Guest Post: Mediterranean Summer Salad With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I love purchasing fresh local produce this time of year. Sometimes, the produce doesn’t even make it to the dinner table because I’ve eaten all of it as a snack! This happens every time I buy peas in the pod. I eat them all. Usually by myself. The cat will beg for them — my cat is strange, she loves to eat fresh green vegetables — and I’ll do my best to ignore her. Bryan usually comes home only to find a pile of empty shells… I tend to forget to save some for him as well.

I was quite excited, then, when Randi proposed the guest post I’m sharing with you today. Why? Because I love a delicious fresh salad and this one looks hearty enough to be a meal itself! And because tomorrow is Farmer’s Market day and I’m going to pick up some fresh produce to make this salad for lunch. Take it away Randi!

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Randi Leeds on behalf of Flavor Your Life. To get ideas on how to use olive oil please visit

A vibrant new campaign in support of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, “Flavor Your Life,” has launched in North America. It is jointly funded by the European Union, the Italian Department of Agriculture and Unaprol; the largest consortium of Olive growers in Italy. The goal of the campaign is to educate North American consumers and retailers on the importance of product origin and the quality level of the oil they use daily.

With all the recent controversy over the question “What IS EVOO,” this campaign aims to educate the North American consumer on the proper way to choose an extraordinary and tasty EVOO – from traceability to the origin of the product your purchasing.

There’s no better way to start summer off than with this tasty Mediterranean Salad, brought to you by the dynamic new campaign for Extra Virgin Olive Oil, “Flavor Your Life”.

Mediterranean Summer Salad With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

EVOO Mediterranean Salad


  • 2 pieces of Buffalo Mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 4 large tomatoes sliced
  • 3 English cucumbers sliced
  • 1 tsp. capers
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Dash of salt & pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish
  • 4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Wash and cut all the vegetables.
  2. Place the green vegetables on a chilled plate.
  3. Add the mozzarella and cover with the sliced tomatoes.
  4. Sprinkle with capers and basil.
  5. Season with lemon juice, salt, and a pinch of pepper.
  6. Spoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil over dish.

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Guest Post: Best Waffles for Independence Day

Tomorrow, my friends south of the border will be celebrating Independence Day. More often, I hear it referred to as the 4th of July. Between school, work, hobbies (yes, I find time for that on occasion), and having just celebrated Canada Day over the weekend, I just haven’t had time to prepare a blog post celebrating Bryan’s country’s holiday.

Instead, today I have a blog poster here to help me celebrate!  I learned quite a bit of history from David’s article and hope you will too!

How will we celebrate? I think Bryan and I may need to make some waffles (topped with blueberries and fresh Ontario strawberries) now that I’ve got a new recipe on hand. Red, White, and Blue waffles!

Welcome and take it away David!

Author Bio: This is a guest post by David J. from Fridge Freezer Direct, UK’s premier commercial refrigeration and catering equipment specialist. For more information you can visit

Best Waffles for Independence Day

Independence Day – commonly called “The 4th of July” – is a proud day for the United States. It’s a day when we can celebrate our independence and really take pride in this beautiful country we live in. We generally mark this occasion in a number of different ways, and if you’re looking for a way to celebrate this great day, then we can help you!

The key is to do something truly American. After all, being American is what the 4th of July is all about! However, it doesn’t have to be a big grand gesture then enables you to mark this magnificent date; there are many small ways in which you can showcase your patriotism.

One possible way is through waffles. Thomas Jefferson returned from France in 1789 and he brought back a waffle iron. Since that day, we Americans have loved waffles, and so, what better way to celebrate than by making the perfect American style waffle?

Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane /

Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane /

So if you want to mark Independence Day with a whole heap of waffles, you first need to grab the following ingredients.



  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups warm milk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter

Once you’ve got these ingredients in stock, follow our easy guide to turn these ingredients into delicious American style waffles.


1) Turn on your waffle iron.
2) Get yourself a big mixing bowl.
3) Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together.
4) Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.
5) Stir the milk, butter, and vanilla extract into the eggs.
6) Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl containing the dry mixture
7) Beat the batter until it develops a smooth consistency.
8) Ladle the batter into the waffle iron.
9) Cook until the waffle looks done (golden and crispy).
10) Garnish with whatever toppings you like; for example, fruit, syrup, chocolate, or candy.
11) Repeat the process until everyone’s full!
12) Sing the national anthem.

It’s as easy as that! Enjoy your 4th July and some delicious waffles!

Guest Posting on Lady Behind the Curtain

Today, I’m guest posting on Lady Behind the Curtain!!! I’m very excited that Sheryl invited me to post on her lovely blog. Sheryl is the host of the Cast Party Wednesday blog hop, which I began participating in over the summer. I love Sheryl’s blog because it focuses on delicious recipes, but also features party and gift DIY ideas. A few of my favourite recipe posts on Sheryl’s blog are:

Head on over to Sheryl’s blog, Lady Behind the Curtain, and check out my Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf recipe!

Guest Posting on Ginger Bakes

Today, I’m guest posting on Ginger Bakes. I’m very excited that Mel invited me to post on her blog as well!

You may remember that, a few weeks ago, Mel from Ginger Bakes guest posted on this blog and shared her delicious Chocolate Drizzled Mocha Cookies (Bryan has been asking me to make these cookies ever since)!

So head on over and check out my Banana Bread recipe! It’s not exactly festive, but a delicious and easy to make treat that you can take along to any holiday party!

Guest Post from Ginger Bakes: Chocolate Drizzled Mocha Cookies

Today, I’m very excited to introduce the very first ever guest post on The Cook’s Sister! Welcome Mel from Ginger Bakes!

Sound familiar? That’s because I nominated Mel’s blog for the One Lovely Blog Award back in October!

Mel and I are both participants in the monthly Improv Challenge hosted by Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker, which is how we met. We both visit each other’s blogs regularly now. And we both own some very cute kitties that like to check out the tasty treats we share on our blogs.

Mel is a fantastic baker and I’m always amazed with her creations, they’re both delicious and beautiful! Check out a few of my favourites:

Now, the part you’ve all been waiting for… the guest post and Mel’s fantastic cookie recipe that she’s sharing with us today! Take it away Mel!

Hi! I’m Mel and I’m the one behind Ginger Bakes. I found Amber’s blog on my first Improv challenge and have been following her ever since. Especially when I discovered she is a fellow Ontarioan! So when she was looking for a guest poster I jumped at the chance!

I am an avid baker, and it’s no secret that one of my favourite things to bake are cookies. They are also the perfect goodies to share. Our neighbor and friend is moving out of province and sent me home with some baking supplies saying that she would never use them up before she left.  For me it was the perfect excuse to bake something up to send her way. Since she is driving out, I needed it to be portable and travel friendly (to last the three day drive!), but also still super delicious.

Enter these slice-and-bake cookies. Easy to put together, drive friendly, and still indulgent with the chocolate drizzle. Also the hint of espresso makes it a justifiable treat for breakfast. 😉 It also makes a small batch, so it’s perfectly sized to stretch out over a long drive or if there is only a couple people in the house and you don’t want cookies sticking around for all eternity. Having said that, these also freeze beautifully and the recipe doubles wonderfully.

Chocolate Drizzled Mocha Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Chocolate Mocha Cookies - Baked and Photographed by Ginger Bakes (

Chocolate Mocha Cookies – Baked and Photographed by Ginger Bakes (


  • ½ cup butter, softened (approx. $1)
  • ½ cup sugar (approx.  $0.16)
  • 1 egg  ( approx. $0.24)
  • ½ tsp. instant espresso powder ( approx. $0.08)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour  (approx. $0.32)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder (approx. $0.40)
  • ½ tsp. baking soda (approx. $0.01)
  • ¼ tsp. salt (approx. $0.01)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, melted (approx. $0.75)
Chocolate Mocha Cookies - Baked and Photographed by Ginger Bakes (

Chocolate Mocha Cookies – Baked and Photographed by Ginger Bakes (


  1. In a large bowl, or in the bowl of your mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until combined.
  2. In another bowl, combine the espresso powder, flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add it to the butter mixture until it’s all combined.
  3. Shape the dough into a log, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (or if you are impatient like me, 30 minutes in the freezer)
  4. Preheat the oven to 350o F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap the chilled dough, and with a sharp knife cut into 2mm/ ½ in slices. Arrange on your prepared sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool a couple minutes on your tray, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Once the cookies are cooled, put the melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag or a heavy duty freezer bag with the corner snipped, and drizzle over the cookies. Let the chocolate set, then enjoy!

Total approximate cost: $2.97 for 24 cookies


Chocolate Mocha Cookies - Baked and Photographed by Ginger Bakes (

Chocolate Mocha Cookies – Baked and Photographed by Ginger Bakes (

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