As an American living in Canada, I get to celebrate two summer holidays–Canada Day and the 4th Fourth of July. And like Thanksgiving, the other holiday I get to double up on, it has everything to do with the food. Well, the food and fireworks.
You kind of can't have a July celebration without hamburgers. I guess you could but I may feel a wee bit cheated if I'm invited. And you may think burgers only belong on the menu for the kids, you should reconsider when it comes to these babies. These hefty burgers have all the bite of a juicy beef version with the benefits of a lighter alternative. We've even got a meatless selection for you. So fire up the grill and get out the sparklers, it's time to make some summer memories.
I don't need for the temperature to rise to love dinner salads. It's my preference most nights. As summer finally arrives and local produce is at its best I can get the rest of my family make salads into meals, too. Over the years here at SPC we've made so many meal-worthy salads and here are a few of our favourites. Read more
It has finally arrived. Summer. Well, the calendar told us it was here a week ago but until you get those kids out of school you can't fully strap on the sunscreen. Thankfully, school ended this week. (Is it just me or when we were kids did we get out of school way earlier? This end of June stuff is so annoying.) Now that Canada is about to cruise into its long weekend and the Fourth is just around the corner for Americans, it's time to think party!
You know what we went and did? We started an Instagram page for sweetpotatochronicles. About time, right?! I mean, jeez, I'm not sure what took us so long but we did it. I have to admit, it's a bit of a relief. I feel way better inundating that account with all my food shots. This way I can get back to cat and kid photos on my personal account. It just felt weird having a shot of our cat–dressed in Barbie clothes (not sure why Scarlett does that to the poor thing)–next to a photo of my Lemon Thyme Chicken Dinner Salad. Actually, that reminds me. I really need to shoot that dinner salad for the site so I can share it with you.
The one thing I did remember to shoot for you was this crumble. In the summer, I make at least one crumble a week. And I switch up the fruit inside as easily as I forget to put sunscreen on. (To all the scientist I ever interviewed while working as a beauty director, yes I'm totally ashamed to write that.) I'm really not too specific about what combination of fruit I use either. I've added this crumble to the top of everything from peaches and blueberries to blackberries and apples. But this combination is by far my favorite. Wait, let me say that again. This is BY FAR my favorite. I swear you'll blow people's flip-flops off if you serve this when you entertain this summer. Although, do you want to know how I really love to eat this little gem? In the morning on top of Greek yogurt. Shazam! Yes, you heard it hear first. I love making dessert for breakfast. Take that breakfast for dinner. You just got schooled.
I'm going to be honest, I buy berries all year long. We eat them almost every morning, whether they're on top of granola or porridge or rolled up into a nut butter breakfast wrap, I pack them in lunches and dole them out as after school snacks. Do I love the berries we eat in January. Meh. They'll do. But now. Now is the time for amazing local berries. The small-ish, red-all-the-way-through gems that populate the stores now are the ticket. They're sweet and taste like — wait for it! — strawberries. So, do not miss the window. There are a million ways to enjoy them — here are just a few of our faves. Read more