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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

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

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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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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Plum Cake

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.


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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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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Savoury Leek Tart

How To: Savoury Leek Tart

Leeks are the love child of onions and butter. Tender and fragrant, they are the perfect filling for a savoury tart. For lunch, as an appetizer, or mini tarts as an hors d’oeuvre, a leek is delicious. Easy and quick to make (the pastry needs no resting time!) you can have this tasty vegetarian dish on the table in the oven in 30 min.

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