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How to Cook the Perfect Roast Turkey

Perfect Roast Turkey  The secret to a moist and flavorful turkey is to brine it overnight, then roast the next day. Your bird will come out browned and crisp outside, and moist and tender inside. Make sure to bring this...

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European Lentils with Sausage

European Lentils with Sausage Lentils and potatoes in a garlicky tomato sauce makes a yummy stew like meal that is a complete protein if you want to go vegetarian. Personally, I really like the addition of sausage. I usually use...

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Roasted Tomato Vegetable Soup

Roasted Tomato and Vegetable Soup This is something like cream of tomato soup, only ten times better. Roasting the vegetables in the oven first caramelizes their sugars, and gives them a richer, almost sweet taste. Make this when tomatoes are...

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Famous Fudgy Brownies

  Famous Fudgy Brownies These brownies are rich and fudgy with a chewy texture. This is my favorite recipe for when I am having a large gathering and need something quick and easy to feed a crowd. I love that...

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Margarita Pizza Appetizers

Margarita Pizza Appetizers  I had this dish in a little bistro in Vero Beach, Florida that had live jazz on Sunday nights. It’s an easy to re-create recipe that is both unusual and delicious. As long as you can find...

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup Delicious and comforting. Simple once you have some home-made stock on hand. Ingredients Home made chicken or turkey stock – about 4 cups (1 litre) 2 or 3 carrots, cut into coins 2 or 3 stalks celery,...

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Ham & White Bean Soup

Ham and White Bean Soup A thick, hearty soup is another of those feel-good comfort meals, especially if you make the soup yourself.  I have speeded up things a bit by using canned white kidney (canneloni) beans, but you could...

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Chicken or Turkey Stock

  Chicken or Turkey Stock Home-made soup stock makes the best soup! Use carcasses from roasts, or save backs and necks and add a couple of thighs for more meat.  Make up the stock a day before you plan to...

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Rhubarb-Apple Crisp

Rhubarb-Apple Crisp Enjoy the tartness of rhubarb, tempered by using half rhubarb and half apples. The crispy brown sugar cinnamon topping sweetens the dish perfectly. Serve warm topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Ingredients 3 cups chopped rhubarb...

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Chicken in Gravy

Chicken in Gravy  This is a traditional, skin-on, full fat recipe for preparing chicken, and boy is it ever good! Easy enough for a weeknight family supper, but delicious enough to serve company. Make some mashed potatoes to spoon the...

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins This is my daughter Chrissy’s recipe for banana muffins – some of the best I’ve ever had. Kids and adults both love the addition of chocolate chips. Just as good made as a loaf, and perfect...

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Hamburgers

Hamburgers For each pound of lean ground meat, add: 2 Tbsp ketchup 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce 1 egg ¼ cup fine breadcrumbs 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp onion powder ½ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp ground black pepper Directions Mix...

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Salmon with Brown Sugar, Ginger & Garlic Glaze

Brown Sugar, Ginger and Garlic Glazed Salmon One of our favorite ways to prepare salmon. servings: Makes 3-4 servings Ingredients 2 Tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp butter 1 Tbsp soy sauce 2 Tbsp dijon mustard 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 tsp grated...

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Cheese Biscuits

Print Yum Cheese Biscuits Ingredients2 cups all purpose flour 4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 2 Tbsp sugar ½ tsp crème of tartar ½ cup solid (cold) shortening (I use plain Crisco, but butter flavor Crisco or even margarine...

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Swiss Steak

Swiss Steak This is one of those warm, fuzzy, feels like home dishes. Since the tomato sauce tenderizes the meat, you can use a tougher cut like round steak or sirloin, so it is easier on the budget. I don’t...

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Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken Fried Steak     This is a southern staple that I had never heard of until I met my husband Steve. He is from southern California, where chicken fried steak is served for breakfast with eggs and hash browns,...

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Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars This is like a little bite of tangy lemon pie on a shortbread crust – heavenly! Makes a 9 x 13 pan of squares Ingredients 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour, divided 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 cup...

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Everyday Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a familiar comfort breakfast food for most of us.  And, it’s good for you too, because the soluble fibre in oatmeal helps to lower cholesterol.  With the addition of raisins and nuts and served with a bit of milk,...

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Easter Bread

Rich and flakey from the eggs and butter, and flavored with brown sugar and orange, it is a traditional bread for Easter, but is good any time of the year. Delicious served with sweetened cream cheese (Pashka).

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Spice up your everyday Salad

Trying to eat right, I often include a salad in my dinner menu.  But don’t you get tired of the same old lettuce salad?  I do, and so we started adding different things to spice up a tired old plain salad...

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Easy White Pizza

Easy White Pizza This is an easy pizza recipe using pre-made ingredients. I have used chicken, jarred or canned artichokes, and fresh mushrooms, but you could put on any of your favorite delicate flavoured ingredients. I promise you will be...

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Overnight French Toast

Overnight French Toast  Just buy a loaf of thick cut Texas Toast bread, put it together the day before, and pop it into the fridge.  All you do is bake and serve the next morning.  Super easy to put together,...

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How To Roast Nuts

In all of my recipes, when nuts are called for, I always specify toasted nuts, or roasted nuts. They taste so much better than raw nuts with a deeper, richer, nuttier flavor.  I  buy the large bags of almonds and...

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Sticky Cinnamon Buns

Sticky Cinnamon Buns I made a version of these often when the kids were little, and everyone always loved them. I have gradually evolved the recipe over the years, always trying to get the perfect cinnamon bun. This recipe is...

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Every Day Coleslaw with Apples and Pecans

Coleslaw is one of the easiest salads to prepare. There are endless ways to prepare it, different dressings, and various additions to make it special. But there is one that we return to time after time: that’s this one. Fresh cabbage,...

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Easy Margherita Flatbread

Sorry for the lapse in posts!  I haven’t been feeling like cooking lately, so we have been having lots of quick and easy meals, and eating out.  Tonight we ate at a Tapas bar that has live jazz on Sundays....

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Oreo Turkey Cookies

I wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Americans who read my blog.  So, I dug into the archives of pictures and found these photos of friends and grandkids helping to make turkey cookies and paint mini pumpkins a...

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Time-Saver Baked Beans

Time-Saver Baked Beans A quick and easy way to turn a plain can of baked beans into something special.  Easy to double or triple the recipe for a crowd.  Serve with sliced wieners for a grown-up version of wieners and...

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Christmas Jingle Juice

Christmas Jingle Juice This cocktail is festive enough for Christmas, but fruity enough to be called an umbrella drink.  The smoothness of the Spiced Rum pulls all the fruity flavors together in this cranberry-orange-peach drink.  It reminds me of a...