Aren’t We Lucky?

Last month I had the opportunity to chat with an elderly British woman who knew my grandfather. He was stationed overseas in England during the war and used to lodge with her family when on leave. Mrs. Dodd remembered him fondly, not just for his...

Pancakes in The Patio

Tomorrow is Canada Day and my family usually gathers sometime during the long weekend for a tradition we call Pancakes in The Patio. As the title suggests, we get together and eat pancakes. On the patio. In fact, we make the pancakes on the patio....

Prize-Winning Butter Tarts

My last couple of posts have been rant based, so it's time to sweeten things up a bit. And there's nothing sweeter than good old fashioned butter tarts. Apparently, this decadent treat is a Canadian classic. Only in Canada, eh? Pity!This recipe won my mom...

Going bananas

I'm not a banana fan. They're so pushy. Put them in fruit salad and they will smother every ingredient but cantaloupe. They leap from peanut butter sandwiches just to annoy you, and will slime-up a perfectly decent cream pie. Banana splits force unwanted nutrition upon...

Anything Goes

I really should keep better notes. This recipe came from a friend. Not sure which one. It's been spilled on and rewritten so many times I can't even vouch that the ingredients match the original. No matter, this quick and tasty marinade is versatile and...

Anger Management

I shouldn't have been so hasty to slag Scottish cuisine yesterday. While I find haggis revolting, oatmeal is one of my comfort foods, providing it arrives in dessert form. Porridge is another story, but I digress. When my computer woes went from bad to worse yesterday,...

Six Degrees of Separation Black Bean Salad

Cilantro is one of those herbs that you either love or hate. My best friend says it tastes like soap, which it doesn't -- and believe me, I should know (see my post on Turkish Delight). While I could eat it by the handful and...

Rainy Day Oatmeal Cookies

It's raining here today and whenever we get one of those grey, nothing-but-drizzle days, I want to bake. Nothing healthy. Nothing fancy. Just something old-fashioned and down-to-earth. According to my mother, I come by this impulse honestly. Apparently, my grandmother hated the rain and on...

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Basil and Walnut Green Beans

I've always had firm opinions about food. Even as a child you couldn't trick me into eating tinned corn. Frozen was fine, fresh even better, but it if came from a can, I'd have nothing of it. Peas were just as bad -- in any...

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