Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Deli-Wrapped Cheese for Christmas!

I, myself, have a sweet tooth; whereas, my husband has more of a 'meat' tooth. So naturally, when I told him my plans to wrap deli meat around cheese as a Christmas treat, he was over the moon! To be honest, I was half expecting cartoon hearts to start pulsing from his eyes.

Well friends, there were no hearts, but there sure was a lot of praise. In fact, I count myself lucky that I was able to photograph the finished product! I left the kitchen for a little while to test how well the wrapped cheese would set (just to ensure your 'ribbons' wouldn't start falling off 10 minutes after setting them in front of guests), only to return to a chopping board covered with empty toothpicks - I seriously have no idea when he even got into the kitchen?! In any case, there were a few remaining and I was able to successfully test their ability to stay intact at room temperature and in the fridge.

I may be a tad biased here, but I think these are most definitely the cutest, easiest (while looking most complicated), treat you can whip up this holiday season! A definite for your hor d'oeuvres table for sure ;)

Warning: Cheesy, deli meat presents, may turn your loved ones into sneaky food-stealing ninjas.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Ultimate Fun Foodie-Friendly Gift List Take 2

Step into Christmas - Elton John

So here we are again, Christmas is creeping its way towards us. The big question remains, are you ready? Have you started shopping? Are you on-the-ball and into the 'final stages' of your gift buying? In any case, I have compiled a list of the most wonderful, random and exciting foodie-friendly gifts that anyone would enjoy.

Naturally, before you commence scrolling and 'oohing' and 'awwing' at the compilation of stellar gifts below, be sure to hit play on the Christmas video - after all, you must listen to Christmas music while you Christmas shop! I'm pretty sure that's a rule somewhere ;)

Note: For anyone shopping in St. John's, I've starred the items I've seen Downtown! The best stores for items like this were Living Planet/Johnny Ruth, Home on Water St, and Living Rooms.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Shrimp and Bacon Carbonara

I've always been a fan of carbonara in restaurants, but for whatever reason, I'd never tried making it at home! To me it sounded 'fancy' which, in my brain, translated to 'complicated'. That thinking, could not be further from the truth! If you can make spaghetti, you can make carbonara!

Below is a recipe the hubby and I came up with after testing out a few different versions. This is definitely a favourite dish of ours - not only is it super yummy, but it's also very easy, quick to make, AND there are always tonnes of leftovers!

PS the leftovers taste just as good!