Recipes to Riches

So of course I’m a fan of this new Food Network show, Recipes to Riches. It’s all about contestants competing for a chance to have their recipe commercialized as a PC product in Loblaws. In other words, the Food Network made a show based on my job. Although I’ve always known my profession sounded cool (when I meet someone for the first time the conversation usually ends up being about my day-to-day work life), I never considered it being a reality TV show! For anyone that hasn’t seen it, the contest is broken down into product categories. Once you win your category you earn $25,000 and become eligible for the grand prize of $250,000. The final winner is decided through an online nation-wide voting process that starts on December the 7th!

So I’ve developed new products… where’s my $250,000???

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Risky Business

Are you sure  you want to be eating that? Ever looked at something and thought… yeah, maybe I won’t be trying that today. Maybe it was the smelly oysters, maybe it was a piece of chicken that was dripping blood. In the end it doesn’t matter, because your intuition told you ” whatever you do, please do not put that in your mouth!”. But sometimes you eat a perfect looking meal and less than 6 hours later you and the toilet have become best friends. More often then not, there are no obvious signs telling you to put your fork down. Which to me, is what’s the scariest!

Ultimately, you want piece of mind. You should be able to know that you won’t have diarrhea or be vomiting from something you ate. So how does one stay safe and not conduct an epidemiological study of food borne diseases? You have to know the basics. Let’s start with something I think everyone should know.

What is the riskiest food item to eat? aka what has the highest probability of making you sick?

Is it a) chicken b) fruits & vegetables c) hamburgers or d) seafood…

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Turkey Day

First off I’d like to say a Happy Thanksgiving to our friends south of the border, and an even happier online Black Friday for those north of the border! Though there are lots of popular dishes on Thanksgiving, the most popular is turkey. So today I’m going to answer some questions & give you random facts about the majestic Turkey.

Continue reading if you’ve ever wondered what that fleshy thing growing on top of turkey’s bill is called, or if eating turkey actually makes you sleepy?

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Lighter than Light

Coors Light

If there's no such thing as Coors, what is Coors Light lighter than?

Everything that’s on your food label is and should be regulated. Companies should be responsible for the things they tell you are in their product. If a product says “light” or even its misspelled cooler cousin “lite”, it sends you a certain message.

But be honest do you even know what that message is? Is it the same for all products? Is it always referring to calories? Even though something may be “lighter” than its counterpart, how much lighter is light!? Yes, its hard to know what’s what, but continue reading & you’ll hopefully  have it all figured out.

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Birthday Strawberry Cheesecake

So since I have officially become the cake baker in my family, mostly self-imposed… I was the one left with the task of baking my sister’s birthday cake. Her favorite is strawberry cheesecake, so that is what I baked for her. Happy Birthday Sister #1!

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What to notice on the grocery store shelf

Something I thought was worth mentioning…

Has anyone out there ever seen something like this at your local Loblaws or (in this case) Walmart and thought anything of it?

Walmart Store Shelf

As a smart consumer, you may have thought any of the following things:

  1. Wow, that’s not very nice of Walmart to just put their Great Value brand right beside the Quaker Chewy bars.
  2. It’s not personal, it’s business. Good for Walmart! They are doing what any smart business would do; placing products where people will find them.
  3. Which one should I get!? One’s cheaper, but the cheap one tastes different… doesn’t it? How different are they?

As someone who has works in the food industry, I’ll let you in on a little secret, sometimes… both the cheap and expensive versions are created by the same company! Shocked? Well you shouldn’t be….

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Becoming a Cake Boss Part IV

This is the 4th, and last installment of Becoming a Cake Boss, aka my foray into cake decorating. Since there are only 4 classes in total, this was also graduation day! When I asked the instructor if everyone graduates, she said, “Yeah, pretty much. Though I have failed someone before. It was because they refused to do anything.” … I’m not really sure why one would pay for a class to just sit and do nothing… but who am I to judge?

The homework for this class was to make and bring fully iced cake of our choice. I made chocolate cake with cream cheese & toffee filling! My final cake looked like this! If you’d like to see how I did it, and find a delicious & easy chocolate cake recipe then I think you should continue reading!

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Opening a Can of Worms

At least its not this bad...

Although you may have heard the expression “Nothing is perfect”, you may not have truly considered that this phrase is true for EVERYTHING in life. This includes food that has been deemed acceptable by health inspection agencies. Now I don’t mean to gross everyone out, but I probably will…. (Sorry!)

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Bite-Sized Pizzas

What’s one of the greatest marketing ploys used these days? Easy, that’s selling a smaller version of a food, that has been around for years, as a completely new product! Don’t believe me? Well maybe you hate cakes, but LOVE cupcakes. What about baby carrots, aka large carrots that have been cut down to an easy to fill Ziploc bag size. Who could forget the summer favorite, mini hamburgers on the mini buns? Obviously, the mini-sized version are far superior than the regular, average, boring burger.  What about bit sized candy-bars? Those are much healthier than the full-sized version, right? Wrong… especially when you eventually count at least 10 empty wrappers. We’ve all been there…

In the spirit of this idea, I introduce to you my home-made bite-sized pizzas! I thought they’d be perfect to make for an office potluck. At those type of events, it’s easier to eat food that you can just grab from the container. It’s a lot harder to try to spoon out some delicious looking concoction when you have a plate in one hand and a cup in the other. Continue on for the recipe and instructions!

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