Pear and Chocolate Bread Pudding

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Warm and comforting with bits of chocolate and tender pears, this is a fantastic dessert on a cold winter night. Not only does it use up leftover French bread, but you can pop it into the oven and go on with your day while it bakes into a warm dessert for later. Try different kinds of fruit for the pears if you like, but they do make a really nice touch. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream for an extra special touch.

Melty chocolate, tender pears and soft bread make this a wonderful dessert on a cold night.

Ham and Egg Bites

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If company shows up at your door and you need a quick appetizer, these ham and egg bites are a quick and easy addition to the table. You probably have everything in the fridge, even. They are really easy to make-just make sure to use the best quality bread, ham and mustard you can find to knock these out of the park. If you like a spicy kick you can try using hot mustard or even swap out mustard altogether and try a little spicy pepper jelly.

Ham and egg bites can make a great appetizer too!

Cheesy Egg Toast

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Toast piled high with creamy boiled eggs is fantastic on its own, but add slowly caramelized onions and cheese to take it over the top! Whip these up to enjoy for breakfast or a light snack.. but you could make mini versions for wonderful party appetizers. The trick to making great caramelized onions is to cook them on low heat, slowly, until they are perfect.

Slathered with cheese and onions, what more could you ask for?

Eggs with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Caramelized Onions and Bacon

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Brussels sprouts with bacon and caramlised onions are good enough on their own, but topped with a perfectly poached egg they are heavenly! The creamy yolk coats the sprouts, and the salty bacon adds a bit of kick. This makes a really great lunch.

Pan fried brussels sprouts with bacon, caramelised onion and topped with a creamy egg? Heaven.

Puff Pastry Bacon and Egg Quiche

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This time of year is busy and you don't have time to make pastry. Or if you are like me, pastry just isn't your thing but don't fear! Puff pastry in the freezer case at the grocery store will come to the rescue. Simply thaw and roll it out, and you're good to go! Keep it simple with just cheese, bacon, and green onion in this one-sometimes the most simple things really are the tastiest. This also makes great leftovers.
 

The easiest kind of pie crust and a simple filling make a delicious quiche.

CIBC Run for the Cure 2015

We are HUGE supporters of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure and participate each year.

This year we spent the day in Abbotsford and here is what happened ...

Mornay Sauce and Broccoli

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Creamy and comforting, this sauce is a sure fire winner when spooned over broccoli or cauliflour. The kids will have no problem eating their veggies when they are dredged in a rich, creamy sauce! The egg yolks add a silkiness that is hard to beat.

Rich and creamy, this is the only way to top your broccoli.

Bacon and Egg Crescent Roll Ups

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A can of crescent rolls makes this recipe easy! Just unroll, fill, and bake. You can change up the fillings by subbing different kinds of cheese or swapping out ham for bacon, but just pop them in the oven and soon you'll have breakfast ready to eat on the run! These would be great for kids on their way to school or just a snack later in the day.
 

Breakfast all rolled up ready to go.

Meringue and Yogurt Parfaits

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Fancy pavlova but don't want to make a large dessert? Crumble meringue 'cookies' in the bottom of a serving dish, top with your favourite Greek yogurt, and then whatever seasonal fruit you have available. The combinations are endless! You could even add chocolate curls to be decadent, or granola to be a little on the healthier side. Either way, it's a great way to end a meal or a fun snack for the kids to make.

Creamy greek yogurt, meringue and fresh fruit

Potato Boursin Frittata

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When you're in need of something quick and delicious, this frittata comes to the rescue. With nothing more than good cheese, eggs, and potatoes you can whip up something warm and filling (not to mention tasty) for breakfast, lunch, or a light dinner. Serve with bacon or sausages and a salad to round things out. Feel free to experiment with the flavour of Boursin cheese that you choose, from garlic and herb to pepper or spicy. If you wanted to speed things up, frozen hashbrowns (thawed, of course) may be substituted for the shredded russet potato.

Simple and filling gourmet on the fly

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