Archive | May, 2012

Mom’s Hamburger Stew

31 May

Good Morning Everyone! Happy Thursday!

Wee it’s almost the weekend. I’m going to get a pedicure after work and then Mr. Delish and I are going for sushi with some friends. Then this weekend it is Eat Vancouver on Sunday, we have some family coming into town for the show and we’re going to meet with them for brunch. I’m thinking I might stop in for a bit at the show, but we’ve been going for the last 4 years or so and it gets kind of repetitive after a while. I’ll just have to see how I feel.

What does everyone have planned for tonight and this weekend?

I have a yummy recipe for you today, and guess what? You can make that cornbread and dip it in here. That’s what I did and it was YUM.

This is a recipe my Mom used to make a lot as we were kids and she still makes it every now and then. Its a good recipe for when you don’t really have anything in the house, it just kind of throws together a bunch of items you usually have lying around. Usually this is more of a winter recipe, but since the weather has been total BS around here lately, it was perfect.

Mom’s Hamburger Stew:

Serves 8

1 lb ground beef

1 sweet onion, diced

2 whole carrots, peeled & diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tbsp dried oregano

4 cups reduced sodium chicken stock

1 16 ounce can whole tomatoes ( I end up taking out the actual tomatoes)

3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed

More salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


In a large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat, brown the beef until cooked through, making sure to break up into small pieces as you go. Add the onion, carrots and garlic and cook until softened, stirring often, about 4-5 minutes. Add the salt, pepper and oregano and give it a good stir.

Add the chicken stock and can of tomatoes, now you can either take the tomatoes out now, or leave them in and crush them up in the pot with your spoon. I took mine out because my pot was about to overflow. Lastly, add the potatoes and bring to a simmer, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired. Once it is seasoned to your liking, stir in the parsley and serve!

Jalapeno & Cheddar Cornbread

29 May

Morning Everyone! Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone’s week is going well! Mine is going along slowly. Last week sped by because it was a short week but this week is going to drag on, I can already tell.

Last night I whipped up a yummy dinner, surprisingly as always. Then we watched Sunday’s episode of Girls that we had PVR’d. Let me just say….UM yes! I love this show more and more with every episode. It still shocks me, but in a good way.

Seriously, did anyone else watch the newest episode? I am dying to talk to someone about this show, but none of my friends are watching it! HBO is not a normal channel in Canada so most people don’t have it. We have to order it extra with our TV package. $14 a month but soooo freakin’ worth it. Mr. Delish watches Game of Thrones and Spartacus (both are too gory for me) and we both watch Girls.

Geoffrey also had his first night sleeping in our bedroom. We usually leave him in our bathroom overnight because he’s so little and he don’t want him to get hurt or have an accident or anything. Since he was doing well with the litter box, other than the fact he basically has to pole vault into it, we thought we’d try out a night in our room. He did really well, but he likes to share the dogs bed. When we woke up the poor dog was sleeping next to me on the floor and I looked and little Geoffrey was sprawled out on her bed! She must have gotten annoyed with him in the night and decided to get the heck out of there. Looks like we’ll have to get Geoffrey his own little kitty bed!

I also posted this and this on instagram last night and got some requests for the recipe! Of COURSE I’ll give you the recipe, I like to hook you guys up with some good eats, and this is definitely a good eat!

My Mom makes delicious cornbread, she makes it with soups and chili and in my mind it is the perfect cornbread. Its moist on the inside but slightly crisp on the outside and she adds sugar to it so its slightly sweet. I could eat a million pieces but I try to limit myself to about 7. Ha.

The plain Cornbread is great, I’ll tell you below what to do just to make the plain kind. However, last night I felt like something different. I wanted to add a bit of spice, and what better combination than Jalapeno and Cheddar?

It turned out SUPER yummy. The cheese gets all browned and kind of crispy around the edges. Yum!


Even cheesier.

Perfect for dipping in soups and stews or just eating straight out of the pan.

It’s easy and done in less than 30 mins! Make it tonight!

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Makes one 8×8 pan

1 cup flour

3/4 cornmeal

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

1/4 cup melted butter (stop here with the ingredients if you just want to make plain cornbread)

3 tbsp liquid honey

1 jalapeno seeded and minced, or leave the seeds in if you like a little spice!

1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar


Preheat your oven to 425 with the rack in the center position. Grease a 8 x 8 baking pan.

Mix together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl mix together the beaten egg, milk and melted butter.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Pour into your prepared baking pan and if you want to make plain cornbread, stick it in the oven and you’re done. If you want to make the Jalapeno & Cheddar version, continue on.

Drizzle the honey evenly over the top of the cornbread batter in the pan then sprinkle the minced jalapeno over that. Lastly top with the cheddar cheese evenly sprinkled all over the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 mins until the top is golden and the cheese is browned slightly. Move to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cooled, slice into squares and serve!

Butterscotch & Brown Butter Pancakes

28 May

Good Morning Everyone! Happy Monday…uh..ya right.

I am thoroughly tired today and I’m not sure why. I just didn’t want to wake up this morning, maybe because its cloudy and drizzling outside. Not exactly a glowing endorsement to get out of bed.

This weekend was my Momma’s birthday, we had everyone at our house in the afternoon and we had some beers in the sun (before the weather took a turn for the worse.) For dinner I whipped up Pioneer Woman’s Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta. YUM. This is not the first time I’ve made this recipe, it is SOOO good. Like to die for good.

Pioneer Woman is the bomb.

Then on Sunday morning, I made these little babies. The idea popped into my head when I saw the unopened bag of Butterscotch chips I bought with plans to make Butterscotch Pie but never ended up doing it.

Then I thought what other ridiculous ingredient can I add to this to make it not only super sugar sweet, but also buttery.

Um butter?

Yes, good idea but I need something BETTER than just melted butter.

Brown butter?

Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner people.

PS. This is seriously how my thought process works.

So if you’re looking for a recipe that gives you an excuse to brown up some butter,

Gives you a sugar rush to start your day,

Allows you to use up those butterscotch chips you don’t know what the heck to do with,

Allows you to use up those…2 pounds of butter you weren’t sure what to do with….,

And still leaves room to smother with more butter and syrup?

Then this is the recipe for you.

Ps. You have quite the list of demands there.

Nommity nom nom.I wish it was Sunday so I could:

A. Eat these again


B. Go back to sleeeeeeep.

Butterscotch & Brown Butter Pancakes:

Serves 4

1/4 cup butter

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 3/4 cup milk

1 egg

3/4 cup butterscotch chips

More butter for cooking.

Butter and Syrup for serving

In a small pot, melt butter over medium high heat until melted and bubbly. Lower heat and allow to turn a light golden brown. Remove from the heat as the butter will continue to brown. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and add the milk and egg. Mix until just combined, add the browned butter and butterscotch chips. Stir in.

Heat a pan or griddle over medium heat.

Pour about 1/4  cup of batter for each pancake and cook until there are bubbles coming through the middle of the batter, about 2 mins. Flip and cook for another minute or so on the other side. Remove from the pan and keep warm while you’re making the other pancakes.

(obviously if you’re using a griddle you can make more than one at a time)

Once you have used all the batter, serve the hot pancakes with butter and syrup.

Spaghetti Quattro

25 May

Good morning everyone, Happy Friday!

What does everyone have planned for the weekend? All the Canadians had a long weekend last weekend and now its the American’s turn to have their long weekend. I hope everyone has a fun and safe time!

A few months back, Mr. Delish and I went to this delicious Italian Restaurant in Vancouver called Quattro. They have another location as well named Q4. Chris is not big on going to Italian restaurants because his family is Italian and I guess he is always judging the restaurants food against the food his family makes and it usually doesn’t measure up. In this case though, the food ended up being great.

For our pasta course, we ordered their specialty which is called Spaghetti Quattro. It seemed simple, spaghetti in a light tomato sauce with ground chicken, black beans, garlic, parsley and red pepper flakes.I thought, okay so whats the big deal? When I tried it I knew, it was the perfect mix of simple flavors, and I was determined to recreate it at home.

Turns out I didn’t really have to work all that hard because they posted their recipe online. Duh! I tried it the way they make it and it was great but I decided to make a few changes to it to suit my tastes and I liked it even more.

This is now on the permanent dinner rotation. I love that it is simple and quick to make, but also fairly healthy.

Spaghetti Quattro

Serves 4 as a main course

(lightly modified from Quattro’s Recipe)

1 lb spaghetti

1 lb ground turkey

3/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup chopped parsley

2 cloves minced garlic

1 tbsp red pepper flakes

1 (16 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 tbsp kosher salt

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Cook the spaghetti to al dente in salted boiling water as per the package directions.

While the pasta is cooking. Brown the ground turkey in a large non stick pan over medium high heat, making sure to break the turkey meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon as you go. Once the turkey is cooked, remove to a plate and set aside for a minute.

Add the olive oil to the pan and allow to get hot (but not smoking) add the parsley and cook for about 30 seconds to a minute, until crispy but not browned. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add in the cooked turkey meat, black beans, tomato sauce and salt. Stir and cook for about 2 mins.

Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce and serve. Top each plate with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.


May Glymm Box

24 May

Good morning lovelies! Happy Thursday!

I can’t even believe it’s already Thursday and somehow I haven’t managed to get anything together to post this week, until now. In my defense, Monday was a holidays so technically it’s only two days…

I was also busy with this little nugget

Meow! My name is Geoffrey!

He’s our new little fur baby. Sometimes he scratches me in the face and bites my nose in the night. He looks cute, but he has an evil side too, I call it, Bad Geoffrey.

Anyways, back to the point of this whole post, Glymm! Wee.

I got this little beaut in the mail the other day and to my initial dismay, when I opened the outer box, there was no shiny pink box inside, just some white tissue for packaging.

I was like…wtf!? First no jelly beans and now THIS? (I know, I got me a tough life.) But then, I discovered that Glymm replaced the shiny pink box with something even better…

a shiny pink bag!

These are going to be awesome to have around because you can never have too many makeup bags. This is also Glymm’s way of cutting down on disposable packaging!

Now for the goods, please be patient because I didn’t get a card inside my bag with a list of the items so my descriptions might be a little messed!

First up, CK Shock for him and Her

I love me some perfume samples. I was so excited to get these, one for me and one for Mr. Delish! I love this CK Shock for her, I think it is pretty and perfect for spring and summer. I also liked the for him version but Mr. Delish wasn’t so into it.

Next up, Coola Mineral Matte Cucumber Face Sunscreen

Basically this is a mattifying  and non greasy facial primer with SPF. It smells good and with the SPF this would be perfect for summer to keep your face protected against the suns damaging rays!

Caudalie Vinosource Duo

One is a Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum which is supposed to be a serum that locks in the moisture in your skin before you apply any other moisturizer or cream.

The second is Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet which is a moisturizer you would apply after the serum.

The packaging is really cute but it is kind of hard to get the cream out, and I think there would be enough for 1 or maybe 2 applications, not 3 as Glymm stated on their card.

Next up, Nu-Me Hydro Punch Hydrating Conditioner

This is a pretty big sample! It would be perfect to pack when you are going away. I’d say it would last a week or so depending on how much you use.  The smell is quite floral but is more subtle once you dry and style your hair.

Then we have Mereadesso Lip Treats (mine was the burgandy color)

This is a full size product! Yippee, we all love the full sized stuff. This is basically a tinted lip butter. It is moisturizing but also adds color. I see some other people got the Sheer Pink color and I must say, I wish I got that color instead. The burgundy is really dark and I’m just not a dark lip person, so I will probably give this to a friend.

Last but not least, another Caudalie product, Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub

Crushed Cabernet? Does that mean it has wine in it? If so, I am in! This is a body scrub and it comes in this cute little jar. The smell is a little off putting but I will try ‘er out! I love body scrubs, again they are great for summer because they get rid of any flaky skin that you can get from all the hot & dry weather.

All in all, this months box was well worth the $10! I noticed the price has now gone up to $12 which is still more than a fair price, but I am happy I bought my year of Glymm when it was still $10 a month :)

If you are looking to get one of these babies, you can sign up here and get one of these little boxes of magic every month.

Phew, that was quite the post, Geoffrey’s just plum tired.

That’s him and Mr. Delish, the person who “hated” cats when I first met him. Umm…ya, I think this photo begs to differ.

Have a lovely Thursday friends!

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