Apple Cake with Baileys Whipped Cream

Apple Cake with Baileys Whipped Cream - La Cuisine d'Helene

February was so cold here in Ottawa and we had our fair share of snow. I can't wait until the days start to warm up or maybe go down south for a week. When I was in the military we always celebrated St. Patrick's Day, it was a big event at the mess. The Irish know how to throw a party! We would celebrate all night and eat lots of food. Food is always a big part of any celebration. In my town it is very popular and the pubs are packed early on March 17. People from all over the city gather in the Market bedecked in green to have a good time all day. If you are hosting this year, don't forget dessert. Why not try something different and make this Apple Cake? This cake is served with a delicious Baileys Whipped Cream, which harmonizes perfectly with the spirit of St. Patty's Day.


Gagnante concours McCormick - Winner McCormick contest

Je suis heureuse d'annoncer que la gagnante du concours McCormick est Madison Mitchell. Sa recette de gâteau mousse mocha a été choisie par McCormick. Elle se mérite un batteur sur socle KitchenAid Artisan. Félicitations!

The winner of the McCormick Valentine's Day contest is Madison Mitchell. Her recipe for Moka Mousse Cake was chosen by McCormick. She will receive a beautiful KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer. Congratulations!


#TogetherForever Container Shelve Makeover!

It feels like I am always reorganizing my home. When I am done with one room, I have to start in another one. The kitchen seems to be the one place where it's hardest to organize the way I want because of the lack of storage. I have a medium-sized kitchen but because I have a lot of stuff I would need a large kitchen or one room dedicated to put away everything that I need to cook, bake and store.
When I received the Rubbermaid's Easy Find Lids set in January, I could not wait to try them and to find a place to store this set. First, I love the red lids and the fact that they snap together. No more searching for a lid. The large lids fit three different sizes of containers and the medium lids match two different sizes. You can also attach your lids to the bottom of the containers. So convenient and that simplifies my life!
When you are getting ready to pack lunch you just grab any container and a lid and you know that it will fit. I was also surprised by how little space it took in my cupboard. And as you can see in the picture below, there is a total of 24 durable pieces in the set. 


Beet, Carrot and Apple Juice - {and a GIVEAWAY}

beet, carrot and apple juice

In the past couple weeks I have carefully written everything that I ate and drank. I really want to make sure that I live a healthy life. It's a lifestyle for me to eat healthy and I eat my share of salads, veggies and fruits, but I have never juiced before. I always wanted to get a Juice Extractor but was too busy to actually buy one. Recently, I joined the Ambassador program for Hamilton Beach Canada. Since I spend most of my time in the kitchen, I like to try new kitchen appliances and love Hamilton Beach products. In the morning I make my toasts in one of their toasters. It's a great way to start my day. This year I will be trying and testing, in my own kitchen, some of their products and will share with you new recipes. Follow other Hamilton Beach Canada Ambassadors by using the hashtag #HBSocialKitchen on social media.


Chicken Pot Pies with Puff Pastry

chicken pot pie

I have not made chicken pot pies in a while and today decided to make some with puff pastry. It's smelled so good in the house. When served with garlic mashed potatoes it reminds me of our big family gatherings when I was growing up. For me it's how comfort food should be.