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DELICIOUS LEEK AND POTATO SOUP VIDEO DEMO

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It’s Official, It’s Spring

But, even though we’re getting teased with a day here and there, don’t kid yourself… it’s still going to be chilly for the foreseeable future.    I don’t know about you, but I’m still wearing my woollies and craving wintery comfort food.  So, what could be better to take the edge off a damp, cold, rainy day? A bowl of delicious leek and potato soup.  Mmmm…YUM!

Over the last few months, I’ve been producing video demos so you can see for yourself how easy it is to whip up some of the recipes I’ve written about on the Walnut Kitchen blog.   I first posted the recipe for this hearty soup in the early days of my blog.  (Here’s the link to the full leek and potato soup recipe)  Now, if you click below, you can watch the video demo to see how to make it.  Let me know if you try it.  Or if you have any other soup recipes you love that are perfect for the winter to spring transition, I’d love to hear from you. Happy Cooking!

 

If you like what you see and you want to be notified when the next video is posted, please subscribe to my YouTube channel called Michelleswalnutkitchen. 

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DIY MASON JAR VIDEO DEMO

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…AM I BECOMING A CRAFT ADDICT?

Years ago, when I was still working at HGTV, we had to come up with a title for a new craft show. This show was going to blow all others out of the water. It would be unlike any craft show because it had edge. (I know, that sounds a little ridiculous).  We all wanted to call it “Craft Addict”  but alas, the ‘higher ups’ said no because it was too close, they thought, to crack addict. At least now I can put the term “craft addict” to good use!  🙂  But, seriously, I never considered myself to be a ‘crafty’ type of gal.  Far from it! But, as you can see, I got a little carried away with these DIY mason jar gifts.  I’m thinking they are going to make great treats for Valentine’s Day!

diy mason jars, mason jars, pretty mason jars, mason jar gift, craft project, edible gift, easy diy project A while back, when I shared my granola recipe, I included a picture of my go-to breakfast cereal in a mason jar.  It was all ‘dolled up’ with some fancy paper and bows.  To my surprise, some lovely people actually reached out to say they would pay me to make some pretty mason jars to give away as gifts.  How unexpected! How strange… because I think it brought out this dormant crafting bug I think I caught!   Oh! Oh! Does this mean I will be scrapbooking soon? Help!

diy mason jars, mason jars, pretty mason jars, mason jar gift, craft project, edible gift, easy diy projectSo, off I went to Michael’s to stock up on supplies.  I entered another world.  I went to town on labels, craft paper, jute twine and ribbon.  Made a couple batches of cereal, put them all together and was pretty pleased with the end result.  What fun!  I thought, “Hey, if I can do this, anyone can”. 

 

diy mason jars, mason jars, pretty mason jars, mason jar gift, craft project, edible gift, easy diy projectSo, in case you want to see how easy it is to jazz up a jar to make anything more enticing, check out my DIY mason jar demo (below)!  Here’s what you’ll need for each mason jar: craft paper cut into an 8”x 8” square, 30” of ribbon and 1 label.  

Here’s the links to the  print recipe and video demo posts of my breakfast granola.  And if you like what you see, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.  Enjoy!  Happy Crafting!

 

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BREAKFAST GRANOLA VIDEO DEMO

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NOW YOU CAN WATCH HOW SIMPLE THIS BREAKFAST GRANOLA RECIPE IS TO WHIP UP

If you read my homemade granola post a little while back, you know that this recipe is one of my favourites. It’s delicious and healthy -a perfect combo since we are all trying to get off to a good fresh start this month. Watch the video demo (below) and see for yourself that this breakfast granola recipe is also quick and easy.  Now, there’s nothing stopping you from making it!

The printable recipe can be found at the bottom of my earlier granola post here.  And,  if you want to doll up your mason jar full of granola so you can give it as a gift, here’s a link to a video demo post which shows you step by step.  The end result is so pretty and it dead easy. Enjoy!  And subscribe to my YouTube channel if you like what you see. 🙂

I’d love to hear from you.  Let me know if you get a chance to make it or if you have a great granola recipe you would like to share.  🙂  

YUMMY GRANOLA
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Ingredients
  1. • 4 cups rolled oats (I use gluten free)
  2. • 1 cup whole psyllium husks (or oat bran or a combo)
  3. • 1 cup chopped almonds
  4. • 2/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  5. • 2/3 cup sunflower seeds
  6. • ½ cup sesame seeds
  7. • 1 cup coconut flakes
  8. • ½ cup maple syrup
  9. • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  10. • 1 & 1/3 cup any combo of dried fruit (I love goji berries, cranberries, dried cherries, dried apricots)
Instructions
  1. 1) Preheat oven to 300F
  2. 2) Mix dry ingredients in large bowl (except dried fruit)
  3. 3) Combine maple syrup and melted coconut oil
  4. 4) Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and combine well
  5. 5) Transfer to 2 parchment lined cookie sheets
  6. 6) Bake for 25 minutes stirring halfway through
  7. 7) Add dried fruit, combine and cool before storing. Enjoy!
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ELLEN SCHWARTZ’S SWEET CHALLAH

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WARNING!

ONCE YOU START MAKING THIS CHALLAH,

YOU WON’T WANT STORE BOUGHT

 

Sweet challah, egg bread, challah, homemade challahIf you grow up in a traditional Jewish home, Friday night dinners are a special time for family and friends to connect and literally ‘break bread’ together.  The bread I’m talking about is challah (egg bread).

According to Ellen Schwartz, “It’s a nice opportunity once a week to do things differently and start off your meal with something sweet.”  I couldn’t agree more!   Until now, I would NEVER have contemplated making it.  Mind you, I’ve NEVER made bread before.  Too intimidating! 

 

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Now YOU AND I are going to learn how to make it together from one of the most experienced challah makers I know! A few weeks ago, I kicked off a new theme called “Silver Linings”  where I shine the light on inspiring people and then… we cook together.  (I can’t help myself, it always boils down to food)   Bestselling author, Ellen Schwartz was my first feature.  You can read about her and her AMAZING new book “Without One Word Spoken” here.

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YUMMY HOMEMADE GRANOLA

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I’M NOT A GRANOLA TYPE HIPPIE

I’m not a tree hugger sporting Birkenstocks and protesting on weekends. (Although some of my best friends are!)  I AM a foodie and a huge fan of eating delicious, healthy, whole foods. So on the weekend, you will find me in the kitchen (Walnut Kitchen to be specific) making among other things, this amazing homemade granola recipeContinue Reading

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RED LENTIL SOUP VIDEO DEMO

IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST BITE…

 

I love eating out, especially when it’s a home cooked meal made by friends who are into food as much as me.  So, it’s a treat to get an invitation to Shelley Adler and Paul Cohen’s house.  Shelley is a wizard in the kitchen and has a knack for finding really interesting recipes like this red lentil soup.  The combination of cumin, cilantro and a final squeeze of lemon are mouth-watering!soup pot, red lentil soup, easy soup, vegan soup

 

Red lentils are legumes that don’t need presoaking.  Why? They are hulled and split.  Because they have no skin, they are easier to digest with the added bonus of cooking up fast! I personally prefer them over green and brown lentils.   BONUS:  Lentils are also a great source of dietary fiber, protein, and B vitamins. 

 

This soup is one of my all-time favourites because it isn’t just delicious, it’s also very nourishing.  Below is the recipe AND the video so you can see that it’s SUPER easy too.  ENJOY! 

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CHIMICHURRI VIDEO DEMO

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8 INGREDIENTS AND A FOOD PROCESSOR…

That’s all it takes to whip up a batch of chimichurri sauce 

chimichurri ingredients, cilantro parsley onion garlic salt red pepper flakes apple cider vinegar olive oilIf you read my post about chimichurri sauce, you will know that it’s my latest obsession.  Whether it’s fish, tempeh, chicken or steak, this flavourful accompaniment is mouth- watering with just about anything you put on the barbecue.   I especially love it with lamb racks that have been well seasoned.  lamb racks with chimichurri sauce dripping downChimichurri sauce has parsley, cilantro and vinegar so it’s tangy and fresh.   That combination mellows the richness of lamb or any red meat you serve with it.  I think it’s a match made in culinary heaven.    

TRY IT!  This recipe is SO easy as you’ll see in the video demo.   Enjoy and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you like what you see 🙂  The printable recipe can be found at the bottom of my earlier chimichurri post.

 

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