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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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scrambledeggs1
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Make these eggs

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   Breakfast is my favourite meal.  I eat it all day long – seriously, today I have only eaten breakfast foods. Maybe that’s why I’ve been posting a lot about breakfast lately. While I recently advocated for beans and dark leafy greens to start the day – and I still…

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Leeks

For the love of leeks

A few weeks ago I bought some beautiful small leeks at the Thunder Bay Country Market.   They sat in my fridge for two weeks. Now, I love leeks.  That soft, delicate, creamy onion-y flavour makes me terribly happy. Fact is though, I am often at a loss as to how to use them, and they sit around…

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brioche au chocolate
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Stop eating sugar for breakfast!

Stop eating sugar for breakfast.  This seems like a crazy notion.  Especially for a baker.  I’m not saying give up sugar, just don’t start your day with it.  For a number of years I worked behind a desk.  In the morning I got up, got ready, ate something sweet – including sweet tea, drove to…

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