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This April 27th at 6:30 the Gourmet warehouse hosts the ever popular Chocolate Challenge.
This worthy event is not simply a reason to get together and eat Chocolate (though that is a side benefit) but rather a ongoing generous effort to support the community and the kids.
The focus on ensuring that the local children can Have access to healthy food in the weekends supplementing there school food programs – the Strathcona Back Pack Program now feeds over 350 kids / families every week.
Click here for the website
The second program and one that theory that I completely subscribe to is Project Chef – this is a school program that is aimed at teaching kids how to cook and enjoy nutritious meals. This enables the kids how to make good choices and gives them the tools and confidence how to prepare their own great dishes.
Teach our kids to eat and create a healthier society!
Some of our top pastry chef / chocolatiers will be offering you a taste of their talented culinary magic and submitting their creation for your vote!
This list includes
Greg Hook – Choclate Arts
Peter Fong – Ganache Patisserie
Steve Hodge – Temper Pastry
With other tasty goodies and sips from Earnest Ice cream, the Preservatory, Stumptown coffe, Tacimo, Tartine Tarta, Terra Breads and Yorkshire tea.
If that isn’t enough you have access to great deals at Vancouvers own Culinary Disneyland at your disposal!
I promise you that this is a great event and full of great flavors with good company!
You gotta try this!
Happy Cinco De Mayo !
Although most of my Mexican friends say that Cinco De Mayo is really a day to celebrate created by the rest of North America and not really the same celebration in Mexico (though it is a day off from work!) it is a good reason to enjoy good food, good chocolate (thank you to the Mayan Culture for Chocolate!) and great coffee with friends!
Enjoy the fantastic celebrations & libations of the day but be safe safe and take care of your friends!
Look for the special treats offered around Vancouver and share with us the great treats that you find! Pictures would be great and I will share them with a follow up post!
Here are a few pictures of great things to search out:
Have a great day! happy Cinco De Mayo!
Happy McHappy Day everyone!
Please get out today or online and support this great cause. The proceeds from the sale of Big Macs and hot coffees / happy meals go towards the Ronald McDonald House Charities and bring more joy to families through the toughest time one could ever imagine.
Even if you aren’t a fast food lover the cause is bigger than that and you could donate directly if that is your wish through the link below.
Click here to donate on the McDonalds site
This cause can’t be underestimated as the dollars generated go directly to where it says! The Ronald Macdonald House Charities
Support the cause please and bring comfort to those who most need it at a terribly challenging time in children and families lives.
“You Gotta do this!”
Happy Saturday great foodie friends, it’s has been a long time since my last posting but sometimes life hops in the way.
I tried making this carrot cake today – it’s a play off the “Southern Living” recipe also kown as the best carrot cake.
It’s all about the love that you put into baking and staying as true to the recipe as possible.
What you will need:
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrot
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (3 1/2-ounce) can flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
What you will do:
Line 3 (9-inch) round cakepans with wax paper; lightly grease and flour wax paper. Set pans aside.
Stir together first 4 ingredients.
Beat eggs and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Fold in carrot and next 3 ingredients. Pour batter into prepared cakepans.
Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Drizzle Buttermilk Glaze evenly over layers; cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
What you will do:
Put all the ingredients into a good sauce pan (larger as it expands) heat on medium until a slow boil for approx 4 mins. while stirring often. Take off the heat and add in the vanilla and stir.
Cream Cheese Frosting
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used Vanilla bean paste instead)
Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.
After you have finished, cover keep in the fridge. I promise it won’t last long!
“You Gotta Try This!”
First I wanted to thank you for following Bcfoodieblogger and wish the happiest New Years and a healthy and prosporous 2016!
I just wanted to share this posting from Food Network and Google. Some recipes make sense that they were the most searched and some didn’t make as much sense but then we really must think about worldwide culinary thoughts and not just our little but most delicious culinary dinseyland called Vancouver and the Lowermainland.
Most googled recipes in 2015 -click here
What were the most-searched recipes on Google this year? The powerful search engine has unveiled the results of the top 10 recipes that users have been searching for. You may be surprised by the results — and you’d never guess what tops the list as 2015’s most-Googled recipe!
1. Apple Roses
Google users were obsessed with this year’s most-searched recipe, in which thin apple slices are arranged to resemble the petals of a rose within puff pastry, and then baked to golden-brown perfection to result in a delicate, delicious dessert that looks far more complicated than it actually is.
Rice Krispie squares remain an easy-to-make, kid-friendly treat, so it shouldn’t be surprising that recipes for this popular snack were Google’s #2 search in 2015, with the Internet serving up a nearly endless supply of variations. Among them, this spectacular version that adds peanut butter and chocolate to the mix.
Don’t try to figure out why the third most popular Google search was for Osso Bucco recipes, as this iconic Italian dish is apparently more popular than ever. In this recipe, Chef Ricardo Larrivée gussies up this classic favourite by adding the sweetness of orange and prunes.
Everybody loves a bowl of hearty chili, and Internet users searched up a storm looking for recipes. If you’re looking to cook up a pot of zesty chili, you won’t go wrong with this spicy and savoury recipe from Bobby Flay.
Get the recipe for Bobby Flay’s Red Beef Chili.
Hollandaise sauce is apparently making a comeback, judging by its status according to Google searches, and Chef Michael Smith offers up his version of this creamy classic, which he uses to top gently steamed asparagus.
Get the recipe for Michael Smith’s Asparagus Hollandaise.
Puffed wheat squares are a kid-approved favourite that don’t require a whole lot of effort to make, and Google has numerous recipes to provide such as this easy-to-follow recipe.
Get the recipe for Puffed Wheat Squares.
7. Spaghetti Bolognese
One of the most iconic Italian pasta dishes out there, spaghetti Bolognese is a hearty crowd-pleaser that is always welcome on the dinner table. No need to Google when you can use this authentic Bolognese recipe from Chuck Hughes.
Get the recipe for Chuck Hughes’ Bolognese.
Following in the tradition of beer can chicken, the latest beer can barbecue craze involves pressing an aluminum can into a huge, baseball-sized sphere of ground meat (a half-pound or more), with the resulting indentation used as a vessel to stuff cheese, bacon or whatever toppings you like before grilling it up.
Get the recipe for Smoked Beer Can Burgers.
Lasagna remains a go-to staple for busy families, a casserole-like pasta dish that everyone loves and, as a bonus, can be prepared ahead of time and then heated up for dinner. If anyone knows a thing or two about cooking an amazing lasagna, it’s Giada de Laurentiis, who adds the rich, sweet flavour of butternut squash to her recipe.
Get the recipe for Giada de Laurentiis’ Butternut Squash Lasagna.
10. Mashed Potatoes
It seems as if 2015 was the year that everybody wanted to spice up their mashed potatoes, whether it was for Thanksgiving or simply to serve up a more creative version of this popular side. In this recipe, Ree Drummond gets back to the basics with her creamy, whipped version of savoury spuds.
Get the recipe for Ree Drummond’s Creamy Mashed Potatoes.
Make 2016 a year when you challenge yourself in the kitchen to try new recipes, make them your own and share a meal with family and friends. Remember that the Kitchen table is where we sit and share and is the second heart and soul of the home to your mothers. Sharing a meal connects us and helps us bond, and it has been that way since the beginning of time.
Have fun tonight, enjoy your transition from 2015 to 2016 and stay safe…find a ride home if you need to and wake up tomorrow with a refreshed outlook on the start of a new year.
Thank you again for following my blog and I hope to bring you more reasons to continue next year. Anyone interested in a new “E-cookbook”?
Happy Friday great foodie friends.
As fall arrives so does the memories of comfort foods & fall flavors. From savory soups, braised ribs and of course filled pastas.
Today we look at a perfect heartwarming filled shell pasta!
Makes 24 stuffed shells
1-16 oz box jumbo shell pasta
Your favorite tomato pasta sauce
2 – 15 oz containers ricotta cheese
14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and rustically chopped.
1/2 lb lean browned ground beef (I also love to use ground veal mixed in with my ground beef, it makes it extra rich and flavorful)
1 cup diced red or sweet onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 oz shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons dry parsley flakes
1 large egg, slightly beaten
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Mix the ricotta, egg, salt, pepper and parsley in a large bowl.
Fold in the artichoke pieces and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
Boil the jumbo pasta shells following the directions on the box. Drain well and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
Now mix the ricotta mixture with the cooled ground beef and set aside.
Spread 1 cup of sauce into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Repeat until you run out of ricotta/beef mixture.
Spread the remaining sauce over the top of the stuffed pasta shells.
** A little added fun! Make your favorite garlic parm cream sauce and drizzle over the top as well for some added flavor!
Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for about 40-45 minutes or until the ricotta filling is heated through and the sauce is bubbling.
Remove baking dish from the oven and sprinkle 1 to 1/2 cups of the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese over the top of the shells and dust with Parmigina cheese.
Serve this perfect fall dinner with your favorite garlic bread and salad and maybe even the perfect sip of vino.
You Gotta Try This!
Happy Wednesday great foodie friends, here is the 18th Annual readers choice awards brought to us from the Georgia Straight and really ulitmately you the readers.
Enjoy and use this list next time you are wondering where to head out for a great meal!
Happy Friday great foodie friends,
As Valentines approaches AOL Canada shared this fantastic Kraft Peanut Butter’s StoryTime from their StickTogether program “BeOn” editorial piece celebrating families and our busy lives.
I promise that this video from the #StickTogether campaign will warm your heart if not make you shed a tear!
Celebrate the glue that sticks us together, mom! With Kraft Peanut Butter’s fantastic campaign to help us all remember how important we are to each other and how we can so easily let life’s busy turns let time pass without realizing or recognizing how it all doesn’t fall apart. Life’s wonder in most families called mom.
Thank you Moms, Kraft Peanut Butter and AOL Canada for reminding us all to #StickTogether by helping this family share their story with us!
click here for the Kraft Storytime video
Hello great foodie friends,
As the days grow closer to the day of Love (albeit a little commercial) planning your valentines should come from the heart and soul rather than from something that will last for a day or two but not stand the test of the soul and the heart in your Loves eyes.
When deciding what to do don’t feel that you have to focus on something so daunting that it adds stress to your day but rather something made from Love and care.
This great molten lava cake from Food network & Patrick and Gene Neely is a start.
molten lava cake recipe – click here
Recipe courtesy of Patrick and Gina Neely
Molten Lava Cakes
2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for the ramekins
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting (optional)
6 large eggs plus 6 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter eight 6-ounce ramekins and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar.
Combine the butter, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk the flour, confectioners’ sugar, eggs and yolks, vanilla extract and almond extract in a bowl until creamy. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture. Divide among the prepared ramekins.
Bake the cakes until the tops are stiff and the edges darken, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Loosen the edges of the cakes with a small paring knife and transfer to plates while warm. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.
Photograph by Gentl & Hyers
Recipe courtesy The Neelys’ for Food Network Magazine
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/patrick-and-gina-neely/molten-lava-cakes-recipe.html?soc=sitepackagesocial_20150210_40030926&adbid=10152607959246727&adbpl=fb&adbpr=20534666726&oc=linkback
Try this dessert and pair it with a raspberry or multi – berry coulis / sauce with some fresh berries as well topped with fresh whip cream and serve with some Prosecco.
If if your so inclined could you prepare a wonderful dinner? If not use this dessert and the end of the night show stopper coupled with your sweethearts favourite flower! Many valentines start or end with roses, but was this great marketing by the flower industry or really truly your Valentines favourite flower? Better to know and ask if you need to!
I guess the theme of my posting is truly about doing something from the heart rather than bought at a store!
If chocolate isn’t your perfect Valentine sweet treat, why not making a Tiramisu?
Come on folks, it’s one of the most delectable Italian treats and is truly easier than it looks and I promise smiles.
You can put the Tiramisu into any cup, dish or pan and serve it how you like but if you can find chocolate cups like these it adds a special extra touch.
Last but not least, I have included a link for those of you wanting to spread sweet love but do it as hea,thy as possible…. 8 desserts 80 calories or under
Happy Valentines to you all
Happy Saturday great foodie friends…. The holidays are around the corner and thoughts of holiday Flavors are no doubt dancing in your brain, across your tastebuds and tummy! I know these aren’t traditional holiday flavours but aren’t Italian flavours just perfect anytime? I think so.
Thank you to Italian Living .com for posting this vote! I couldn’t look at these photos with out my mouth watering!
Love all things Italian….. Enjoy.
click here for the full article on Italianliving.com
Per the Italian Living article:
More than 700,000 foodies and 5,00 food professionals—including bloggers, chefs, restaurateurs and cooking schools —voted for the twelve most popular Italian foods. Parmigiano Reggiano won 1st with the “King of Cheese” receiving 20% of the votes. This international contest sponsored by the nonprofit group I Love Italian Food http://www.iloveitalianfood.org was conducted online in November 2014, with results released in mid-December.
“This contest made us understand which of our traditional foods are the real ambassadors outside of Italy, “ comments Alessandro Schiatti, founder of I Love Italian Food. Three of the winning foods—Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico, are all from the Emilia-Romagna region, which isn’t surprising as that region has more products that are DOP and IGP ( protected designation of origin) than any other region.
Using these twelve winners, I Love Italian Food will launch a project in January 2015 called 100per100, which will ask twelve of Italy’s top chefs including Heinz Beck, Cristina Bowerman, Moreno Cedroni and Antonella Ricci to create a unique recipe for each.
And the 2014 winners are:
You Gotta Try all of these!