Peanut butter caramel bars

Sweet treat craving? These peanut butter caramel bars hit all the right notes. Super easy, just the fridge time requires a little planning. Added benefit, they are gluten free, egg free, and dairy free. Coconut oil binds it all together, and maple syrup sweetens. That means they are naturally sweetened if you use an all-natural peanut butter. Ingredients are pretty much pantry staples. Almond flour, maple syrup, vanilla extract, peanut butter, coconut oil, and dark chocolate chips. I actually wouldn’t change a thing about the recipe, so here’s the link to Ambitious Kitchen. Sharing is caring. Oh I might mention that I didn’t have any natural peanut butter, so substituted with Jif creamy p

Braised short ribs in red wine

Here in Calgary our first snow is on the ground and we’re in the comfort food mode already. For me that means more bread baking and slowly braised meats. The downside of slowly braised meats, is the time it requires. Three to four hours means advance planning. If you want to cut down on cooking time from four hours to one hour, I recommend using the Korean style beef short ribs. While I love Osso Buco or a brisket, the Korean style cut will give comfort food results with way less time cooking. Korean-style short ribs can be found at most Asian markets, but I also found mine at our local Safeway. The cut, also know as “flanken,” refers to a strip of beef cut across the bone from the chuck en

Lasagne

My go-to comfort food to cook at home is undoubtedly pasta and this is the lasagne recipe I can make with my eyes closed. I prefer to use fresh pasta sheets, you can find these in the fresh pasta section next to those tortellini in clear plastic packs. For meat sauce, I do a combination of ground beef and ground pork, but of course you can definitely do this meat-free. Then I use a big can of chopped tomatoes or a tall jar of tomato passata. If you’re short on time, a prepared pasta sauce would work perfectly fine. This version is a Bechamel topped lasagne, not the mozzarella/ricotta layered one. It’s lighter and less fussy, yet still very decadent. There’s actually not much cheese in it all

Foodies in the Park pop up

“The best way to explain it, is to do it,” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And the best way to explain Foodies in the Park, is to do it. We were treated to a truly magical experience, Foodies in the Park. Our seating was for 5pm, perfect to enjoy the light. All the domes are individually heated and air conditioned. Transparent domes holding four to six people experience a four course lavish dinner or weekend afternoon tea. Every detail was well thought out, the food was delicous, and service was perfect. I absolutely recommend making a booking, whether it’s for a family day tea time, dinner dates, or a girls night out. Foodies in the Park is a month-long pop-up from October

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