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Foodie Penpals-Reveal Day!

I was surfing the internet and came across this website. I was so intrigued with the idea that I immediately signed up. April was my first month as a participant and it was really exciting. I sent a box to Hornepayne Ontario and although it was from a different person I also received one from Hornepayne which was a cool coincidence. My box arrived a couple of days after the 15th (which is send out day) and was filled with some delicious goodies! I still have some goodies left to try but I am still dreaming about Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Sea Salt which i devoured in like 3 minutes! I also really enjoyed the 5 seed crackers! Many thanks to Laurie for the kick ass box and to Lindsay at Foodie PenPals for making it happen! (Click here to visit Foodie Pen Pals Sign up page)

Foodie Penpal box from Hornepayne Ontario

Foodie Penpal box from Hornepayne Ontario

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xo Lisa

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Sausage and Roasted Tomato Penne in a Mustard Cream Sauce

I  recently enjoyed an amazing pasta at the Kit Kat Club that was served in a Mustard Cream Sauce. This sauce blew my mind and so I decided to re create it at home with my own Foodventure twist. The result is delicious and really simple. This dish takes about 10 minutes to make (minus the time to slow roast the tomatoes) and you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups of slow roasted tomatoes (click here for a link to my recipe)
  • 4 shallots loosely chopped to roast with the tomatoes
  • 3 Italian sausages, meat removed from casings and crumbled (i used 2 hot and 1 mild)
  • 3/4 cup of dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup of 5% cream
  • 3 tablespoons of dijon mustard
  • 2 cups of penne
  • 1 1/2  cups of arugula
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the sausage meat and brown over moderately high heat, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the cream and mustard and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, In a bowl combine  the pasta, roasted tomatoes and sausage. Toss to coat. Top with fresh arugula and fresh grated parm cheese. Serve at once.

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xo Lisa

 

Homemade Holiday Irish Cream (WARNING: This recipe will change your life!)

I am not even going to get into the many reasons that I have neglected this blog and all my followers for so long…let’s just say that I’m back and ready to inspire, cook, drink and be merry.

Last night I got together with a couple of my gal pals to do make some goodies for Christmas. We each decided to make a liqueur to give away my choice was Homemade Irish Cream! Needless to say it turned out better than I imagined  and I PROMISE you that you will never ever buy pre bottled Irish Cream again!

Ingredients List: 

  • 1 cup 18% cream
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk (1can)
  • 1 2/3 C Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 2 Tbsp Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract (I skipped this entirely)

The Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and set on high speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate. Shake before using

Homemade Holiday Irish Cream: 

Step 1-The Fixings for Irish Cream

Step 1-The Fixings for Irish Cream

Step 2-Add your ingredients and Blend

Step 2-Add your ingredients and Blend

Step 3-Bottle and sample

Step 3-Bottle and sample

Happy Festivus!

Happy Festivus!

Bring this amazing drink to your next holiday party, give away as gifts or just enjoy at home with your loved ones!

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xo Lisa

 

 

Food Photo of the Day!

 

 

 

I have mentioned this before but this is something that is really important to me and I would love it if you took the time to try this out….even for a month! 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! (All of this great info and more details about the $10.00 challenge can be found here!)

 

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.

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xo Lisa

5-3-1-1

THIS RECIPE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

My culinary guide Todd introduced me to the 5-3-1-1. You can use this recipe to make pizza dough/flat bread/baguettes/calzones etc…It’s a very low maintenance recipe and you can add anything to it…all you need is a few simple ingredients, your hands and an hour’s worth of patience.

Ingredients List:

  • 5 cups of flour
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp of yeast
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • This recipe will make about 3 servings worth of dough. It will keep in your fridge for up to a week.

****click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own version of the 5-3-1-1.

For more awesome info on the 5-3-1-1 click here.

I realize that it’s been a while since i have posted anything. I hope that you haven’t starved…. Things have been a little insane with the production I’m on. But I celebrated the show’s Press night last evening and it was a HUGE success. I am now out of lockdown and I promise a lot of fun foodventures are coming your way!

BTW if you don’t own a pizza stone go out and buy one TODAY. You can get them anywhere. I bought mine at Home Sense for 10 dollars. It will make the 5-3-1-1 that much better!

Thanks for reading!

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xo Lisa

The Secret Garden….

Ok. Here’s the deal…

There is nothing secret happening here BUT a couple of great friends working on The Secret Garden came over for dinner this evening between shows…. In January, I purchased the  pasta attachment for my kitchenaid mixer and tonight was the perfect night to try it out! I made spaghetti with a sausage and pancetta tomato sauce and a gorgonzola and garlic flatbread.

This post will only show y’all how to make homemade pasta but every part of this meal was created from scratch. It took me a few tries to master the pasta, Let me tell ya…it was much harder than you think  to get to this point…(hopefully this will allow you not to go through the same trial and error!) Thanks to Todd for his ongoing advice and his free pouring…(that kept the project going!) Know that this is the edited version of the pasta making (although a series of shots of the dough issues might be fun!)…hopefully you will get a winning recipe from the getGo!

Ingredients List:

  • 3 1/2 cups of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp of salt

**click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own pasta!

Nothing is more exciting than enjoying a meal with great friends.

I realize that not everyone has access to a kitchenaid mixer and the truth is that to make delicious homemade pasta you don’t need fancy gadgets.  Making pasta at home is cheap, easy and delicious (in fact next time i will try it without the gadget). So make it now. Stop buying it. Seriously, even if you don’t have a mixer just make it on your counter! Go and youtube how to make homemade pasta…so worth it and  cheap to do.

I can’t to hear about your pasta making stories!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa