Sunday, March 30, 2014

Recipe to Riches Recap...and A Contest!

Every Wednesday evening  for the past five weeks, my son and I have watched Recipe to Riches, the CBC show where amateur Canadian cooks compete for their recipe to become a real product in Loblaws stores across Canada.

And every Thursday afternoon for the past five weeks, we've rushed home from school (he's the student, I'm the teacher) so we could try that week's winning recipe.

This Wednesday, those six semi-finalists will get together for the season finale where one of them will be declared the creator of President's Choice latest and greatest product. You can watch it live @9pm on Wednesday, April 2nd on CBC.

So who gets to decide which recipe rules? You do!  But only if you vote here. Voting is open until Sunday, March 30th @11:59pm ET.

Now just in case you're not quite as obsessed with the show as my son is and you missed trying a dish or two, I though I'd have him give you a recap of what he thought of each dish.

Here's what Billy had to say:
Mini Raspberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cups

The good thing was that it had a good mix of flavours; it was a perfect balance. The design with the chocolate cup was neat; I've never seen anything like it before.

The bad thing was that they take too long to be ready. You can't just stick them in the oven, you have to just wait for them to defrost.

Jammin' Jamaican Lobster Bisque

The good thing was that it just tasted good all around. It had very good flavours. The pieces of lobster were a good size.

The bad thing is that I think it was a little too spicy for the average person.

Grandpa's Acadian Meat Pie

The good thing was that...it was perfect. It's good for kids because kids like pot pies and Shepard's pie and its like that but without the vegetables.

The bad thing was....nothing. Actually wait there is one bad thing. Unlike the other dishes, you can't make a single serving of this one. You have to make the whole thing and it's meant for four people. So if I just wanted to make it for myself, it would be too much.

Italian Lollipos

The good thing was that I liked how the cheese was melty. They tasted really good dipped in marinara sauce like the box suggested.

The bad thing was that the stick was a bit too hot if you want to eat them right away. Also, they taste a bit too heavy.

Mexi Mac 'n Cheese Bites

The good thing was that they were delicious. The cheese counteracted the spice perfectly so they weren't too spicy. I liked that they didn't take too long to cook. If you want to be a real Canadian like me, dip them in ketchup.

The bad thing was that they tasted too good and I ate more of them than I should've.

Overall, Billy thought that they were all really good, but if he had to pick a winner, it would be either the Mac 'n Cheese Bites or the Meat Pie.

I agree with pretty much everything Billy said, except for the winner. If I had to choose, it would be the Lobster Bisque. I think it's original and delicious and a great price-point and the perfect serving size for one. It's definitely the most fanciest frozen lunch I've ever brought to school.

What about you? Which recipe do you think should win? Your vote could help one chef win $25 000 and help YOU win a $50 gift card to Loblaws.

Cast your official vote on the CBC Recipe to Riches website

Send me your pic via Twitter (@ItsCaylaWithAC) OR write in the comments section of my Facebook page OR leave a comment below. If your pick wins on Wednesday, you could win a $50 President's Choice gift card. Contest closes @ 9pm on Wednesday April 2nd.

The prize and the product samples were provided by President's Choice, however, the comments and reviews are solely mine (and my son's).


  1. I think the Mexi Mac 'n Cheese Bites should win tonight! Thanks!

  2. Nic, Canada agreed with you and the Mac n Cheese bites won! And so did you! Please let me know how to get your gift card to you.

  3. Yay, thank you very much! I'm going to need to make sure I stock up on some yummy Mac n Cheese bites!