Julie Van Rosendaal

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Simple Cheeseburgers

A well-made cheeseburger is a beautiful thing, particularly in the summer, when cooking – and dining — al fresco is the order of the day.

Portobello Burgers

Sometimes you don't need ground beef to achieve a juicy, meaty burger patty. Enter portobello. One of the easiest, meatiest burgs on the block.

Berry-Watermelon Ice Pops

With 92 percent water, watermelon is perfect for puréeing and freezing into all-fruit ice pops – no added sugar required. Fresh or frozen raspberries, strawberries or cherries add a vitamin boost.

Top-Your-Own Crostini the Whole Family Will Love

These “little toasts” can be topped with anything, and are fun for little fingers to assemble.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

These bars are the best of all worlds—soft and chewy, with pockets of chocolate and crunchy, salty pretzels on top. Could there be a tastier after-school snack than a warm pan of these, straight from the oven?

Quick Butter Chicken (with a Twist!)

Who doesn’t love butter chicken? It comes together more quickly than you might think, making it perfect comfort food for a busy weeknight.

Everything Cookies

Load these cookies up with as many good things as you can manage. Let the kids choose their favourite dried fruit, nuts and seeds plus, oh yeah, the chocolate chips.

Tuna Cakes with Potato Wedges

Stuck in a dinner rut? These crispy cakes taste like a tuna melt and come together using ingredients you probably already have on hand. Roasted potato wedges and peas round out the meal.

Vanilla Cheesecake Jars

Fresh berries are a tasty and attractive topping, but any kind of fruit compote would work well. Come to think of it, so would chocolate or caramel sauce.

Sticky overnight cinnamon buns

The fridge can handle the hard work, allowing the dough of these sticky cinnamon buns to rise overnight. Good morning, sweetness.