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Vanderveen Kitchen

When you're feeding a family the size of my army, working full time and home schooling your kids, you have to have a few tricks up your sleeve. My favourite "go to" store is Costco because it's just so easy to buy in the quantity that we need, and the food tastes great. Here I've shared some of our best recipes for comfort food that the kids love and we return to over and over again.

Batch Cooking GemsThese are tried and true recipes, perfect for feeding a crowd or freezing extra dishes for later. 

Double Dinners: Cook once and get two great meals the family will love.

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Found 12 blog entries about Vanderveen Kitchen.

Bacon Wrapped Rotisserie Chicken on the BBQ

It was a quiet Sunday afternoon, and we weren't sure what to make for dinner. We had a few veggies, a cupboard full of Costco spices, a couple pounds of bacon and a chicken. The under used rotisserie on the BBQ was calling out to us...

The result was the creation of Bacon Wrapped Rotisserie Chicken, but we like to call it "Heaven on a Stick"

Video Instructions for Bacon Wrapped Rotisserie Chicken


For those of you who would rather measure then shake, here are the approximate ingredient measurements:

  • 2 lb chicken
  • 2 lbs of bacon


  • 2 small cooking onions
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 medium carrots

Combine for Rub

  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
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Part 1 of the Double Dinner Series from the Vanderveen Kitchen

Those who know me, know that I love me some Costco. Some ladies love the spa, I like strolling through the aisles of Costco. (But I mean, I like the spa too. I do have 10 toe nails and a beating heart!) Buying bulk for as long as I have, has made me hatch the idea of “double dinners,” or “triple dinners.” So I’m starting a series!

Double dinners can be described as buying one or main two items that stretch across 2 or 3 dinners. In today’s edition, we’ll be doing two amazing meals with stuff you can buy at Costco. Night one will begin with a traditional roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes and broccoli with cheese sauce. On night two, the leftovers will be transformed into

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The Ultimate Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

Vanderveen Brown Butter YorkiesI FINALLY did it. I discovered a recipe for yorkies that is better than the package!!! And those darn packages are so expensive! They want $1.99 for what I now know amounts to flour and beef powder, and it only makes 6 tiny yorkies. Not even huge popovers like I accomplished today.

Here it is people, one of my finest discoveries yet:

Vanderveen Brown Butter Yorkies


This is based on 5 eggs which yielded me 12 huge yorkies.

5 Eggs

1 cup Milk

1 cup Flour

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon Liquid Beef Stock Concentrate

Giant hunk of Butter (about 1/6 of a stick)

2 tablespoons Canola Oil


1) Preheat Oven to 415 degrees.

2) So you take the eggs and crack them

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Electronic Pasta MakerSo while at Lina’s Italian Market trying to satisfy a random pregnancy craving, I stumbled on the most brilliant looking of all machines: an electronic pasta factory. My eyes nearly popped out of my head, imagining the possibilities of dropping flour, eggs, and EVOO into an agitator and having fresh pasta pop out the other end. Clint and I were just about to reach for it off the shelf when one of the employees came by and snatched it out from under us, telling us we were not allowed to have that LAST machine as she was already planning on buying it since this morning. That was unfortunate. We did find out that Lina had wanted $200 for the machine, which seemed steep, but I was ready to pay it, if the machine truly delivered on what it promised.

So I

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Special Reserve Spaghetti recipeThis is a series that I love to come back to. Cooking for a small army is something I do every day, but in order to save time and make future mealtimes so much easier, I love to make, like, 20 meals at a time and freeze them. This one is a Baisi (my Italian maiden name) family secret, and here I am posting it on the internet for the public. I expect to be chased out of town very soon by burly, black-haired women, brandishing a rolling pin.

Spaghetti Sauce is something everyone does, but when Clint and I do, what we call, a spaghetti cook-off, we make something so special, that it can only be called a special reserve. When all is said and done, we have at least 24 meals (1 bag feeds 4 adults or 2 adults and 4 kids) worth of sauce to freeze in Ziploc

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I’ve had a few people ask me about my recipes for batch cooking lately because I mentioned that I like to do it on Facebook, so for ease of response, I’ll post some of my favourites on here. We’ll start with good old reliable shepherd’s pie.

Shepherds Pie for an armyEnough Shepherd’s Pie to Feed a Small Army (Or Just the Vanderveens)

(Makes about 10 full meals for our family of 8)

Massive3- 4 gallon Cooking pot

2 Flats of Costco Ground beef

1 package of Costco frozen Mixed Veggies

1 Package Costco Peaches and Cream Corn

6-10 Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup

¾ of a Sack of Costco Potatoes

2 Bricks of Cream cheese

1/2 Stick of Butter

One quarter to one Half a Costco jug of mayo

Costco sea salt


Epicure French Onion Dip mix

Extra Old

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I cannot express to you enough how much having a home garden has been wonderful for the Vanderveens. Not only do we enjoy the fresh food right out of our yard, but the kids enjoy helping the plants grow: feeding them, fertilizing, and weeding our little garden. Best of all, there is literally an abundance of spiritual metaphors to pull out of gardening which Clint and I love to share with our children. I cannot recommend this enough to all of my readers. If you’re thinking about starting a garden but not sure how to begin, we’ll be happy to help. Our garden isn’t perfect, but it has sure served it purpose well!

Today I want to share with you how amazing it was to harvest a huge amount of basil and oregano and how we’re storing it for winter months.

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I’ve come up with another recipe that I just can’t keep to myself. The recipe comes from this restaurant in Calgary called Da Guido. They have the most amazing house salad dressing. Every time I go there, I order that salad and my eyes just roll back in my head as I savour the flavour.

So last year my very talented chef friend, Lindsay, was in town, and I convinced her to come with me to Da Guidos so she could help me figure out what was in it using her super-human chef palette. She did indeed give me some helpful directions on what ingredients to try, and I have spent the last year testing and re-testing different combinations, and I think I have finally come very close to what the recipe may actually be. So without further delay, here it is.



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Cooking is one of my favourite things, but as we have more children running around here, I’m less able to execute the amazing dishes that I used to, as they require fresh groceries which I never have time to grab every day. Never having the exact right fresh ingredients for what I want is something that always troubles me, because I have grand ideas that I can never bring to fruition because I’m missing one measly thing that can’t be substituted. So we end up with a lot of casseroles, and meat and potato fare, which is totally fine, but there is still this little cook inside me that longs to make amazing things every once and while.

So when I stumble upon a recipe that is simply divine and requires no fresh ingredients, I think there is no one better

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Hi y'all. The kids were out playing in the snow, and I decided to rustle up some homemade hot chocolate. The result was so yum that it seemed silly not to share it with my faithful readers. So here it is:

4 Cups of Milk

1/2 Cup Gourmet Cocoa (available at Costco and pictured below)

1/3 Cup of Coconut Sugar (Blogged about here)

The result here was so rich and creamy. All the kids loved it! Enjoy.


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