Category Archives: My Adventures in Cooking

My Week: Work, Potlucks and Friends (and soup!)

I officially wrapped up editing my last photography session of the year! I delivered it to my client last week, and I definitely let out a sigh of relief. Trying to work on the side (even if it’s only 5-10 hours a week) is an awful lot of work when I’m a mom full time. Even though this was my most successful year  and I had a lot of fun, I think I will take 2018 (and possibly longer) off from trying to work. We don’t need the money, and I’m hopeful that I can find other less consuming hobbies to give me a creative outlet. Like this blog for example! I hope I can spend more time here. I’d like to include details about my life that I might otherwise forget!

And food. My whole life revolves around food these days! For the past two months or so, every week I’ve made a menu for our family. It started out in an attempt to help my son out of his picky eating by documenting foods he would try, and coming up with new creative meals and snacks that might spark his interest. But I became hooked! Menu planning has helped with grocery lists, creating variety, and documenting successes (and failures!). Not to mention sanity in my day: I know what we will be eating tonight. Needless to say, there will be food pictures here.

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Classic Chicken Noodle Soup & Levelling Up

I’m on a soup kick these days, which is kind of funny because I think this is the first time I can ever say that. In fact, I think I’ve only made 2 soups in my whole life! Maybe it’s the descent into colder weather, or the desire to have a more nutritious and filling lunch, but I crave it! A soup and a sandwich is perfection to me right now. Continue reading

Recipe #4: Tikka Masala | The Brisson Family Cookbook

Tikka Masala. Spiced chicken thighs cooking in butter. Onions added to soak up all that butter. Creamy coconut milk. All on top of a bed of basmati rice. Yum!

I find myself, on quite a regular basis, craving some deliciously spicy (but not too spicy) Indian Paired with some lovely rice, this incredibly fragrant food always gets me excited.
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Recipe #3: Angie’s Maple Curry Chicken | The Brisson Family Cookbook

August-7This recipe came to us because we were excitedly telling our friends about how we are working on making a family cookbook. “Well,” said my friend, “You need to come over and try Angie’s maple curry chicken. It’s the best, and it will definitely make it into your book.” Continue reading

The most perfect lasagna, garlic butter, and Nanaimo bars


For Josh’s 28th birthday, I was literally in the kitchen for 3 days straight, preparing food for him. He comes from a French Canadian background, so his love language is food and drink. His favorite foods include lasagna, garlic bread, Caesar salad, and Nanaimo bars. Plus, he likes eating them around a table with friends, talking with his hands and drinking alcoholic beverages. I love him, and I especially love when he is in his element, so I really wanted to make this the best birthday dinner yet! Continue reading

Recipe #2: Classic Bran Muffins | The Brisson Family Cookbook

Classic Bran Muffins

I know bran muffins aren’t everybody’s thing. Plus there is the added debate about raisins or no raisins. Personally, I love bran muffins. With raisins. It is so comforting to bite into a warm, soft, pillowy muffin with a hint of sweetness. Mm!!

So here is my 2nd official recipe for our family cookbook…a good ol’ classic bran muffin. These are pretty perfect. Believe me. Even my husband approves! Continue reading

Recipe #1 Key Lime Pie | The Brisson Family Cookbook

Key Lime Pie

My first official entry into our Brisson Family Cookbook is……Key Lime Pie!

While these chocolate chip cookies are the winner for 1st recipe to have been made successfully 3 times, they get eaten so quickly that I haven’t been able to take a good picture of them! So, Key Lime Pie wins as first official entry 🙂 Continue reading