Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Sandwiches

These look AMAZING!

Nailed It/Failed It

I, along with my sisters, am borderline completely obsessed with tradition. And, if you ask my parents, it never took much for us to declare something a tradition. Basically we had to do it once. Mostly these traditions apply to Christmas – watching Christmas Vacation Thanksgiving night, cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning, stockings before breakfast, gifts after breakfast. . .you get the idea.

Also in the tradition mix? The type of Christmas cookies to be baked. Acceptable ones include sugar cookies, mint sandwich cookies, Mexican wedding cakes, and peanut butter blossoms. Unacceptable ones include chocolate chip cookies (why my dad thinks those are Christmas cookies I will never understand).

Based on the above information, you can see how it took a fair amount of courage for my husband to suggest a new type of cookie to add to the mix. And you can see how it was nothing…

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Spaghetti Bolognese

Student staple, nuff said!


Frugal Spaghetti Bolognese

Bolognese is one of those dishes that food bloggers rarely write about, probably because everyone already has their own recipe, as though it is an integral part of inherited human knowledge. However, the public at large still seem to buy jars of the damn stuff or develop poor imitations of what this classic dish should be – this recipe cometh to set the record straight. A good Bolognese recipe, frugal or otherwise, is just as important as any other… Oh look, here’s one now!

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Orange-glazed salmon

Mmm salmon…

Conscious Cuisine

photo(21)My boyfriend and I were in the mood for a healthy, high-protein, low-carb meal. I love making fish marinades out of whatever I have in the refrigerator/pantry and this orange-glaze salmon is easy and oh-so yummy.

We all know salmon is great for getting in your Omega-3 fatty acids. Try to purchase wild-caught salmon as opposed to farm-raised. Not only are wild-caught fish lower in fat, but they haven’t been raised with all those yucky pesticides and antibiotics. Farm-raised fish is fine on occasion, but it’s good to know the difference.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
2 salmon fillets – (thaw if frozen)
1/2 cup orange juice with pulp
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons dehydrated onions
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Step 1: If your fillets are thawed, skip to step 2. If you bought frozen fillets, make sure they are in…

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Getting ready for Christmas – or how to make Turkish delight

Cool Christmas pressy idea? If not then treat yourself!

Adventures in Bruntonia

The dried stripsThese are the ingredients - wine does not go in the Turkish Delight but is recommended as part of the processThe chopped up Turkish DelightAll dusted and ready to serve

Last year at Christmas Brunton Number 1 and I had no money. We had negative money, in fact. He was a student, I was a temp, and we were both in our overdrafts. Instead of cementing our debts further with expensive Christmas presents, we made hampers of home made gifts for our friends and family including booze, chocolates and fudge. This year we both have reasonably well-paid jobs, and for the first time, we have money. Having begun asking what our relatives wanted for Christmas though, the resounding answer was: ‘moar sweeties’.

I’ll probably supplement some of the hampers with other non-edible home-made gifts but they will be the basis of all our Christmas presents this year. Some of the items have been specifically requested again – Irish Cream in particular – other things are being replaced or added to with more challenging recipes, the first of which is Turkish…

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What to eat when you’re not feeling great

See, we’re not just finding awesome and tasty recipes for you to try, we here at Chef Regent’s want to make sure you feel good and healthy, as well as full!

Food and Fitness - The Whole Connection

SIck woman

    Feed a fever, starve a cold. Or is it Starve a fever, feed a cold…I can  never remember which it is but that’s OK because whether its a cold or fever its more about WHAT you are eating then when. When your body is fighting an illness the last thing you want to put into it is man made, over-processed junk. You want to support your bodies natural germ fighting abilities by giving it what it needs, whole, grown that way natural foods. Eat Clean and Eat Green. I heard this a long time ago and it forever changed the way I approached an oncoming cold or flu.

grains and vegetable

Eating clean is not anything new, a lot of people eat this way on a regular basis and a lot more don’t. The cleaner you eat the more efficient your body runs. It is better able to stave off illness and…

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Seamingly Sweet Creation’s No Fail Fudge Recipe

Secret recipe REVEALED

Topic Spill

If you hate baking don’t worry, you can always hire our friends at Seamingly Sweet Creations to make this for you. We have been fortunate enough to have access to their secret recipe for a few years now and as a Christmas present have been given approval to share it with you all.

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No Fail Fudge Recipe

Serving size about 2 pounds (about 28 servings)

3 cups (18 ounces) semi- sweet chocolate chips (or flavor of choice)
1 (14) ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. (Not evaporated milk)
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla

In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk. Remove from heat when melted and add vanilla. Spread evenly into a wax paper lined 8-9 inch square pan. Chill for 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board, peel off paper, and cut into squares. Store your leftovers in the refrigerator.


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Grocery Store Mini Cheesecake Recipe


Angel Food N Fun

Whenever I go to the grocery store I stop by almost every item that I know that has recipes on it like chocolate chip packages, soup cans, and every little recipe card I can find! Sometimes those recipes turn out okay and sometimes they turn out to be amazing!
Now I have always been a fan of chocolate with just about anything and the recipe that I found this past weekend was chocolate and peppermint.  With all my Christmas baking that I was about to do, I thought it would fit right in!
So without further adieu:
Peppermint Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes – makes 24 mini cheesecakes but you may want to double (or triple!) this recipe
You’ll need:
3 graham crackers
1/2 cup pecans, toasted (optional)
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup Ghirardelli 60% Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
1 3.5 oz Ghirardelli Pepeprmint Bark Baking Bar, chopped
8 oz cream cheese…

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A Recipe Loaded With Antioxidants

Well we argued about it, but here is a REALLY healthy recipe for you!

The Doctor's Report

 A Simple Nutritious Vegetable Dish


This is a quick, simple but loaded dish. I recommend you use liberal amounts of balsamic vinegar at the end to give it a tasty punch. This is a great way to use up your spinach before it goes bad on you.  Patients on vitamin K shouldn’t have this dish. There are tons of variations of spinach salad but this one my wife, Margaret, and I made up in the kitchen recently.


  • 1 Raw Onion, choice is yours for type, medium to large size
  • Fresh mushrooms, choice again is yours to type, 1-2 cups raw, sliced
  • Fresh Spinach, one package (4-6 cups). Cleaned, spun and well drained.
  • Walnuts; appx 1/2 cup, crushed or sliced
  • Small amount of olive or vegetable oil, Balsamic Vinegar.


  • Cut the onion quarters then into moon shaped, larger slices.
  • Heat 2 skillets. In the first under medium heat saute your walnuts until mildly…

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Pâte Sablée Mince pies

Well, Christmas isn’t far away!

An eye for food

You can’t beat a home made mincemeat pie with crumbly pastry and that buttery goodness that shop bought pies quite simply don’t have. Last year I laboured over home made puff pastry with its many folds and turns but this year I’ve elected for the easier “Pâte Sablée” which is a more delicate pastry that melts in the mouth like no other. The pastry is in fact so delicate that easing the pies from the baking tray was an act of love that called for very gentle hands and the use of a miniature spatula to ensure they stayed in one piece ready for my guests.

Traditionally mincemeat pies are covered with a full pastry lid but as I love the mincemeat filling I find I can fit a little extra in if I opt for an open pie covered with pastry stars. Served warm and topped with a spoonful…

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southwestern egg rolls

Om nom nom!

You think that, if it gives you comfort.

Southwestern Egg Rolls is one of my favorite appetizers at Chili’s, so I was delighted to find a recipe for them on Pinterest!  The recipe is excellent.Southwestern Egg Rolls

Last week, I decided to add them to my weekly dinner menu.  Well, the grocery store was out of egg roll wrappers, so I decided to use tortillas instead.  I slathered on a big spoonful of sour cream, stuffed them with the filling, and toasted them in a skillet (resembling a Grilled Stuffed Burrito from Taco Bell).  Delicious!!

It had been a while since I made the egg rolls and I had forgotten how much the recipe actually makes, so I had a lot of filling left over (especially since I added meat).  I made a salad and topped it with a generous portion of reheated filling.  Amazing!  I’m thinking it would make a nice enchilada filling, or layer it with rice or…

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