Cook-offs

Chocolate pudding – Is it worth making from scratch?

Chocolate pudding – Is it worth making from scratch?

Chocolate pudding isn’t something that I grew up eating so I didn’t even know what it was made of. Basically it’s just cocoa, sugar and milk thickened up with cornstarch. Sounds simple enough. I don’t see it made from scratch that often but I do see it on grocery store shelves packaged in already portioned(…)

French fries: Deep fried vs. baked

French fries: Deep fried vs. baked

Last month, I decided to have a ‘poutine party’. Well, it was really an Oscar party where one of the items on the menu was poutine so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make poutine while watching the Oscars. I love having parties like this because I find that the environment(…)

Salmon burgers – fresh vs. canned

Salmon burgers – fresh vs. canned

I attended a cooking demo the other day where they were featuring a “kids in the kitchen” segment. One of the recipes they made was salmon burgers using fresh salmon. It was delicious! I really wanted to try making it but I felt bad taking a beautiful fillet of salmon and butchering it up to(…)

Pumpkin pie – from scratch or from a can

Pumpkin pie – from scratch or from a can

It’s pumpkin pie season! For those of you who love pumpkin pie and are wondering how to make it (should you make the crust from scratch? should you use pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin puree or should you just buy it already made?) I have a series of pumpkin pie taste tests that I’ve done.(…)

Tiramisu taste off

Tiramisu taste off

I had some left over mascarpone cheese in my fridge from the clotted cream taste test that I did a couple weeks ago. There is no way that I am going to let a tub of mascarpone cheese go bad so I started to think of ways that I could use it up. The first(…)

The cream in cream of mushroom soup

The cream in cream of mushroom soup

I grew up on Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup. It was one of my favourite comfort foods growing up. In addition to just eating it as a soup, I have also seen it used as a base for mushroom gravy and for various casserole dishes. The versatility of the product makes it a good pantry(…)

Cook-off: Molten lava cake

Cook-off: Molten lava cake

For this taste test we bought The Decadent Molten Lava Cakes by President’s Choice ($6.99/4 servings) and Sensations by Compliments Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes ($7.99/4 servings). We then made our own molten lava cakes and tasted all three against each other. The frozen versions come pre-portioned in plastic cups that you pop them out of onto(…)

Panna cotta – full fat or skinny?

Panna cotta – full fat or skinny?

I have always wanted to try making panna cotta. Having never made it before friends of mine would tell me that it is super easy but I had no idea how easy it is! I think of it as a cream based Jell-O (and it’s just as easy to make except you’re using real cream(…)

Butternut squash soup – Mmm Mmm, Good!

Butternut squash soup – Mmm Mmm, Good!

Now that the weather is starting to get cooler, it’s a great time to start making soup. There is something comforting about having a nice pot of soup on the stovetop. A soup that I have always wanted to try making is butternut squash soup. I love the smooth texture and the sweet flavour. It’s(…)

Kale chips

Kale chips

Kale has been labelled one of the superfoods of this decade. I always find it interesting how certain foods can be around for so long and then something happens all of a sudden to give it ‘superfood’ status. Kale has always been healthy for you (it’s a dark green vegetable packed with beta carotene, potassium,(…)