Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot Top Pesto - A delicious and easy way to make use of your farmers market carrot tops

I’m sure we’ve all had pesto at one point or another. It’s a versatile sauce that has many uses: pastas, pizza, sandwiches, salads, dips, spreads, etc. It’s also versatile in that it can be made with many different combinations of ingredients. Of course, classic pesto is made with basil and pine nuts. I’ve made it many times with spinach. But after getting some beautiful carrots in my CSA with big bushy greens still attached, I researched what I could do with them. And Carrot Top Pesto came up. I first tried it 3 weeks ago, and I’ve since made it … Read more…

Things I Love – July 30

Cubs game

Ok, I know I haven’t done a Things I Love post for a long time. Too long. I can’t believe it’s already almost the end of July! But in my defense, it’s been a busy month. Busy having fun! The month started out with a quick trip to Chicago. We went to see some of our Canadian friends who were in town for some sightseeing. Our trip included a Cubs game (we got free hats!), the first MLB game for all of us. I am really not a sports fan, but I was pleasantly surprised by how fun it was. … Read more…

How to Make Bread Kvass

How to Make Bread Kvass

As much as I love my homemade sourdough bread, there is always some stale bread left over because the recipe is so huge. And since I hate wasting food, I’m always looking for something to do with it. I’ve made croutons several times, and that’s great. But when I don’t need any of those, I can make a delicious and refreshing beverage. Wait, a drink made out of bread?? That’s right, you can turn your old, stale sourdough bread into deliciously fizzy and refreshing Bread Kvass. In the ever growing popularity of fermented beverages, kvass hasn’t really caught on yet … Read more…

Costa Rican Heart of Palm Salad

Costa Rican Heart of Palm Salad

  One of my very favorite parts of travelling is getting to experience the local food. I love it. I’m not afraid to try mystery meat at a street vendor or just point to whatever looks good in a little bakery, even if I have no idea what it is. I love trying new things that I would never get the chance to try otherwise. Even better than eating exotic food while on vacation is getting the chance to recreate it after I get home. This Heart of Palm Salad is a recipe that I brought home with me from one … Read more…

Homemade Marshmallow Creme

Homemade Marshmallow Creme

  Wow, it’s been awhile since I posted a recipe. I don’t even know what I fill my time with these days, but I never seem to have enough of it. I have been lucky to have a baby who sleeps for several hours in the afternoon, which actually lets me get some cooking done. However, I rarely think to photograph those meals and write about them, since I’m trying to get so much other stuff done. Oh well, such is life with an almost 3 month old, so you’ll have to take what I’ve got for now. And right … Read more…

How to Help Your Kids Form a Healthy Relationship with Food

Berry Face

Previously, we’ve talked about determining whether your child may be a problem eater. But what about kids who don’t necessarily display problematic eating habits – we still want them to eat as healthy as possible too. As parents, we have a pretty big role in our kids’ relationships with food. We can impact it drastically by saying certain things or acting certain ways. It’s important to make note of our own relationships with food and how we portray food to our children because this can in turn impact their relationship with food. This early relationship with food can ultimately impact … Read more…

Things I Love – June 25

Siblings enjoying concert

Can you believe June is almost over?  Canada Day and Independence Day are almost here! This summer is going by too fast already! But we are trying to get the most out of it – we’re not letting a newborn baby (if I can even call him a newborn anymore?) hold us back! This past weekend, we took him camping for the first time, at 10 weeks old. People said I was crazy to do it, but it really wasn’t that big a deal. He’s young enough that he doesn’t really know the difference where he is when he’s sleeping, so … Read more…

Perfect Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Perfect bacon wrapped scallops with text

Bacon Wrapped Scallops is something I make for my hubby whenever we have an occasion that I feel calls for “fancy” food. This could be a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s day, etc. I made them this past weekend as an early Father’s day meal, since I knew I wouldn’t be making an “actual” Father’s day meal due to a camping trip we had planned (more on that in a few days). When I make this “fancy” meal, it will of course involve the scallops, and a vegetable (often roasted asparagus or broccoli, or maybe Brussels sprouts). Also a starch of some kind … Read more…

Cheesy Bacon and Egg Breakfast Melts

Cheesy Bacon and Egg Breakfast Melts

 When I used to practice dietetics in an actual office (as opposed to in my kitchen), when I asked people if they ate breakfast or not, if their response was “no”, it was often because of a lack of time in the morning. While I always used to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in front of my local morning show (before kids of course – nothing is leisurely now), I totally get that many of people just want extra time to sleep. And now that I have kids, my breakfast often gets put on the back burner as I make sure my kids are … Read more…

Things I Love – June 11

Waunakee Big Rig Event

It’s summer festival time! I have to admit that the small town festivals we go to around here are not quite as exciting as the ones back home in Edmonton (I especially miss Heritage Festival), and we don’t often make it to the big city ones around. However, the smaller ones are still fun to check out. Our town just had a Big Rig event for the kids, in which they brought in a bunch of heavy machinery and trucks for the kids to get up close and personal with. My favorite was the local medi-flight helicopter, and even more … Read more…