Chicken Sandwich with Arugula Pesto

Chicken Sandwich with Arugula Pesto




All we hear about right now is students getting ready to go back to school. We walk into any store and they have nice, bright displays with school supplies and ready-to-eat snacks. I don't think my two sons are ready to go back just yet. They have been enjoying a nice summer, they go to bed after midnight and they get up late. It will be hard for them to go back to a normal schedule. We have been enjoying not having a set time for lunch or dinner. Most weeks there was no meal planning, I would decide at the last minute what we would eat that night. It's a good thing that the grocery store is only three minutes away from my home.

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Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

peanut butter cookies





What's cooking in La Cuisine d'Hélène today? I started my day with a hot cup of coffee to warm my hands because we have been having fall weather in Ottawa, it's cold outside. When the days get colder I like to bake. It's no secret to anyone that I am a Kraft peanut butter fan. I am known to hide a jar in my suitcase when I travel. I need my daily dose of peanut butter. It was a no brainer to decide to bake these Butter-For-You Peanut Butter Cookies today. And the best thing about these cookies is that they use only 3 ingredients and one bowl. Don't you love those recipes? I do, and now that school is starting soon we need those quick, fast recipes. These peanut butter cookies are a favourite snack here. Serve them on a nice plate with fruits when your kids come home from school. I like to eat them with a glass of almond milk or a cup of tea.

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Ham and Cheese Pie





The Ham and Pesto Pizza I made in July was a real hit in the house. At the grocery store today I bought another Schneiders Ham because I wanted to create another recipe ready in 15 minutes. At home I opened the fridge and found leftover potatoes from last night. I started thinking that this would be really good as a crust for my recipe. I sliced them and placed them in my baking dish. A wine and cheese béchamel with ham topped the potatoes. Then I added more cheese and placed my Ham and Cheese Pie in the oven to broil.

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Plum Bruschetta with Blue Cheese








Last week-end I visited a new Farmer's market in Ottawa. Since plums are in season I bought two baskets. Back at home I created a Plum Bruschetta with Blue Cheese as an appetizer. The tangy blue cheese complements the saltiness of the prosciutto and the sweetness of the plums. It's a simple appetizer that your guests will love. Make these at your next party!

What are your favorite bite size appetizers?






PLUMS BRUSCHETTAS WITH PROSCIUTTO

Ingredients:
1 baguette, thinly sliced
30 ml olive oil
2 plums, thinly sliced
50 grams prosciutto
100 grams blue cheese
5 ml balsamic vinegar
5 ml honey
60 ml walnuts in pieces

Directions:
1- Preheat oven to 350F. 
2- Place the baguette slices on two large baking sheet. Add the walnuts on the baking sheet. Drizzle 30 ml of olive oil on slices. Toast in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until light browned. Let cool at room temperature.
3- Meanwhile place the prosciutto in a large non-stick pan. Cook on medium-high heat for 4 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat and let rest at room temperature. Once cool cut in small pieces.
4- In a small bowl mix the balsamic vinegar and honey. Add the slices of plums. Mix well.
5- When ready to serve, spread about 2 teaspoons of blue cheese on each slices of baguette. Top with a small piece of prosciutto. Place 1 to 2 slices of plums on top. Garnish with walnuts pieces. Serve immediately.   

Here's the link to the Plum Bruschetta with Blue Cheese recipe on the Produce Made Simple website.



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Chicken Burgers


chicken burgers


Some nights you might find me at the grocery store wondering what I will serve my family for dinner. I usually have an idea of what I would like to cook during the week, but it changes as the week advances. I don't really plan a menu and when it's 4 o'clock I drive to the grocery store to quickly pick ingredients for our meal. The cashiers all know me by now because they see me everyday. I like to serve my family fresh food.

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