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BBQ Mushrooms stuffed with Blue Cheese

It’s BBQ season! My favorite season and last night I had some gal pals over for some food and drinks. My friend Katy brought over the fixings for this delicious appetizer. It was the perfect starter for our steak dinner and a total crowd pleaser.

Ingredients List: 

  • 1 package of whole mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup of blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup of plain cream cheese cheese
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 glove of garlic
  • 1 tsp of butter

The Steps:

  1. Pre-heat your bbq and set the temperature on low. Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems (but save them for step 2!). Set the mushrooms aside and Melt the butter in a small frying pan over med high heat.
  2. Chop your mushrooms stems, shallot and garlic into small piece. Add your chopped veggies to your pan with the melted butter and saute until soft; about 5 minutes.
  3. While your veggies are sauteing: In a bowl combine the blue cheese and cream cheese and mix until soft and creamy. Once your veggies are ready add the hot mixture to your cheese and mix well.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the mushroom caps filling generously.
  5. Place the stuffed mushrooms on the hot grill and cook until the cheese in golden brown and the mushrooms are soft and cook throughout (about 15 minutes or so).

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The countdown is on to the long weekend. I am planning some delicious BBQ meals and am looking forward to sharing them with you. Until then…

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

Meatless Mondays: Roasted Beet and Sweet Onion Salad

On Saturday evening I had a delicious dinner at The Academy of Spherical Arts and one of the items on the menu inspired the creation of this salad. Roasting beets in my new favourite thing, it takes a while but it is so worth it. This dish is simple and so so so delicious.

  • 2 Large Beets
  • 1 Medium Size Sweet Onion
  • 4 cups of mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar maple loosely chopped

Vinaigrette:

  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp of Dijon Mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make this salad: Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. This will bring you to the old format and you can get the step by step look you love!  Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo

I love this salad and I guarantee that you will as well. These days I’m really busy working a production in Toronto opening Feb 10th, 2012 called War Horse. This is one show that you will not want to miss! Find out more about War Horse here.

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa


Stuffed Jalapenos Wrapped in Bacon

Delicious and Easy Appetizer Idea:

Stuffed Jalapeno’s Wrapped in Bacon.

Ingredients List: (makes 24)

  • 12 Jalapenos
  • 1 small container of cream cheese
  • 1 package of Bacon
  • 24 toothpicks

**Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make this EASY appetizer:

Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo

This dish went so quickly that I didn’t even have a chance to snap a photo of the final product. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  The cream cheese and the bacon really calm the heat of the jalapeno, so don’t worry, even someone who doesn’t like spicy food will enjoy this appetizer.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

September Scones Take 2

As I sit here and type this blog, all I smell is delicious pork…that’s because i just took some Ham and Cheese Scones out of the oven. The blueberry scones that I baked a few weeks ago turned out to be so easy and such a hit that I decided I wanted to try and make a savory scone. You will noticed that the photo’s of the savory scones start with the addition of the ham and onions. You can read more about the basics of Scone Making here from my previous post featuring blueberry scones.

Ingredients List:  Makes 10 servings.

  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup combined of  caramalized onion and  cooked ham
  • 3/4 cup of Smoked Gouda Grated
  • 1 Tbsp of Dijon Mustard

*Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Ham and Cheese Scones:

Before you start…Preheat your Oven to 425 degree’s and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cook your onions on low heat for about 20 minutes and add your ham to the mixture once the onions are nice and soft. Once you are ready to go: Mix your dry ingredients into a bowl and then….


I prefer these scones over the blueberry ones but that’s only because of my love affair with pork and cheese. After a month away from home, I leave Ottawa 0n Sunday. I cannot wait to get back and enjoy the fall! Thanks for reading! Enjoy your scones.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Lime and Black Pepper BBQ’ed Corn

Sunday in Toronto….33 degree’s! What better way to enjoy the heat than to have a sizzling summer soiree with friends.

I’m prepping a whole BBQ menu but the Lime and Black Pepper BBQed Corn is going to be the dish that everyone is going to want to make themselves! It’s so easy and it’s a really delicious and unique way to serve your grilled corn. Trust me you will not be disappointed.

Ingredients List:  Makes 8 servings.

  • 4 cobs of corn cut in half
  • 3 limes
  • A healthy amount of pepper

*Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Lime & Black Peppers BBQ Corn:

Along with the corn. I served 3 different types of Cheese that I got while I was in The County. I am totally in love with Fifth Town’s Petal Luna Hard Goat Cheese. It is incredible!

Anyway, I hope you get to jump in a lake, a pool, in a sprinkler…something to beat the heat.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Piper’s Phyllo Pie

On July 2nd, my friends welcomed a gorgeous baby girl named Piper into this world. Yesterday, I had the chance to meet her. Rather than stuffed animals or diapers I decided to bring them the gift of food. Here is the recipe for one of my offerings, a Prosciutto and Asparagus Phyllo Pie:

Ingredients List:

  • 1/2 cup of goat cheese
  • 10 stalks of Asparagus chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of chopped red onions
  • 10 sheets phyllo dough
  • 8 slices of Prosciutto roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

**Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Piper’s Phyllo Pie:

I’m off to PEC for the final week of Amelia, The Girl Who Wants to Fly!

Enjoy the heat!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Foodventure: Prince Edward County

About 2.5 hours east of Toronto off the 401 hides a gorgeous part of Ontario known as “The County”.  Up until 3 weeks, I had no idea that this incredible place existed. I fell into a work contract in Wellington Ontario by The Festival Players of Prince Edward County and it has turned out to be better than I could ever have imagined.

The County (as it’s referred to by locals) is home to the “new” wine country and manufactures some of the most incredible local foods. From sweat peas, to artisan cheese and delicious cider, it really is a place that anyone interested in local, whole foods should come to visit and support.

Yesterday. I bought this great book called The Ontario Table  by Lynn Orgryzlo and she states that if everyone one in Ontario spent $10.00/week on local food, drink and products it would generate billions of dollars into Ontario’s economy which means more jobs, more education and  more accountability to the people by the people. The choice to know where your food comes from and how it’s made.  If you think about it $10.00/week isn’t very much. In fact with $10.00 you can buy a bottle of wine or a block of cheese or  a bag of vegetables from your farmer’s market or fresh berries or mustards, or jams or…i mean the list is endless and it’s so easy to do anytime of the year. And it’s a lot easier than you would think no matter where you call home- Think about it and join me in this $10.00 a week challenge!

Today I spent the day visiting a few local hot spots in The County and got some great and tasty finds! I enjoyed the best pizza EVER at the County Cider Company, scored some delicious cheese at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co and The Black River Cheese Company, got spoiled with ice cream made by the Kawartha Dairy Company and purchased a few bottles of wine from the Waupoos Winery. A solid day of local fare!

****click on the picture for a closer look at my foodventure in Prince Edward County!

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa