Westlake Grill in Red Deer

Recently we had the opportunity to eat at Westlake Grill in Red Deer and the experience and food was so good!

We were in Red Deer for our Annual Coldwell Banker Sales Rally and an Agent from our office, Mr. Perkins,  was told about the Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch.  So off we went!

The Restaurant is located at Heritage Ranch which sits on 207 acres and is absolutley beautiful! Not only do they have a great restaurant but they also offer, sleigh rides, carriage rides and Ranch Tracker.  Heard of Man Tracker? Well put that on the ranch and you get Ranch Tracker.  Call the Restaurant to find out more about that!

Back to the Restaurant, the space is very open and tons of windows…we were seated more in a group section and ended up sitting beside a Book Club that was having dinner and were so funny!

The Restaurant tries to use as many local ingredients that they can and are very bigger supporters of farmers in Alberta.  With our meal we had the option of also doing a wine tasting which came with a cheese board that was all local Alberta Goat Cheese…YES PLEASE! Which was massive…forget an appetizer, I’ll just have cheese please! For dinner I shared the Beef Tenderloin with my friend Ms. Munro and it was so good! It came with Cauliflower puree (which if you know me you know of my love of Cauliflower puree or mashed cauliflower or roasted Cauliflower…okay maybe its just my love of Cauliflower in general! LOL), Smoked Fig Jus and Beef Braised Cabernet Sauvignon Fingerling Potatoes.  It was so good, I didn’t think I could have anything more and then…I saw the desert card…and they had Creme Brulee…HEAVEN…So of course I waited a little bit and then ordered it and fell in love with the restaurant even more.

Just when I thought that the night couldn’t get any better, Joel the owner of the restaurant invited us to take our wine outside to their patio and had a great fire going.  It was the perfect ending to a perfect meal!

If you are in Red Deer you have to check out Westlake Grill, it will not disappoint!

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My Kind of Jalapeno Poppers

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to Mr. & Ms. Sullivans for the big Super Bowl Game! Everyone brought an appy and there was a lot of GOOD food there! I really should have worked out that day! HAHA!

So I went online to a great website called Foodie Crush found this recipe and just mixed it up a bit! The great thing about this recipe is that you can be a little fearless! Mix up your filler and try different combinations!

You will need:

– Jalapenos
– Boursin Cheese
– Soft Goat Cheese
– Bacon
– BBQ Sauce

Preheat your oven to 450F

So my hubs showed me this tip, take your Jalapeno and roll it on your cutting board back and forth a few time to loosen up all the seeds inside. Then take your knife and slice the Jalapeno in half. Take a spoon and scoop out all the insides, I left a few of the seeds in for a little bit of extra heat! Once you have this done with all of your Jalapenos lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil.

NOW WASH YOUR HANDS AND MAKE SURE YOU GET UNDER YOUR NAILS…TRUST ME!

Take a small bowl and mix together your goat cheese and boursin cheese together. Take your cheese mixture and scoop it into your Jalapenos. Once you have them all filled sprinkle fresh cracked black pepper.

WASH YOUR HANDS!

Now take your bacon strips and slice them in half and then wrap them around your Jalapenos. Take the BBQ sauce and just lightly brush it onto your Jalapenos! Bake them for 15-20 min and voila you have a Jalapeno Popper!

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These were super tasty and really easy to make!

Enjoy!

Christmas Salad

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…you know what that means right? Dinner Parties! On Sunday evening my hubs and I were invited over for dinner to a friends house for a holiday potluck dinner. I offered to bring my Christmas Salad:

Mixed Lettuce
Goats Cheese
Cherry Tomatoes
Pomegranate Seeds
Pears
Sliced Red Onion

This is such an easy and quick recipe which is perfect for your busy holiday schedule!

Take a pan and heat up a little bit of butter, meanwhile slice your pears and add them to the pan and sprinkle with fresh black pepper. Let that go for about a minute and then add a little bit of balsamic vinegar. You don’t need a lot, I let that cook down so that it almost thickens up with the pears. Then remove from the pan and let cool on a separate plate. Take your sliced red onion and add them to the pan and sauté until tender.

In your bowl or platter or whatever dish you are going to use, put down the lettuce, chopped cherry tomatoes, then arrange your pears in the middle and then crumble goats cheese all over.

I was watching Jamie Oliver Christmas special and he took a pomegranate slice it in half and the smacked the back of it with a knife and magically all the seeds just sprinkled out. Well that looked easy enough to me so thought I would give it a try! For me the seeds did not come out easy and I ended up just shooting pomegranate juice everywhere including onto my husband standing there helping me in a white shirt! So if anyone has tips on how I can do that better the next time, please help!

If you feel that you need a dressing for this salad it would taste good with just a simple light olive oil dressing!

Enjoy!

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Gordon Ramsay Restaurants in Las Vegas!

While In Vegas we were able to check out 2 of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants, Burgr & Pub & Grill. Burgr was amazing! The atmosphere, the service and more importantly the food were all great! My burger had goat cheese and arugula and was delicious! Then our last night in a Vegas we went to the Pub & Grill. This restaurant was great as we’ll, I had the mussels and clam dish and the portion was huge! Almost too much!

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