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Homemade Pasta

I am always trying to test myself in the kitchen. I try to avoid buying pre-made items for meals. If I’m making tacos, I make the seasoning myself. For salads, I make my own croutons and dressing. So recently when my Dad invited me over to make lasagna, I decided to challenge myself to making […]

Curry Butter Chicken with Cumin Crusted Naan Bread

I’ve been a huge fan of Indian food for quite some time. We absolutely love our curries. They are so flavourful and dynamic. The addition of certain spices can completely change and entire dish, in a good way. I’m also a sucker for naan bread. That doughy, chewy, soft goodness that you use as a […]

Honey Sriracha Grilled Shrimp on Zucchini Noodles

Comfort food. I talk about that a lot on Raise a Toast. Those foods that just give you a big hug on a cold, sleepy day. Pasta has always done that for me. But over the years I’ve started to cut back on my pasta intake, mostly due to the carbs. Maybe that’s why I took up […]

Beet & Almond Quinoa Pilaf

This quinoa pilaf is a great alternative to starchy and heavy sides such as rice, potatoes and pasta. It pairs well with almost any meat and is filled with robust flavour an colour. Beet & Almond Quinoa Pilaf 1 cup quinoa 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 1 tbsp olive oil 1/4 cup red onion, finely […]

Potato and Goat Cheese Pierogi

Comfort food. Everybody loves it. For some it’s a nice warm bowl of soup. For others it’s a grilled cheese. Regardless of your dish of choice, it always makes you feel better when you’re cold, homesick, under the weather, lonely, or even hungover. Lately, our comfort food of choice has been pierogi. So last week […]

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Spiced Pecans

Autumn in Ottawa Walking through Centretown yesterday it really hit me that autumn is officially here. The cool September air was filled with that classic pumpkin spiced aroma from Starbucks, Boushey’s was selling mini pumpkins and the leaves in Minto Park had not only changed colour, but many of them had already fallen off. Am I […]

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Lately I’ve been really trying to make everything from scratch. Everything from salsas to BBQ sauces to salad dressings. The less store bought, pre-made stuff I cook with, the better. That’s my mentality at least. As you may know, Katie and I are in the midst of training for our first half marathon. Since we’ve […]

Goat Cheese Ravioli with Spinach & Mushrooms

This past Christmas, Katie’s parents bought me one of the best gifts I have ever gotten – a pasta maker. I was ecstatic. I have always wanted to make my own pasta, so that very same day I made a fresh spaghetti meal for 8 people. Little did I know how much work making home made pasta […]

Scallops with Blood Orange Salsa

I had a pretty great childhood food wise. Both my parents were great chefs so dinner was never boring. While there was a lot of chicken, steak, salads and pasta, Mom and Dad always seemed to be trying new things. Turkey enchiladas, calzone and Mexican lasagne are three meals I remember eating, something few of […]

Waverley Ribs

Let me start off by introducing Jon. Jon and I have been best friends since we were kids, about 13 years now. Jon has 3 loves in his life: The Pittsburgh Steelers, Labatt 50 and food. Hmm, maybe that’s why we get along so well. Anyways, this week Jon and I have lived together for […]