Hun... What's for Dinner?

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I married a Chef, not knowing I'd be in charge of cooking 95% of the meals, in our house. Join me in my adventures, to feed my family healthy and nutritious meals, that even a Chef would love.

Cindy is a winner of Top 25 Foodie Moms - 2013

What's one of the first recipes you taught your kids to make?

My kids are still young, but they love to help in the kitchen. They enjoy helping shape meatballs and baking cookies and muffins. They've recently started making their own PB&J sandwiches for lunch, which brings a smile to my face, anytime I watch!

What's a delicious no cook recipe?

I love Mexican Layer Dips. Add beans, tomatoes, corn avocado and you have a nice simple dinner!!

1 (12-in) flour tortillas
1 can (16 oz) authentic refried beans
3 tbsp Tex-Mex Rub, divided
1 large jalapeño pepper
½ cup grape tomatoes
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 medium avocado
4 oz Colby & Monterey Jack cheese blend
½ cup sour cream
Restaurant-style tortilla chips or Baked Tortilla Chips

1. Spray both sides of tortilla with canola oil using Kitchen Spritzer. Pierce tortilla all over with Hold 'N Slice(R). Turn Round Covered Baker upside-down. Place tortilla over bottom of baker.
2. Microwave on HIGH 3-4 minutes or until crispy. Let stand 2-3 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Gently remove tortilla bowl from baker; transfer to Large Bamboo Platter. (Leave baker in microwave until cool enough to handle.)
3. Mix refried beans and 1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) of the rub in Small Batter Bowl until blended.
4. For corn salsa, cut jalapeño in half lengthwise. Remove seeds using Core & More. Process in Manual Food Processor until coarsely chopped. Add tomatoes. Process until tomatoes are coarsely chopped.
5. Combine tomato mixture, corn and remaining 1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) rub in Classic Batter Bowl; mix well. Peel and dice avocado. Gently stir avocado into salsa.
6. Grate cheese with Microplane(R) Adjustable Coarse Grater.
7. To assemble dip, spread bean mixture evenly over bottom of tortilla bowl. Spread sour cream evenly over bean mixture. Top with cheese and corn salsa. Serve dip with tortilla chips or Baked Tortilla Chips, if desired.
Cook’s Tip: It's best to use a 12-in. (30-cm) burrito-size tortilla so the sides of the tortilla drape over the baker to form the bowl.

Source- The Pampered Chef

What's a great breakfast for a special occasion?

I love Fritatas for special occasions. They always look so impressive, though they are super simple to make

Bacon Potato and Leek Fritata


6 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 large leek, sliced and rinsed of all dirt
1 large potato, peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch cubes
6 large eggs
1/4 C half and half
1/4 C fresh grated Parmesan
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

To clean leeks: chop off tough dark green tips and root end of the leek. Cut the leek in half, length wise, then finely slice into half moons. Place leeks in a large bowl of water and swish them around, to loosed the dirt and seperate the layers. Carefully scoop up the leeks, floating on the top of the water and transfer to a clean towel; pat dry.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rack in top half of the oven.

In a medium cast iron skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat. Once the bacon starts to render it's fat and brown slightly, add in the potatoes and leeks. Cook, until potatoes are tender and bacon is crisp. Lower heat to medium low.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the half and half, salt and pepper, until well combined. Slowly pour the eggs over the potato, bacon and leek mixture, in the skillet. Stir to evenly distribute the filling and sprinkle with Parmesan. Cook on the stove top until bottom begins to set; about 5-10 minutes.

Transfer skillet to oven, on the top rack and continue cooking until the eggs have set up and the cheese has browned slightly; about 10-15 minutes. Cool slightly before slicing.

What's an easy recipe a babysitter can make?

Cindy Jamieson

One pot meals that don't require much attention are great for babysitters. A few minutes browning the meat and cooking the onions, is all that is needed for this sensational Chicken Thighs and Rice with Honey dish. It can't get any simpler than this and the kids love it too! http://hunwhatsfordinner.blogspot.ca/2011/11/chicken-thighs-and-rice-with-honey.html
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What's a great spring or summer recipe that uses corn?

Cindy Jamieson

My girlfriend's mother shared her recipe for creamed corn with me. It has become a family favourite and I always make a double batch during the summer, and freeze it for winter. Super easy, but SO delicious. http://hunwhatsfordinner.blogspot.ca/2011/10/creamed-corn.html
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Can you share an easy, crowd-pleasing birthday party cake or cupcake recipe? (please include a link to a photo!)

Cindy Jamieson

With the warmer weather among us, I think of fresh strawberries. This cake has amazing strawberry flavour, yet is super simple to make. To lighten it a bit, I use whipped cream to frost the cake, while adding a burst of freshness by adding fresh sliced strawberries in the center. Chocolate dipped strawberries, which decorate the cake, make it a definite show stopper.
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Please share a link to a photo of a great birthday cake you made or bought.

Cindy Jamieson

This is a cake that I recreated for my Mother in Law's 50th birthday. I had seen Bakerella make cupcakes and use the chocolate decorations as toppers. I adapted her recipe to make a 3 tiered cake and used her stencil for the decorations. My mother in law said it was the best birthday cake she's ever had! http://hunwhatsfordinner.blogspot.ca/2008/12/thanks-bakerella.html
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Can you recommend a great summer snack to feed kids on break or to pack for days at camp? (Please include a link to the recipe.)

Cindy Jamieson

The kids are crazy for peanut butter and apple wraps. They don't have to be refrigerated and have a perfect combo of carbs, protein and vitamins, to give them the boost they need. http://hunwhatsfordinner.blogspot.ca/2011/01/sky-is-falling-apples-wraps.html
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From peach pies and berry cobbler to lemon shortcake and watermelon popsicles, fruity desserts are perfect for summer. Please share your favorite fruit-based dessert, and include a link to the recipe and photo.

Cindy Jamieson

Nothing beats the heat like bananas foster with a scoop of ice cream. I decided to switch it up a bit and turn a favourite dessert, into a cake. This upside down Bananas Foster cake is sure to be a crown pleaser!!! http://hunwhatsfordinner.blogspot.ca/2011/07/gluten-free-banana-upside-down-cake.html
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What's a family-friendly recipe that would be perfect for a summer or Fourth of July gathering -- whether it's a grilled dish, a simple side or festive treat? (Please share a link to a photo)

Cindy Jamieson

I'm all about getting the kids to eat healthy food, without them thinking it's healthy. The sweet dressing on this Spinach-Tomato Mozzarella Salad, makes this salad super kid friendly. Quick, easy, delicious and stunning! http://hunwhatsfordinner.blogspot.ca/2011/09/spinach-tomato-and-mozzarella-salad.html
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What's one of your favorite one-pot recipes? (Soup, casseroles, etc.)

Cindy Jamieson

Soup is one of my favorite go to one pot meals. You can throw anything in a pot with some stock and cream and it turns into a comforting and delicious soup. One of my family's favorite soups is Baked Potato and Corn Chowder with Bacon. Creamy, slightly sweet and smoky, it's a perfect way to use up leftover baked potatoes this summer!! http://hunwhatsfordinner.blogspot.ca/2012/02/baked-potato-and-corn-chowder-with.html
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What's a healthy lunchbox menu your child loves?

Cindy Jamieson

Baked Chicken Taquitos are perfect for the lunch box. They are a great handheld meal, that will keep well in an insulated lunch box.
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What's your favorite muffin, scone, or bread recipe? Please share a link to the recipe and a photo if you have one.

Cindy Jamieson

I really love making scones to go with soups, during the colder months. Though I have many scone recipes, these Scallion Cheddar Scones, seem to be a family favorite, with soup.
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What's your favorite pie recipe for fall? Please share a link to a photo!

Cindy Jamieson

Fall to me is all about soups, stews and chowders. This Smoky Sausage and Corn Chowder is a family favourite.
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Nothing says fall like the flavor of cinnamon! What's one of your favoritie recipes that has cinnamon in it? Please share a link with a photo.

Cindy Jamieson

Apples and cinnamon are always a hit in our house, so when the cold weather hits, you can bet I'm baking up some of these Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins.
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What's a great, freezable dish to bring to a new mom? Please share a link to your recipe.

Cindy Jamieson

I love bringing things like stuffed pasta, to new Moms. They freeze beautifully and are easy to reheat. Some of my favourites are Triple Cheese Stuffed Shells.
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From juicy grilled peaches to zesty chicken, we're searching for family-favorite BBQ recipes. Please share a link to your recipe along with a large picture we can use.

Cindy Jamieson

With our family, it's all about BURGERS. My kids have gone wild for sliders, so when the warm weather hits, you can find us grilling up some of these cute little Cajun Pork Sliders!
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What's your family's favorite, healthy homemade summer treat that's NOT a popsicle? Please share a link to a recipe and picture if you have one.

Cindy Jamieson

The kids go crazy for my homemade yogurt pops and I don't feel guilty letting them have more than one!
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What's your go-to family meal made entirely with pantry staples? Please share a link to the recipe and photo if you have one.

Cindy Jamieson

My grand mother's Old Fashion Noodle Soup is my go to pantry meal. The kids love the noodles and it comes together in about 30 minutes.
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Please share a favorite recipes for a yummy smoothie your kids love and may not realize is good for them.

Cindy Jamieson

My kids love smoothies!! I love that I can hide healthy things like flax meal, skim milk and fruit in something so yummy. We especially love these Paradise Sunrise Smoothies.
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