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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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!


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...

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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...


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...


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...


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....