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Tomatoes
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Tomatoes – I guess I’m in love

That’s the only reasonable explanation.  I am in love with tomatoes.  I say this because I have been nurturing a box of green tomatoes for a week or so now.  It sounds weird, doesn’t it.  Until a few weeks ago, I had never given green tomatoes a thought.  I’ve seen the movie ‘Fried Green Tomatoes,’…

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smoking brisket
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My cottage brisket

Every summer needs a cottage vacation.  I am blessed and grateful that Thom’s family shares a wonderful cottage just north of Muskoka.  Wood walls, a retro cottage-y atmosphere, a record player with all the best records (Tom Jones, more Tom Jones, Jacques Brel, and our newest addition – Robert Goulet!), a lake for swimming, skiing,…

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country bread baked
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Starting with Sourdough

The first time I tried making a sourdough started was a few years ago.  I had been binge watching The Great British Bake Off.  I ordered a Paul Hollywood book (How To Bake) off of Amazon and got to work.  I was unprepared for both the mess and the commitment.  A sourdough starter is on…

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Caramel Apple and Caramel Apple Cranberry Pies
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Happy Pie Day!

So today, January 23 is National Pie Day! Or so Paul Hollywood informed me on Facebook.  I did google it for confirmation.  I didn’t want to be accused to delivering #fake news, or worse yet, #alternative facts.  So yes.  Today, January 23 is National Pie Day! Now this is not to be confused with National…

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Sunshine Date Squares

How-To: Pickles Eh! Sunshine Date Bars

I love having a treat with my afternoon cuppa.  The sticky sweetness of dates pairs beautifully with Pickles Eh! Three Fruit Marmalade for this coffee shop confection.  The ingredients in this bar make it practically a breakfast food so there’s no guilt if you find yourself reaching for a second…or a third…. I included a…

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Turkey Hand Pies
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How-To: Pickles Eh! Turkey Dinner Handpies

I love pie.  And a pie that you can easily take with you,  and that is filled with meat, is awesome.  When I first tasted Pickles Eh! Cranberry Apple Chutney, I knew this was the dish I wanted to make.    Turkey Dinner Handpies Print Recipe Pickles Eh! Cranberry Apple Chutney goes beautifully with Turkey…

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Plum Cake
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How to – Plum Cake

Plums are my favourite fruit to cook with. I buy them almost any time I see them in the store. I love them so much that this past August I canned some in case I couldn’t find any in February. They are tart and jammy with a really beautiful colour. I have made so many different types of plum cakes (and muffins, and loaves, and crumbles, and pies) that I decided it was time to develop a plum cake recipe of my own. This cake is quick and easy to make. You can have it in the oven within 30 minutes and none of the ingredients are going to break the bank. This cake is delicious after a meal, with an afternoon cup of tea, for breakfast, or for a late night snack. In fact, I’m hard pressed to think of a time of day when you couldn’t eat this cake. I’m eating it right now.

Naan bread

How to – Naan Bread

Naan Bread – Recipe by Paul Hollywood Print Recipe This is the first – and so far the only – Naan bread I have ever made. It is fantastic, and ever since I started talking about it on social media, I have had requests for the recipe. This is a Paul Hollywood (of Great British…

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