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123 Pizza Dough

Quick, easy, and so delish!  This dough is my go-to for when I want to make pizza for just Steve and me, and maybe one friend.  It is just as easy doing it by hand as with the mixer.  Rises...

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Gingerbread Spice Cake with Caramel Apple Sauce

This cake brings all of the flavours of your favourite gingerbread cookie to a cake. Darker and spicier than a typical spice cake, something about this cake reminds me of home. Maybe because my Mom loved these spices and used...

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Lemon Mint Water

Water.  It’s something we all need to drink more of.  Our bodies are mostly water.  We will die without water, far earlier than we will die without food.  And yet, the thought of downing 6 to 8 cups of water...

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Apple Crisp

With a brown sugar sweet and crispy topping and a tart and tender fruit bottom, apple crisp ranks at the top of my favourite desserts list. And it is so easy to make, even a beginner cook can make it....

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Peanut Butter Cookies

These are the basic, traditional cookies you know from your childhood. Super quick and easy to make. Use chunky peanut butter for a little extra crunch.    Put butter, white and brown sugars, peanut butter and egg into a bowl....

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Asparagus White Pizza

Pizza is one of those things that almost everyone likes. Red sauce is the most common, but I have had wonderful pizzas using olive oil instead of red sauce, and using Alfredo sauce instead of tomato sauce. White pizza is...

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Almond Ricotta Cheesecake

What? A cheesecake made without cream cheese? What’s up with that? Well, it turns out that ricotta cheese has less fat than the more traditional (for us) cream cheese. Many people, especially if they are of Italian descent, have only...

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Fresh Mushroom Soup

Home made soup always tastes so much better than canned. Thick, with a rich mushroom flavor, the mushroom lovers will really go crazy for this soup. Buy a 454g package (1 lb) of sliced mushrooms at a big box store when they are cheap. The rest is easy.

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Chewy Granola Bars

These granola bars taste so much better than any that I’ve bought.  They are made of healthy whole ingredients combined simply and cooked just long enough for them to hold together. I love the flavour combination of honey and cinnamon,and with that little bit...

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Almond Graham Crumb Crust

I love the taste of toasted almonds in a crust.  It could be used with anything that calls for a graham crumb crust.  I especially like this crust when I am making almond flavoured cheesecake, or ricotta cheesecake flavoured with...

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Chocolate Cream Pie

Is there anyone who doesn’t like Chocolate Cream Pie?  It’s a true classic, and everyone likes it.  You can adjust the chocolate flavour to your taste, by using bittersweet, semisweet, milk chocolate, or any combination of these that you like....

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Coconut Creme Pie

This is a combination of two recipes, with a couple of little tweaks of my own.  It has the familiar rich, creamy coconut filling, but is topped with a meringue, similar to a lemon meringue pie. It was delicious, and went fast.  I...

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Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe is quick, easy, and tasty. Add rice and a salad and you have an easy weeknight meal in under 30 minutes. I love that it uses chicken legs. They are often on sale, they are flavourful, and the...

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Pasta with Fresh Tomato and Basil

Fresh basil and sweet, tiny tomatoes were the inspiration for this modern day comfort food. Some good quality olive oil, lots of garlic, and of course some Parmesan cheese finishes the dish, giving a simple yet delicious dish of pasta....

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Light Carrot Cake

This recipe is a lightened-up version of a favorite old recipe, and I have been making both for many years (depending on whether or not I was dieting or not).  Truthfully, I have been on and off of diets for...

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Honeydew Ginger Smoothie

This drink is for the ginger lovers out there.  It is really the same as the Heavenly Honeydew Smoothie, but with a ginger syrup added to it.  I used Splenda instead of sugar in the ginger syrup, so it isn’t...

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Heavenly Honeydew Smoothie

Chilled fruit purees like this one are perfect for hot days, or anytime as a mid-day treat or as an appetizer or light dessert.  I first had chilled fruit soup on a Caribbean cruise, and I liked it so much...

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Spinach and Feta Scrambled Eggs

This simple recipe uses only three ingredients, but is one of the tastiest ways of making eggs that I know. It needs no spices, as the salty feta cheese provides all it needs. Adapted from an Atkins recipe, it’s high...

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Warm Cinnamon-Sugar Grapefruit

We had my favorite breakfast this morning: warmed grapefruit with cinnamon and sugar (well, Splenda actually), and scrambled eggs with spinach and feta cheese.  Now, I’ve had people give me funny looks when I ask them if they’ve ever eaten...

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Stuffed Peppers

Pretty peppers are stuffed with ground beef and rice. Use whatever color peppers you like. This recipe is quite easy to put together, and results in dish that is as delicious as it is pretty. Makes a nice light supper...

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Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

This is a favourite flavour for most people. Besides the strawberries, I use some orange juice which isn’t really obvious in the finished drink, but it adds some fruity acidity that compliments the strawberries.  Using powdered drink mix (like Crystal...

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Chicken Caesar Salad

This recipe is just as good as you can get at any restaurant, but better, since you know how it’s been prepared and you know what is in it.  I picked up some chicken breast at the grocery store today,...

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Granola Nut Clusters

These little crunchy mouthfuls are healthy and high protein, in keeping with my decision to focus on healthy cooking and eating.  Not only that, but they taste good too!  Pecan halves, with all of their creases and ridges provide great...

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Sugar Free Coconut Macaroons

These easy macaroons are light and airy and taste sweet, but use Splenda and Erythritol powder instead of sugar.  I also subbed ground almonds for the small amount of flour called for in my original recipe, and cut down the...

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are easy to make, and delicious.  For variations, you could substitute white chocolate and craisins,  or your favorite flavour baking chips for the semi-sweet chipits in this recipe.  Today I am making them with milk chocolate chips.  I don’t...

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Quick-Rise Buns

These buns rise quicker than other yeast doughs, so you can make a batch in the morning and have them ready for lunch.  They are a good, all-purpose bun.  In fact, before I found the Honey Buttermilk Buns recipe, these...

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

It was my daughter’s birthday this past week, and she asked for lemon poppy seed cake with fresh raspberries.  Not lemon pound cake, but lemon cake.  She said I’d make it once before for her, and she would like the...

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Raspberry Sauce (Coulis)

This sauce is both tart and sweet, just like raspberries are.  It’s easily made from fresh raspberries, or you can use frozen if you can’t find fresh.  It’s a nice change to top slices of pound cake or cheese cake,...