Nothing brings me more joy than sharing: fun, simple & delicious summer recipes!! Thrilled to have shared some of my fave summer eating go-to’s on Rogers Daytime Ottawa with Dylan Black (watch segment below) & Rogers InStudio with Natasha McKenty ~ click here to watch InStudio segment!!

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Berry & Rosemary Spritzer

Cheers to summertime sipping!!

Vanilla Rosemary Simple Syrup

1/2 cup (125 mL) each; granulated sugar and water

1/2 vanilla bean

1 sprig fresh rosemary

Place sugar and water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil. Once sugar has dissolved, removed from heat.  Cool slightly. Pour into an air tight container or small mason jar. Add vanilla bean and rosemary. Refrigerate simple syrup overnight to let rosemary and vanilla infuse into simple syrup.  Makes about 1/2 cup (125 mL) simple syrup.

Soda water, chilled

white wine of choice, chilled

Garnish: Rosemary sprig and fresh berries of choice

Method: fill glass(es) with ratio of soda water & wine that works for you (I prefer mostly soda water and a splash of wine).  Add a splash of chilled simple syrup to soda water/wine mixture. Garnish with rosemary sprig and berries. Cheers!!

Tomato & Herb Garden Pasta Salad

DYK: Italpasta is made right here in Canada with 100% Canadian wheat! Click here to learn more.


3 cups (750 mL) Italpasta Total Penne
3 cups (750 mL) chopped fresh tomatoes
1 cup (250 mL) roughly chopped fresh mixed herbs (*mint, parsley, dill)
handful fresh basil, torn in half

2 tbsp (30 mL) quality balsamic vinegar
2 tsp (10 mL) each; liquid honey and grainy Dijon mustard
2 cloves minced garlic *or to taste*
Hefty pinch paprika, salt and pepper
Splash of quality olive oil

Garnish: 1 cup (250 mL) crumbled feta cheese (or shaved Parm) and handful of pea shoots

Method: Cook pasta according to package directions. Cool completely. Toss cooked, cooled pasta with remaining salad ingredients. Whisk together dressing ingredients and toss with salad. Place salad on a large serving platter and garnish with feta cheese and pea shoots.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake


Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars


Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime OttawaCTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio and former food writer for Running Room Magazine  ~ sharing her Char B&W
love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and running.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys; Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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