I met Lisa and Julie for the very first time at a Social Commons event in Toronto, ON. They treated us to delicious cookies, squares and cupcakes and with my stomach full of practically everything they had brought to the event. I had to go over and introduce myself to the delicious dessert makers. Their personalities were as sweet as their cooking and since then we have stayed connected over social media, events and I had a pleasure of seeing them again at their cookbook launch of LICK YOUR PLATE. Not only do these ladies cook up some mean meals in the kitchen, they also throw incredible themed parties! Tonight, I’m throwing a party for two as I cook for my fiancé from their cookbook LICK YOUR PLATE. It was hard to choose which dishes to try as literally everything looks so good!
Before we get in to that, here are a few Questions I asked Julie and Lisa.
What is your favourite meal to cook for your family?
My kids are crazy about both Chicken Parmesan and also Lemon Chicken. Thanks to my brilliant sister, I can serve it all up in one meal with Lick Your Plate’s easy and foolproof Parmesan Lemon Chicken recipe!
What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to food?
Though I try not to feel guilt with regard to any food (all in moderation, right?), I will say that I lose all control when it comes to anything with marshmallows – I’m a S’mores loving kid at heart.
Which has been your favorite themed party to plan and why?
I always love a challenge so when I was asked to create a party in honour of hairdressers, I jumped – I mean, who wouldn’t want to pay homage to the scissor sultans?
What is your favourite wine to pair with the Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin & Mushroom Red Wine Sauce?
Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red wine that is a classic wine to pair with beef. We love it chilled slightly – it will compliment this dish perfectly.
When its date night with the Hubs, would you rather cook or dine out?
Date night for us would definitely be staying home with wine and a cheese platter. A cheese platter can be as simple or elaborate as you like. I pick some sharp cheddas, a soft cheese and one smokey cheese. Other elements of my cheese platter are sliced apples, dried cherries, nuts, crackers and also jam – fig and strawberry are our favourites.
I have a huge sweet tooth! What is your favourite dessert to satisfy your craving?
We would start every meal with dessert if that wasn’t frowned upon!! One of my favourites is the ginger cookie sandwiches with lemon filling. Soft molasses cookies with a creamy lemon filling – every bite is the perfect bite!
Tonight I made Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce and Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Streusel. I paired it with a Cabernet Sauvignon as suggested by Lisa. We chose Pelee Island, 2013. Rick, who never gets as excited as me about food helped himself to seconds, then a third, and I almost LICKED MY PLATE .
Thanks again to Julie and Lisa!
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My fiancé and I had the idea of taking the kiddos away for a two night stay somewhere over the Christmas holidays but with Ella awake every two hours we figured it would be best for all of us not to be in one hotel room for bedtime and instead took Owen on a day trip to Playdium Arcade in Mississauga. Still itching to go somewhere we decided to take a weekend away just the two of us to Mont Tremblant. There we would ski/snowboard, eat, drink and just date again! I had so much anxiety over leaving Ella and Owen but I’ve been lucky enough to have my Mother here almost every week to visit and I knew the little ones would be in good care.
The first night we arrived we stayed in our comfys and toured around the village where we were staying. We ate a lot of poutine, hung out by the outdoor fires, had a couple drinks at the pubs and danced the night away. The following day we got up early and for me it was like sleeping in since I didn’t have to get up with little Ella (so nice!). We ate some fantastic baked eggs for breakfast at Casey’s in the Village and then went on to ski. When we got to the top of the mountain, I was so captured by all the beauty around us. It was a slow way down the mountain as all I wanted to do was take photos. I had forgotten just how breathtaking Mont Tremblant was and we were so lucky to have the best weather while we were there; the skies were incredibly blue! We spent the rest of the day going down different sides of the mountain until around dinner when the cold started to creep on. When we returned we had a nice hot tub surrounded by snow then started to get dressed for dinner. We first went to Samurai Sushi Pub for an appetizer of sushi and some Sake. A short stroll past the village shops and we stopped for dinner at Wok for some yummy Thai food. Both were absolutely delicious! It was so nice to be able to dine steps away from your hotel room. On our last day, we did a little shopping and looked for souvenirs for the kids, then grabbed some pizza at the pizzeria before heading home.
While in Tremblant, there were many times when I said to Rick how nice it was to be there with him… no distractions, nowhere we had to be. We had the opportunity to really enjoy each other, laugh and have fun together, date again and to feel those butterflies! There were a few times when I looked at him and I felt realllllly lucky. It was a good reminder to myself that even with all the distractions in life, it is still important to take time to appreciate each other.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway Mont Tremblant is the perfect place to go, especially if you want to take advantage of Canada and embrace the cold…for a weekend. 😉