Christmas

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Pretty snazzy, if I do say so myself. I wouldn't be ashamed to serve these at a fancy garden party. You can almost hear the light jazz in the background. But in reality, this is a simple dip that you can dump in a bowl and...

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Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée

Until recently, crème brûlée defied me. I followed the instructions meticulously and ended up serving guests a high-fat vanilla liquid with a soggy sugar crust. Then chocoatiers Dominique and Cindy Duby wrote Crème Brûlée: More Than 50 Decadent Recipes and showed me the errors of...

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Christmas Baking – Nanaimo Bars

For obvious reasons, I nearly entitled this post "Things Fall Apart". Last year's Nanaimo bars held together like a charm. This year? Not so much. Was it my wonky oven, which as been fixed but is sulking because it will soon be replaced? Did I reduce the...

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Christmas Breakfast – Buttermilk Scones

I don't know how my mother did it. She used to serve a homemade Swedish tea ring, fresh scones, fruit salad, scrambled eggs, sausages and hot chocolate for Christmas breakfast. We faced this gargantuan meal mere hours after gorging on a full Christmas Eve dinner,...

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Christmas Baking – Ginger Cookies

Note to self: Put the camera cable back where it belongs if you don't want to spend the morning looking for the only piece of equipment in the house that will transfer photos to your computer. Sigh...

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Christmas Cookies — Simple Shortbread Cookies

I could eat this entire stack of shortbreads in one sitting, but will restrain myself. I must leave some for others. With no Scottish thistles pressed into the surface or fancy rosette piping, these are the ugly ducklings of the icebox cookie set. They are also,...

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Italian Dessert Week – Baci Brownies

Baci chocolates are one of my all-time favourite treats. Not only do I get a mouthful of a beloved flavour combination -- chocolate and hazelnut -- each candy comes with a little love note. How wonderfully Italian. So when I saw the recipe for Baci Brownies...

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Cheddar Apple Soup

I might be a bit slow, but I keep my promises. Just before Christmas, I asked readers for their favourite food combinations, promising a recipe inspired by their pairing. Andrew requested apple and cheddar and has been bugging me for a recipe based on this...

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Rootham’s Red Pepper Jelly Tarts

If necessity is the mother in invention, then pending company and limited time sire recipes -- some of which are actually worth sharing. One of my favourite spontaneous creations uses Rootham's Tangy Red Pepper Jelly. I'd been given a jar as a hostess gift, and...

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Oven-Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

The innocent potato has caused more trouble than any other root vegetable in history. It's driven the Irish from their homeland, embarrassed Vice President Dan Quayle (or it it Quayl?) and today lead to the arrest of a 75-year-old grandmother. According to the Clearwater Local6...

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