Desparation Sweet Potato Soup

Browsing BoingBoing this morning I stumbled across a post for a product I haven't seen in years - Vegiforms. Available at my beloved Lee Valley , these clear plastic molds transform veggies into kid-friendly shapes like elves and hearts. Just clamp one onto a growing...

Pavlovian Salute

By now you've likely heard that Steve Irwin, aka The Crocodile Hunter, died after being attacked by a sting ray. Having spent a year in Australia, I have a rather soft spot for Down Under. Mr. Irwin's raw enthusiasm for the natural wonders of his...

Blast from The Past Cranberry Salad

Despite my tour of the Jell-O Museum in LeRoy, NY, I've never been partial to the dessert. While the 50s had a love affair with jellied anything -- from tuna salad set in lemon gelatin to tomato aspic -- I was born a decade too...

Blueberry Goo

Sometimes recipes shouldn't get past the theory stage. Crockpot desserts fall into this category. I was in an experimental mood one Super Bowl Sunday and decided to make a new dessert for my annual girls-only I Hate Super Bowl Sunday High Tea -- Crockpot Blueberry Crumble....

Peel Me a Grape

In the grocery store the other day, I was hit by a distinctive aroma as I passed the produce section. To my delight I saw a large display of concord grapes. While I mourn the end of summer, autumn does offer up persuasive apologies -...

Grammatically Correct Marshmallow Squares

Standing in line at Starbucks waiting to order a latte, I found myself wondering why they don't use the possessive case (really, it should be "Starbuck's"). Since pointing out the error to the barista was unlikely to correct this grammatical faux pas, I distracted myself...

Beau-ootiful Cauliflower Soup

The thermometer outside my office window reads a scant 14C (57F). A week ago, those digits were reversed and we were melting into puddles of gelatinous flesh. While some might be disappointed in the cooler weather, I'm excited by the prospect of Soup Season. Lewis Carol...

That Cake

Yesterday was a Civic Holiday here in Ontario. Since everyone had the day off, my family took the opportunity to celebrate my mother's birthday. I was given the job of bringing dessert. Mom asked me to make a recipe she'd clipped from the paper, and...

Fighting Fire with Fire Green Curry

While North Americans turn to ice-cold drinks in an attempt to counteract this percolating heat, these frosty beverages provide little more than temporary relief and the odd ice cream headache. Perhaps it's time we gave up our flirtation with Freon and trifled with more tropical...

From Scratch Moroccan Chicken

I'm not a particularly patient person, which is why some people are amazed that I take the time to cook from scratch. Well, if the powers that be made better convenience foods, I might reconsider, but currently, that's not an option. Most tinned or pre-packaged...

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