Sesame Dressing Recipe

Here’s a great Japanese restaurant in the city I live in and I absolutely love the sesame sauce that they serve with the steak and rice.  I’ve been on the lookout for a comparative, yet easy, recipe and this is the closest that I’ve come.  It’s sooo good!


What You Will Need:


–   1 Tbsp of minced garlic

–   1 Tbsp of minced ginger

–   6 Tbsp of soy sauce

–   1 Tbsp of rice wine vinegar

–   1 Tbsp of sesame oil

–   1 Tbsp of sugar

–   3/4 tsp of red pepper flakes

–   2 Tbsp of mayonnaise

–   1/4 cup of vegetable oil


What You Will Need to do:

Place all the ingredients into a blender and mix well.  Enjoy!


Easy Tourtiere Recipe



This simplified version of a French- Canadian classic doesn’t require mashed potatoes and has a super flaky crust that will have everyone asking for the recipe.  For the lightest pastry, make sure you’re working with cold butter and lard, and don’t overwork the dough.  I found this recipe at the CanadianLiving website with some few minor changes:

What You Will Need:

–   8 oz (227 g) button mushrooms, trimmed

–   1 small onion, quartered

–   2 cloves garlic

–   2 tsp of vegetable oil

–   1-1/2 lb lean ground pork

–   2 Tbsp of quick-cooking rolled oats

–   3/4 tsp of salt

–   3/4 tsp of pepper

–   1/2 tsp of dried thyme

–   1/2 tsp of dried savory

–   1/4 tsp of ground cloves

–   1/4  tsp of cinnamon

–   1 egg, beaten

Really Flaky Pastry:

–   3 cups of all-purpose flour

–   1 tsp of salt

–   1/2 cup of cold unsalted butter, cubed

–   1/2 cup of cold lard, cubed

–   1 egg

–   2 tsp of vinegar

–   Ice water



What You Will Need to do:


1.   In food processor, pulse together mushrooms, onion and garlic until finely chopped.

2.   In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook mushroom mixture, stirring occasionally, until no liquid remains, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to bowl; set aside.


3.   In same skillet, brown pork, breaking up with spoon, about 8 minutes.


4.   Stir in rolled oats, salt, pepper, thyme, savory and cloves. Return mushroom mixture to pan along with 1/3 cup water; cook over medium-low heat, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until almost no liquid remains, about 10 minutes. Transfer to bowl; cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes.(Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)


5.   Really Flaky Pastry:  Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk flour with salt.  Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and lard until in coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces.


6.   In liquid measure, beat egg with vinegar; add enough ice water to make 2/3 cup.  Drizzle over flour mixture, tossing with fork until ragged dough forms.  Divide in half; press into discs.  Wrap each and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.(Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.)


7.   Combine egg with 1 tbsp water to make egg wash.  On lightly floured surface, roll out 1 of the pastry discs to scant oe-inch (5 mm) thickness; fit into 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate.  Spoon in filling.  Roll out remaining pastry.  Brush pie rim with some of the egg wash; cover top with pastry.  Trim, leaving 3/4-inch (2 cm) overhang.  Gently lift bottom pastry rim and fold overhang under rim; press together to seal. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)


8.   Brush pastry with egg wash; cut steam vents in top.  Bake in bottom third of 400ºF oven until hot and golden brown, about 50 minutes.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


Gingerbread Cookie Tree Recipe

gingerbread cookie tree


I absolutely love this idea.  It looks a little time consuming but I think it would be well worth it.  Head over to the Chatelaine website to find out how to make this edible centerpiece idea. 


Mickey & Minnie Peppermint Swirl Cookies Recipe

Mickey and Minnie Peppermint Swirl Cookies


Click HERE to go directly to the Spoonful website and find out how to make these tasty cookies that I`m sure would make anyone smile.


DIY / Frugal Tip ~ Home Remedy for Hiccups


Have the hiccups which don’t seem to go away?  Grab a spoonful of peanut butter and start chewing.  While you’re attempting to get the peanut butter off your tongue and teeth, this will change your breathing patterns which will in turn, get rid of your hiccups.

Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe

Make-Ahead Turkey Tetrazzini

Here is a great way to use up that leftover turkey that you may have

What You Will Need: 

–   1 cup of uncooked spaghetti

–   ¼ cup of butter

–   2 cups of mushrooms (can be fresh or canned)

–   3 Tbsp of flour

–   2 cups of chicken broth

–   ¾ cup of half and half

–   ¼ cup of parsley

–   1/8 tsp of nutmeg

–   ¼ tsp of pepper

–   1 tsp of salt

–   3 cups of cooked, cubed turkey

–   ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese


What You Will Need to do:

1.   Cook the spaghetti as directed on the package.

2.   Preheat your oven to 350°F.

3.   While you’re waiting for the spaghetti to cook, melt the butter in a large pot.

4.   Add the mushrooms to the butter and cook until the mushrooms have become tender.

5.   Now reduce the heat and stir in the flour.

6.   Next, stir in the parsley, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

7.   Add the cooked spaghetti and the turkey and mix until everything is covered.

8.   Pour all the ingredients from the pot into a 13×9” baking dish.

9.   Spread the cheese over top and cover baking dish.

10.    Bake for about 45 minutes.

11.   Take the cover off the baking dish and bake for another 10 minutes.




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