Blaze Pizza – Calgary

pizza toppingsSaturday was date night! Our kids had places to be so we each took one car dropping them off, and met in the middle. We tried out the (I think) new Blaze pizza in the Northeast. It is certainly a different type of pizza joint! You get to walk up to the counter and “make your own” pizza, although of course they do it for you. Similar to Subway you get to decide exactly what you are going to eat. All the way from the crust, to the finishing touches, you are in charge. We had an absolute blast. Not only fun, the pizza was absolutely delicious. The best pizza in town you ask? Maybe. The most fun pizza date in town? Certainly!

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Potato Salad

Potato SaladIt’s time for a special edition of The Secret Recipe Club ! This round the whole club is getting together to get you ready for the summer. That is right, you will find all your picnic and BBQ needs in the recipes below. And what does every BBQ need. Well obviously dessert, that is a must for any function, but also no BBQ is complete without Potato Salad . Yes, potato salad is an absolute must. I was assigned Dancing Veggies , a lovely little blog. From the title alone, I new I would be picking a side dish, often the hardest part of a meal to plan. With plenty of recipes to choose from, German Chocolate Brownies , Green Bean Salad , possibly some Sour Red Cabbage . But I thought the basic potato salad recipe would be best, because that is something every house needs. This recipe turned out to be just perfect.  Don’t change a thing!

  • 2.5 lbs white or butter potatoes, halved
  • 4 eggs, hard-boiled
  • 1 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil based mayo
  • 1 tbsp pickle juice
  • generous amounts salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  1. Boil potatoes, in a large pot of salted water. Drain, when tender, and rinse with cold water. Place in serving bowl, with peeled and chopped hard-boiled eggs, and onion.
  2. Combine mustard, mayo, S&P and pickle juice. Fold into potato mixture. Top with paprika. Refrigerate.
  3. Eat and enjoy!

Sweet and Sour Ground Pork Stir-Fry

pork stir-fryStir-Fries, a lovely dinner. They have lots of veggies, and come together quickly. Hubby liked the meat ratio in this one. The sauce was also nice served over rice. Not much to say today, apparently, so on to the recipe.

Recipe found at Allrecipes

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • hot cooked rice
  1. Fry meat until brown. Drain fat. Add carrots and onions (both peeled and chopped) and cook until onion is tender.
  2. Combine last 4 ingredients. Pour over pork. Add bell pepper and broccoli (again, chopped).
  3. Cover and cook for 7 minutes, stirring often, or until broccoli has reached desired tenderness.
  4. Serve over hot cooked rice.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Nutmeg Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry MuffinToday is a big day for us in this house. It is my hubby’s and my 20 year anniversary….of the day we first met. Yes, we know the day we first met. I know we are too cute. It was exactly one year later that he proposed. Yes, it took him one year to know for sure that I was “the one”. And you know what, we still love each other. love spending time with each other, just plain love being together. Little did he know, when he meet me, how many muffins would be in his future. Yes, he has had 20 years of me, and my crazy muffin making skills. I will admit, I make muffins… a lot. I like having them in the house to grab as a quick snack. Blueberry muffins happen to be my hubs favourite so seemed the perfect recipe to post today.

Recipe from Taste of Home

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened blueberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Cream butter with 1 cup of sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Combine milk and vanilla.
  2. Beat in 1 cup of flour, with baking powder and salt. Beat in milk mixture, then remaining cup of flour. Fold in the blueberries.
  3. Scoop into 12 cup muffin tin that has been greased or lined with paper liners. Combine remaining 1 Tbsp. sugar with nutmeg. Evenly sprinkle over batter.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.
  5. Eat and enjoy!