Recipes

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Strawberry and Spinach Salad

This isn't the most original recipe in the world. Variations with poppyseeds and a sickly sweet dressing have been gracing the pages of women's magazines for decades. But when Mom says she wants a spinach salad for Mother's Day, Mom gets a spinach salad. And...

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Homemade Version of Starbucks Oat and Fruit Bars

I had hoped to post on Friday, but this is how my first attempt at the requested Starbucks Oat and Fruit Bars turned out. They tasted great, but I had to eat them with a spoon. If Anja wanted granola, I could have just pointed you...

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Scotch Marmalade Recipe

Andrew might have dropped the jar of whisky, but I dropped the ball. Two posts on Scotch Marmalade and no recipe? I thought I'd linked the original story to the article, but it turns out I hadn't. And people have noticed. This is my variation on...

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Fennel — My official apology

Until recently fennel was a spice I ignored. If I saw it in a recipe, I skipped it. After all, it was usually one of fifteen other spices in a curry. Who'd notice it was missing? But this past week I came across a couple of...

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Crispy Flax Cookies

Have I ever mentioned that I'm impatient? Well I am. These cookies prove it. I was to bring a snack to last night's meeting and I'd been wanting an excuse to try another recipe from Linda Braun's Everything Flax. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to...

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Mango Chutney Chicken

Update: If you have a mango allergy, as it turns out some of my readers do, you can substitute papaya, peaches or nectarines. Pineapple will taste lovely but have a slightly firmer texture. This is mango ginger chutney. A small promotional brochure from the LCBO (Liquor...

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Italian Meatballs

People ask Andrew if being married to a food blogger means he eats wonderful meals all the time. His response? "My life is a series of weeks. Sometimes you eat ice cream for seven days. Sometimes it's all soup." In my defense, there was salad...

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Butterscotch Cream Pie

Some things taste better than they look. This beige-on-beige pie is far more decadent than its monochrome colour scheme suggests. But this is what Andrew wanted, so this is what he got. Judging from the dearth of butterscotch cream pie recipes, this must be an old-fashioned treat...

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

I haven't bought bottled salad dressing in years. Not only is homemade vinaigrette quick and easy to make, it tastes so much better than the store bought versions, I no longer even bother to walk down the dressing aisle. Ask me about the latest trends...

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Oatmeal Flax Squares

I've been experimenting with flax seeds lately. I know they're full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and cancer-fighting lignans, but truth be told, I'm attracted to their crunch and nutty taste. So when Linda Braun's Everything Flax (Whitecap, 2009) hit the shelves, I just had to...

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