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Cheesecake Tarts

This is the perfect desert to take to a function or gathering since the recipe makes lots, and they are as pretty as they are delicious. People always ask for the recipe! Cream together the 8 ounce package of cream...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...