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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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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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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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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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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...

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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...

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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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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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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,...