From:  Taste of Home - Carrot Casserole

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Carrot-Coconut Soup

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Well, this has been a crazy year!

Crazy in a good way, crazy in an emotional way, crazy in a very, very happy way, crazy in a busy way, crazy in a crazy way, crazy in a good, good, way.

This little love-muffin entered our lives:

The Hubby isn't in favour of pictures of the family going up on the blog, so this may be the first and last photo you see of the little man (that's a lie - there's more at the end of this post), but that doesn't stop me from writing about him.  Which is good, because if I'm honest I want to talk about him non-stop!  We have wanted to start a family for so many years, and we are so fortunate to have had our dreams come true.  His laugh is infectious, his smile is perfect, he's curious, he's happy, he's smart, he's healthy, he's ridiculously cute (just look at that bum chin!), and he's all ours.  He will from here on out be referred to on the blog as Little Man.

And, oh the big plans I had for my time off on maternity leave.  I was going to try a new recipe every day!  I was going to blog at least a few times a week (and finally figure out how to take amazing food pictures with my DSLR camera)!  I was going to get back into running when the baby was six weeks old!  I was, after all, the girl who packed an adult colouring book and markers into her hospital bag for those 'calm down-times during labour.'  It of course stayed stowed in the bag along with a good novel and instructions on how to use my DSLR camera.  New moms just don't have time for new recipes and blogging (cook when the baby cooks!?  blog when the baby blogs?!).  And now he is nearly eight months old, and I can't believe how fast time has gone, and that I am down to just four precious months left in my maternity leave.  Long days, short years, they say.

The poor Hubby has not eaten very well (unless he was the one doing the cooking) in a long time.  I was very nauseous for the first six months of my pregnancy and didn't even want to think about preparing food.  "If we are eating tonight, it's either take-out or you are cooking," became a regular thing said to The Hubby, while I slowly nibbled saltines and took deep loud nausea-reducing breaths on the couch.  And during the last three months of the pregnancy I was too tired and achy, so no cooking happened then either.  So it's been at least a year+ that I hadn't made much of a presence in the kitchen...but, I'm back!

I don't have morning sickness, I'm not sleep deprived, and I have a 7.5 month old who takes long afternoon naps and isn't crawling/walking/trying to destroy the house yet, and so I have found a little bit of time for me again!  There's been stews, casseroles, salads, roasts, and lots of baby food too!  It feels good to be back in my kitchen, and now back on the blog as well.  And what a great time of year...fall is here, and it's time for my favourite food - that of the 'comfort' variety!

So, hello everyone!  I thought for my first entry since becoming a mother I would post something sort of appropriate, because The Hubby always refers to any pureed soup as 'Baby Food.'  Actually, the reason that I made this soup is because I bought a 10-pound bag of carrots from Costco (still the best store ever...going back today) to make actual baby food with, before realizing that about three carrots gives you a freezer full of pureed carrots, leaving me to wonder what to do with the other 9.75 pounds of carrots.

But this soup doesn't taste like any baby food that I know!  The carrots pureed with the coconut milk gives the soup a silky creamy texture, and the touch of Sriracha at the end gives a little hint of heat, and all of it combined is just dee-licious.  I made it once, and then had to make another triple batch the next day (at my friend Kristy's house where she also made a triple batch, for a total of a sextuple batch) because I needed more of this soup in my life (and because of the large supply of carrots still lurking in my fridge).  This left me with 5 pounds of carrots...which means that, if you put two and two together, you can guess where this blog is going over the next few posts - (not to dangle a carrot in front of you or anything - ha!).  This recipe is from the Epicurious website, which I have linked to below.  They never seem to disappoint.  The instructions below are for a double version of the original recipe.

..And this is weird, but I just noticed that my last post before this one was exactly a year ago to the day and also. about. carrots.

It's good to be back!  Thanks for reading...

OK...just one or two more pics!

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One Year Ago:  Plum Cake
Two Years Ago:  Slow Cooker Philippine Pork Stew
Three Years Ago:  Flourless Spicy Dark Chocolate Cake
Four Years Ago:  Goat Cheese Pesto Torte

Carrot-Coconut Soup

Serves: 6 - 8 servings

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 x 13.5 oz (400 ml) cans of light coconut milk (see Tip below)
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce
  • Chopped cilantro (optional), for serving 
In in large pot, melt butter over medium heat.  Add carrots and onions, and sauté until soft, about 15 - 20 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add chicken broth, coconut milk, and Sriracha.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth.  Alternatively, transfer in batches to a blender then return to pot.  Serve topped with freshly chopped cilantro and additional Sriracha, if desired.  Enjoy!

Tip: When using coconut milk, make sure to buy the canned version often found in the Asian food section.  Don't use the carton version found in the refrigerated section that is more often used as a beverage, as it usually has water added to it.

Recipe Source:  Epicurious (Carrot-Coconut Soup)

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