The Kitchen Magpie http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com Home of Edmonton Food Blogger, Karlynn Johnston Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:44:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream Giveaway! http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/garnier-ultra-lift-miracle-sleeping-night-cream-giveaway http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/garnier-ultra-lift-miracle-sleeping-night-cream-giveaway#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:02:48 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29205 Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream Giveaway!

Check out my first Vlog AND enter to win Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream!

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Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream Giveaway!

I’ve mentioned before that the desert air here in Phoenix is so dry that I swear I’m turning into an alligator. It was nice to have my notions reaffirmed by a Jeep tour guide here, who told me that the arid climate literally sucks the moisture out of your body and that most tourists don’t even realize that they need a gallon of water a day just to stay hydrated.

So one can only imagine what it’s doing to my skin! Now, I’m going to be honest, I’m really bad at skin care. I don’t always remember to wash all my makeup off – I know, I know- and I forget to moisturize all the time. I make my make-up blogging sister in law just crazy with the lack of care.

So when I had the chance to try out Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream and do a Vlog for you all, I thought hey, it’s time to redeem myself. I could check out if it visibly reduced signs of fatigue, wrinkles and rejuvenated my skin over the first night’s use.

Now, the product details! The cream contains 7 active ingredients that are powerful alone yet transformative together such as Hyaluronic acid, LHA and Lavender Essential Oil and the texture is auto-smoothing for anti-aging results and doesn’t transfer onto your pillow. Of course, you are going to get the best results using nightly with Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Eye Cream as well. You can buy both of them in retail stores across Canada, avg. retail price $24.99 CAN.

You can try the Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream Night Cream HERE so you can experience an overnight miracle of your very own. To see the results from others as well, make sure to follow the hashtag #morningselfie on Twitter.

Now my darlings, you know that I love doing these campaigns because you all get a chance to win!

Make sure to enter your name, email address, and city of residence below for your chance to win Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream. Lucky winners will be chosen and invited back on Apr 6, 2015 to comment on my Garnier follow-up blog post for a chance to win a grand prize!

Make sure to check out all the ways you can win below!

Be sure to watch my Vlog talking about trying out the Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream and let me know what you think! Eeek! I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get any type of video up on the site, so take it easy on me, it’s my first one!

Good luck everyone, don’t forget to enter the contest!

Although this post has been generously sponsored by Garnier Canada, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Garnier Canada.


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Your Disneyland Food Bucket List! http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/your-disneyland-food-bucket-list http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/your-disneyland-food-bucket-list#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:27:11 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29225 Your Disneyland Food Bucket List!

Your Disneyland Food Bucket List! The best food at Disneyland and California Adventure with a printable list for you to print & take with you!

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Your Disneyland Food Bucket List!

**Make sure to read through to the bottom of the post to get your printable list that I’ve made for you! Simply print it and take it in your bag to Disneyland!**

As you all know, I’m addicted to Disneyland. It’s ok. I can admit it freely now. I’ve gone through all the steps and have finally reached “acceptance”. I have a Disneyland problem and instead of fighting it, I’m just going to embrace it and take you all with me!

While I have talked about food before, (check out my Disneyland section!) I can’t believe that I have never written a Food Bucket List for you all! How did I miss this one?

While this isn’t the end all, be all list, this is a list of what I personally have tried on my trips over the years. I can back up the deliciousness of this food. These are my favorites at both parks, Disneyland and California Adventure.

First of all, I still find it hard to believe that there is really good food found at a theme park. I guess if anyone could do it, Disney would. While there are definitely some stinkers (read my review of the Carnation Cafe) every time I visit Disneyland I’m still amazed at how good some of the food is.

To help you avoid those stinkers, here’s my list of my favorite foods at Disneyland!

1. The Clam Chowder Bowl at the Pacific Wharf Cafe. (California Adventure)

At $9.99, I consider this sourdough bread bowl filled with clam chowder to be one of the best deals at Disneyland. Three of us girls ate this for lunch this past week and it’s honestly some of the best clam chowder I’ve ever eaten. I know, right? At Disneyland? Yes. This was so seriously amazing that we all agreed that it was the best food that we’ve eaten at Disneyland. Don’t like clam chowder? There are other choices such as the seasonal soup which was an equally fantastic loaded baked potato soup that my husband Mike happily enjoyed.

You can also find chili bowls over at the Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland, another great deal.

2. Anything Starbucks and Caffeinated from The Market House in Disneyland or the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe in California Adventure.

If Disneyland wasn’t the happiest place on earth for me before, it sure is now. There’s no place on earth that I require more caffeine at than at Disneyland. The fact that they now have amazing coffee loaded up with sugar and deliciousness for me in the morning makes me so, SO happy.

Even if they never spell my name right.

3. The Mickey Mouse Shortbread Cookie at Starbucks (both parks)

This light lemony shortbread cookie with a yummy chocolate icing has now become a first day at Disneyland breakfast tradition. There’s something just perfect about the flavor and it’s Mickey Mouse. ’nuff said.

Pair that with my sugary coffee? Mama is goooood for the day!

4. The Mickey Shaped Beignets at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square (Disneyland)

I am ashamed to say that I hadn’t tried these until just this past trip. These gems are hidden in a back corner of New Orleans square and are something that you simply must ferret out on your trip. Hot, delicious, bready powdered sugar delights, you get a small taste of New Orleans in the middle of California.

5. The Chicken Fried Chicken at The Plaza Inn (Disneyland)

This is some of the best fried chicken out there and it’s my top choice for lunch when we are in the area. At$15.99 it’s large enough for a couple to share with 3 pieces of chicken, a biscuit, a pile of potatoes and green beans (and perhaps with a dessert added on!). I’ve also shared this with my kids.

6. The Pot Roast at The Plaza Inn (Disneyland)

While we are at the Plaza Inn, I have to mention the pot roast. This is Mike’s favorite meal and it’s scrumptious. Slow cooked until it falls apart, it’s a super protein packed meal for $17.49 that again, is big enough for sharing.

7. The Monte Cristo Sandwich (Disneyland)

The most famous of all Disneyland foods (excepting perhaps the Dole Whip) this sandwich is something you havet o try at least once. You can have it in the Blue Bayou or the Cafe Orleans. The only difference is that the one in the Blue Bayou also inclueded a creme Anglais sauce when I tried it and you only receive preserves in the Cafe. I prefer the cafe however, because you can also order the fries (read on below).

Let me warn you; you cannot eat this yourself. It’s huge and too filling. You seriously have to share it! The cheese only version is also delicious, you can’t go wrong with either one.

8. The Parmesan Pommes Frites w/ Cajun Spice Remoulade (Disneyland)

While a lot of food is, of course, overpriced, these fries are a good value at $6.49. You get a large, in charge basket of really scrumptious fries. Pair it with the Monte Cristo above and I kid you not, it feeds three of you.

9. The Dole Whip (Disneyland)

I honestly think this treat is why the Tikki Room stays in Disneyland. (there’s always rumors floating around that it’s shutting down). On a nice warm day you grab your Dole Whip (the line is always shorter on the Tikki Room side!) and then head into the Tikki Room to enjoy the show. I almost always get the float, which is a lovely pineapple juice topped with the tangy pineapple whip. I think this is my favorite pineapple treat ever!

10. Smoked Turkey Legs (found throughout the parks)

My sister and I might be addicted to these as well. There’s nothing like a hit of smokey protein in the middle of the day. They are perfect for sharing and I honestly can’t remember a single trip where we haven’t eaten one of these. It’s beyond tradition, it’s a must.

11. The Alla Vongole at The Golden Vine Winery (Caifornia Adventure)

This fettucine served with clams, parsley, garlic, olive oil, chili flakes, and white wine was seriously amazing! While the other pasta was just good, this was one meal that I loved. The best part? You can get a glass of wine with your meal as well.

12. Assorted Seasonal Treats (locations throughout both parks)

Don’t miss the seasonal treats that are only available for a limited time! I especially love the holiday treats like this Halloween cupcake….

… and the Mickey Mouse Bat cookies found at Starbucks during Halloween.Every season will have treats, so hunt them out!

13. Anything at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop (California Adventure)

Besides the fact that every family member gets a free chocolate as soon as you walk in the door, this is a must-eat place in California Adventure. I love the sea salt caramel and chocolate sundae…and anything with mint…eh, it’s all amazing!

14. Churros! (carts throughout both parks)

Beloved by young and old, we can barely turn our backs on my Dad before he’s found a churro cart for us to snack at. Disneyland also makes some of the best churros out there so make sure you try them!

And that’s it! While there are many runners up – corn dogs, corn on the cob, etc – these are the most delicious things at Disneyland!

Make sure to print out the list below and take it with you when you head to Disneyland!

Love,

Karlynn

 

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Dreaming of a Trip to Texas http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/dreaming-of-a-trip-to-texas http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/dreaming-of-a-trip-to-texas#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:00:20 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29178 Dreaming of a Trip to Texas

You can help me win a trip to Texas! Check out what my dream vacation would be!

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Dreaming of a Trip to Texas

There’s been a lot of Texas talk on my website lately since my podcast partner Phil has been going on and on about all the amazing food he ate when he went to Austin. Indeed, he and his wife go to Texas just so that they can eat their way through the local food scene, which to me is a pretty awesome idea. So I’ve been hearing nothing from him but barbeque, restaurants opened by Top Chef winners and of course, beautiful weather!

I’ve been to Texas once, fleetingly before I caught a cruise out of Galveston. We stayed overnight in Houston before we left and it was a tease. I was taunted by all the amazing things to see and do, to eat and experience and knew that one day, I was coming back for a longer stay.

Needless to say, when the chance came up to work with Texas Tourism and write about my dream Texas vacation, I started dreaming!

And I like to dream big, just like the Lone Star State.

To start my planning, I went to the Texas Tourism website to check out everything they have on there to help you plan your dream Texas vacation. Now, you all know that I do a lot of travelling (understatement of the year) so I have looked at a lot of websites while trying to plan our trips. I am really impressed with how well this website is put together. You can download their Free Texas Travel Guide and also sign up for their newsletter to help you make those plans. Their interactive passport is fun and allows you to plan your trip easily and customize it to your liking.

So now, you guys, here’s something really important to me. You can help me win a trip for two to the Lone Star State in the Texas Photo Roundup Contest!

I am so darn thrilled! Vote for me, if you feel that my photos represent your ideal vacation in Texas. By voting for me, you are also entered to win a chance for a $1000 prize! The participant with the highest number of votes will win a trip for 2 to Texas this spring 2015 and one lucky audience voter will randomly be selected to win the cash prize!

I would love to win this trip and oh my word, if one of you could win that cash prize? Eeeek! How exciting would that be?

You can vote once per day for me and the contest ends March 24th, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. It’s open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec). See the exact full contest terms and conditions below.

So after perusing a ton of photos, I have chosen my top four that I think represent my dream trip to Texas. I honestly took far too long hemming and hawing over what to choose, but I finally have narrowed it down to the perfect family vacation.

My choice for what I would want to do is the Grapevine’s Grapefest, which shouldn’t surprise any of you.  Wine tastings? Yes please!

WILL VAN OVERBEEK /TXDOT

For those kids of mine, it would have to be the Texas State Fair. Oh, I looked at pictures of the Texas Zoo and the Texas State Aquarium, but I knew that for my twerps their top choice would be the State Fair. I also have to admit, I’ve watched too many movies and one day I would love to attend an American State Fair, just to see what it’s like. I want to go and eat State Fair food, go on rides and just see what it’s all about.

MICHAEL AMADOR/TXDOT

 

I’m going to be sneaky and try to pass this choice off as Mike’s, but it’s really for both him and I. We are avid fisherman, as you all know, and we would love to learn how to fly fish. As soon as I saw this picture, I knew that it was what Mike would want to do above all else in Texas. Texas is so diverse, with seven geographic regions with different landscapes such as beaches, forests, rolling hills and canyons. It’s pretty amazing that we can get active and fly fish/kayak/hike/rock climb one day and travel to the beach to relax the next! Speaking of the beach…..

GRIFFIS SMITH/TXDOT

 Last but not least, the beach. There’s something about the ocean that calls to my soul and living landlocked where I do, I love visiting the beach as often as I can. Texas has over 600 miles of coastline and fabulous beaches, so off to the beach I would go!

KEVIN STILLMAN/TXDOT

And there we have it, my dream trip to Texas!

I would love it if you can all vote for me and help a gal out! Can you send me to Texas, pretty please? I promise you that you can pack your virtual suitcases again! I’ll be tweeting, writing and sharing pictures as per usual and taking you along virtually with me!

If I throw in some Texas sunrise and sunset pictures as a bribe, is your vote a done deal? I know you guys love them!

Thanks you guys and good luck to you…and to me! Let’s win this!

Love you more than travel,

Karlynn

Although this post has been generously sponsored by Texas Tourism, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Texas Tourism.

 

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Magpie’s Tasty Tangerine & Gin http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/magpies-tasty-tangerine-gin http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/magpies-tasty-tangerine-gin#respond Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:00:41 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29172 Magpie’s Tasty Tangerine & Gin

Magpie's Tasty Tangerine & Gin cocktail! Smash a strawberry and mint in there and you are in business!

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Magpie’s Tasty Tangerine & Gin

A word of warning, make sure you like tangerine juice first before making this. I know that it seems like a silly thing to say, but you would be surprised how many people don’t like tangerine juice. It’s not the most popular for a reason. It’s hard to describe, but I would call it a mix between orange and carrot juice…am I right, tangerine lovers? There’s something very savoury about it that brings forth a taste of vegetable juice as well.

This gin drink came about because I had tangerine juice. I had strawberries. I had gin. I always have mint. There were no recipes out there for anything like it, so I smashed it all together and prayed for it to work out.

It worked out quite darn well!

I quickly posted this recipe on my Facebook page last week when I whipped it up spur of the moment and now I’ll post it here for everyone to enjoy.

You are either going to love or hate the mint in this drink. I love mint in everything, so there was no way I was leaving it out.

I was shocked that Mike liked this drink as well, let’s face it, he’s picky. I handed it to him for a taste test and the resulting raised eyebrows with a “Hey, that’s good!” had me raising my own eyebrows in disbelief. I had totally pegged him for a tangerine juice hater.

Then again, doesn’t gin make everything better?

Happy cocktailing!

Love,

Karlynn

Magpie's Tasty Tangerine & Gin
 
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A delicious combination of tangerine juice with gin and smashed strawberries is my newest drink love!
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 oz tangerine nectar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • one large strawberry
  • 1 oz gin
  • 2 oz club soda
  • ice to fill
  • Mint only if you like mint in everything like I do.
Instructions
  1. In the bottom of a whiskey tumbler or short glass, smash the strawberry, brown sugar and mint (if wanted) together. Pour in the gin and mix. Add ice to fill then pour the club soda over it. Stir and serve with a strawberry on the side as garnish!

 

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360 Degrees of Arizona Sunset http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/360-degrees-of-arizona-sunset http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/360-degrees-of-arizona-sunset#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:41:53 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29071 360 Degrees of Arizona Sunset

I've been a real slacker writing about Arizona, especially the spectacular sunsets!

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360 Degrees of Arizona Sunset

I have truly been a slacker on the travel posts and I apologize for it. While we are technically on vacation, as one might call it, we aren’t really on vacation. Our days have been filled with homeschooling, endless work on my cookbook, Mike’s job and the general day-to-day life activities. The kids are in rock climbing lessons once a week. We have to clean the house, cook dinner, get groceries.

So basically we are at home, just in a far more spectacular and warm setting this winter!  I’ve had to force myself to get out on the deck and enjoy the sunset and leave my cookbook work alone, reminding myself that we didn’t come to Arizona to spend the time holed up inside working the entire time. It’s easy to take it for granted and just complete your work day, make dinner and then realize that you didn’t take a single moment to enjoy the beauty around you and I’ve been doing that lately, especially when it comes to work on my book. The kitchen clean up alone takes me well into the evening and by that time, I’ve spent another entire day not enjoying a moment of the nice weather here.

Sunsets are my favorite, mainly because I’m not an early riser for those spectacular sunrises.

The sunsets here can be truly spectacular and I’m not sure why. Is it because it’s so flat? Is it the particles in the air that reflect the light in such gorgeous shades? (if anyone wants to weigh in, go for it in the comments below!).

However there has only been one 360 degree sunset that I’ve seen here so far. I’ve been waiting to see another one, but so far this was it.

The above photo is a southwest view from our house one night, off of our bedroom patio.

This picture below however is due East and is usually where the sun rises. It was lit up like the sun was rising, but this honestly was the sunset. I didn’t get to it early enough and the light was fading, but I’ve never seen the East lit up with a sunset like this before.

This hill is our Northwest view of the sunset, which is always my favorite.

A darker, later shot of the sunset out of our window,the Southeast view was spectacular that evening, The colors were phenomenal. I bumped up the saturation in this photo to see what hues were in the clouds that night and there’s every shade of the rainbow, I swear.

Now I promise that I am going to go now and edit my photos of our day trip to Sedona. What a breathtaking place it is! I had never even thought of going until our guests wanted to take a day trip. There’s what whole “working” here too much. I haven’t even looked into day trips for us, Sedona was only two hours away. I am shaking my head at myself, I need to make the most of our time here.

This next week however, is all play and no work for me! We are off to Disneyland with my girlfriend and her girls that are coming from Calgary to visit. It’s their first time for Disneyland, which makes this trip so darn exciting for all of us. The kids are bouncing off the walls, waiting to take the girls!

Happy Saturday everyone! Stay tuned for a ton of Disneyland pictures on my Facebook page and Instagram next week!

Love,

Karlynn

 

 

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My New Frigidaire® Classic Slate Freezer! http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/my-new-frigidaire-classic-slate-freezer http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/my-new-frigidaire-classic-slate-freezer#respond Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:15:44 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29157 My New Frigidaire® Classic Slate Freezer!

My first ever brand new freezer, can you believe that? It was worth the wait!

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My New Frigidaire® Classic Slate Freezer!

Did you know that the one thing that I have never bought myself is a good freezer? Sure, I went all out on the house appliances with our new house, gas range, lovely fridge, fabulous dishwasher, but when we moved into our house I still had the small little apartment sized freezer that was given to me around a decade ago.

When the opportunity came up to be a Frigidaire® test drive Mom and receive a brand new, gorgeous classic slate freezer, can you guess how fast I applied? Speed of light, folks, the speed of light.

The only problem is, I can’t get a good picture of her since she’s in my garage, that’s my storage place for my freezers since we have a nice large garage.

I was so darn excited to start using that freezer. A freezer is the most important thing I use for food storage and I can’t believe that this is my first new freezer, ever.

When my family came over for Christmas, we women got into the holobchi making (cabbage rolls) and put my new freezer to the test!

Here’s the thing with cabbage rolls; if you are making one batch, you may as well make multiple batches, freeze them on a sheet and then package them up for later meals. Holobchi can be a really pain the tush to make. We Ukrainian women don’t like to spend our entire lives making perogies (another food that you freeze on sheets as well) and holobchi. You spend one day making them, freeze them and then have a freezer full of deliciousness just waiting for your dinner for months on end.

You get together all of your ingredients and then you literally start a prep line. Take a leaf, fill it, roll it, tuck it and freeze it.

For the first time that I can remember, I now had a freezer that I didn’t have to worry about the trays tipping in. Before, with my chest freezer, you would have to rearrange everything in it to be a flat surface. Have you ever tried this? It’s like Tetris with frozen food, which sounds like fun but truly isn’t.

Just look at these shelves. I had more space that I needed to freeze holobchi. These are the last of the batches because of course, it always pops into my mind at the very last-minute that this is perfect to write about.

Yes, we make our Holobchi large and in charge as well. My holobchi is a meal sometimes, not a side dish!

Now, the reason that this freezer was perfect for my flash freezing needs is their totally cool SpaceWise® Organization System, which meant that I could customize the storage so that I had plain shelves to freeze food on trays while other parts held the food that I had in storage already.

You guys, after years of chest freezers and digging up to my elbows in frozen food every time I wanted something for dinner, I am never, ever going back.

A huge thank you to Frigidaire® for picking me to test drive (and keep!) this amazing freezer!

So, has anyone else made the (what I consider life-changing) switch from a chest freezer to a standing one? They are SO roomy nowadays! Gah. Why did I torture myself so long?

Happy Friday everyone! What are your plans for the weekend?

Love,

Karlynn

 

“Disclosure: I am part of the Frigidaire® Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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Maple Whiskey Mojito (The Sortilege Mojito) http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/maple-whiskey-mojito-the-sortilege-mojito http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/maple-whiskey-mojito-the-sortilege-mojito#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:00:26 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29022 Maple Whiskey Mojito (The Sortilege Mojito)

My #1, absolute favorite cocktail at the moment, a Maple Whiskey Mojito!

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Maple Whiskey Mojito (The Sortilege Mojito)

I apologize that it’s taken me this long to get my newest cocktail love to you. I’m sorry, there’s no excuse, other than..well… contrary to my reputation, I actually don’t drink these during the day.  (Fine, maybe with all my cookbook work I WANT to drink during the day. But I still haven’t caved.)

I’ve had no opportunity with ample light for photographs, so it waited for a weekend.

Just for you, I’ve stepped up my day drinking. The things I do for you guys!

The original recipe is the Sortilege Mojito, that my friend Nicole brought as her new recipe for my Christmas soiree. I had asked her to bring fixin’s for a great cocktail and she totally delivered.

This is one tasty cocktail and I’m sure it’s because of the maple whiskey and the brown sugar. There’s something perfect about this recipe.

I’ve served it since, to rave reviews and I’ve also sent the recipe to friends who love Sortilege, to more rave reviews.

It’s amazing.

For those of you who don’t have Sortilge, I’m sorry. This recipe comes straight from their website and I can assure you, there is no maple whiskey like it. I’ve settled for a maple version here while I am in the States, but there is nothing, and I mean nothing, like true Sortilege.

You can use a maple whiskey (like I am) but you need to make sure it’s really strong with the maple flavor or it’s simply not as good.

So here’s the thing: who cares that it’s winter? This might be a summery drink but let me tell you, it’s our cocktail of choice now. I’m not into heavier, cidery drinks in the winter. Bah. Drink minty, mapley, delicious delights!

Honestly, try this. If you love maple, you will love Sortilege and you will LOVE this drink! It’s also a serious party pleaser, everyone loves it, even people who aren’t traditional mojito lovers.

Love you more than whiskey,

Karlynn

 

Maple Whiskey Mojito (The Sortilege Mojito)
 
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The best mojito I've ever drank uses maple whiskey and brown sugar paired with classic lime and mint. I'm never returning to normal mojitos again.
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Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz of Sortilège Original (or your choice of maple whiskey)
  • 2 oz of club soda
  • 12 mint leaves
  • ¼ of lime
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Cmbone the lime, mint and brown sugar into the bottom of a medium whiskey glass. Use a muddler to smash the mint, lime and start dissolving the sugar.
  2. Fill glass with ice and add in the whiskey and club soda. Mix well and serve.
Notes
Original recipe from the Sortilege website.

 

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The Brown Eggs & Jam Jars Cookbook: Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal Recipe http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/the-brown-eggs-jam-jars-cookbook-coconut-cream-baked-oatmeal-recipe http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/the-brown-eggs-jam-jars-cookbook-coconut-cream-baked-oatmeal-recipe#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29129 The Brown Eggs & Jam Jars Cookbook: Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal Recipe

I get all teary talking about Canadian bloggers..and oh, you can win a copy of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars! No crying necessary.

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The Brown Eggs & Jam Jars Cookbook: Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal Recipe

When I actually have a spare moment to read other people’s blogs, you can find me surfing on Simple Bites and reading all the lovely posts by its editor and writer, Aimée Wimbush-Bourque. Her lovely posts about canning, urban agriculture and homesteading are always a joy to read, so when I heard that she was in the process of writing a book, I knew that it was on my to-read list.

How different a cookbook is when you’ve actually met the author in real life. I had the pleasure of meeting Aimée this past fall at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference and if you think she’s a sweetie on her website, you should meet her in real life. She’s a doll.

I can just imagine how much fun she is a couple glasses of wine later… I’ll save that for our next meeting. I mean, if we can get her into a feather boa at a conference you can just imagine a girl’s night out!

My darlings, this is a beautiful book and one that you truly need to own.

You know how I love to read cookbooks at night before I go to bed? This is one of those perfect books. There’s yummy food photos, there’s heart and soul in the stories inserted between recipes and I am so gosh darn happy for Aimée that I could burst. Not that I don’t love my American pals, but it’s time for Canadian bloggers to take a turn in the spotlight. More and more Canadian bloggers are writing cookbooks and every time one does I could seriously just burst with pride.

Yes, there are tons of Canadian cookbook authors, but it’s just so different for those of us who blogged first and wrote cookbooks later. We went down a new path that no one has done before, almost making it up as we went, charting our way through what was completely unknown at one time and just trying to figure out this bold new land of writing on the internet instead of traditional print media. We are a completely different breed of writers and the only people that get us and the journey from blog to book are other online writers. Every success of other online writers you celebrate as your own.

I’ll stop now before I start crying as usual, but Aimée, we’ll have a joint cry over a nice bottle of wine next time we see each other. I think you need to come stay with me in Edmonton and do a book signing!

I shall ready my guest room. I might even clean my house for her.

(Pssst Penguin, bring her to Edmonton for a book signing. I promise I’ll behave. No, wait, I promise she’ll behave. That’s more likely to actually happen. I DO promise I’ll clean my house and if you know me, that’s really something!)

Ok, moving on from the sappy part and to the book tour! When the chance came up to join in on the FBC Brown Eggs and Jam Jars Blog Tour and get a preview of the book, I was in like Flynn. There’s nothing like a little slice of home being sent to me here in Phoenix, a gorgeous book inspiring all of us to think about the food that we Canadians can grow in our own backyards. The recipes are done seasonally, with family photos tucked between drool inducing photos of her easy and healthy recipes. By the end of the book, you have a wonderful look into Aimée’s home life with her adorable kids and husband (who’s also adorable).

The recipe I chose to make from her cookbook was her Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal Recipe. I wanted something super easy (not that her whole cookbook isn’t full of easy and delicious meals) and I wanted something that the kids would love. As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew that it was The One.

It’s creamy, dreamily delicious and you make it ahead of time. The best part? Both of my kids ate this. The other best part?

We ate it for dinner.

You can always count on me to make breakfast for dinner. In truth, I knew that I had a long, hard day of homeschooling the kids ahead of me and I wanted to prep something in the morning that could be thrown into the oven later that night.

Winner winner Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal for dinner! Now, you can also make it and let it sit overnight, so it’s a great breakfast as well.

If you want the recipe for this delicious concoction, you’re going to have to pick up a copy for yourself! (I am such a tease!) You can head on over to Amazon to buy her book, but it’s available almost everywhere you can think of!

On to some more fun! I have a copy of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars  to give away to one lucky reader! Now, I am part of the online book tour and there are going to be many other websites to win on as well! Since I am one of the first people to post however, you are going to have to check back here to see all the other places you can preview the recipes and enter to win! I will be posting them in a list below, stay tuned!

A big thanks to Penguin Random House Canada Limited for sending me two copies of Aimée’s beautiful new book and a huge congrats to Aimée on a wonderful new cookbook!

Love,

Karlynn

Check out all these other blogs for a chance to win a copy of the book! The links will appear as soon as the posts are up!

Hidden Ponies

The Recipe Rebel

Sweet Sugarbean

The Brunette Baker

Strawberries for Supper

Kitchen Heals Soul

Purple House Café

Bridget’s Green Kitchen

 

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Oven Fried Potato Chip Chicken http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/oven-fried-potato-chip-chicken http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/oven-fried-potato-chip-chicken#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:00:33 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=28949 Oven Fried Potato Chip Chicken

Oven Fried Potato Chip Chicken. It's chicken. Covered in potato chips and baked. 'nuff said.

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Oven Fried Potato Chip Chicken

Confession time you guys.

Honest to Pete, I can’t even look a sweet treat in the eye right now. After endless days of baking delicious goodies for my upcoming cookbook, I seriously can’t even stomach the thought of sugar.

Ok, well that might be taking it a little far, but let’s be honest; the taste testing alone has my sweet tooth more than satisfied. I can’t make a recipe without testing it because my tastebuds are the end all be all judge of what’s going in my book, no offense to my sweetheart husband who is also being forced to taste test everything as well. You don’t want to know what’s hit the garbage. Or the innovative swear words I’ve come up with.

Now, lucky for you, that means I am totally into the dinner dishes for the next while on the blog. There won’t be many desserts these upcoming months, so be forewarned, there might be a bit of a dessert drought here on The Kitchen Magpie. Like I said, I can’t even stare a pie in the eye at this point. I avert my eyes and cry as I taste test.

SO.

Because of this crazy love of savoury now, I decided it was high time I fooled around with my Oven Baked Crispy Chicken recipe. Which I have now changed to Man Catching Oven Fried Chicken, thanks to my reader Kristina’s husband, who has dubbed it so.

So if you are looking for a healthier version, make sure to check it out! This version? Um. Dudes. It’s potato chips. Not healthy.

This is a treat. A salty, greasy, get yo’ love for potato chips treat. There is nothing redeeming about this recipe health-wise. Sorry.

Wait! It’s high in protein!

(and sodium…and fat…)

Here’s the thing….I suspect it’s STILL slightly healthier than real fried chicken. Like, cooked in deep oil, saturated with oil, chicken.

Eh. Maybe. But who really cares?

IT’S CHICKEN COATED IN POTATO CHIPS.

Crack open the wine and celebrate that this happened in your house. I suggest a nice crisp white.

I basically took that amazing fried chicken recipe, left out a large amount of the salt and added potato chips. Whew, what a decadent dinner this was! To be honest though, it’s the yummiest fried chicken I’ve had in a long, long time and it wasn’t even really fried. I absolutely love plain potato chips as my snack of choice, so that makes sense.

Let me know if you try this! It’s a great treat dinner!

Love,

Karlynn

Oven Fried Potato Chip Chicken
 
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Oven baked potato chip covered fried chicken.Amen.
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups of flour
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 or 3 eggs
  • 2 cups crushed potato chips (low salt if you don't want too much salt)
  • ⅓ cup of margarine
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the first five ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Grease a baking sheet large enough for 8 pieces of chicken and set aside,
  3. Beat the eggs in a small bowl.
  4. Line up your bowls and your baking sheet in this order from right to left; egg, flour, smashed chips, then baking sheet.
  5. First, dip your chicken into the flour mixture and cover it completely.
  6. Dip it into the egg mixture, then into the broken chips for a second coat.
  7. Place on the baking sheet.
  8. Repeat with all chicken pieces.
  9. Place in fridge for half an hour.
  10. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  11. Melt the margarine and drizzle evenly over the top of the chicken pieces.
  12. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the chicken reaches the appropriate temperature (165 for Breast meat, 180 for dark meat)
  13. Remove and serve!

 

 

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Amazing oven baked chicken that is as close to deep fried as you're ever going to get!

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Man-Catching Oven Baked Fried Chicken

This is literally the best Oven Baked Fried Chicken out there, folks. I have been meaning to re-shoot the photos and republish this recipe for years now. I think it is one of the most under-loved recipes on my entire website, I keep thinking to myself ” If only everyone knew how delicious and easy this chicken is!”

So now I’m bringing my oven baked chicken back, with a brand new name. I’d like to thank Kristina’s husband ( I’ll fill this in with a name if he comes forward later) for the name. When she told me on my Facebook Page that she was making my oven baked chicken that her husband called ” Man Catching Chicken” I knew that it was getting a new name.

This recipe is SO OLD I don’t even have it in a print format! You can see it here and look at how little my Rose is! She’s sooo cute just chowing down on that drumstick!  Oh my goodness, that recipe was one of my first ever on my website, so it is definitely due for a reboot!

Important things to note:

Do NOT ignore Magpie and use butter on the chicken instead of margarine, the smoke point isn’t high enough and it will burn. You have to use margarine on it.

MAKE SURE to let the chicken sit in the fridge for half an hour. This guarantees a crispy skin that doesn’t fall off right away!

Let me know what you think!

Love you more than chocolate,

Karlynn

 

Man Catching Oven Fried Chicken
 
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Amazing oven baked fried chicken that is as close to deep fried as you're ever going to get! Check out the secret to a fabulous crispy skin!
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Recipe type: dinner
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1⅓ cups of flour
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 or 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup of margarine
  • 8 pieces of your choice of chicken
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the first five ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Grease a baking sheet large enough for 8 pieces of chicken and set aside,
  3. Beat the eggs in a small bowl.
  4. Line up your bowls and your baking sheet in this order from right to left; egg, flour, then baking sheet.
  5. First, dip your chicken into the flour mixture and cover it completely.
  6. Dip it into the egg mixture, then into the flour mixture again for a second coat.
  7. Place on the baking sheet.
  8. Repeat with all chicken pieces.
  9. Place in fridge for half an hour.
  10. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  11. Melt the margarine and drizzle evenly over the top of the chicken pieces.
  12. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the chicken reaches the appropriate temperature (165 for Breast meat, 180 for dark meat)
  13. Remove and serve!

 

 

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BBQ, Brisket and Bar Bricco http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/bbq-brisket-and-bar-bricco http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/bbq-brisket-and-bar-bricco#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:44:35 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29088 BBQ, Brisket and Bar Bricco

I got my food cred back by finally eating at Bar Bricco here in Edmonton, Alberta & Phil talks about what is considered the best BBQ brisket in North America that took HOURS to get. Was it worth it? Listen to see!

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BBQ, Brisket and Bar Bricco

I get my food cred back by finally eating at Bar Bricco here in Edmonton, Alberta & Phil talks about what is considered the best BBQ brisket in North America that took HOURS to get. Was it worth it? Listen to see!

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Creamy chicken and noodles with delicious snap peas. Easy and quick for a weeknight meal!

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Quick Chicken & Noodles

My next recipe for Campbell’s is their Quick Chicken & Noodles. While the original recipe calls for several different types of vegetables, you are free to sub in your own. I had a large bag of delicious snap peas and the thought of chicken, crispy peas and cream of mushroom soup totally worked for me.

I love how large snap peas fry up, I must admit, I am not a snow pea fan. Once you try snap peas, you’re never going back, trust me. Snow peas are a tasteless shadow compared to how amazing large and in charge snap peas taste in a stir fry or a quick dish like this.

Sorry, snow peas, I’ve fallen out of love with you.

I love recipes that use up cubed chicken, because either you are using leftover chicken from the night before or you can grab yourself a deli chicken and whip up this dish.

You have the choice of cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom and as you all know, I love anything that has cream of mushroom. I also think that mushrooms and peas are a match made in heaven taste-wise, but chose the flavours you want to pair together.

Happy Cooking!

Love,

Karlynn

Quick Chicken & Noodles
 
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Creamy chicken and noodles with snap peas. Fast, easy and delicious.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • 2 cups (500 mL) mixed vegetables (such as zucchini, sliced peppers and peas)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cubed, cooked chicken
  • 1 can (284 mL) CAMPBELL'S® Condensed Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 4 cups (1 L) medium egg noodles, cooked al dente and drained
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL) parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh parsley, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add mixed vegetables, and garlic. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender-crisp.
  2. Stir in chicken, soup and milk; bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is heated through. Stir in noodles, parmesan, lemon juice, and pepper; return to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in parsley.
Notes
Original Recipe from Campbells' HERE.

 

“Disclosure: I am part of the Campbell Company of Canada Ambassador
program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of
my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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Turkey Swedish Meatballs http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/turkey-swedish-meatballs http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/turkey-swedish-meatballs#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=28945 Turkey Swedish Meatballs

Turkey Swedish Meatballs. I wanted to make Classic Swedish Meatballs...and made these instead. Best sub-in I've ever made!!

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Turkey Swedish Meatballs

I really didn’t think that Mike was going to like these.

And I made them despite that.

Yes, just call me Super Wife.

In all honestly, classic Swedish Meatballs have been on my To-Make list for as long as I can remember. There is something just right about the beefy, creamy sauce that makes them one of my favorite comfort foods.

So what do I go ahead and make?

Turkey ones.

Before you call the men in the white coats, there is a reason to my insanity. I used up all the ground beef that I had set aside in the fridge for meatballs in spaghetti for the kids and the rest was – of course- frozen.

Am I the only one who seems to only need ground beef when it’s frozen? I can keep it in my fridge until it goes bad and never use it. Put it into the freezer? I’ll need that rock of meat within a day.

So I ran with it.

I had ground pork (not frozen by some miracle) and ground turkey in the fridge. Wait a sec…. I’m not sure what that ground turkey was for….hmm. Well, there’s obviously some other recipe I’m forgetting now…

Back to the recipe.

While I can totally get behind turkey meatballs…I’m thinking that they are going to be too dry without that ground pork. Let’s face it, you’re not trying to kid yourself into thinking these are low-fat. They use sour cream, butter and cream.

These are absolutely divine. I can’t tell you how much I love the cranberries and while yes, that seems Christmasy (trust me to be a season behind!) they made the meatballs. The allspice paired with the tang of those red winter berries? SO GOOD you guys!

And Mike? He loved these.

My jaw hit the table. I honestly thought I would be the only one eating these since the kids are usually a wash. Nope. Three out of four of us ate them! My son loved the sauce and managed to eat a couple meatballs – a miracle- and Mike even ate them as leftovers with spaghetti noodles the next day.

Mike doesn’t eat leftovers, nor weird turkey cranberry meatballs.

What Twilight zone am I in?

Make ‘em. Let me know what you think.

Love you more than chocolate,

Karlynn

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Cranberries give these turkey and pork Swedish Meatballs a delicious little zing to them!
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Serves: 24 meatballs
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ⅓ cup minced dried cranberries
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • FOR THE GRAVY
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken or turkey broth
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Combine ground turkey , ground pork, cranberries, bread crumbs, egg yolks, allspice,and cooked onion in a mixing bowl.
  3. Stir until well combined. ( I use my hands)
  4. Roll the mixture into -1½ - 2 inch meatballs.
  5. Place meatballs into a large skillet and cook until all sides are browned, about 7-8 minutes.
  6. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  7. Rinse the skillet out and melt butter in the skillet.
  8. Whisk in flour and lightly brown it.
  9. Slowly whisk in the turkey broth - and whisking contstantly- cook it until slightly thickened.
  10. Stir in sour cream and heavy cream, then add the meatballs back in.
  11. Cook another 8-10 minutes until the sauce is thick and the meatballs are cooked completely.
  12. Serve over egg noodles and garnish with parsley.

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Sometimes, even in the middle of the desert, all you want in the middle of winter is hot SOUP. Like this Ham & Potato Soup. Yum.

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Ham & Potato Soup

If you’re like me, you have a ham bone in your freezer after every holiday meal. Am I right?

I have smartened up the past few years and realized that the week after any holiday is usually busy, fraught with things to do/catch up on/clean or just generally getting back to work. I don’t usually have any time to use up a ham bone until I catch my breath for a moment.

My trick is to throw the ham bone and assorted lovely leftover ham bits into a plastic Ziplock and freeze them until I am ready to make a soup.

What is it about ham and potatoes that goes together so beautifully?

So if you are like me, you have a ham bone just waiting for this soup. Sure, it’s a few weeks later but admit it : you have that ham bone sitting in your freezer still. I know you. You are me. I leave the ham bone in the freezer for weeks.

This is the perfect soul food for in the middle of winter, even here in Phoenix. The evenings get downright cold – they were down to below freezing when we got here! – and a hot bowl of soup hits the spot every time.

Love you more than chocolate,

Karlynn

 

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Use up that holiday ham bone in this simple yet delicious soup!
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Recipe type: soup
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 5 cups of russet potatos, peeled and chopped into 1 cm cubes
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 1½ cups of chopped ham
  • one ham bone, if possible
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop up your Russet potatoes and place in the crockpot.
  2. Pour in the chicken broth making sure it's enough to cover the potatoes and pour into the crockpot.
  3. Add the ham, bone and onions into the crockpot and stir in.
  4. Cook in the crockpot on high for 3-4 hours or 7-8 hours on lowuntil the potatoes are slightly falling apart and the broth is cloudy.
  5. When the soup is ready, cooked potatoes and slightly falling apart, you need to make a roux. (Flour/butter/milk thickener)
  6. In a medium size pot over low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the flour until it's combined,it will be all clumped together, this is ok. Next, little by little, stir in the milk making sure that the milk is absorbed into the flour without making it lumpy. Eventually the mixture will be smooth.
  7. When all of the milk has been added and the mixture is smooth, add in the cheese and stir until melted.
  8. Move your potatoes to one side of the pot so there is a soup surface to mix in.
  9. Whisk in your milk sauce into the crockpot. Cook for another 30 minutes or so, stirring occasionally so there isn’t a skin on the surface.

 

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Episode #7 – Karlynn Goes On & On. Phil drinks Bourbon. Austin Sandwiches & Rostizado. http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/episode-7-karlynn-goes-on-on-phil-drinks-bourbon-austin-sandwiches-rostizado http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/episode-7-karlynn-goes-on-on-phil-drinks-bourbon-austin-sandwiches-rostizado#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:04:45 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29053 Episode #7 – Karlynn Goes On & On. Phil drinks Bourbon. Austin Sandwiches & Rostizado.

Austin sandwiches, Phil drinks bourbon and Karlynn can’t stop talking. Throw in Rostizado here in Edmonton..drinking before 10 am and making mole….well…you’ll just have to listen. Here’s the recipe for the Disneyland Monte Cristo that we talk about! Make sure to subscribe here so that you don’t miss a podcast!

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Episode #7 – Karlynn Goes On & On. Phil drinks Bourbon. Austin Sandwiches & Rostizado.

Austin sandwiches, Phil drinks bourbon and Karlynn can’t stop talking. Throw in Rostizado here in Edmonton..drinking before 10 am and making mole….well…you’ll just have to listen.

Here’s the recipe for the Disneyland Monte Cristo that we talk about!

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Announcing : Unicorns in the Mist! http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/announcing-unicorns-in-the-mist http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/announcing-unicorns-in-the-mist#respond Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:59:46 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29040 Announcing : Unicorns in the Mist!

Mike and I finally decided on our new website where we talk about everything blogging. Unicorns in the Mist. I still laugh when I say it!

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Announcing : Unicorns in the Mist!

Mike and I have toyed – and played around with- the idea that we need a website that is about us. We’ve tried a few things out, with nothing really fitting us. Too serious. Too dull. Too…not us.

We finally hit on the right name and tone for our joint venture: Unicorns in the Mist.  This just happens to be what our accountant called us as she cried over our tax returns and the name has just stuck.

The moment we found the unicorn logo above and Mike slapped it and some wording together…we knew that this was it.

It’s irreverant. Ridiculous even. It’s completely not taking anything seriously…

..and what could sum us up more?

I knew it was the right thing when I laughed every time I said it. I still laugh at it, which means that it should be a hoot to write on. It’s going to be all about blogging for a living and more.

I’ve already started a new series…ones that’s a touchy, touchy one. However it’s time that someone started writing about it and I was spurred to start last week. You’ll have to see what it was that started the whole thing..and let me know what you think!

You can check out the new page HERE.

Like it on Facebook HERE.

Have fun reading!

Love,

Karlynn

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Chicken, Kale & Brussels Sprouts Skillet http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/chicken-kale-brussel-sprouts-skillet http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/chicken-kale-brussel-sprouts-skillet#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=28810 Chicken, Kale & Brussels Sprouts Skillet

Chicken, Kale & Brussel Sprouts Skillet. I used a bagged salad in this dish, I kid you not. Revoke my food cred.

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Chicken, Kale & Brussels Sprouts Skillet

You guys.

I threw a bag of salad in a skillet with chicken.

And it was delicious.

Ok, it was a little more complex than that, but in essence, the bag of salad I bought inspired this recipe. I have found a new favorite salad kit here in the States (my go to lunch since I am working 10 hours days with the cookbook lately it seems) and I did throw it in the skillet the other night.

It’s Brussel Sprouts, arugula and kale with a lemon dressing..and I thought well, why not just wilt it all in the frying pan?

And so I did.

This is a deep look into my shallow mind, people. This is how I come up with recipes. There’s no rhyme or reason at all.

I took the hint from the salad dressing and added in lemon juice, garlic and chicken stock for flavoring. It was inhaled by the family. INHALED, I tell you.

It’s light, lemony and so flippin’ refreshing for a chicken dish in the middle of winter.

This is where I boss you around and tell you to make this now. You can sub in what you like – maybe add stanch – and mess around with how lemony you want it. It’s just SO EASY to make.

My version is heaving on the Brussel sprouts, and make sure you shave them thinly…they will still be crunchy when the dish is cooked. Heavenly. I added in another two cups of shaved sprouts…and would add even more next time.

Happy cooking everyone!

Love,

Karlynn

 

Chicken, Kale & Brussel Sprouts Skillet
 
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Delicious one-skillet chicken with roasted greens. This is so easy yet was a hit with the family!
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 whole chicken breasts, halved
  • ½ cup flour
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 6 cups of assorted shredded greens: Brussels sprouts, spinach, arugula, kale
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • Parmesan cheese to garnish - or your choice of strong flavored cheese
Instructions
  1. Take each piece of chicken breast and flour on each side. Sprinkle desired amount of salt, pepper and garlic powder on each side. I used a sprinkle of each.
  2. Heat the skillet on medium-high heat with the butter and olive oil.
  3. Fry the chicken breasts in the oil, approximately 4-5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of each breast until almost entirely cooked through.
  4. Add in the greens and fresh garlic, sautee until slightly limp and browned, approxmiately 3-4 minutes.
  5. Pour in the chicken stock and lemon juice into the pan.
  6. Cook another couple of minutes, making sure to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
  7. Serve each piece of chicken with a scoop full of greens.

 

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Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookies http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/cheesecake-chocolate-chip-cookies http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/cheesecake-chocolate-chip-cookies#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:30:48 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=28593 Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookies. Warning: Any resolution diet that you're on WILL be broken due to these.

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Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you remember the Great Fridge Purge of Christmas ’14 that I have talked about before? The merciless using up of everything in my fridge and pantry before we left Edmonton and came here to Phoenix? I was a complete hard nose about it, we bought nothing excepting fresh fruit and vegetables for more than a month and used up everything out of my pantry, freezer and fridge.

Well, these cookies came about because I needed to use up chocolate chips from my pantry and cream cheese from my fridge. Yes, chocolate has an expiry date and I had several bags of chocolate baking chips that I had to use up before we left. Apparently I need to be checking the dates when I purchase chocolate chips because there should have been no way that I had bags bordering on expiring, not with how often I bake!

And so these cookies were born. I was surprised, in all honesty, how seriously darn good they are. They are richer, tangier and most certainly moister with cream cheese baked into them.

I also cranked up the amount of vanilla and trust me, you want to use a tablespoon. It adds to the whole cheesecake taste that we are going for.

It’s a good thing I don’t make resolutions, because these cookies are a diet-breaker. There’s no way that you can eat just one of these!

So, are you on board with giving these a whirl? I’m really dying to know what you think!

Happy Baking!

Love you more than chocolate,

Karlynn

Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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I didn't think that one could improve on chocolate chip cookies, but it turns out I was wrong! Cream cheese gives these cookies a rich, tangy taste that I'm absolutely in love with!
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Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 3½ dozen
Ingredients
  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat together the butter,white sugar, brown sugar, and cream cheese.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, mix well.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add to the wet ingredients slowly, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Using a standard cookie scoop or a tablespoonful, drop dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets.Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes until the edges are browned and baked. Remove and cool on cookie sheets.
  7. The secret to these is to make sure you underbake them slightly.

 

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Oregano’s Pizza in Phoenix, Arizona. AKA The Best Pizza I’ve Ever Eaten. http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/oreganos-pizza-in-phoenix-arizona-aka-the-best-pizza-ive-ever-eaten http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/oreganos-pizza-in-phoenix-arizona-aka-the-best-pizza-ive-ever-eaten#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:21:50 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=29005 Oregano’s Pizza in Phoenix, Arizona. AKA The Best Pizza I’ve Ever Eaten.

You guys. This is seriously the best pizza I have ever eaten. Why can't we have this place in Edmonton?

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Oregano’s Pizza in Phoenix, Arizona. AKA The Best Pizza I’ve Ever Eaten.

Just so that we start out on honest footing here you guys, I have a confession to make.

My entire family just ate pizza for breakfast.

And it was awesome.

I won’t be eating lunch now, but it was worth every cheesy, amazing, leftover bite.

If you hang around with me on Facebook, you’ll know that I have been craving pizza massively ever since Baconhound started his newest Edmonton Food Odyssey to find the best pizza in Edmonton. I asked you all on Facebook and my reader Ida suggested Oregano’s, a favorite of her son’s when he was here in Phoenix.

I took one look at their deep dish pizza and knew that I had to try it.

With many locations scattered throughout the Phoenix area, we had our choices of where to go, but since the kids take rock climbing lessons in Scottsdale on Wednesdays we chose the location there.

We chose to sit outside, of course, because there is nothing like a patio in the middle of January. In Phoenix, of course. Granted, there’s nothing like a patio in Edmonton in the middle of January either. Three feet of snow and subzero temps.

My pictures of the pizza were horrible and didn’t do it any justice, so here’s a picture of the delicious pizza cookie, topped with ice cream. This was perfect for a family of 4 to share at the end, everyone had about 5 bites each.

Now I know you’re asking; what about that pizza?

Well, because we wanted leftovers we ordered two large deep dish pizzas between us all.

Lordy, do we have leftovers. This is ONE leftover pizza. A word of warning, two slices will fill you up. Three if you are starving. You will not be able to eat any more than that.

This is my breakfast. I ordered carmelized onions, as many mushrooms as possible and black olives. Did I mention that they put a pound of cheese on top of these babies?

I was initially scared of the thick crust, because I am not a thick crust fan. What changed my mind?

That pound of cheese.

Oh my word I am so happy that I did. This pizza crust was the best I’ve ever had. The bottom is a buttery crust (if anyone can tell me how to achieve this, let me know. ..maybe brushing a butter and oil mix on the pan?) that literally crunched and flaked when you bit into it. I’ve never had pizza crust do that. Flake? What kind of pizza crust is a buttery flake on the bottom yet traditional bread texture in the middle?

This one.

It was still amazing this morning, there were even places that still had that buttery outside crunch to it. This is literally the best leftover pizza I’ve ever eaten. Once the toppings cool, you can see that pound of cheese and all of the amazing toppings that certainly weren’t skimped on.

Since Phil and his wife are going to be visiting us in Phoenix in February, I know that we will be heading back to Oregano’s. If you recall, I’m not a big pizza fan, but apparently that’s because Edmonton doesn’t really have anything to compare to the States, that I know of. So now Phil can taste the pizza here and do all the eating work for us at home in Edmonton to find something close to this pizza masterpiece!

Have you eaten here? What did you think?

Love you more than leftover deep dish pizza,

Karlynn

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Tex Mex Chicken & Rice Bake http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/tex-mex-chicken-rice-bake http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/tex-mex-chicken-rice-bake#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:35:29 +0000 http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/?p=28975 Tex Mex Chicken & Rice Bake

Tex Mex Chicken & Rice Bake! Easy, delicious and fast!

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Tex Mex Chicken & Rice Bake

My next post as a Campbells’ Ambassador is an easy chicken and rice bake, one of my favorite meals ever! My favorite is the classic mushroom soup and cheese bake, but this Tex Mex one is seriously delicious as well.

This was whipped up this past week when my parents came over. I didn’t have time for a large, in charge family meal and had warned them that a simple, easy meal would be served.

This was our supper table that night. I divided up the chicken and the rice in different dishes, added a salad that I didn’t capture in the picture and of course, a nice white wine.

It was agreed that this was one delicious dish. Happily my daughter loved the chicken and cheese and even ate a few spoonfuls of the rice. This is a big step for her, the moving on to flavored rice from her usual plain butter and rice.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I am really into simple meals lately. I am super busy not only homeschooling the kids and keeping this website up to date, but I’m really getting deep into getting my cookbook done. We are on a really weird eating schedule, to be honest. It seems that we are eating breakfast, almost entirely skipping lunch and then eating a really early dinner, like a 4 pm dinner. I’m not sure if this is a good thing, but it’s what’s going on right now.

Happy Cooking everyone! Let me know if you give this a whirl!

Love you more than chocolate,

Karlynn

Tex Mex Chicken & Rice Bake
 
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Easy, fast and delicious! This chicken and rice bake is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 can (10¾ ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup or Campbell’s® Condensed 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • ¾ cup uncooked cooked long grain white rice
  • 1¼ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (cut in half lengthwise, if more than 7 ounces each)
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Stir the soup, picante sauce, water, corn and rice in an 11x8x2-inch baking dish. Top with the chicken. Sprinkle with the paprika. Cover the baking dish.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender. Sprinkle with the cheese. Let stand until the cheese is melted.
Notes
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“Disclosure: I am part of the Campbell Company of Canada Ambassador
program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of
my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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There was bacon powder cocaine, drinking, Phil's being totally famous in Austion and being retweeted and buckets of sarcasm involved in the making of this podcast . Oh and Edmonton's Silver Fox.

Lord help your eardrums and your sanity people, I'm sorry.

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Make sure to subscribe here so that you don’t miss a podcast!

Sometimes, words just escape you when you’re trying to describe a podcast.

Let me try.

There was bacon powder cocaine, drinking, Phil’s being totally famous in Austion and being retweeted and buckets of sarcasm involved in the making of this podcast . Oh and Edmonton’s Silver Fox.

Lord help your eardrums and your sanity people, I’m sorry.

Here’s some photos of the food we talk about!

The scallop and cod tongue at RGE RD. The cod tongue is sitting under the piece of sausage.

Cheesy bread pudding.

Delicious oyster and cabbage.

Self explanatory.

Four Whistle Farms goose confit with sauteed mushrooms & onion cream, sunchoke ravioli. Best thing I’ve eaten in months. SO AMAZING!

Concord grape sorbet.

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