Cheesy Mushroom Rolls Recipe

Hi friends!
Thanksgiving was a few weeks ago and I always like to bring something even if it’s not a pot-luck style. So I made these delightful little cheesy mushroom rolls to share. A friend of mine makes something very similar that we had at her place one time and I liked them so much I thought I’d try my hand at them and put a Kyra spin on them 🙂
In the pictures below I actually made a double batch of the filling then froze half to use another time.

Cheesy Mushroom Rolls
Ingredients:
1 Tbs butter
1/2 lbs (250g) mushrooms (I prefer brown/cremini)
1/2 Cup onion (about 1/2 onion)
1 clove garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 brick (8oz) cream cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 loaf white bread
1/3 Cup melted butter

Directions:
– Chop fine the mushrooms and onion.
– Melt 1 Tbs butter in a large pan on about medium heat then sauté mushrooms and onion for about 15 mins until they are cooked.
– While that is sautéing cut the crusts off of your bread and using a rolling pin (or a wine bottle as I don’t own a rolling pin haha) flatten the slices of bread one by one and set aside. *If you feel they might get dried out as they wait for the filling just put a clean kitchen towel over them*
– Mince or press the garlic and add to the mushrooms and onions once they are cooked. Stir this around for about 1 min to let the garlic cook a bit.
– Lower the heat to about med-low and add the thyme, Worcestershire, Parmesan, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
– Next add the cream cheese and stir it in until it is completely melted. *go ahead and give this a taste to see if you need to adjust the salt or pepper*
– Now to assemble spoon about 1 Tbs of the mixture onto a slice of bread. Spread it evenly over the whole slice then roll it up. Using a serrated knife cut into 3 pieces. Continue until all the bread is used.
– Put these on a baking sheet then brush generously with the melted butter.
– Bake for 10-15 minutes at 400F until they are nice and toasted.
Enjoy!
*Recipe Note: Try not to roll the bread too thin so the butter has more chance to sponge into it, they will turn out more light and crisp*

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(mushrooms and onions sautéing)

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(bread rolled flat)

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(filling ready to go)

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(spread to all corners of bread)

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(rolled and cut)

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(ready for the oven)

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(ready to enjoy)

Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!
Kyra 🙂

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Craft Beer Market – Restaurant review

Hi again.
So typically I won’t review “chain” restaurants but I am going to bring you a review of Craft since their focus is fresh local food and fresh local beer. They claim to have Canada’s largest selection of draft beers and with over 100 on tap, I’d say that’s a pretty decent selection. We went on a Friday night at about 9 and the place was already picking up. We had to wait about 5 minutes for a table but that’s not too bad. Our waitress came over and asked if we’d been there before, as Ward had but I had not she explained the drink menu to us then gave us a few minutes to decide.
The drink menu is quite extensive and it’s organized into beer types but one thing that would have been nice to see would have been the beers regions.
I ordered the Hoegaarden (0.5L for $9.25) and Ward got the Gouden Carolus (0.33L for $9.25). Both beers were quite tasty. Mine was light and citrusy, Ward’s was dark but still had a sweet note to it.

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Their food menu is also a pretty wide selection with no real focus on cuisine type, ranging from burgers to fish tacos to a noodle bowl. I asked the waitress what was good and she suggested the butternut squash ravioli. The descriptions reads ‘house made pasta filled with roasted butternut squash and tossed in a Piri Piri emulsion and finished with toasted pumpkin seeds and squash chips” this was worth $16. I decided to give it a go. Ward ordered the Brewmaster’s Chicken Sandwich which has grilled ‘Natural Alberta’ chicken breast, avocado, bacon, aged cheddar, tomato, lettuce and red onion on a ciabatta bun served with fries for $15.

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The ravioli was not bad but it was drown in the Piri Piri sauce. In my opinion if you’ve taken the time to make homemade ravioli that should be the star and with that much sauce it was hard to get a good taste of it.

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Ward’s sandwich was nothing special, just a chicken sandwich. He ordered it without tomatoes (I have an allergy to fresh tomatoes so this way I could taste it too). About half way through his sandwich he mentioned he thought it had a bit of a kick. I re-read the menu to see what it could be. Noting there indicating it should, so I started investigating. Turns out it was the sauce. I think it was a garlic aioli. Strange that it wasn’t included in the description. We also ordered wings as a starter. 1lb of maple bacon for $13. But there was a mix up in the kitchen and they didn’t come out until after we had our mains. We still ate them but thought it was a little weird with the timing.

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Overall I wouldn’t make this a destination for their food, it wasn’t anything too special. But if your looking for somewhere with a good beer selection at a reasonable price to have a few pints with some friends it might be worth checking out.

Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!
Kyra

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Zesty Vinaigrette Potato Salad Recipe

Hi again,

This week I’m bringing you another recipe. This is a zippy, zesty potato salad that I like to serve warm. I was hesitant to call this a potato salad since it isn’t creamy but since I use a vinaigrette to add the amazing flavour I figured why not call it a salad. I’ve been making this for a few years now and every time I make it for people it gets rave reviews. As mentioned this potato salad has no cream to it so it’s nice and light. I hope you’ll try this and let me know what you think 🙂

Zesty Vinaigrette Potato Salad
Ingrediants:
2-3 lbs baby potatoes
1/4 C red wine vinegar
Zest from 1 lemon
1/4 C lemon juice
3 Tbsp olive oil
1-2 Tbsp capers
1 bunch fresh dill (~3-4 Tbsp roughly chopped)
1/2 Tbsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Directions:
– Cut the baby potatoes in half or quarters depending on size. I like them to be about 1 inch chunks.
– Boil the potatoes in a large pot of salted water for about 20-30 minutes. You want the potatoes to be almost over cooked, the should start to get ‘fluffy’ looking on the outside.
– While the potatoes are cooking prep your vinaigrette. Zest the lemon into a bowl (if you don’t have a zester you can use a small grater), add in the red wine vinegar, squeeze in the lemon juice (half a lemon should be enough), add the salt and pepper then whisk in your olive oil.
– Chop the capers roughly and set aside.
– Chop the dill roughly and set aside.
– Once the potatoes are cooked drain them and put them in a large serving bowl (or back in the pot if you don’t want to dirty another dish haha). Then sprinkle the dill in, and the capers then pour the vinaigrette over the potatoes. Toss to coat. Taste and more salt if needed. Serve warm.
Enjoy!

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Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!
Kyra
🙂

Second Helping – Big City Sandwich Review Additions

Hi friends,

So I usually only post once a week but I have a confession to make. Since posting my review of Big City Sandwich I have eaten there again… twice… in a week… ok actually in the last 2 days. Shameful? Maybe. Delicious? Yes! Hitting the gym tomorrow? Most definitely!
Thursday they were stationed in the south east, in the general vicinity of my work. It didn’t take much convincing to get a couple coworkers to join me.
They were serving ‘The Baton Rouge’ a Jambalaya sandwich, ‘The Rome’ a burger with salami and provolone and ‘The Los Angeles’ a classic cheese burger. All of their sandwiches were priced at a very fair $10 each.
I had the Baton Rouge which was very tasty! This sandwich was loaded with cajun sausage, farmers sausage, chicken, bacon, pork loin, bell peppers, celery and red onion in a spicy brothy sauce, topped with jalapeño havarti, crispy fried onions and their chipotle ancho chili mayo. It had a good heat to it but not over the top. I got a half order of their home cut smack seasoned fries (available for $3 with a sandwich). I try not to eat fried food but I am addicted to these fries!

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Both of my work friends went for the Rome burger which also looked really good. The burger was a nice big size and was clearly made from scratch and it had a generous helping of salami.

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On Friday they were on the west end supporting an MS Bike Tour fundraiser. Since I only work half days on Friday I zipped home and picked up Ward so we could indulge in another mouthwatering lunch.
Their offerings this day were ‘The Nashville’ a ribeye grilled cheese, ‘The Portabello’ a vegetarian sandwich, ‘The Baton Rouge’ made an appearance and it was rounded out with their ‘Bacon Magic Poutine’. We ordered the Nashville and the Bacon Magic and shared them.
The Nashville, well what can I say… mmmm. The ribeye was smothered in a smokey BBQ sauce and the sandwich had a nice amount of cheese. It was grilled to perfection, golden and delish. I was actually sad I had to share and could only have half. Ps Ward if you had gone to the washroom or something that other half would not have waited for your return 😉

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The Bacon Magic… I would describe the bacon magic as a ‘jam’. It was also topped with gravy and cheese curds and the fries were seasoned with smack seasoning. I would call this dish a home run!

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Chris also came out to hand deliver us our food and say hi. I think because I’ve been Twitter stalking them and he wanted to make sure I wasn’t actually crazy 😛 I asked how long they plan on running this year and his answer was to point to the sky and reply “as long as we’re allowed to”. Good answer Chris. Sounds like their next few weeks will have some delectable offerings including a turkey dinner sandwich. Keep up the good work you guys!
I hope to be able to track them down at least one more time this year (though I am going to have to start doubling up on my gym time). I’m officially a sandwich stalker 😉
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Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!
Kyra
🙂

Big City Sandwich – Food Truck Review

Hi everyone!

I am very excited to bring you this review this week. My hubby Ward and I ate at the Big City Sandwich food truck a couple weekends ago.

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I had been trying to track down this truck down for a few weeks prior but they don’t seem to update the Street Food app all the time with when they are open. I finally just ended up Tweeting them to see if they would respond with their next planned location and low-and-behold I had success!! They tweeted me back and let me know where they would be and even told me what they would have on the menu! So Ward and I went down to their location, which happened to be the Creekwood community for their annual community birthday party. Turns out that the Creekwood community had paid for the food. Very cool and thank you! The sandwiches were only slider sized but wow were they packed with flavor! The 2 sandwiches that they were serving were ‘The Tijuana’ and ‘The Seoul’. Ward and I ordered both and shared.
The Tijuana has lime tequila marinated chicken breast, chipotle ancho chili mayo, lime and onion glaze, bacon, cheddar/jack cheese, guacamole and cilantro! Yum! All of the flavors played very well together. Nothing overpowering anything else, all complimenting each other nicely. The chicken on the sandwich was nicely grilled and still good and moist.

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The Seoul is a Bulgogi beef ribeye sandwich which has grilled Bulgogi marinated ribeye beef, kim chi, jalepeno havarti, sriracha mayo, crispy fried onions and spring mix lettuce. The Seoul has a little bit of a kick to your tastebuds. The kim chi had a good flavor without being too spicy. The ribeye beef was also nice and moist. My only critique would be that perhaps there was a little more kim chi to beef ratio than I would have preferred but it wasn’t by much and I wouldn’t say the kim chi was overpowering.

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Both sandwiches came with fresh home cut fries with their ‘Smack’ seasoning. They were crispy and well seasoned and delicious!
While we both agreed that the Tijuana was our favorite we also did enjoy the Seoul.
We are hoping to be able to track this truck down again before the end of the season. I hope it’s not too late for you to go and check them out too. You can follow them on Twitter (@BigCitySandwich) or Facebook to find out their next location.

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Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!

Kyra

🙂