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Coconut Crusted Salmon

Salmon Filet buried in a heap of coconut

Salmon is one of those things that I really enjoy, but when we are in the grocery store I don’t find myself drawn to it. Sometimes I have to be reminded how much I like salmon. Well, coming across this recipe for Coconut Crusted Salmon was one of those reminders.

I was looking to plan a dinner party, but because Jamie and I are trying to stick (more or less) to our low carbohydrate lifestyle, I wanted to host dinner, but have it be low carb-ish. I have never tried to cook an entire meal like this for other people and I wasn’t quite sure what the reaction would be.

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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Entrée, Fish, Paleo, Salmon

 

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Coconut Lentil Muffins

Coconut Lentil Muffin with Whipped Cream Icing on a black plate

When I was at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference in April, not only did I meet Canadian bloggers, but I also met a lot of Canadian Sponsors.  One connection I made was with Rachel, a representative from Lentils Canada.

Are you surprised that Canada grows lentils?  I was a bit surprised to learn this too.  During my conversation with Rachel I learned that lentils can be used in a whole variety of ways, not just soups or chili (which is how I was used to seeing them).

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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Baking, Breakfast, Desserts

 

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Grain-free Granola

Grain-Free Granola in a mason jar

I haven’t been that successful in my eating habits the past few weeks. I have been indulging in chocolate (it just seems to be everywhere in the office), burgers (a lot of burgers) and where there are burgers there are also fries, onion rings, bread and beer. So, yesterday I dedicated a good portion of the day to the kitchen, where I created some Paleo friendly snacks.

In looking at the official definition of granola, I am wondering if this dish can even be called granola, since it doesn’t consist of rolled oats, but I promise you, once you taste it, you won’t miss them. When you see all the nuts, seeds and coconut, rolled oats will be the furthest thing from your mind.

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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Breakfast, Desserts, Paleo

 

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Lemon Brussels Sprouts

Lemon  Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts have to be one of our favourite vegetables. I really don’t know why I didn’t enjoy these when I was a kid, but they have become a regular staple on our grocery list. I quite often find myself cooking up way more than we need so I can eat the roasted sprouts cold the next day as a delicious snack 🙂

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Triple Lemon Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Happy Birthday Laurel

This past weekend we hosted an Easter Brunch for all of our Ottawa friends. But, not only was our brunch to celebrate Easter, it was also to celebrate our friend Laurel’s birthday.

I wasn’t quite sure what type of birthday dessert to prepare for her, so I enlisted Jeff’s help in determining the perfect dessert to serve. I gave many options, cake, *pie even an ice cream cake, but Jeff came back with cake and told me that her favourite flavours were lemon and vanilla. How incredible is that! A lemon and vanilla birthday cake, I knew that could be arranged!

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Baking, Desserts, In a Pinch, Lemons, Memories

 

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Bacon Wrapped Roast Turkey with Sausage-Apple Stuffing

Bacon Wrapped Roast Turkey with Sausage-Apple Stuffing

I hope that everyone had a fun filled Easter weekend.  When we were growing up, every big holiday get together consisted of a large turkey dinner.  I am sure that it is no surprise that the turkey recipe that I am sharing with you contains bacon as a key ingredient! 🙂

Now, we didn’t always have a bacon wrapped turkey, but once I was introduced to the deliciousness of bacon and turkey, I was hooked and I never looked back.  I have shared this recipe with everyone who asks me about the best way to cook a turkey.  What I love about it is that you never have to baste your turkey, as the bacon provides the ongoing moisture that is necessary for a perfect turkey dinner.

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Peanut Butter – Chocolate Duos

Cookies out of the oven

Last week I received my regular issue of What’s Cooking magazine from Kraft. I love this little mail-out. The recipes are usually quick and easy, and it is always fun to look at glossy food pictures to find inspiration.

This issue was no exception. I found a few recipes that I wanted to try, especially this cookie recipe. When I opened up the magazine to this recipe, I knew that I would be baking this weekend. I consider myself lucky that my colleagues enjoy Monday mornings when I bring my baking in to share 🙂

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