Super Bowl Sunday Scones

No fan of football, I usually spend Super Bowl Sunday hosting a civilized English tea to counteract the intolerable testosterone levels. Relish Magazine liked this idea and published my article, Tea, Anyone? in their current issue. For copyright reasons, I won't post the recipe here, but...

Misnamed Apples

Be careful what you tell children. They will believe you. My husband's mother has a quirky sense of humour and jokingly raised her family on Apple George. Andrew was in university before he found out -- the hard way -- that the rest of the English-speaking...

This blog brought to you by Sesame Street

I love when people think outside the recipe box. Recently, my sister was making butternut squash soup and found it a bit lacking. Don't ask how she went from soup to Sesame Street, but she remembered how each episode was brought to you by a...

Best of Both Worlds

I recently complained that I couldn't think of something savory to serve while I had sweets coming out my wazoo. Well, the following recipe is a bit of both. Sweet brown-sugared whisky over mellow Brie, all bundled into a bite-sized tart. I relate the following story...

Camphor and Carols

Instead of spending the past two weeks downing rum-laced eggnog and doing things to land me firmly on Santa's Naughty list, I've been clutching a bottle of Buckley's and croaking like a frog. Although my fingers were unaffected by the laryngitis, my brain wasn't so...

The Countdown Continues

With only 24 baking days left until Christmas, I'm ahead of schedule for sending my holiday guests into diabetic shock. The Nanaimo Bars are cut into tidy squares, butter tarts are baked to sugary perfection, the ginger cookies have just the right amount of crinkle...

Battle of the Bars

I just love it when cooks get into a scrap. According to A Century of Canadian Home Cooking (Prentice Hall, 1992), the origin of Nanaimo Bars is "a hot topic of debate". Despite their sweetness, these innocent looking squares can get culinary tempers flaring. Should...

Remembrance Day Poppy (Seed Bars)

When I was in grade five, we memorized In Flanders Field by Colonel John McCrae and held a small memorial service in our classroom on November 10th (November 11th was a civic holiday and we were expected to attend the parade.) I recall spending days...

Three Pounds of Coffee and a Hedgehog

Not your average Thanksgiving haul. But then my family is a tad unusual. It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and since our anniversary was only last week, we double-dipped with the celebrating. To mark the occasion, my in-laws came up from Kingston with 3 pounds of...

Anniversary Truffles

This colourful creation was my wedding cake (we were married four years ago today). Instead of a traditional three-layered cake coated in white icing, I went for a croquembouche -- but not your classic pile of caramel drizzled profiteroles. No, on my big day...

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