#FoodFocus – Jackson Style Chili Con Carne

It seems like it’s all about comfort food at this time of the year, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, where it’s cold and snowy. Even if you enjoy the outdoors in winter, a bowl of something that’s been simmering on the stove is always welcome! Chili is one of those comforting dishes! After all, we…… Continue reading #FoodFocus – Jackson Style Chili Con Carne

In Search of the Perfect Banana Bread – Part 2

Yesterday, I was about to compost 3 over-ripe bananas that were still sitting in my fruit bowl when I was inspired to try yet another banana bread recipe. After looking at a few recipes online, I gathered together some ingredients and went at it! You probably already know I don’t like baking so when I…… Continue reading In Search of the Perfect Banana Bread – Part 2

#FoodFocus – Roasted Chestnuts

 I am Italian therefore it goes without saying that chestnuts were a staple at Christmas time! We munched on the roasted nuts way after the meal was done. I will always remember regrouping around the dinner table after the dishes were done and one of my uncles breaking out the Bingo game. That’s when the…… Continue reading #FoodFocus – Roasted Chestnuts

#FoodFocus – Zesty Lime Mixed Party Nuts

Just a few more days until Christmas and I am sure, by now, we have done our share of socializing and indulging in cookies and chocolate and all kinds of homemade goodies. It’s almost a given that we will be putting on a few pounds for the sake of enjoying the Holidays. Snacking on nuts…… Continue reading #FoodFocus – Zesty Lime Mixed Party Nuts

#FoodFocus – Cherries: the New Super Fruit

Especially Montmorency tart cherries! Gorgeous, red, juicy bites of goodness! Nutritional powerhouses, these beauties are packaged and sold in several different delicious ways, including covered in dark chocolate! One of my girlfriends often visits Vineland in the Niagara region of Southern Ontario and quite frequently drops in at Cherry Lane. This retail outlet sells a…… Continue reading #FoodFocus – Cherries: the New Super Fruit

#FoodFocus – Sweet Potato and Carrot Dog Treats

Well, it was inevitable. Dog treats. You just knew that I would have to try my hand at this. So I did. And then I thought, why do we buy dog treats when they are so easy to make and sooooo much healthier for our fur babies! We have always been home to various furry…… Continue reading #FoodFocus – Sweet Potato and Carrot Dog Treats

In Search of the Perfect Banana Bread

For years, I have been looking for banana bread or loaf recipes. I remember my mom’s version. Yet, no mater what recipe I try, it never tastes like hers! Mom’s was moist and absolutely delicious! I must have at least 20 recipes in my collection yet none can compare. This morning, I happened to catch…… Continue reading In Search of the Perfect Banana Bread