Karen Humphrey: Fresh and Fearless

Jul
26
2013

A Day in Saskatoon With Love Your Lentils

food, sightseeing, and the ever-popular Chef Michael Smith

In June, I was invited to join the lovely people from Lentils.ca, the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, winners of the Love Your Lentils contest, and Chef Michael Smith in Saskatoon for a fantastic day of seeing the city, learning about lentils, and sampling some of the best food the city of Saskatoon has to offer.

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Jul
25
2013

Blueberry Pudding Cake Recipe

the perfect summertime dessert

Blueberry pudding cake

Right now in Chilliwack, you can't go anywhere without practically tripping over a blueberry stand. Sweet, dreamy blueberries are in season and ready to be whipped up into whatever your heart desires!

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Jul
18
2013

Easiest Chicken Recipe Ever

go from prep to the table in only 15 minutes

Quickest Chicken

When it's too hot to cook or on nights when I just don't feel like cooking anything, I make this chicken. To be honest, I often call it "No-Brainer Chicken" because it's so easy and fast to make. You barely even need any ingredients! The chicken can be stuffed into sandwiches or wraps, sliced over salads, or sometimes I serve it with potatoes and a vegetable. Feel free to play around a little with the flavours here, too. I've swapped out the thyme for freshly chopped rosemary or dill, or revamped it and used used smoked paprika, fresh thyme, and an orange.

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Jul
17
2013
Snap pea cabbage slaw

Sometimes the usual coleslaw just won’t do, especially if you are trying to stay away from anything heavy with mayonnaise. This recipe is a snap; just slice up the veggies in your food processor, give the dressing a shake in a Mason jar, and you’re good to go. The kids can help with making the salad dressing and if you do the food processor work, they can even put the salad together for you.

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Jul
16
2013

Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake Recipe

Serve this with ice cream or sorbet for a summertime treat

Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake

Easy to make and even easier to transport and serve at a cookout, pound cake is one of my favorites. I love slicing it up and serving with ice cream and fresh fruit. This recipe makes a delectable chocolate and vanilla swirled cake that will be hard for anyone to resist. I love baking a few and stashing one away in the freezer to take to a friend's house, work, or just to have around to pull out if I need a dessert at the last minute.

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Jul
15
2013

Five Foodie Stops in the Fraser Valley

From honey and cheese to fresh produce and specialty flours

fresh raspberries

I once heard the Fraser Valley described by Chef Lynn Crawford as a "chef's paradise" because of the sheer bounty of locally produced goods in the region. Located from the foot of the Fraser Mountains just outside of Hope, BC and extending to just south of Vancouver, lush farmland produces everything from berries to corn, grapes for wine, and far more. There is certainly no shortage of fresh, local food that can literally go straight from the farm to your plate.

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Jul
12
2013

Chipotle Maple Chicken Wraps With Guacamole Recipe

this is a meal that will have you licking your plate!

easy mexican recipes

I admit, I'm a little embarrassed to call this a recipe or post it as a new one here, but I figure if I don't, some of you may not figure this out and oh my goodness—-this was far too good NOT to share.

So here we are.

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Jul
11
2013

Why You Need to Be Eating More Lentils

seven simple recipes that use this nutritional powerhouse

different kinds of lentils

If you were to ask Michael Smith what one of the most under used Canadian produced products was, he’d tell you without hesitation, “Lentils,” and he’s right.

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Jul
09
2013

Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbet Recipe

some sweet relief in the hot, hot summer

Strawberry buttermilk sherbet

When the mercury soars, sometimes the only thing that will bring a bit of sweet relief besides the pool is a bowl of something cold and icy. Sometime ago I bought an ice cream maker, and I must tell you—it's one of the most-used appliances in my house. Ice cream or sherbets from the store can be expensive and sometimes not even really that good, or full of strange ingredients. Homemade ice cream is really quite easy to make and once you taste what it's like to eat some that you've personally created from fresh, quality ingredients, you'll have a hard time going back.

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Jul
07
2013

Banana Peanut Butter Muffins Recipe

Not too heavy, not too sweet

peanut butter banana muffins

Some time ago, Kraft came out with a whole bunch of new peanut butters. There are some with granola, dried cranberries, raisins, cinnamon, or just honey; and the truth is, I love them all. So when Kraft sent me some jars to try I was so excited to receive them I opened each one and tried a spoonful. In my house the Cinnamon Raisin Granola flavour won out, but once I started baking with them it was hard to choose a new favourite. The banana granola one has a very slight banana taste, but has chunky bits of granola that add some great texture to the peanut butter.

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Jul
05
2013

Quick Israeli Couscous Salad Recipe

Great and easy go-to summer side dish

Israeli couscous salad

Salads are often a go-to side during the summer when you want something that doesn't heat up your kitchen or a lighter dish to go with something you've grilled. As much as I love salad, the same old tossed green salad every day gets a little boring. Who says you are stuck with strictly veggies? Try some grainy salads for a change instead of your usual sides and you might be pleasantly surprised at how much you love them.

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Jun
13
2013

School Lunch Survival

Are you just as sick of making lunches as we are?

Let’s face it, June is a crazy month. All year you’ve slogged through making lunches, and now that you’re in that home stretch you’re ready to throw in the towel and call it a day. The kids are sick of lunches, you are sick of packing them, and all anyone can think of is the lazy days of summer where they can help themselves to watermelon and spit the seeds off the porch.

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Jun
11
2013

Roasted Eggplant, Beet and Feta Dinner Sandwiches Recipe

Going meatless once a week can reduce your carbon footprint

This week, Vancouver became the first Canadian city to join Meatless Monday, a non-profit initiative based in the USA to encourage people to try going meatless one day a week. Started as long ago as during World War I, meatless Monday encouraged people to be frugal and protect the food supply. Nowdays, the focus is a little different but much the same; go meatless one day a week to reduce your carbon footprint and eat healthier. Interested in trying out going meatless at home?

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Jun
11
2013

Trail Mix Cookies Recipe

If you like sweet and salty, these cookies marry the best of both worlds

School is almost over, but cookies are still the number one treat in my house. Peanut butter, chocolate chip, oatmeal, it doesn't matter; every weekend I'm in my kitchen mixing up a batch. If you like sweet and salty, these cookies marry the best of both worlds, incorporating both salty nuts and sweet chocolate into one delicious bite. While peanut butter and nuts are a no-go for many schools, this recipe allows you not to worry. Just substitute plain chocolate chips for the peanut butter chips, and omit the nuts. 

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Jun
10
2013

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

A light taste of the Mediterranean

In the summer it's always nice to have a variety of salads up your sleeve to take to a family gathering or serve up when you're grilling on the deck. This salad is packed with vegetables and lightly kissed with a home made balsamic dressing so it's light and fresh without the oily, heavy feel that sometimes comes with pasta salads. We love it alongside grilled meats and a light, tossed green salad to make a great dinner.

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May
30
2013

Homemade Rhubarb Lime Soda Recipe

A sweet soda treat without all the additives, artificial flavours or colours

When Kevin was small, we used to visit a coffee shop where he could get an Italian soda-club soda and ice, topped with a flavoured syrup. He loved them more than canned pop, but they were often a bit pricey so became a family treat when Mom and Dad went out for coffee. I loved that he could play around with the flavours, but sometimes the syrups had artificial colors and flavours that I wasn't too happy with. 

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May
28
2013

For most of us in North America, chocolate is taken for granted. We can pick up a candy bar or bag of chocolate chips almost anywhere. In Canada, we love chocolate so much that the average person consumes about 4 kg of chocolate each year. 

But do we ever think about where it comes from?

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May
22
2013

Saucy Meatball Sandwich Recipe

Skip the burger and have a ball

Sometimes you want something a little different than a burger, just for a change. These sandwiches are delicious—oozing with cheese and tomato sauce, with a meaty interior and soft bun on the outside. I love to use Cobs Bread bap buns because they are so soft and pliable, but any soft Italian style bun will do. The best thing about these is that the meatballs are baked in the oven and can be made ahead, baked and then frozen as insurance against a busy week.

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May
21
2013

M&M Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

a cool treat on a hot summer day

When hot weather hit the Fraser Valley a few weeks ago, I hit the freezer section of our grocery store looking for cold treats for my teenager to enjoy. The problem with having food allergies is that he couldn't eat even one kind of packaged ice cream sandwich, because every single on of them contained soy. 

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May
14
2013

How To Cut An Onion Like a Chef

so smart it'll bring a tear to your eye

Well, you'd think this would be easy but honestly, there is a proper way to cut an onion. Huh. Imagine that. All these years I chopped my onions a particular way and would you believe, I was doing it wrong all this time? Of course I was but now I know the chef secret, which I am going to pass on to you.

Trust me, this is so easy you'll wonder why you haven't always chopped onions this way.

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