How to a $1.99 bag of perogies taste like a gourmet meal!

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I love perogies, but I cannot see myself ever making homemade ones. They take up an entire day, and actually cost quite a bit of money once you do the math. No, I am more of a “buy a bag of perogies for $1.99 and figure out how to make them amazing” kind of person!

I have had so many compliments from this recipe that most people actually think they are homemade…..hahahaha! It almost feels like I am insulting the good people that take the initiative to make them from scratch!

So I am going to share my secret to taking a bag of $1.99 perogies and turning them into  a “gourmet” meal your family will request on a regular basis!

How to make cheap Perogies taste gourmet!

  • Bag of cheap, frozen perogies
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Super easy…..super cheap! I bought everything I need (except for spices and butter because I already had that) plus the sour cream and salad for only $8.00. This will feed four and that is $2.00 a person for an amazing, “gourmet” meal!

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Instructions

  • Caramelize onions until translucent, fragrant and brown to your liking in oil. Remove from pan.
  • Add frozen perogies to pan and sprinkle with spices.
  • Add butter and water and let simmer, stirring often.
  • The water, butter and spices with start to create an incredible smooth, silky sauce as it cooks down. Once there is a small amount of liquid in the bottom of the pan, turn the heat off. If you let them go too long, they will dry out.
  • Top with caramelized onions and serve with sour cream and salad!
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Enter a Caramelized onions…smells so good!
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Perogies before cooking down
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Sauce thickening and looking amazing!
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Gourmet Perogies for $2.00 a plate!

If love perogies I encourage you to try this recipe out! Please let me know what you think!

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7 Affordable Mothers Day ideas for Mom’s who love to cook

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Do you have a “Foodie Mommy”? The kind of Mom that spent three days cooking an unbelievable Holiday dinner or who always made a birthday cake that the kids talked about for months after your party?

I have been thinking a lot about what to get my “Foodie Mommy” for this upcoming Mothers Day and after doing some (by some, I mean a lot) of research, I have decided that it is hard to buy for these food loving, always cooking, seem to have every gadget on earth parents that taught us our way around the kitchen!

If you have a “Foodie Mommy” like I do and you have been looking for some great ideas for them, check out this list of unique, affordable and genius gifts that they are sure to love!

1. Professional Chef Coat

 

 

 

 

 

My Mom likes to have a lot of dinner parties and sometimes even caters events and parties for friends and family. She will look fantastic in this professional chef coat! It could be the perfect gift (especially at only $20.95) and comes in black or white.

2. Chop It Like It’s Hot Tea Towel

 

 

 

 

 

Does your Mom have a great sense of humor? If so, these tea towels might just be perfect! Not only are they stylish and would match any kitchen decor, but they are absolutely hilarious…and only $14.00!

3. 1000 Food To Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton

 

 

 

 

 

I am not trying to insinuate that your Mom is old and about         to die. I am just saying that every true Foodie has a list of foods that they MUST try eventually. Why not help Mom along by giving her a book that lets her explore her options. This book is a great gift for only $14.79 that may just change her life!

4. 11 Piece Apron Set

 

 

 

 

If you like to cook, chances are you may already have a collection of aprons. But if you are like me, I will go without one if I don’t have an apron that matches my outfit! Mom will love this set because it comes with 11 quality aprons in every color of the rainbow, and the entire set is only $29.99!

 

5.  Bavarian Edge Kitchen Knife Sharpener

 

 

 

 

 

Almost every Foodie has a set of knives that they cannot live without! If your Mom loves to cook, then it is almost guaranteed that she already has a set of good knives. But does she have a way to keep them performing at their best? Does she have a Knife Sharpener? Because if she doesn’t, this is a great gift for only $14.96.

6. Fresh Organic Infused Olive Oil

 

 

 

 

 

If you love to cook, you love olive oil, that is almost a sure thing! This beautifully packaged gift set comes with 4 small bottles of real, fresh herb infused bottles of olive oil. This my friends is my choice for the “Foodie Mommie” in my life this upcoming Mothers Day. Also, if any of my friends or family is readying this, I would love it as a gift 🙂 It is only $27.50 with free shipping!

7. Copper Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinders

 

 

 

 

 

Classy, functional and high quality! These beautiful grinders come on a wooden stand, perfect for putting on display on the dinner table. They do not come filled (FYI), so add some pretty sea salts and colorful peppercorns to a gift basket and you have an amazing gift! These grinders and wooden stand are only $26.99.

 

I hope you were able to find some inspiration, if not the perfect gift for your Mom who loves to cook! If you have any other great ideas, send it to me in the comments and I will add to the list!

Happy Mothers Day to all of you out there!

Grilled Chicken and Corn Chowder

Even thought it is technically April, Mother Nature just refuses to let it be Spring. I am watching tiny snowflakes dance around my yard as I write this and this kind of weather makes me want soup!

So naturally, I go through my cupboards and fridge to see what I have to make soup. Do you ever do this? Just make up recipes based on what you have on hand? I do all the time, actually that probably makes up over 80% of my recipes. They don’t always turn out amazing, but it usually gives me a base to work with and improve on every time.

This recipe hit the bulls eye on the first try! It is perfect comfort food for cold days, but has a taste of freshness to hint to warmer days coming and fresh veggies right out of the garden. It is also cheap….and that is right up my alley. You don’t need to spend a fortune to eat good and tasty food!

Grilled Chicken and Corn Chowder

After gathering the ingredients and grilling the corn, peppers and chicken, it is all easy peasy from there! Melt the butter in a pot and sautee the onions and garlic until fragrant and translucent. Add the broth and potatoes and simmer until they are tender. Puree 1/4 of the potatoes and liquid (or more if you like thicker soup). Return puree to pot and add corn, peppers and chicken. Let the flavors mesh together by simmering for 20-30 minutes (your house will smell amazing by the way)! Add milk, cumin, chili peppers and salt and pepper. Simmer another 15 minutes to heat and you are done!

Serve with a nice crisp salad and buns and you have the perfect dinner for a cozy night in watching movies!

 

Easy Pineapple Salsa

So yesterday I was feeling like Autumn was just around the corner and today it is hot as hell here in the sunny south of Niagara! You just never know what the weather will hold this summer! This is the strangest season ever!

So I have been craving pineapple lately and bought a nice juicy one on sale (yay for saving money!). After eating to my hearts desire, I had some left over. My brain immediately started searching the recipe index I keep stored in my head and pulled out a recipe for Pineapple salsa!


I haven’t made it in several years and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why! It isn’t even much of a recipe it is that easy and it is so delicious with so many things!

Use pineapple salsa for chicken, fish, pork chops, sausage, with tortilla chips, fish tacos, etc, etc! Again I start wondering why I haven’t made it in so long!


You won’t even need to write the recipe down (unless you have a bad memory, then I would suggest saving this post!)

EASY PINEAPPLE SALSA

  1. Pineapple
  2. Green pepper
  3. Jalapeño
  4. Onion
  5. Tomato
  6. Salt and pepper

I’m not even going to suggest ingredient amounts because I have never used measurements and have never made a bad salsa! You can even throw in some cilantro (which I hate more than anything in this world, so I never use it.)


Please try this recipe and let me know how it turned out and what you used it with. I have even been known to eat with with a spoon, so no judgement if that is the choice you decide to make 😁

Garlic Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

 

BBQ Season + Garden Season = Stuffed Mushroom Season!

There is no finer thing than a warm and tasty stuffed mushroom right off the BBQ on a hot summers night! Pair it with a garden salad and a nice glass of wine, sit on the patio and watch the fireflies dance!

Ok, I could probably come up with another perfect scenario for a cold winters evening too…..I just loved stuffed mushrooms anytime of the year.

Summer time does produce the best ingredients for this recipe though, and I personally like to eat what is in season.

This recipe is always a hit at parties and BBQs. The woody flavour combined with the garlic pesto and cream cheese is to die for! It starts a flavour party in your mouth (wow, that was cheesy…..HA that’s punny!)

Ok, I am done now!

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GARLIC PESTO STUFFED MUSHROOMS

  • 6 medium mushrooms (or 12 small ones). I have tried different kinds of mushrooms and they are all good, so just grab what is fresh and available!
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Garlic pesto. I make garlic scape pesto that is amazing and uses the curly tops of the garlic plant. This is what gives mine a nice green colour. Again, any garlic pesto would work, but I highly recommend you try this recipe if you have garlic scapes available. Get my Garlic Scape Pesto recipe here! 
  • 3 oz cream cheese ( half a brick)
  • 1/2 small onion

The nice thing about this recipe is you don’t need to mess around with the flavours. Let the pesto and cream cheese create their magic!

Scrub mushrooms really well and remove the stalks. Chop stalks into small pieces. Add 1 tbsp to frying pan and sauté mushroom stalks and onion for about 3-4 minutes or until soft and fragrant. Turn off heat. Add pesto and cream cheese and stir until combined.

Use remaining oil to brush mushroom tops and bottoms. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stuff pesto cheese mixture into mushrooms and pop on the BBQ or in the oven for 20-25 minutes until mushrooms are soft and there is a nice crunchy layer on the top.

You can top with cheese at this point if you would like. I prefer them without because I feel it takes away from the cheese that is already in the mushrooms. You can also use a layer of bread crumbs for more crunch!!

I know what you are thinking and yes, they do taste as good as they look!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites

Raw, gluten free and vegan…how can you go wrong? These Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites only have 4 ingredients and take about 4 minutes to make and 30 minutes to chill before you can dive in and start eating them!

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I often get super carb cravings that I used to satisfy with cookies or bread. Since going gluten free, I have been looking for something healthy curb that craving! This recipe is perfect for lunches, snacks or for breakfast. I keep a container of them in the fridge at all times!


Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites

Makes approximately 12 x 2 inch balls.

Mix everything together. If it is too wet, add more oats, too dry, more peanut butter.


Once rolled, put in the fridge for 30 minutes to set! That’s it! No seriously, that is all there is to it!

Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Not Your Average Potato Salad 

Potato salad is a hard sell in my house. When my husband claimed that he “hated” potato salad, all I heard was “CHALLENGE!”

How can anyone hate potato salad? It is creamy, tangy and really delicious. I was on a mission to prove to my husband that he could love potato salad! I titled this recipe “Not your average potato salad” because I don’t think there is another recipe like this one. I chose items that my husband loves. If the potato salad was chalked full of things he loved, how could he hate it, right?

The combination was strange, and I was a little hesitate to make it, but after trying it…..WOW! I was blown away by the flavour combination. The tangy, saltiness of the olives, mixed with the savory texture of the kielbasa and the creaminess of the cheese worked so well together! This recipe is now a keeper for BBQ’s, pot lucks and weeknight dinners. It keeps well in the fridge for a couple days and only gets tastier after sitting for a while, so I will be making big batches!

And if you are curious, my husband loved it!

Challenge completed!

Not your Average Potato Salad (serves 6)

  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup green olives
  • 1/2 cup diced kielbasa 
  • 1/2 cup diced mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh chopped dill and chives 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Peel and cook potatoes until tender. Let cool. Mix ingredients together and let sit in the fridge for a while (if you can).

Please let me know what you think if you try it!