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Crispy Baked Tomatoes

This is another one of my favorite side dishes that I find myself going back to every time I am trying to eat healthier. They are so yummy, I always wonder why I don’t make them more often, eating healthy...

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Sunshine Shake

I’ve been lucky enough to have tried a new kind of shake here in Florida, in orange country.  A small farm that gives tours of it’s operations has a little store that sells these shakes, and once I had one,...

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Deviled Eggs

These little eggs are easy to make, and always a hit at any gathering. There are endless variations, so use this as a template, then feel free to customize it to suit your own taste.

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Oven Roasted Asparagus

I love roasting vegetables in the oven because it brings out the natural sugars, and kills the natural bitterness of vegetables.  Topped with a garlicky cheese mixture just makes it even better.  Asparagus was the first vegetable I ever tried cooking...

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Cauliflower “Rice”

This is the best way to make a healthy rice-like substitute from cauliflower.  Taste and texture are amazingly similar with this method.  A low carb lifestyle is being adopted and recommended more and more by doctors and health gurus, which explains...

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Baked Acorn Squash

This is a quick and easy side dish that cooks in the microwave, taking only 10 minutes from start to finish.  Add a dab of both butter and brown sugar, nuke it for 6 minutes, and voila!  Hard shelled squash like...

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Chocolate Souffles

OK, yes, I totally copied this from All Recipes.com.  I’ve made this recipe before, but had lost the recipe, so this time I don’t want to lose the recipe again!  All the credit goes to The Tatooed Chef.  Yum!!  Surprise...

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Mulled Wine

This is a wonderful comfort drink on a cold winter night. The aroma of wine simmering with cinnamon and cloves is reminiscent of Christmas. It warms the heart and the stomach. We recently went on a pre-Christmas European cruise where we...

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Chicken Posole (Soup)

This recipe for Chicken Posole comes from a grocery store that was demonstrating how to make it with ingredients sold in the store (of course), and unlike many of these samplings I’ve had, it was surprisingly good.  So good, in...

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Cream Cheese Spread

Serve this sweet cream cheese spread alongside Easter Bread, or Sweet Italian Pannetone, or with any flavour of bagels, or even try it with muffins.

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Molasses Cookies

These molasses cookies are another one of our family’s heritage recipes; this one from my Mom’s files.  I didn’t like the strong spices so much when I was little (and neither did my own kids), but once those taste buds...

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Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie is a combination of two of my favorite desserts: Apple Pie, and Apple Crisp.  It’s basically apple crisp in a pie shell.  And it’s so yummy!  Here’s how:     Start with an unbaked deep dish pie...

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Pumpkin Rolls

Today’s post is courtesy of Beyond Kimchee, taken from a 2012 post.  These pumpkin rolls are just so cute!  And if you don’t feel like making your own rolls, you could do the same with pre-made cook and serve rolls....

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Football Chili

My Mom used to make Chili Con Carne long before many Canadians even knew what that meant (in Spanish, “con carne” literally means “with meat”).  I have been making chili for my entire adult life, starting with my Mom’s way...

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Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Yep, I’m totally stealing this recipe from Crazy for Crust!  Oh yeah, did I mention … this recipe comes from Crazy For Crust.  It just looks so good, I’m going to store it here until I can get around to...

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Rickety Uncle

This recipe is a real heritage recipe.  It seems to be one of those “hand-me-down” recipes that people remember their grandmothers making. My Mom made it all the time, as well as several variations of it too.  In fact, this recipe...

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Best Ever Coconut Macaroons

The sweetened condensed milk in these Coconut Macaroons makes them moist, dense, and the perfect bakery style cookie!  Who knew that the perfect macaroon would have no egg whites at all?!    Stir together flour, coconut, and salt. Stir in...

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Rhubarb Dream Bars

Rhubarb is usually a summer fruit, but it freezes so well that you can have rhubarb treats all year round.  If you are using frozen rhubarb in your baking, (like pies, crisps and bars like this one) a good rule...

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Pecan Snowball Cookies

These addictive little pecan cookies are similar to shortbread but are much more melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I love the flavour from the toasted pecans and the delicate sweetness from the double layer of powdered sugar on the cookie. These are also...

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Coconut Bread

Technically a loaf or quick bread, this coconut bread is easy to make, moist, and full of coconut flavour.  Keeps well in the freezer.  I slice it first, then it’s easy to pry off a couple of slices and thaw...

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Granny’s Oatmeal Cookies

I got a text today from my daughter-in-law asking if I had the recipe for the oatmeal coconut cookies that Granny (my Mom) always had on hand.  My son was remembering Granny’s oatmeal cookies, and she thought she would make...

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Chewy Coconut Cookies

I’ve been on a coconut kick lately, and I finally made a recipe that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time.  These coconut cookies are a simple drop cookie.  As easy as it gets.  You don’t even need...

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Oriental Salad

Oriental Salad, or Asian Salad, or Ramen Noodle Salad; by any name it is yummy. It’s usually a base of shredded cabbage or bagged coleslaw with a package of dry ramen noodles crumbled up and added, and a dressing using the seasoning packet from the noodles. Often sesame or sunflower seeds and sliced or slivered toasted almonds are added to lend extra crunch, or crispy chow mein noodles can be added also. A versatile recipe, this salad makes a large batch, and is a staple at potlucks and holiday menus. Enjoy!

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Spaghetti Meat Sauce

AKA Bolognese Sauce.  I have been making this sauce since I started cooking.  It’s your basic tomato based sauce with Italian spices and ground beef.  It has undergone several changes over the years, all little tweaks to make it better....

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the old-fashioned classic cookies that generation after generation makes time and again. Although it’s the current fashion to leave the nuts out, I still like to leave them in once in a while. It reminds me of the...

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Egg Foo Yong

An unusual but delicious choice. Good for a light lunch or supper.  It’s a low carb and high protein choice too. It’s easy!  Here’s how:      Rinse about 1 cup or so of fresh bean sprouts.  Drain well and...

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Homemade Applesauce

Open a can of applesauce, and what do you find?  Some kind of white, tasteless mush that is passed off as applesauce.  Blech!  On the other hand, think of the insides of an apple pie.  Soft, juicy apple slices, sweetened...