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

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken part 1 – tacos

Two tacos filled with pulled chicken, cheese, lettuce, peppers, onions, sour cream and salsa.Hubby and I enjoy tacos and fajitas at home. With instant taco kits out there, it makes it very easy to whip this family favourite up in no time. But this weekend, I wanted something different.

Inspired by a friend’s pulled pork dinner at their place a few weekends ago, along with seeing something on the Food Network about pulled brisket tacos, I decided to do something similar — only, with chicken. Here’s how I did it. Continue reading

Accidental Lazy Man’s Stroganoff: experiments in comfort food

Accidental Lazy Man's StroganoffSo I have been home today, nursing a low-grade migraine and knee pain from the weather we’ve been having. I was trying to sleep, curled up on the couch with the cats, when I realized something — I couldn’t sleep because I was absolutely ravenous.  We are out of bread, so no toast for me. I was tired of cheese and crackers as a means of “tiding me over” till I could eat properly. I needed something fast and easy.

“Soup!” I thought and wandered over to the pantry. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a fan of canned soups. Either they’re too salty or too bland or they taste “tinny” or the texture of the objects in the broth are just wrong… So why was I even considering soup? I recalled that Campbell’s Cheddar Soup was on sale a while ago and we bought something like a dozen cans just to have it in stock for me. I love it as a base to carry other dishes. I never eat this stuff straight up, always opting to add other flavours to it to jazz it up. Each batch of “cheddar soup” is completely different than the last.