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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,...

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Christmas Fruit Cookies

These fruit cookies have a similar taste to my Light Fruit Cake, but in a crispy cookie form. They are another of my favourites for Christmas baking. They are pretty, yummy, and make a nice addition to a plate of...

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Light Fruit Cake

This recipe was originally published in a 1965 Robin Hood calendar. The cake is flavoured with pineapple juice and coconut and the fruit used contains no candied peel, giving it a lighter, cleaner taste and texture than other fruit cakes....

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Butterscotch Fudge

This is my favorite fudge of all time. I almost always make it at Christmas time.  You could call it butterscotch, or caramel as both would be right.  The brown sugar flavour reminds me of the pecan pralines that I...

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Chocolate Fudge

This is a good old-fashioned recipe using real chocolate and cream, and boiling until it gets to the right consistency.  I had been having trouble making fudge recently, ever since I got a candy thermometer and started using it instead...

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Hot Fudge Sauce

The perfect blend of melting the ice-cream warmth, and sticking to the ice-cream thickness.  Once you have some of this chocolaty goodness in your fridge, it takes only a minute to microwave it to the perfect warmth and consistency.  Yummmmm!...

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Grown-Up Mac & Cheese

Grown-Up Mac & Cheese Old fashioned comfort food, but fancied up a bit for adults. Don’t worry, kids like it too! Serves 4 (as a meal) or 6 (as a side) Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked macaroni, cooked 2 – 3...

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Sweet Potato Supreme

Sweet Potato Supreme The flavour of candied sweet potatoes but in a make-ahead dish!  The potatoes are mashed, then topped with butter, brown sugar and pecans. Perfect for Christmas and Thanksgiving. It makes a pretty presentation too, and could also be...

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Best Ever Sugar Cookies

Best EverSugar Cookies Best ever!  Just be sure not to over bake.  Roll and cut into fun shapes.  The icing is what makes the cookie so good.  A traditional Christmas cookie. makes: About 3 dozen Ingredients 1/2 cup butter or...

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Toffee Cornflake Cookies

Toffee Cornflake Cookies Toffee and cornflakes go so well together. This unbaked cookie is quick and easy to make. A little sticky, but oh, so good! Makes 2 ½ – 3 dozen cookies Ingredients: 30 Caramels (9 ½ oz) (269g)...

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Little cups of peanut butter cookie, wrapped around a mini peanut butter cup, these are so yummy.  These cookies are some of the first to disappear from the Christmas tray!    Start by creaming the margarine, peanut butter and sugars...

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Toffee Tarts

Toffee Tarts Sweet creamy little tarts with flavours of caramel and chocolate. These are like Turtle Tarts but without the pecan. Safe for those with nut sensitivities. Kids love these! Makes a 36 mini tarts Ingredients: 36 mini tart shells...

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Turtle Tarts

Turtle Tarts Sweet creamy little tarts with flavours of caramel and chocolate, and topped off with a pecan half. Everyone likes these! Makes a 36 mini tarts Ingredients: 36 mini tart shells (two boxes of 18, in the frozen food...

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Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie A comfort food classic, this layered casserole of beef with peas, carrots and gravy, topped with creamy mashed potatoes will warm both hearts and tummies.  It takes a little time to put it together, but it’s so worth...

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How to Make Candy (Fudge and Brittle)

Making your own fudge and brittle is easy to learn, and the taste is so rewarding!  Yes, you can buy fudge in specialty fudge shops.  But wow, it’s really expensive!  If you have a solid, heavy pot, and some time...

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Bacon Pecan Brittle

Bacon Pecan Brittle Crunchy, salty and sweet, this Bacon Pecan Brittle is addictive, and is an ideal holiday treat. Ingredients 1 package (375 g) bacon, chopped 1 Cup granulated white sugar 1 Cup dark brown sugar 1 Cup corn syrup...

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Jam Thumbprint Cookies

This cookie is everyone’s favorite. It’s both pretty and delicious. In our house, it’s a traditional Christmas cookie. I recommend making a double batch so you don’t run out before your guests get any!

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Swedish Potatoes

Swedish Potatoes This is a make-ahead dish of creamy mashed potatoes. With cream cheese and sour cream beaten into it, and a crunchy bread topping, this was a favorite of my daughter Chrissy’s. Everybody likes these. Makes enough for 6...

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Hamburger and Macaroni Casserole

Hamburger and Macaroni Casserole Old fashioned comfort food in a casserole dish. This is one great way to make a pound of hamburger go a long, long way. Servings: Serves 6 – 8 Cook time: 1 hour Ingredients 1 pound lean...

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Poppycock (Caramel Popcorn)

Poppycock (Caramel Popcorn) I’ve been making this recipe for so many years, it’s become a Christmas tradition. This is stick-to-your-teeth, nutty caramel popcorn. Once you’ve had this, the kind that you buy at the store will never be good enough...

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Frozen Lemon Slice

  This is a light-as-air slice made of frozen and whipped creamy jello with a graham cracker base. A little tart, a little sweet, it’s the perfect summer dessert, it’s coolness and light texture welcome on a hot night. And...

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Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Pudding   This is the home made pudding of my childhood that’s cooked on top of the stove, and that you eat warm. You know the kind that gets a skin on it if left uncovered? Once you’ve had...

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Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder Makes enough for 4 people. Ingredients 4 thick slices of bacon (or use 6 regular) 1 medium onion, diced 1 large stalk celery, diced 2 – 2 ½ cups potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 small tin clams (10...

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Turkey Dinner Timetable

Turkey Roasting Guide: An approximate rule of thumb for roasts of all kinds is about 20 minutes per pound. The trouble is, once you get over 8 pounds or so, this rule no longer applies. For more accurate results, use...

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Bacon and Sausage Stuffing

Bacon and Sausage Stuffing This stuffing is so delicious that I always get asked for the recipe. The recipe makes enough for leftovers. Cook some in the turkey, and the remainder in a crock pot or slow cooker. Perfectly seasoned...

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How to Brine a Turkey

Brining a Turkey  Brining is the process of soaking meat in a solution of salt, sugar and water prior to roasting. Rather than making it exceptionally salty, the salt in the solution reacts with the proteins in the meat to...