PC Appetizers – A quick review

A box of PC Chicken Samosas.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Hubby and I decided for a more relaxing night again this year filled with munchies, movies and PJs. It was great. But also, to prevent me from slaving in the kitchen all day for something special, we opted for a few boxes of various frozen appetizers, some of my homemade crockpot marinara sauce (which I will link to if I’ve got a post up about, or will post a recipe for if not).

We chose a no-name box of sausage roll bites which were yummy as usual, but then we also picked three President’s Choice products: Chicken Samosas (pictured above), Spanikopita and Chicken Grenades (from their Recipe to Riches line). I’d like to share how we liked each of these.

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Curried tomato pepper soup

Curried tomato pepper soupDespite the summer heat, I’ve been craving tomato soup lately. So I picked up some ‘no salt added’ canned tomatoes and thought, “Why the heck not?” Who says you can’t have soup in the summer? I’ve been hiding in air conditioned spaces, anyway, so it’s not so strange.

I didn’t have a recipe. I didn’t even look. I just went into the fridge and cupboard and started pulling ingredients out that I thought might taste good together. Here’s what I did…

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Homemade marinara sauce

A bowl of homemade marinara sauce sits next to a plate of appetizers.For our New Year’s Eve night in, I realized that I had forgotten to pick up a jar of marinara sauce, so I set out to make my own. I had seen a recipe for marinara sauce a long time ago and remembered it for the most part. Sadly, I no longer remember where I saw it. So I had to wing it. Here’s what I did. Continue reading

PC hors d’oeuvres in review: mozz sticks & spanakopita

A multi-coloured tray holds two dishes. One holds a homemade marinara sauce (a spoon set into it), and the other holds two types of hors d'oeuvres: spanikopita and mini mozzarella sticks.As we did last year, hubby and I stayed in for New Year’s Eve. We actually prefer it because we can stay in our comfy clothes, don’t have to fight with traffic or weather, and don’t have to worry about one of us staying sober to drive home. If we pass out on the couch, who cares? 🙂

Last year, I did a lot of food-prep myself, creating homemade pizza rolls and mozzarella sticks, along with a crockpot butter chicken dinner (which we saved for the next day because we were full on appetizers).

This year, I decided that pre-made hors d’oeuvres was the way to go for a lazy New Year’s Eve!

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New Years Eve – Appetizers: Homemade Panko-Crusted Mozzarella Sticks

A partially eaten plateof homemade Panko-crusted mozzarella sticks with paper towel beneath them.Much like my last post, I have to thank another food blog: Pass the Sushi! Why? For their wonderful Panko Mozzarella Sticks recipe, of course! This was the recipe I used as reference for my own mozzarella sticks.

Hubby is quite the mozz-stick lover and these got the “two thumbs up” approval, so these will be keepers! I’ve made adjustments to the recipe based on what ingredients I had around, so here’s my version, for future reference: Continue reading