Saturday, November 12, 2016

Easy One Pot Fudgy Brownies


Fudgy brownies

These brownies are my go-to brownies for anytime I need to bring dessert to a function or whenever I am craving something chocolate (which was this week). It is so easy to prepare as you essentially throw everything into a pot and then transfer the ingredients into a pan and then bake. Funny enough, I now realize that I have never blogged my recipe; until now! 

Fudgy Brownies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Using a little bit of butter, grease the pan (approximately 8x8x2) or tray that you will be using.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt the butter over low heat.
  4. Once the butter has melted, turn off the heat and add the cocoa. Stir until well blended.
  5. Add sugar and mix well.
  6. Add eggs one at a time. Stir well after adding each egg. 
  7. Stir in the vanilla, flour and salt. Try not to over beat. 
  8. Spread the batter into the greased pan or tray.
  9. Top with chocolate chips.
  10. Bake the brownies for 25-30 minutes. To check if the brownies are done cooking, insert a toothpick into the middle. When it comes up clear it is done.

These brownies turn out great every time. I have even substituted gluten-free flour (Cloud 9 from Costco) and they turn out exactly the same!

I usually top mine with some semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can also throw some into the batter so that they are more chocolately. Sometimes, I sprinkle the top with a bit of maldon salt. That is definitely optional but it sure gives the brownies a different; but satisfying taste! In the past I have also baked the batter in muffin tins (just double the recipe to make a dozen fudgy brownie cupcakes). As you can see, this is a super versatile and easy dessert recipe. I hope you make it!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Stuffed Fingerling Potatoes


Stuffed Fingerling Potatoes sitting in a red dish. Recipe by BeyondUmami
When two bags of fingerling potatoes from EarthFresh arrived in the mail last week, the first question was not: "Why are there two bags of fingerling potatoes" but rather, "What shall I create with them?"

Typically, fingerling potato recipes involve pan frying, baking, cast-iron baking or deep frying. After a full day of baking, blogging and packing, I was getting hungry and I wanted something different with a quick prep and bake time and obviously tasty. Cheese and potatoes always go well together, and fingerling potatoes are no exception to that rule.

Ingredients
  • 1 small bag of fingerling potatoes 
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 green onion sliced
Directions
  1. Lightly scrub and wash the fingerling potatoes. Pat dry with a paper towel.
    Washed Fingerling Potatoes

Monday, October 24, 2016

2016 Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival



The Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is back for its 15th year. Sponsored by Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Wine & Spirits, this year's tasty event happens in Edmonton for two days on November 4-5, 2016. If you have a chance to attend this year, you can taste the limited edition Taylor Fladgate 1863 Single Harvest Port or if you enjoy port the Aegusa 1941 Marsala Superiore Riserva (which apparently there are only 400 bottles of this port available in the world!) is also available to be tasted.

Once again the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival takes place at the Shaw Conference Center on Friday November 4 and Saturday November 5. If you want to attend, you can purchase tickets online


Now for the exciting news! I have a pair of tickets to give away to one winner for the afternoon session on Saturday November 5 from 12-4pm in Edmonton!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sour Cream Cherry Pie from Duchess Cookbook

Sour Cherry pie from the Duchess cookbook
As you may recall one of my Food Resolutions for the 2016 year was to cook recipes from the Duchess Bake Shop cookbook. Over the past year, one of the recipes I have enjoyed making is Sharileen's Sour Cream Cherry Pie Recipe from page 159. This pie has a super flaky crust mainly due to the addition of butter as well as lard. I like how Duchess' recipe uses a stand mixer, so all you need to do is mix the ingredients at slow speed with the stand mixer. The key is to ensure there are still small chunks of fat in the resulting pie dough. In the past, I used to find sour cherry pies as too sour, but this one has good balance between the sour and sweet and as the saying goes: when life gives you sour cherries, you make sour cherry pie!
cubed butter and lard

mixing the cubed butter and lard with flour

mixing the dough up with a stand mixer

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Edmonton Fall Home Show - Ticket Giveaway

It's that time of the year where the Fall Home Show comes to Edmonton on October 21-23, 2016! I know that it certainly does not feel like Fall here in Edmonton, and like you, all I want to do is stay indoors. However, this is the perfect opportunity to talk to experts, find some inspiration and get some practical information. I have been to the show several times over the years and there is always something to see, do or learn at the show - even if you don't own a house or live in one (like us). Aside from having the opportunity to ask designers about a home renovation, finding more information about doing a brand new build or a DIY project that you have in mind, there is also the Food Stage. Certainly, this is a part of the show that is particularly interesting for me. This year there are a number of Cooking Stage Guests throughout the weekend, including the opportunity for you to be an amateur cooking partner with either Chef Shane Chartrand (from Sage) or Chef Doreen Prei (from Get Cooking) on Sunday October 23.

Regardless of what you are interested in, I am sure you will find something exciting at the Fall Home Show. If you want to attend you can purchase your tickets online or in person. You can also try your luck at entering to win two tickets for the Edmonton Fall Home Show from me! Just enter your information into the rafflecopter below and following the instructions. The winner can choose any of the days to attend the show (Friday October 21-Sunday October 23) and will be picking up their tickets at the show office at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Contest starts October 13, 2016 and ends at

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