That’s a Wrap… Not the Food Kind…

That’s a wrap! Which is ironic, as a wrap is not one of the foods I tried to make for my project, next time! I cannot believe that the spring semester is coming to a wildly quick close. I know this is a short semester, but it truthfully feels like we just got the ball rolling. For my Learning Project I decided I would do picture perfect meals and honestly had a blast with the creations I got to try. I saw much success and really learned the importance of finding the right recipe and following it closely. I really wanted to shy away from packaged food and do my best to create meals using real ingredients. Now were the meals picture perfect? I don’t know, an assessment might be hard for this and frankly maybe it has to do with the quality of camera I had access to. In any event, I’m proud of what I have created, I served meals to both my family and guests which were well enjoyed, and I have a few keepers that I will continue to use for years to come. I grew to love certain platforms for finding recipes which I had little appreciation for in the past and it is quite likely I will continue to use the internet for the finding of recipes and cooking techniques. I’m not one for clutter so it is nice not having to have a pile of recipe books laying around, although, I do still have a couple of my favourites.

Throughout my adventure of making picture perfect meals, I really came to appreciate the importance of real and fresh ingredients. For example, garlic, it is so easy to use garlic powder (which has its place) or even the minced garlic in the oil but for this project I bought heads of garlic and crushed my own. One of my favourite cooking tools I found throughout this journey is one that has sat in my kitchen drawer, untouched, yet so simple to use. The tool is my Pampered Chef garlic press that I probably felt obligated to pick up at a party years ago not knowing that in 2022 I would need it for my favourite project of my education journey. This garlic press is easy to use and better yet, easy to clean and does exactly the job it needs to do. Fresh garlic cloves provides so much flavour to meals that garlic powder or the minced garlic in oil can simply not compare to. To be completely honest, there were not a lot of “flops” or negative things I found along the way of my cooking journey but more so many things I will take with me into my cooking future. 

I used a number of sources for finding the recipes I chose to make and almost as if it were a research project, I found myself scouring multiple recipes for the same thing to find what I deemed to be the best set of ingredients. I typically found that most recipes were fairly similar ingredients, but some had more of this or more of that and on occasion some would have some extra ingredient which added a special spin to it. My go to place seemed to be Pinterest, although I’m not fully convinced, I know how to properly use that platform. I would go to the platform, type in what it was I was looking for and then take my favourite from the bunch and start my creation. I liked Pinterest because it brought up numerous pictures and of course I could count on the fact there was a recipe to go with the yummy picture and not just the false hope of a picture. I also found Pinterest then led me to other sources like blog pages, YouTube, Instagram and even Facebook. For my blog posts I mostly used images however I did get to play with Canva a bit and a screen recording tool on the iPhone in order to speed up a video. 

Although I can say I’m not a huge fan of blogging, I’m more of a simplistic blogger. I like things to be clear, simple, and concise with not too many flashy things happening. I like things to look organized and pretty and I like the focus to be on the right area. I suppose this is my life in general and I believe this is how a classroom should be organized too for its students. This is also what I’m interested in looking at when I’m looking at blog pages or Instagram posts. In creating my recipes, I did try using other bloggers videos they posted to guide me through, and I found this worked well too! For the purpose of this assignment, I tried to follow the feedback to make longer posts, however, in general I find I’m attracted to post which have pictures, they’re short and sweet and to the point. If I do notice a long post, I’m typically not likely to engage with it at all, I don’t find I will even skim it.

All in all, creating this learning project was so much more than learning to create meals with real ingredients. Learning to engage with technology alongside something I was interested in was rewarding and really show cased an assignment that could easily be transferred into the classroom. My skills with technology and blogging in general are now stronger from this assignment and I certainly have a new appreciation for those that choose to blog and post often. I can’t say I will continue on with my blog in the future but I will also only say that this is good-bye for now!

Contributions to my Classmates

At the beginning of the semester Katia made mention that for our final post we would be asked to touch base on the contributions we had made to the learnings of others throughout the course. It was mentioned that we will likely act surprised at the end, when asked to do this but that we were forewarned. My main contributions to my classmates learnings were in class, through blog comments, the Sask. Ed Chat on Twitter and a couple of remarks made in the discord community. Keeping things 100% transparent, I’m well aware that I did not keep my contributions consistent or daily but made them in large chunks at one time. Although I have had Twitter for many years and have tried to get into it over the years, I still am not a lover of it and remain slightly confused by the platform. I have learned a lot throughout this course but the biggest thing that I have learned is I’m definitely not an everyday blogger and although I have a social media presence, I’m not much of an active contributor. My favourite platforms are those which I can see a picture and then decide if I want to read the post and I’m still not likely to “like” or “comment”.

I did not keep track of my contributions within class time but I did try to contribute at least once per class or whenever asked to participate. I have never been someone to hesitate about sharing on behalf of a group I was assigned to, so I definitely took this opportunity, when it was available. No one likes the over-zealous-sharer though, so of course I did try to give others the opportunity to share as well. In any breakout group I was in this semester, I often led discussions, contributed, asked questions and made sure to make my group members feel comfortable to share. I did not always have my camera on during class, as I wasn’t always in the easiest sharing location, but I was always present and active with any conversation or lecture had. 

Let’s talk Twitter. I’ll be honest, I had such a hard time getting into this platform that my contributions were less than what was expected. This is of no surprise to me and something I have accounted for in my personal rating within our final mark submission form. As mentioned, I have been a member on Twitter for years but I just could not bring myself to engage 100% with the platform. Every time I went to open the app on my phone, I often ended up closing it back down again after getting confused and frustrated with what I was supposed to do. I did take the time to like a number of posts and I also shared a few posts but I did not know where to find information to share or what information would make sense to share. These are questions I’m sure I could have taken the time to ask in our Discord community but I simply felt overwhelmed with this quick semester and my personal life. I chose to focus my attention to the other areas of this course which I knew I would be able to better contribute in a more authentic-to-me way. I did participate in the Sask Ed Chat and actually quite enjoyed this once I knew what was going on and how to contribute. Screenshots from the Sask Ed Chat are what I chose to share for my Twitter contributions.

The Discord community was neat but again was not something I related well with. I asked a few questions within this community but I mostly found that I read the contributions of others. Discord was something completely new to me, it was not something I had ever even heard of before. I found it to be quite user friendly to operate and appreciated how there were different pages for different class topics. The use of Discord might actually be neat in a classroom setting where students could discuss assignments they have on the go or ask questions to their teacher and peers outside of class time. Although I’m not fully versed on what the original idea behind discord is, it would concern me if I had a young child chatting with strangers. It would be interesting to know if school divisions would allow the use of Discord and if there are any controls that can be placed to avoid unwanted conversation with complete strangers? 

My largest contribution to my classmates learnings were through comments on the blog pages. Although I mentioned I might not be much of a blogger myself, I really enjoyed reading other peoples blogs. It was neat to see what people were up to and their creative ways of sharing their learnings. I did my best to comment on a number my classmates pages, although there were a handful, I did not appear to be able to comment on. I did not do a fantastic job of reading and commenting a bit each week but I found I was better at setting a larger chunk of time aside to be able to accomplish more at one time. I realize the ask was to comment weekly but my personal life ended up being way busier than I accounted for over the last month and a half, limiting me to condensed chunks of time.

All in all, I loved the course and found it very interesting. My favourite parts were actually those where we dove into some of the complexities of the internet and consequences that can be out there. I genuinely enjoyed learning about real people and the horrors that ensued for some due to some grave mistakes that they had made. I found this to be relatable to what could very well happen in a future classroom and it gave insight as to how to try and avoid these same mistakes. I honestly believe all educators, both up and coming and practicing should be taking this course to stay current with a world relied so much on in our field. Thank you for a quick but wonderful semester Katia and classmates, until our paths cross again!

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Cheap and Easy!

Ok so this week I needed another meal for a group of people and I was hoping to have something fairly easy and hands off. I had in mind that I wanted to do something in the slow cooker but I often find that meals from the slow cooker don’t always look “picture perfect”. After much thought, I set my sights on a recipe I found for pulled pork, as it always seems to be a crowd pleaser and can certainly be dressed up to be picture perfect. The recipe I found this week was located on a website tilted: Kims Cravings. I decided I would serve pulled pork with coleslaw, salad and honey butter corn for sides. The coleslaw and salads, again, were both cheats from the bag but the honey butter corn was a quick recipe I found on Together as Family

The making of the pulled pork was so easy; minimal effort for maximum results. I first made the rub, coated the pork shoulder, browned each side in the frying pan as per the directions and then I tossed it into the slow cooker. I added a little bit of chicken broth, topped the pork with diced onions and set the slow cooker to low for 8 hours. The recipe didn’t call for the chicken broth, however, there were a number of comments saying they added it. When the pork was close to done I started on my honey butter corn. Everyone raved about the corn but I personally thought it was a little too sweet and that it could use something a little more. I would still call the corn a win but I definitely would change it up a little bit the next time I make it. 

The pulled pork recipe did mention that the BBQ sauce at the end is optional, so I decided to keep my pulled pork naked and allow the guests to decide if they wanted to add sauce to their bun or not. As much as I did not necessarily enjoy the lengthy writes ups by the bloggers prior to their recipe post, I have actually come to appreciate this section. I have found that there are helpful hints and tricks to try, which one may not find if the recipe wasn’t posted publicly on the internet. For this recipe, it was mentioned that the BBQ sauced did not need to be added in so I took this piece of advice and would do it again this way. I have also found it helpful when choosing recipes to take a look at how many people have commented and what they have to say about a meal. Again, traditionally, one would not necessarily know to avoid a recipe or make adjustments to the recipe with simply having it in a cook book. 

Using technology to find the recipe and make it have really been my forte and will likely always be my “go-to” but actually remembering to take pictures or videos is a whole different story. The internet is a wonderful resource for free recipes, cooking techniques along with different tricks and tips. I have found the experience of blogging to be a good one, however, I’m not convinced it is something I would be able to continue with on the regular. Some of my favourite people to follow post daily or multiple times daily and this is just not something I could see myself doing. For example, I’m on Instagram almost daily but my last post was made on March 12, 2020. I love to see what others are doing but I definitely find it hard to find the time to share what I’m up to and then I often wonder who really genuinely cares what I’m up to anyway. There is definitely a lot more to creating the perfect blog with the perfect pictures etc. than I ever would have imagined and I absolutely have a new appreciation for those who take the time to do it.

The ingredients!

Into the Slow Cooker!

Shredded and Ready!

The finished product!

The Digitally Literate Citizen

Coming to the end of this course and knowing what I now know from the readings shared, the videos and the lectures, I would be confident to say all students need to be taught about digital literacy. This does not necessarily differ from my thoughts coming into this course, however, the course did point out the exact reasons as to why. Students do not know about digital literacy unless explicitly taught and not all students are going to have these teachings from home. This was clear from the New York Times article by Katheryn Schulten and Christy Brown titled “Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News”. Schulten and Brown show and image of some deformed flowers with the question “Does this post provide strong evidence about the conditions near the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant?”. Shockingly, nearly 4 in 10 high school students thought based on the headline, the image believed this was evidence enough.

I grew up in the day when the internet was just becoming an accessible tool, heck, in elementary school I was still being taught how to look up information in an encyclopedia! In my early years we had dated McIntosh computers (what eventually became Apple) with games downloaded to them and no access to the internet. Eventually, each classroom was given one computer on a cart for the whole class to share. I realize that to some, this might make me sound ancient but the fact is, I’m not. I know there are MANY teachers today who still have lengthy careers ahead of them who have all grown up in the same day that I did. I mention this because, although there tends to be a focus on digital literacy for today’s students, there are also many adults who have not received explicit lessons as well. Many of these same adults are teaching are children right now and will be for many years to come.

The worksheet titled “Bias in the news” by Katherine Koskie nicely highlights the different types of biases out there which can contribute to inaccurate telling’s of the news. Koskie highlights Bias through omission, placement, headline, word choice, tone, pictures, etc. She highlights how it can me common place for bias to be in the news as everyone has the ability to hold a bias. At the end of her reading, she provides 3 articles, all which are apparently reporting on the same event. She provides a worksheet for students to work through to identify and analyze the different types of bias. I think this is a great activity to teach about digital literacy and would likely relate well to grade 7 or 8.

So, what is my point? As a future teacher I need to take responsibility for the things I do not know, and I cannot use this as an excuse for dismissing teachings for my students. In the Saskatchewan Curriculum it is quite difficult to find and outcomes which directly relate to digital literacy, especially when it comes to the early years which I’m most interested in teaching. I love the flexibility of the curriculum which allows me to weave teachings into different subject areas but what about the teachers who were never taught about topics like digital literacy to begin with? Would these same individuals see the same value in teaching this information to their students? Would some of them be susceptible to the belief of fake news? This makes me wonder what teachings future university education students will have that I did not have in my four years. It reminds me to stay current and to stay relevant for the sake of my students.

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Detective or Cyber Sleuth?

As I was late to putting together this post, I had missed the boat on having a partner to do the cyber sleuth activity with. Through the use of the Discord Community, I was able to connect with Danica Finlay who graciously offered to allow me to use her for the activity. The class we had on cyber sleuthing I honestly found to be one of my favourites and the most eye opening. It was interesting to hear the class responses on troll or not troll for the excerpts Katia read during class and truthfully some were really quite hard to differentiate the difference.

As we did during class, I took to Google and simply typed in, “Danica Finlay”. To the best of my knowledge, I do not recall taking any classes with Danica and I do not know her personally so I knew I would have my work cut out in determining if I had found the correct person. It was neat to do this activity with someone I do not know, as that was able to eliminate personal biases and missed information. To my surprise, I would say almost the entire first page of Google was about the Danica Finlay from our class.

I was able to find Danica’s, edusite, twitter, Instagram, Facebook and a couple of videos posted to the internet for projects for classes Danica has taken. Danica’s edusite has an “about me” page which shared pictures and told me she is from Vangard, Saskatchewan, she is from a family of 5, she was a figure skater, her birthday, her nicknames, her favourite colour, favourite hobby, favourite food and favourite season. This information was helpful as I did find some dated figure skating results which at first I could not confirm were Danica’s, however, from the edusite page I’m quite confident in saying they are in fact Danica Finlay’s from our class.

As I rolled onto the 2nd and 3rd page of Google, I did not seem to find anything more about Danica Finlay so I redid my Google search and entered “Danica Finlay Vanguard Saskatchewan”. This search actually eliminated most of what I had found by using only Danica’s name and I would say really was not helpful to divulge more information. I took a look at the images I found on Google and I would be confident to say the one of a figure skater would be Danica and there is another one which references where Danica was born and looks to MAYBE be a picture of Danica and her Mom from years ago.

The article “Having multiple online identities is more normal than you think” by Nicole Lee was reassuring and refreshing. In the article she quotes “different sites, different audiences and different purposes” in relation to having multiple identities. This seems to be quite accurate but it also seems to maybe be the intention of the creators of these social media platforms. If individuals are sharing the exact same things on each site, what would be the point in having multiple? Further, without the internet, people do tend do behave differently in front of different audiences it’s just not as obvious as it is not posted in text to the internet for the world to see, to judge.

The TEDTalk by Monica Lewinsky highlighted just how judgemental and devastating the internet can be. You see, in person something can be said and if it’s not recorded or written down or said in front of multiple people, it can be easily denied. On the internet, however, things are “official” they are “true” and they are there forever, good or bad. Monica quotes “remember, just a few years earlier [prior to 1998], news was consumed from just 3 places, reading a news paper or magazine, listening to the radio, or watching television”, I found this striking as these were the years that I grew up in. In school I was never taught about the safety of the internet because frankly schools were just getting access to the internet access and computers for students. Monica says “when this happened to me 17 years ago, there was no name for it. We now call it cyberbullying and harassment.”.  This is true to the era I grew up in and I can certainly think of multiple occasions from my childhood of classmates being bullied or harassed via the internet and nothing at the time could be done.

Although Monica’s story started out as shameful and even silenced her, it has come to work for her. She now has the ability to make a career out of her story by speaking publicly. A figure like Monica can enlighten young teens or even adults such as myself who did not grow up with internet safety. Although I have always been careful what to post on the internet, it is a good reminder to sit back and know how harmful just one post can be prior to making the dive to create the post.

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Rib Famous

This week was full of new recipes and boy oh boy were they ever a hit! I knew we would be hosting guests on the weekend, so I saved up my learning project meal, to hopefully shine in front of a crowd. This week I incorporated not one, not two but THREE recipes into my project. I chose to make ribs with scalloped potatoes, garlic toast and salad. I have to be honest, the salad was not a creation of my own, as it is hard to beat the salad kits available now days. Although I have said I’m trying to make meals from real ingredients, I do find the salad kits a nice quick way to add veggies to a meal and most that I have found are actually not terrible ingredients. I digress, let’s get chatting about the parts of the meal I did make!

This week I hit google hard, with searches like, “big meals to impress a crowd”, “crowd pleasing dinners”, “BBQ favourites”. First I found my recipe for ribs and from there I picked the sides which I thought would go best. I love potatoes of all kinds so it was natural to toss those in there and of course garlic toast fits in so well, that it would be a shame to cut it from the meal. I knew I would have my work cut out for me because this was going to be my day for guests to try a new meal of mine. The timing of this meal was certainly something for me to really consider as well, as the ribs needed to cook for a total of two and a half hours in the oven and the scalloped potatoes would also need the oven. I do have a convection feature on my oven but the temperatures were different between the potatoes and the ribs so I decided to use a plug-in roaster oven for the scalloped potatoes, that I’ve had stashed away in the cupboards.

The ribs appeared to be the easiest recipe and also the part that would take the longest, so I got together the ingredients and began to make the rub. Once the ribs were prepped and in the oven, I got to work on making the scalloped potatoes. Making the scalloped potatoes was quite tedious but having a video from the recipes blog page to work from was nice; especially when it came to making the sauce and getting the consistency just right. Once I had the scalloped potatoes in their tray and in the oven, I began to make my garlic butter for the garlic toast. For this, I actually combined two recipes, picking out the things I like best about both of them to make one. Once mixed up, I spread the garlic cheese butter on the fresh loaf of French bread I picked up from our local grocery store and waited until the ribs were done in the oven to toss the garlic cheese bread in. 

The timing of my meal worked out quite well and the trusty portable oven did too, my biggest worries were behind me. Our guests absolutely loved the meal, so much so, I had them asking for the recipes. I’ve always been the type to try my best to look on the bright side and I have to be honest, although the covid virus was a horrible thing in many ways, it did seem to really impact the online learning world. Going back to school as an adult, while still trying to maintain my current career, while I finish school, was not the easiest decision but learning online has made it a significantly different experience than it would have been otherwise. Now a few years later, I’m no stranger to learning online and it is something I have actually really come to enjoy. When it came to picking recipes for this meal, I was easily able to surf a number of recipes until I found something that sparked my interest and had the ingredients which sounded the best to me. So far throughout this journey, there has been no need for costly cookbooks where there is only a handful of recipes I love but a plethora of whatever I want, right there for free, on the internet. 

I have now changed my iPhone screen to stay on until I turn it off for the ease of using it for the recipe while I cook. It is also quite convenient that I can Google quick “how to’s” (like removing the membrane from the ribs) before cooking or while I’m cooking. I have found that I have been doing a lot of screen shots for recipes, especially with using multiple recipes just to make it easier to switch back and forth while making a meal. It would be nice to have a better place to save these recipes so I can easily access them in the future; if anyone has an idea, please reach out and comment below!

Best Ribs EVER!

Sooo Cheesy!

The more garlic, the better!

Okay, its from a bag, but it was good too!

Creating a Good Digital Citizen

After reading a few of my classmate’s posts and trying to relate digital citizenship to early years, I was somewhat at a loss. Children seem to know how to operate technology better than a lot of adults now days and they even seem to know how to do it before they can read. For me, it begged the question as to what to teach children in pre-k to grade 1 and what would be most valuable for them? I also wondered what could be taught in these years, as children will have just begun to dabble with reading. Do children need to know how to read and be able to do research in order to gain value from a digital citizenship lesson?

Upon knowing what I know about the curriculum and knowing there is a lot of room for flexibility, I do believe digital citizenship could be wrapped into the grade 1 English Language Arts curriculum. Under the Compose and Create outcomes, outcome CC1.4 which reads “write and share stories and short informational texts about familiar events and experiences in a minimum of 5 sentences” could be used to incorporate digital citizenship teachings. Once I took sometime to even do a quick Google search, it became quite clear that there are a number of teachings available to very young students. There are YouTube videos, online games and even full lesson plans available for teaching students of these ages.

The best resource I found which I would love to incorporate into my classroom is this video. The video titled “We the Digital Citizens” is catchy, repetitive, interesting to watch and has minimal words making it relatable for young students. The video is a song which the students would be able to both sing and dance to. The language used in the video is not too technical or complex and it is quite likely the majority of younger students would be able to comprehend the concept. The video also relates well to Ribble’s Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship with direct correlation to numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8. After showing the students the video we could have a lesson on what it means to take a pledge and incorporating outcome CC1.4 the students could write out their own Digital Citizen Pledge.

In conclusion, I was pleasantly surprised to see the resources available for younger students. In completing this post, I was reminded I need to check my biases at the door and really think outside the box for the good of my students. I truly went into this post thinking it would be quite unrelatable to myself and wanting to teach somewhere around pre-k to grade 1 but found I could not be more wrong. I’m very glad I took the time to do some research on the area in which I’m most interested in teaching as picking an older grade certainly would have been easier and would have got the job done. I’m informed and excited to teach my future young students about what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.

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Almost a Disaster!

This week was a LEARNING CURVE to say the absolute least. Honestly making the actual recipe was the easy part, it was the technology that really had me going. I started this week with a vision, I really wanted to do a video where the viewer would see the pan, see all the ingredients added to it and see the whole meal be cooked. I would then take this video and speed it up to make in more enticing to watch; sometimes watching onions brown for 5 minutes, is about as exciting as watching paint dry. In any event, my skills and technology are somewhat limited, so I began the process with my trusty iPhone 11. About halfway into making the meal my phone simply stopped recording and I received the famous “your storage is full” message. What a disaster! I was about 20 minutes into making the meal and could not simply stop, to frantically try and free storage, on my phone. In that moment I decided I would take pictures of what I could, and I would include them in my video which would feature video clips and still pictures.

For this week I made Pork Fried Rice and other than the whole filming issue, the recipe itself turned out fantastic. I found the recipe via Pinterest on a bloggers page titled Self Proclaimed Foodie, you can find it here. The recipe had a 4.96 star rating from 45 votes so it only made sense that I tried this one out. Also, I suppose it was convenient that I had most of the ingredients on hand that needed to be used. I did make a few adjustments, I added corn to the recipe, the same amount as the peas, I used left over cooked Costco pork chops and I used everything bagel seasoning instead of the sesame seeds. The flavours came together quite nicely and although I’m sure not quite traditional, it was the best pork fried rice I’ve had.

After creating the recipe and having a bit of a hiccup with what my plan was to showcase my work, I decided to use the platform Canva. Canva provides templates which are easy to use and to adjust to the project at hand. The template I chose was completed with music and spaces for both video clips and still pictures. I changed up some of the colours and the font to align better with the type of video I was creating, I did pay to use Canva but to me the extra cost was worth saving on the headache, of not having certain features to make things as smooth as possible. I had already had one major curve to my plan so naturally I was looking to avoid another.

In the end, I created a video of my cooking experience which I am quite proud of, especially given my limited experience with technology! As mentioned, I included both pictures of the ingredients, and ingredient list and the steps to make the recipe. I wouldn’t say that a viewer could use simply this video to make the recipe but it might give them some ideas while they are reading along and following the recipe from their kitchen.  Take a look and let me know what you think!

Pasta Perfect!

One of my favourite things to eat has to be pasta, of all kinds, so it was only natural that’s what I decided to explore for this week. I have been following Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest on Instagram for quite some time now and was intrigued when I saw a post for “One Pot French Onion Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto”. I loved the idea that the recipe had “one pot” in it’s title which signaled to me, it might not be too terribly complex, for a beginner.

This recipe had quite a number of ingredients and certainly took longer to put together than what I’m used to for a pasta dish, but all of the effort was absolutely worth it. The recipe does call for the use of burrata cheese which I was unable to find but a simple Google search let me know, mozzarella is a great substitute. Does anyone know where to find burrata cheese in Regina? Following the recipe closely (minus the burrata cheese issue), did not disappoint and yet again I have found another dish to keep In my supper repertoire. I did make one crucial mistake while making the dish and that was not turning on the hood fan over the stove. It turns out, if you don’t, your home will smell like onions for days to come; awkward.

I loved Tieghan’s website and was drawn in quickly with her pictures on Instagram which were also included on her blog. Like a typical recipe blogger, Tieghan has a lengthily write up before each recipe but there is a “Jump to Recipe” button, and even better yet, a “Print Recipe” button. With that being said, Tieghan’s write ups are worth the read, if one has the time, as she packs them with hints, tricks and substitutions. The Half Baked Harvest Blog is easy to navigate and packed with MANY picture perfect and free recipes! For anyone looking for a delicious and picture perfect meal, Tieghan Gerard is your girl!

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