Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Roasted Red Pepper & Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Sauce | Club Foody

Back in the early 90s, there was a new food trend… sun-dried tomatoes! A decade before that, roasted red peppers were popular as was the use of roasted vegetables. These two ingredients not only made a delicious entrance into the culinary world but also got serious attention from “foody” people!
Popular restaurants were showcasing them on their menu with at least a dish or two with one of the two ingredients. Like many others, I love the taste of both. I like it so much that I decided to combine them together to create this pasta sauce recipe that friends and family have been enjoying for more than 25 years… my Roasted Red Pepper & Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Sauce!
Extremely easy to make, the combination of flavors makes this sauce absolutely amazing! It is the kind of sauce that is a step above any other “rosé” sauce. It has a rich taste with a slight zip which makes it deliciously different. With more added ingredients, this roasted red pepper & sun-dried tomato pasta sauce is definitely one to try… My favorite pastas that I like to use for this dish are either penne or rigatoni.
As you might already know, roasting vegetables not only makes them sweet but also intensifies their flavor. The same applies to sun-dried tomatoes, giving them a sweet-tart flavor. I believe these two ingredients complement each other beautifully and that’s why this recipe was created! It is a well-balanced sauce for pasta night.
You can make this recipe by roasting your own peppers and drying your tomatoes. As I’ve never owned a dehydrator (it’s on my Christmas list though… lol), drying tomatoes in the oven takes way too much time (almost a day) but it’s not unfeasible. On the other hand, roasting peppers is much easier and definitely faster. Here’s a link on how to do it… How to Roast & Peel Peppers.
This Roasted Red Pepper & Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Sauce is quick, super easy and the taste is so delectable! This is a sauce that you’ll be delighted to have in your menu rotation…
Bon Appétit!
Here are more delicious sauce recipes for you to enjoy…
– Bolognese Sauce
– Enchilada Sauce
– Hawai`ian Style Teriyaki Sauce
– Iguana’s Mushroom Sauce
– Triple Chili Wing Sauce
– Thai Yellow Curry Paste
and for even more pasta recipes, click on this link… Recipe Category – Pasta & Pizza

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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Pomegranate Avocado Detox Smoothie | Club Foody

During late fall last year after spending 6 weeks in the Palm Springs area, we went to see my cousin Michelle and her beau Ryan in Del Mar. From San Diego, we drove up to Dana Point to spend some time with our friends Karen and Peter. After that, the vacation was almost over and we started driving back home.
Our first two stops were both in California; Monterey and Crescent City and then we drove to our last stop in Newport, Oregon before heading home the next day. When we finally got home, the temperature had dropped from 35ºC/95ºF down to 10ºC/50ºF within 4 days. It’s not as bad as when you’re flying back from a tropical destination to Canada in the middle of winter but still, it sure was a shock to our system.
A few days later, David got sick with a cold, coughing badly. It was just a matter of time before it was my turn. That is when I remembered a smoothie that I used to drink when I was feeling under the weather. The next morning, with a sore throat, I made us my Pomegranate Avocado Detox Smoothie!
This smoothie is not just super tasty but also very good for us. With great antioxidant ingredients, this pomegranate avocado detox smoothie is a good way to ward off a cold. It boosts our immune system and gives us nutrients that our body needs.
After drinking it, David started feeling better – to my relief- while my sore throat vanished and I was able to get on with my crazy schedule without getting sick. I am not saying that this is the “remedy” but it sure doesn’t hurt to give your system a little boost now and then.
This quick, delicious and healthy smoothie is a great way to start off your day plus you’ll feel more energetic. Give this pomegranate avocado detox smoothie a try… you’ll be surprised how yummy it tastes.
Bon Appétit!
Here are several amazing smoothie recipes to start your day well…
– Tropical Sunshine Smoothie
– Red Velvet Boost
– Cantaloupe Smoothie
– Kiwi-Banana-Pineapple-Orange Smoothie
– Tahini Mango Peanut Butter Smoothie
– Berry Fusion Smoothie
and for even more beverage recipes, click on this link… Recipe Category – Beverages

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Saturday, 5 January 2019

Speed Up Avocado Ripening - How to – Tips & Tricks | Club Foody

David and I use avocados quite a lot in recipes like smoothies, salads, condiments, sauces or even on their own. This fruit is so tasty with its smooth, creamy texture. They are a superfood that everyone should enjoy more often unless they are hard like a rock when it comes time to buy them… 

There’s an amazing trick that helps to speed up the process… and it works every time. In this episode, I’ll be sharing this very helpful Speed Up Avocado Ripening trick! 

While we were in Rancho Mirage vacationing, we went to one of our favorite grocery stores. We wanted to make David’s famous Creamy Spicy Guacamole but alas, the avocados were all hard and unripe. There was a gentleman working there that I approached, asking him if he knew a trick to ripen them faster. -“Of course”, he replied… 

After listening to his suggestion, we went home with some green, unripe avocados and gave it a try. A couple of days later, to our surprise, his simple trick worked and we were able to enjoy this amazing fruit. 

Speed Up Avocado Ripening is a great kitchen trick to fast track the process. In this video, you’ll see that it doesn’t take much time to make it happen and a couple days later, you’ll have perfect ripe fruit.

Bon Appétit! 

Note: Sometimes it might take an extra day to achieve the right amount of ripening. Nonetheless this Speed Up Avocado Ripening trick will become quite handy if you are like us and use this superfood often… 

Check out these other great kitchen tips and tricks…

– Extend the Shelf Life of Parsley & Cilantro

– Perfect Whipped Cream Every Time – How to

– How to Roast and Peel Peppers

– Measuring Honey, Syrup or Molasses without Sticking

– Powdered Sugar – Make it, Don’t Buy it!

– How to Make Chipotle Purée & Chipotle Mayo

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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Asian Chicken Salad - A Healthy & Flavorful Salad! | Club Foody

As we welcome the New Year, I’m sure many of you have set some goals and/or resolutions. Two of mine are to be more physically active and to spend more time with David. I average about 110 hours of work per week, leaving little time for other things but this year I want to change that…

Eating healthy is probably on most people’s lists and what I like to do each year is to post a salad as my first recipe of the year. It’s tasty, healthy, easy to make and after indulging over the Holidays, a light meal is the way to go…

The 1st recipe of the year is my Asian Chicken Salad! This salad is packed with so many flavors. There are fresh ingredients like cabbage, bell peppers, carrots, grilled chicken breasts and much more, in a beautiful “slightly spicy” vinaigrette. This salad is sure to start your New Year’s resolutions off right!

I mentioned the vinaigrette is “slightly spicy” because it has some bite to it. As I always mention, recipes are a guideline and adaptable. You can change the recipes to your liking – after all you’re in charge of your Asian Chicken Salad!

This salad recipe is definitely a full meal. Can it be a side dish? Not really because you have your protein and vegetables all in one! You can always serve it with French Baguettes or Dinner Rolls but keep in mind that there are some crispy chow mein noodles in this recipe which give a lovely crunch to the dish.

If eating healthy is on the program for 2019, this flavorful Asian Chicken Salad is definitely a great recipe for you. Give it a try and start your New Year off on the right foot!
Bon Appétit!

Check out these other Asian inspired recipes…

– Wonton Soup

– Dakgangjeong 

– Sweet & Spicy Crispy Korean Chicken

– Matcha Cheesecake

– Singapore Noodles

– Vietnamese Summer Rolls

– Thai Chicken Curry

– Tuna Tataki (coming on August 22nd, 2019)
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Thursday, 27 December 2018

Vodka Yummmosa - A Cocktail to Celebrate! | Club Foody

Celebrations, special occasions and Holidays are memorable moments that set them apart from our daily routines. Decorations, music and even themes are chosen depending on what’s being celebrated. The meals that are served are more sophisticated, refined and prepared differently to give a distinctive touch to the event. 

Besides the food menu, there are also wines, cocktails and refreshments that set the tone for the occasion. Depending on the time of day the event takes place, certain alcoholic beverages can be served. 

The best example I can give you is a brunch menu. It goes from eggs to seafood and includes most of the food you’d find on a breakfast or lunch menu. Regular beverages as well as alcoholic drinks are served for this particular meal and can include Bloody Caesar/Mary, Spritzer or Mimosa, just to name a few… 

One drink I’m sure you’re already familiar with is a Mimosa, orange juice with champagne which can also be replaced by sparkling wine. This is an elegant drink to serve during brunch, a mid-afternoon gathering or even for a wedding. 

I love champagne but I’m a vodka kind of girl therefore I created another cocktail that can be served for a brunch, New Year’s, or any other special occasion; it is my Vodka Yummmosa! That’s right… This drink is quite refreshing, smooth and fruity. Vodka is the base for this drink along with two other fabulous liqueurs. 

It all started when I was having brunch at my place. I served this cocktail to my guests and it was a hit! They really enjoyed my Vodka Yummmosa over the other well-known champagne drink which is quite a tasty change. It is elegant and yummy and like most drinks, easy to prepare… This Vodka Yummmosa is the perfect cocktail to celebrate! So at your next event, have a Yummmosa instead of a Mimosa!– and please drink responsibly….


Check out these other drink recipes…

– Cosmocello
– Blackberry Mojito
– Blood Orange Martini
– Mistletoe Kiss
– Golden Sunset
– Spanish Sangria

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Sunday, 23 December 2018

TURKEY à la KING on TOAST - Tasty leftover Turkey Dish! | Club Foody

I enjoy the Holidays because I love the “traditions” involved with them. From the music, decorations, hanging the Christmas stockings to baking and cooking, I’m 100% into it! The Holidays bring that “magic” ambiance that I love so much…

My typical Christmas dinner is cooking a big turkey with all the yummy side dishes that go along with it. I said “big” turkey because David and I enjoy the leftovers. It’s also a break for me for a few days. I just have to reheat everything and voilà! Dinner is served… lol! There’s no need for me to cook… well unless I want to create another leftover recipe.

In today’s episode, this featured recipe is not really one of my creations because I’ve been enjoying it since childhood. Almost every year, my mother was making this Turkey à la King on Toast using the leftover turkey meat from Christmas dinner. It was a nice change from reheating the whole shebang…

It is an easy meal to put together except if you don’t know how to make a béchamel sauce which is one of the 5 mother’s sauce in French cuisine. Earlier this year, I had a video on it so if you want to learn how, just click on this link… Béchamel Sauce aka White Sauce.

When I serve my Turkey à la King, I like to change things up a little. I either toast slices of bread or use buns. I also love to serve this using my Homemade Vol-au-Vent along with my Mixed Mashed Potatoesfor a better presentation.

Break the routine of having the same “reheated” dinner after Christmas by making this Turkey à la King recipe. Although very uncomplicated, you’ll be surprised how flavorful this dish is. Another plus for this delicious meal is it takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish… now that’s a nice break for any of us…

Bon Appétit!

Here are more leftover turkey recipes…

– Chicken Stuffed Crêpes with Poblano Sauce
– Turkey (or chicken) Noodle Soup
– Turkey Tetrazzini
– Turkey or Chicken Pot Pie

and for more delicious poultry recipes, click on this link… Recipe Category – Poultry

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Saturday, 22 December 2018

How to Reheat Mashed Potatoes - Tips & Tricks | Club Foody

When I was living by myself, it was hard to make a single serving of mashed potatoes. Obviously, I had to make more so the other added ingredients such as butter, milk and sour cream wouldn’t overpower the spuds. The problem was when it was time to reheat my mashed potato leftovers, they were not creamy at all and it seemed that the taste was also different – it was probably just in my head because I couldn’t get over the clumped texture… 

One day I decided to try something different when reheating my mashed potatoes and surprisingly, they actually tasted like they were freshly made. The next time I had leftovers, I did it again and had the same results… they were creamy and…tasty! Eureka! I finally found a way to reheat my mashed potato leftovers without turning them into a big clump of food… 

Everyone in my circle, including family, knows about my little trick. Now that the Holiday season is here, I’m sure you’ll end up with mashed potato leftovers and it’s your time to know my about it. If you haven’t succeeded in bringing them back to life to that freshly made, creamy texture, then you definitely need to know about my little trick on How to Reheat Mashed Potatoes! 

The trick works but there’s a little bit of time and work involved. Not too much and not too long but enough to make your effort worth it! Unless someone shows me another way to reheat my leftover mashed potatoes, I am sticking to this trick. What you need is a microwave-proof bowl and some plastic wrap… oh and a fork… lol! 

After you try this little kitchen trick on how to reheat mashed potatoes, you won’t have any problems having leftovers just because this trick works very well… you’ll see! 

Note: The mashed potatoes featured in this video are my Mixed Mashed Potato recipe. 

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Thursday, 20 December 2018

Turkey Gravy without Drippings - Make Ahead Gravy! | Club Foody

The most popular and anticipated item during Thanksgiving and Christmas is turkey! When well-seasoned and cooked slowly for hours, this juicy protein is a favorite for most of us. What’s not to like… It also comes along with all sorts of yummy side dishes…

When serving turkey, there is a “must have” side that has to come with it… grrravvvy! C’mon, turkey without gravy is like a hot dog without a condiment on top… All right, I’m sure there will be at least one individual that will challenge me about how nice it is to enjoy a plain hot dog – fair enough – but the majority like gravy with their turkey… there!

Sometimes things can go wrong and you can end up with either gravy that doesn’t taste right, there’s barely any gravy or even worse… burnt gravy at the bottom of your pan. Oh no! That’s terrible! You don’t want to disappoint anyone because there’s no gravy to serve along with your turkey, right? If it ever happens, and trust me it does to many great home cooks, there’s a quick and easy way to make some more…

In this video, I’ll share with you a great way to make Turkey Gravy without Drippings! As I mentioned above, either you don’t have enough of it to serve to your invitees or something really bad happened during the cooking process, there is a solution and you’ll be surprised how delicious it is and also how close it is to the real thing…

There are many kitchen tips and tricks and that is what this recipe is all about. This turkey gravy without drippings can be a real life saver – “It’s always good to have a backup plan, agree?”

I use an ingredient called “Bisto” for this recipe. It’s a meat-flavored gravy powder originating in the United Kingdom in the early 20th century. Although I try to stay away from any processed foods, I do cheat a little when I have to. I’ve used flour in the past but it was still missing a “je ne sais quoi” in the gravy. With this ingredient, you get the flavor that you would when you make your gravy from the drippings.

Another plus about this recipe is as crazy and intense as it can be when cooking during the Holidays, you can make this turkey gravy without drippings a day ahead… what a relief! This can be another dish added to your list that doesn’t need to be made on the day of… you have to like that!

So just in case something happens and you’re looking for a quick alternative, THIS is the solution! With the beautiful flavor from this side, no one will know that it was made without the drippings…
This will be our little secret!
Bon Appétit!

Check out these other Holiday recipes…

 Citrus Cranberry Sauce
 Christmas Stollen
 Old Fashioned Stuffing with Giblets
 Mistletoe Kiss
 Spicy Gingerbread Cookies
 Squash à la Canadienne

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions Recipe | Club Foody

I love vegetables and depending on the season, I take advantage of what Mother Nature has to offer. By late fall and through the winter, there is a vegetable that David and I really enjoy and it’s Brussels Sprouts! During the Holidays, it’s something I like serving with my turkey dinner.

There are a few different ways to serve these little guys; steamed, sautéed or cooked. Some home cooks like to grate them raw and add them to a salad. This is definitely on my list to try but in the meantime, I enjoy my recipe of Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions! The combination of ingredients gives such a delicious taste to these little guys…

As Brussels sprouts are now available at your supermarket, you can buy them either loose or on a stalk. I prefer buying them on a stalk for a couple of reasons. First, I know they are fresh and second, I get more for my money. The stalk can look intimidating but don’t worry because it is quite easy to handle. If you are not too sure, check out this quick tutorial video on Handling & Prepping a Brussels Sprouts Stalk

This Brussels sprouts with Bacon and Onions recipe is a great side dish to serve with most proteins. As the Holidays are approaching, this dish will be served along with my turkey dinner but I also enjoy accompanying it with my Salisbury Steak (coming February 2019), leg of lamb as well as with some grilled chicken breasts.

If some of you or other family members are not too fond of these little green vegetables, this Brussels sprouts with bacon and onions recipe is a good way to give them a second chance. You’ll be surprised how amazingly delicious these healthy vegetables can be!
Bon Appétit!

Check out these other delicious and healthy vegetable recipes…

 Vegetable Medley
 Green Beans with Chili-Orange Oil
 Squash à la Canadienne
 Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
 Tomates à la Provençale (Tomatoes Provençal)
 Quick & Easy Sautéed Broccolini
and for even more vegetable and side dish recipes, click on this link… Recipe Category – Vegetables & Sides

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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Oysters Rockefeller - A New Orlean's Classic! | Club Foody

I’ve always enjoyed fish and seafood. From a young age, my parents frequently prepared different meals using a wide variety of fish and shellfish such as molluscs and crustaceans. Later on in life, I started eating echinoderms which include sea urchins and sea cucumbers… 

To me, seafood is a delicacy. When it comes to shellfish, my three favorites are lobster, scallops and oysters! By the way, I’m writing this blog at around 6am in the morning and I’m getting hungry just thinking about it… lol! I really love the delicate, sweet taste of them, they’re what I call “heavenly bites!” 

From all of my seafood recipes, there is one that stands out and it is my Oysters Rockefeller! This is the type of appetizer that is served on special occasions or during the Holidays. It is a very classy dish that is extremely easy to make with amazing results! 

Shucking an oyster is not as easy but not difficult either. After trying a few, you’ll start getting the hang of it… 

Place the curved shell side down on a dish towel and the flat side up. Using a good quality oyster knife, find a little gap to insert the tip of the knife. There are two ways of doing it; side entry and hinge entry. David uses the hinge while I use both techniques… well wherever I can find a little gap. Gently move your knife in and move it back and forth until the top shell releases. Slide the knife under the meat to cut the adductor muscle and carefully transfer the oysters with their liquor into a small pot… Voilà! 

In my Oysters Rockefeller sauce I use Brie cheese. I do remove the rind from it otherwise the sauce would be grainy. Although they are edible, I don’t eat the rinds from any type of cheese… just a personal preference! I also like to use double cream Brie as the texture is creamier therefore making the sauce even more velvety. 

These Oysters Rockefeller are perfect for the Holidays! They are very “chic” to serve and for such an elegant appetizer, it doesn’t take that much time to make either. Believe me… if you want to impress your dinner guests, this is the recipe to serve!Happy Holidays and Bon Appétit!

Check out these other elegant recipes…

– Chicken Cordon Bleu
– Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Pineapple-Mango Sauce
– Veal Piccata
– Fettuccine alle Vongole – Clam Fettuccine
– Cognac Chicken Liver Pâté
– West Coast Smoked Salmon Chowder

and for even more tasty appetizer recipes, click on this link… Recipe Category – Appetizers

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Sucre à la Crème aka Butter & Cream Fudge | Club Foody

It doesn’t matter where you’re from in the world, there are dishes that seem to appear more often during the Holidays. Kids of all ages anticipate them and when they’re served, it’s a delicious feast to remember until next year. 

Each culture has its own favorites and when displayed during the Holidays, they remind us of our roots and where we’re from. I’m originally from Québec and there are a lot of dishes that we like to serve more often during the Holiday season than the rest of the year. Of course, there’s nothing written in stone that says we can’t make it at other times during the year but these dishes set the tone for the festivities. 

The sweet little treats I’m about to share with you are seen on most coffee tables in Québec. They are called Sucre à la Crème and are also known as Butter & Cream Fudge! This sweet treat is fast and easy to make and within a couple of hours, your family and guests can enjoy them. You can also make them ahead of time and store them in an air-tight container or freeze them for later. 

Kids just love them as the sucre à la crème is cut into small squares. As for the adults, these little pieces of sugar bring us back to our childhoods to cherish memories of the Holidays. Did I mention how sweet they are? You don’t have to eat very many to satisfy your sweet tooth… 

In the past, I used to make them on the stove top. As the years go by, certain food ingredients are modified and the quality may not be the same, diminishing the product. One of the main ingredients that has changed quite a bit over the years is heavy cream. 

As my mother and I were complaining about our sucre à la crème end results, that is when we realized that the heavy cream wasn’t as “heavy” as it used to be making it hard to cook this sweet treat! As I was giving up on it, my mother did a little experimenting and started making hers in the microwave… Voila! She found a way to bring back our traditional family treat. 

I’m really not a fan of using microwave ovens but in this case, I really appreciate it. In Québec, we use heavy cream for this recipe but a friend of mine told me that where she’s from in Scotland, they use evaporated milk. Perhaps next year, I’ll give it a try and get back to you with the results… 

This coming Holiday bring another culture to yours and enjoy this popular sweet treat from Québec… Sucre à la Crème! I’m sure this treat will be well appreciated by everyone…Happy Holidays and Bon Appétit!!

Check out these other delicious recipes from Québec…

– Old Fashioned Baked Beans with Bacon
– Creton Maison
– Maple Walnut Ice Cream
– Perfect Poutine with Bacon Gravy
– Sweet & Savory Homemade Ketchup
– Tourtière (Meat Pie)

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