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To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, the husband and I went to one of our favourite places, Perspectives restaurant at the Brookstreet Hotel.  We know and love their Sunday brunch buffet, and the menu for their special Thanksgiving brunch was just too tempting to resist.  Above are a few of our favourite morsels from the brunch, including their incredible roast turkey, buttermilk whipped Yukon gold mashed potatoes, sage and apple stuffing, and turkey and giblet gravy and cranberry sauce.  Such a great meal!

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Partaking in Thanksgiving lunch in my cafeteria at work is seemingly becoming an annual tradition! Judge if you will, but this traditional lunch, complete with roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed turnip, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy is delicious! I look forward to it every year since it is not in my family’s tradition to have turkey for big holiday meals. I’m already looking forward to next year!

Partaking in Thanksgiving lunch in my cafeteria at work is seemingly becoming an annual tradition! Judge if you will, but this traditional lunch, complete with roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed turnip, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy is delicious! I look forward to it every year since it is not in my family’s tradition to have turkey for big holiday meals. I’m already looking forward to next year!

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Weeknight supper: Pesto and rosemary chicken burgers

I don’t know why it took me so long to figure out how easy it is to make your own hamburger patties.  I mean, I was never buying the frozen ones (we like Farm Boy’s fresh lean ground beef hamburger patties) but it is just so undeniably simple.  The best part? You can add whatever flavours you want!

The husband really likes my chicken burgers, so I’m happy to make them for dinner!  This time, I changed up the flavour profile a bit by going for more of an herb kick.  

Pesto and rosemary chicken burgers

Ingredients

- 1lb fresh ground chicken

- 1 tbsp freshly chopped rosemary

- 1 tbsp pesto (I used store-bought basil pesto)

- dash of salt (I used my fleur de sel aux herbes de provence)

- freshly ground pepper to taste

- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (I used panko crumbs)

- 1/2 tsp garlic powder

- 4 slices fresh provolone cheese

- 4 buns of your choice

- fresh baby spinach and sliced tomato for topping

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Form into four patties. I recommend refrigerating the patties for a while before bbqing them; it helps them to stay together.

Cook the patties (bbq, stovetop - whatever your method) until cooked through.  Top with provolone and warm until melted.  Serve on a bun with spinach, freshly sliced tomato and any other toppings that you like!

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Dinner at The Burbs Pub

I always thought the name of this restaurant was a little bit cheeky, which I am sure it was meant to be.  Truthfully, it put me off a little bit, which is why it took us so long to give it a try.

The term “the burbs” has a bit of a negative connotation to me.  I mean, I live in the suburbs, and I love it.  I just don’t like the connotation of the word, as it negatively describes where I live and where I love living.  

All this to say, when I finally figured out that the restaurant was owned by the same people who own La Cucina, a lovely little restaurant just down the road from the Burbs Pub, I changed my mind.  We have enjoyed many a delicious meal at La Cucina, so I knew I had to give this place a chance.

We decided to go for dinner (we were toying with the idea of breakfast at first) as the husband loves a club sandwich and loves trying them wherever he can.  The restaurant wasn’t busy when we arrived around 6 p.m. or so on a Saturday night.  A few tables were occupied with couples and families.  

After perusing the menu for a bit, I was impressed to note that a lot of what they serve is made in-house, which was true for both the pulled pork sandwich that I ordered and the turkey from the husband’s club sandwich.  The pulled pork was crazy delicious - super sweet (just the way I like it), tender, juicy - everything you could want in a fantastic pulled pork.  The side garden salad left a bit to be desired, but both the lettuce and the vegetables were fresh and crisp.  I also really liked the coleslaw - it had great flavour.  The husband was impressed with his club and the french fries; they didn’t jump to the top of his all-time favourite list or anything, but they didn’t disappoint.

We would definitely return to this little pub.  The food, service and atmosphere were all great! 

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Brunch at Panera Bread

The husband and I decided to take a drive to New York State one recent weekend to do some shopping.  We go a few times a year just to hunt for new grocery/food items, and, while there, we always dine at Panera Bread.

I tend to try their new menu items whenever we go because we don’t go that often.  This time, they had a new breakfast sandwich which was a flatbread stuffed with turkey chorizo, scrambled egg, potatoes, cheese and veggies and grilled until hot.  Yum! We also shared their new muffin, the peach pecan crunch muffin, which was super moist and packed with huge chunks of peach. I also loved the crunchy granola baked into the top of the muffin.

The husband got his usual (the bacon turkey bravo sandwich, the mac and cheese and a cherry cheese danish) and he ate every bite like it was the first time.  Sigh. haha

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This was yet another lovely holiday meal that we enjoyed while visiting family over the holidays.  I was lucky enough to be treated to not just one but two turkey dinners, which is my favourite and not something I get to have very often.  

My Aunt and Uncle went to a lot of work to put on this meal, and we were all very happy and thankful that they did! One of my favourite dishes was my Aunt’s green bean casserole.  It is unique to me as it is not something we traditionally make as part of our holiday meal, and it was delicious! 

For dessert, we had two home made pies (blackberry and strawberry rhubarb) as well as a home made gingerbread cake, which was incredible dense and spicy.  

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Holiday dinner, cafeteria style
No judgies please people, but I am about to tell you something that you might find a bit shocking:  I love my work cafeteria’s holiday meal!
That’s right, each Christmas (and Thanksgiving), the cafeteria at my work serves up a full holiday meal, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed turnip and gravy.  The meal also comes with soup, your choice of a small coffee or milk, and your choice of dessert (I chose the plate of two sugar cookies).  All this is yours for $10!
It is delicious! The turkey is moist, the potatoes are real, and the turnip is creamy.  Why do I get so excited for this meal, you might ask?  Well, I think it goes back a long way to my childhood.  You see, my family’s holiday meal traditions never included turkey - we always had something else that was equally delicious.  But I think all those years of not having turkey has made me long for that traditional, classic holiday meal combination of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce, and I will take it where I can get it! haha
As the fiancé and I continue to make our own traditions, I hope to perhaps incorporate turkey.  What is your favourite holiday meal combination?

Holiday dinner, cafeteria style

No judgies please people, but I am about to tell you something that you might find a bit shocking:  I love my work cafeteria’s holiday meal!

That’s right, each Christmas (and Thanksgiving), the cafeteria at my work serves up a full holiday meal, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed turnip and gravy.  The meal also comes with soup, your choice of a small coffee or milk, and your choice of dessert (I chose the plate of two sugar cookies).  All this is yours for $10!

It is delicious! The turkey is moist, the potatoes are real, and the turnip is creamy.  Why do I get so excited for this meal, you might ask?  Well, I think it goes back a long way to my childhood.  You see, my family’s holiday meal traditions never included turkey - we always had something else that was equally delicious.  But I think all those years of not having turkey has made me long for that traditional, classic holiday meal combination of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce, and I will take it where I can get it! haha

As the fiancé and I continue to make our own traditions, I hope to perhaps incorporate turkey.  What is your favourite holiday meal combination?

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Slow cooker turkey meatball soup

So the boyfriend and I purchased a slow cooker a while ago and it took us quite a bit of time before we actually worked up the courage to use it.  I decided to pick up a few slow cooker specific cookbooks from my local library where I came across the Canadian Living Slow Cooker Collection.

In doing my research as a first time slow cooker user, I have come to the conclusion that there are really two types of slow cooker recipes: those that require absolutely no prep work, and those that do.  The Canadian Living collection tends to fall more in the latter column, which might seem to defeat the point of the slow cooker, but for our first few tries, we have been using it only on the weekends so we figured a little prep work wouldn`t kill us.

For our first recipe, (well, truly it was the second as I made steel cut oats for the first try) we tackled Canadian Living`s turkey meatball soup.  The biggest part of the prep for this particular recipe is hand rolling the meatballs and precooking them in the oven for 15 minutes.  The rest is simply chopping the vegetables and throwing them in.  The result was a light and delicious soup that I we will definitely make again.  I am soup obsessed in the fall and winter seasons, so the slow cooker is a new welcome addition to the kitchen!

What`s your favourite slow cooker soup recipe?

Turkey Meatball Soup - Slow Cooker

Ingredients

3 cups sodium-reduced chicken broth

3 cups of water

2 green onions, sliced

2 stalks celery, cliced

1 carrot, sliced

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

1 sweet red pepper, diced

1 cup vermicelli egg noodles

1/2 cup frozen peas

For the turkey meatballs:

1 egg

1/4 cup grated onion

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

1 lb lean ground turkey (or veal)

Directions

For the turkey meatballs:

In a bowl, beat egg.  Add onion, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper; stir to combine.  Mix in turkey.  Shape by 1 tbsp into balls.  Bake on greased rimmed baking sheet in a 400 degree oven until firm, about 15 minutes.

For the rest of the recipe:

Place meatballs in slow cooker.  Add broth, 3 cups water, white parts of green onions, celery, carrot, thyme, salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.  

Cover and cook on low until vegetables are tender, about 4 to 5 hours.  

Add red pepper, egg noodles and peas.  Cover and cook on high until steaming hot and noodles are tender, about 15 minutes.  Sprinkle with green parts of green onions. 

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Chipotle Apple Turkey Chili - A Thanksgiving alternative!
When the boyfriend and I hosted some friends for dinner on Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to make something turkey based, but didn’t want to duplicate any of the other holiday meals they might be enjoying (like a whole roasted turkey).  Also, with the large beef recall that’s been going on in Canada, I wanted to avoid beef products for the time being.  So I fired up my trusty Google reader and found the recipe for this chili on the delightful Pass the Sushi blog (click on the photo for a link to the recipe).
In deciding to make this recipe, I was pumped to try working with canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, something I’d never tried.  I followed the recipe exactly except for two additions: a can of white kidney beans, drained and rinsed, and a chopped red bell pepper.  
Well I can tell you that everyone LOVED this chili!  It has delightful flavour and texture with a spicy kick!  For toppings, I laid out a spread of diced fresh tomatoes, fresh cilantro, sour cream and grated Swiss cheese, all of which complemented the chili perfectly.  I will definitely make this again as an alternative to my regular beef chili recipe. 

Chipotle Apple Turkey Chili - A Thanksgiving alternative!

When the boyfriend and I hosted some friends for dinner on Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to make something turkey based, but didn’t want to duplicate any of the other holiday meals they might be enjoying (like a whole roasted turkey).  Also, with the large beef recall that’s been going on in Canada, I wanted to avoid beef products for the time being.  So I fired up my trusty Google reader and found the recipe for this chili on the delightful Pass the Sushi blog (click on the photo for a link to the recipe).

In deciding to make this recipe, I was pumped to try working with canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, something I’d never tried.  I followed the recipe exactly except for two additions: a can of white kidney beans, drained and rinsed, and a chopped red bell pepper.  

Well I can tell you that everyone LOVED this chili!  It has delightful flavour and texture with a spicy kick!  For toppings, I laid out a spread of diced fresh tomatoes, fresh cilantro, sour cream and grated Swiss cheese, all of which complemented the chili perfectly.  I will definitely make this again as an alternative to my regular beef chili recipe. 

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Italian Turkey Meatloaf
2012 is turning into the year of meatloaf!  Well, nothing crazy of course, but seeing as how I’ve never made meatloaf before this year, and have now tried three different recipes, I’m sensing a theme!
This Italian turkey meatloaf recipe went immediately on my ‘to-make’ list the second I came across it on the fantastic My Kitchen Addiction blog.  Setting out to make it, I used what I had on hand, which included substituting the recipe’s call for marinara sauce with Farm Boy passata (strained tomatoes) and adding a variety of spices (italian seasoning, herbes de Provence, garlic powder and smoked paprika).  I actually also used ground chicken instead of turkey, but I think either would be great.
The result was a moist and flavourful meatloaf.  The boyfriend absolutely loved it!  Click on the photo for a link to the recipe. 

Italian Turkey Meatloaf

2012 is turning into the year of meatloaf!  Well, nothing crazy of course, but seeing as how I’ve never made meatloaf before this year, and have now tried three different recipes, I’m sensing a theme!

This Italian turkey meatloaf recipe went immediately on my ‘to-make’ list the second I came across it on the fantastic My Kitchen Addiction blog.  Setting out to make it, I used what I had on hand, which included substituting the recipe’s call for marinara sauce with Farm Boy passata (strained tomatoes) and adding a variety of spices (italian seasoning, herbes de Provence, garlic powder and smoked paprika).  I actually also used ground chicken instead of turkey, but I think either would be great.

The result was a moist and flavourful meatloaf.  The boyfriend absolutely loved it!  Click on the photo for a link to the recipe. 

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I threw together this dinner for myself one night recently when I needed something quick, and I couldn’t have done it without Farm Boy.  They have such a great selection of in-house products, especially their Chef Prepared section filled with delicious freshly made take home items.  One of my favourite items from their Chef Prepared section is this pearl barley and apricot salad with toasted almonds and a lemon vinaigrette.  There is something about the texture of the salad that I find so addictive, and it has such a light, fresh flavour.
Two of my other favourite Farm Boy products are this cranberry pumpkin seed bread (and in this case in the form of a demi-baguette) and this in-house roasted turkey breast (from the deli).  The cranberry pumpkin seed bread is so versatile - you can use it for sweet or savoury pursuits and it is incredibly tasty!  Let me be clear that Farm Boy does not give me anything to say these things; I am simply in love with their amazing products. 

I threw together this dinner for myself one night recently when I needed something quick, and I couldn’t have done it without Farm Boy.  They have such a great selection of in-house products, especially their Chef Prepared section filled with delicious freshly made take home items.  One of my favourite items from their Chef Prepared section is this pearl barley and apricot salad with toasted almonds and a lemon vinaigrette.  There is something about the texture of the salad that I find so addictive, and it has such a light, fresh flavour.

Two of my other favourite Farm Boy products are this cranberry pumpkin seed bread (and in this case in the form of a demi-baguette) and this in-house roasted turkey breast (from the deli).  The cranberry pumpkin seed bread is so versatile - you can use it for sweet or savoury pursuits and it is incredibly tasty!  Let me be clear that Farm Boy does not give me anything to say these things; I am simply in love with their amazing products. 

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Paninis

Have I mentioned that I love sandwiches?  The boyfriend too.  We adore sandwiches.  We took another stab at paninis the other night, and we each hand selected our own toppings.  We were inspired by the Food Network Magazine’s 50 Panini recipes.

For my sandwich, I chose shaved deli turkey meat, sliced d’Anjou pear, Swiss cheese, and a little bit of honey for my condiment.  I had originally planned to add a little fresh baby spinach leaves, but, sadly, I forgot.  To be honest, my sandwich was a little low on flavour, so I am already plotting what I’d do different next time.  Any ideas?

The boyfriend also had turkey, sliced pear and Swiss cheese, but he added some hot capicolla and some bbq mayo.

We grilled the sandwiches on the old George Foreman, which I think I prefer than pan frying them (like a grilled cheese sandwich).

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Sconewitch
I have savoured many a sweet scone from Sconewitch, but had never actually sat down for lunch until one day recently.  I finally got to try a sconewitch! 
I decided on the smoked turkey with Stilton on an herb and onion scone.  It was quite decadent, and I was impressed by the turkey - it was tender and flavourful (and plentiful!).  It was served very simply on a small plate with a doily, and I opted for just the sandwich (there are soup and salad options) for my first kick at the sconewitch can.  Perhaps next time I’ll try the soup as it certainly looked appetizing. 

Sconewitch

I have savoured many a sweet scone from Sconewitch, but had never actually sat down for lunch until one day recently.  I finally got to try a sconewitch! 

I decided on the smoked turkey with Stilton on an herb and onion scone.  It was quite decadent, and I was impressed by the turkey - it was tender and flavourful (and plentiful!).  It was served very simply on a small plate with a doily, and I opted for just the sandwich (there are soup and salad options) for my first kick at the sconewitch can.  Perhaps next time I’ll try the soup as it certainly looked appetizing. 

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