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Give Thanks: Thanksgiving Tablescape & Menu

Thanksgiving dinner is quite possibly my most anticipated dinner of the entire year. You get to take time to reconnect with friends and family amidst our hectic schedules, you get to enjoy the beautiful crisp fall weather, and you get to eat lots of delicious foods! I have always enjoyed Thanksgiving as a holiday in general since it’s a holiday centered around food. No gifts. No balloons. Just hanging out together and eating—what could be more perfect and relaxing than that? Thanksgiving Tablescape To really set the cozy mood for Thanksgiving dinner, I like to dress up the table, even if there are just a few people coming over. I think that this is super important to do for Thanksgiving since it transforms any regular dinner into something very special. Plus, you’ve spent time making a bunch of delicious foods, why not enjoy them in a stunning setting? Beautiful and Edible This year, I really opted to go for a really inexpensive, and largely edible tablescape so that there was no waste.  I picked up …

Traditional Bread Stuffing

If you end up with a stale loaf of bread this time of year, don’t even think about throwing it away! Instead, you can make this delicious and hearty Traditional Bread Stuffing for your Thanksgiving table or for any Sunday night dinner this fall/winter season! This Traditional Bread Stuffing is the second recipe in my “Thanksgiving for Two” series. I know that I can’t let Thanksgiving pass me by without having some sort of bread stuffing. While I enjoy bread stuffing in any way it’s prepared (either baked inside a turkey or baked in its own casserole) I have a slight preference for the casserole style. I really enjoy the mix of textures to a baked stuffing—you get a nice crunchy top and a soft and juicy interior. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! The trick to making a really good bread stuffing is to have a loaf of stale bread. Odd, I know, but the stale bread really soaks up the chicken stock and other delicious flavours that are added in this recipe …

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Shallot & Pancetta

Get your stretchy pants ready– Thanksgiving is here! Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays because it if 100% centered around food. Turkey, stuffing, roasted vegetables, and pumpkin pie are the traditional Thanksgiving comfort foods that everyone enjoys this time of year. And while I love eating all these foods, it is a lot of work if you are celebrating solo or with a special person–which is he case for many people across the country who perhaps travel home to be with family. So this year, I am planning a special Thanksgiving menu for two! These recipes are simple to make and can be adapted to accommodate small or large crowds. Plus, I am covering all the bases so that you won’t miss out on the traditional tastes of the season! I will be putting out once recipe every day this week to get you prepared (or inspired) for Thanksgiving Day on October 8th. I will also be adding in a bonus decor and planning post that will help you get ready for the big …

Toum ~ Creamy Garlic Sauce

You may not have known the proper name for this tasty sauce before reading this blog post, but I can guarantee that you have had this before if you eat a lot of Lebanese or Middle Eastern foods like shawarma or falafel. Toum is a traditional creamy (and dreamy) Lebanese garlic sauce that is often added to grilled meats or is served as a dip. In Lebanese, “toum” or “toom” translates directly to mean “garlic”. This sauce is aptly named as there is LOTS of garlic in this recipe- 30 cloves! Yeah, you read that right- 30 cloves of raw, fresh, mouth-tingling, gut-friendly garlic. Luckily, the garlic flavour is complimented by lots of clean tasting canola oil, tart lemon juice and some salt and mellows out the longer it sits in the fridge. This sauce has the same consistency as a homemade mayonnaise or aioli and is made in the exact same process of emulsifying the ingredients together very slowly to form a thick, stable, and creamy sauce. Now it took me a few tries …

Mother’s Day Tea Party

It’s been a while since I have done a party post on the blog and I have missed it so much! I love throwing parties and entertaining guests in my home. I love all the preparation and organization that goes into throwing a party such as preparing the food, decorating the table, mixing drinks…I just love it! Sometimes I love it almost as much as the party itself! I know…I’m a bit crazy! While I love hosting a get-together to feed my party-throwing soul, hosting a party also a nice way to show your guests that you care and appreciate them. Sometimes I think this is even better than giving a physical gift for the occasion because you aren’t just giving something physical that may be tossed away down the road, you are really giving them a memory which can last forever. Now with Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I couldn’t think of a better way to show your mom how much you love and care for her than by throwing her an elegant …

Easter Dinner Menu

Celebrate Easter stress-free with this elegant and easy spring-inspired menu. I have planned out a wonderful dinner spread including a main dish, two sides and a show-stopping dessert that will not only thrill your guests, but make things easy on you so that you can enjoy the meal as well. These recipes are a piece of cake! Actually, the last one really is 😛 Apricot Chutney Glazed Ham For me, a nice home cooked ham is always the star of the show on Easter— I simply cannot do Easter without it! For a few years now, I have typically make a Hawaiian-style ham (just like my mom makes) with a sweet and spicy pineapple sauce… and adorned with pineapple rings of course! But this year I wanted to change up my regular ham recipe, so I came up with this tasty Apricot Chutney Glazed Ham. The Apricot Chutney can be made a few days before your celebration, which comes in handy on the big day, so all you need to do is take it out …

Top 10 Recipes of 2017

It looks like another year has come and gone, and what a delicious year it has been! Thank you to all of you who visited my blog and tried my recipes this past year- from all over the world! I can’t believe I have had views and comments from readers in Australia, Burma, Russia, France, Chile, Hong Kong, South Africa and beyond! I really appreciate every comment and email that I get from all of you; they mean so much and inspire me to keep rolling our delicious recipes every week! Thanks to WordPress’ analytic features, I have put together a list of my Top 10 Recipes of 2017 based on the views recorded. Overall, I definitely expected some of these recipes to be in here, but there were a few curve balls that surprised me! Regardless, I hope that you enjoyed making and eating these as much as I did! Without further ado, here are my Top 10 Recipes of 2017. Let me know in the comments below if you made any of these …

Haunted Halloween Party

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins galore! Halloween is just around the corner and I cannot wait to celebrate! This year, I am hosting a spooky soirée at our apartment and I am bringing a few elegant touches and fabulously retro menu to my Halloween Party this year.  Read on for how you can through an elegant yet spooky Halloween Party of your own…if you dare! Muahaha! This year, I decided to aim for a more elegant vibe for my Halloween Party in terms of decor. If you remember back to when you were a kid, Halloween was all about blood, guts and gore. While I can definitely appreciate these gory decorations on Halloween, it is a bit more fitting to do this outside of your home since it can be complicated and messy (I mean fake blood is cool and all, but I don’t want to be scrubbing it off my walls and mirrors the next day!). But what we are lacking in blood and guts, we are making up with some classy, yet scary Halloween …

Fall Dinner Party

Out of all the four seasons, fall is definitely my favourite. Not only do I enjoy wearing my cozy sweaters in the cooler temperatures, drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and watching the leaves turn a rainbow of colours, I love it because of all the delicious, seasonal foods that come along with it. Fall harvests bring us countless varieties of apples, squash, brussels sprouts, carrots, and parsnips…the list goes on…all from which we can make hearty and comforting foods. And what better way to enjoy these delicious seasonal foods than with a celebratory fall dinner party?! When you think about it, fall is the perfect season to entertain at home. It’s not too hot, meaning that you can have your stove and oven going all day and you won’t be dying of heat in the kitchen, and it’s not too cold, meaning that outdoor entertaining is still possible. Whenever weather permits, I like to serve fun fall-inspired cocktails outside early in the evening so that my guests can enjoy the crisp fall air before it gets …

Host & Hostess Gifts: Winter 2016

On a personal level, I cannot go to any event without bringing something for the host or for the party. If I am pressed for time, I will head to the liquor store and pick up a bottle of wine or a bottle of nice craft beer- always a safe bet. But if I am organized enough, I will bring a thoughtful gift to the host or hostess depending on their style (while subsequently racking up some brownie points). For this holiday season, I have curated a list of gifts that you can bring to any style of host or hostess for your next event. The majority of these items are made right here in Vancouver and can be bought in-stores or online (support the local economy!). I have also included a few of my own festive recipes that you can make from scratch if you are looking to save some money. Whatever the occasion, show your appreciation to your next host or hostess with these beautiful gifts! For the Foodie: “People who love to …