Chocolate Crepes With Raspberries and Cream

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Fresh berries and cream are a wonderful dessert, but roll them inside a rich chocolate cake you have something spectacular. Impress your family with this seemingly impressive dessert that is, in reality, very easy to pull off. You can make the crepes ahead of time and tuck them in the freezer, ready to be filled and served when you need them. Feel free to change up the fruit to suit your tastes-strawberries, bananas, or other fruit would make a wonderful filling.

Rich chocolate crepes and berries make a spectacular dessert

Mexi Won Ton Egg Cups

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If you need breakfast for a crowd, these eggs with gently spiced beans and cheese in a crunchy wonton wrapper are just the thing. Topped with a scoop of salsa and slices of avocado for a bright, fun breakfast or brunch! The recipe makes more beans than you will need, but I love to throw them in tacos, on top of a salad, or even on nachos. You'll have no shortage of ways to use them up!

Wonton wrappers make a great base for spicy beans, cheese, and a fresh BC egg.

Cheddar Sausage Breakfast Muffins

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Full of bits of sausage, these cheesy muffins will be a welcome addition to your breakfast rotation. Whip up a batch and keep them in the freezer to re-heat on days when you're running late-they are a great breakfast, paired up with a heart boiled egg and some fruit. Change them up by using spicy chorizo sausage or substitute swiss for cheddar to keep things interesting. Either way, they are a tasty bite to start your morning!
 

Cheesy muffins make a great partner to your morning scrambled eggs!

Classic Deviled Eggs

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A classic at backyard cookouts, deviled eggs are also a fun snack that are quite simple to make. This recipe makes things a little more low fat by substituting Greek yogurt for mayonnaise and spices it up with some hot and sweet mustard. Make a few or a bunch, you'll have a hard time not eating more than one.

Serve up the classic at your next cookout.

Raspberry Amaretto Tarts

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Tart raspberries perched on creamy pastry cream with a hint of amaretto make a wonderful treat-with a cup of tea, or just on their own. Make a few, or even a bunch to share with friends and I can guarantee you will be popular in the office. I used a wonderful amaretto produced in North Vancouver by a little distillery called the Sons of Vancouver, but you can substitute Grand Marnier or even pure vanilla extract if you wish. Tart shells from the freezer section at the grocery store save you a lot of time and make things much easier.

Truly the hard part will be eating only one tart at a time.

Light and summery, these tarts make use of the season's first raspberries.

The Very Best Lemon Bars

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Lemon bars have to be just right-not too runny, with just the right amount of pucker from the tart lemon, and yet sweet enough that you'll want another one. These lemon bars are about as perfect as you can get. They have often requested by friends and family, and if I make them I need to get rid of them right away before I eat the entire pan.

The best thing is that they are so easy, you can easily whip up a batch for Mother's day. With a little garnish of whipping cream and fresh berries, Mom will be the happiest lady ever.
 

Light and lemony, betcha can't eat just one!

Creme Brulee

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Creamy custard topped with a crunchy sugar crust seems all fancy and complicated, but the reality is that creme brulee is so easy, your kids could whip up a batch! Serve these lovely little custards with some fruit salad for dessert, then sit back and let the compliments about your cooking skills roll in. They make a wonderful sweet treat at the end of a meal. Some may think you need fancy equipment to toast the sugar on top, but you can achieve similar results just using the broiler in your oven.

 

 

Vanilla custard with a crunchy sugar topping for Mother's Day!

Crepes Suzette

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Tender crepes drenched in a warm, buttery orange sauce - are they a decadent breakfast or dessert? You get to decide whether to top them with big scoops of vanilla ice cream or just enjoy as is with a cup of coffee. Either way, they will make a wonderful Mother's Day brunch. The best thing about crepes is that you can make them the day ahead and store them in the fridge, waxed paper between them ready to dunk in this sauce and serve. To make them child friendly, you can omit the Grand Marnier, but if they're just for Mom? I'm sure she'll enjoy it.
 

Dessert or breakfast? Either way you'll want to lick the plate

Roasted Asparagus Egg Salad

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Roasting asparagus takes this salad up to the next level, giving the veggies a slightly nutty flavour. Creamy bits of egg and a lemon dressing make this salad a tasty bite, perfect for lunch with some crusty bread or served at dinner with grilled chicken. It's a great way to introduce asparagus to your kids, too! The eggs can be boiled ahead of time and be tucked away in the fridge for later, which would make this salad very easy to whip up at a moment's notice.

Kids can help you make this salad by snapping off the woody ends of the asparagus, or shaking up the dressing in a Mason jar. Why not get the whole family involved in dinner?
 

Spring asparagus roasted and topped with eggs makes a great salad

Quick Veggie Scramble

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If you think you don't have time to make scrambled eggs chock full of veggies and cheese for breakfast, you've never made this version in the microwave. It's so easy and fast, you'll be surprised that you never thought of it before! Feel free to change up the cheese of vegetables to suit your own tastes and have fun with different combinations! Why not throw in a little bacon or ham? Serve the finished eggs on top of toast or an English muffin, and you'll be fueled for the day ahead.

This is a dish you can teach older kids to make with little supervision, and is versatile enough that they can also make it for dinner on the weekend. Breakfast for dinner is often a favourite in our house-and why not get them to make you dinner too?

The fastest healthy eggs you'll ever make!

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