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Winter Storm Muffins re-mix Chapter 2

I have been doing most of my own baking since I was 12 – and although I do not have a cookbooks worth of experience, I have come up with a few good things. These are a Daylight Saving Time classic to get over the shock of the time change! One recipe that I have […]

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Fall colours Canadian Style Thai Turkey noodle Soup

It is a cool October evening and what better way of heating it up a notch than with some Thai turkey soup. Granted this is a variation on the old classic Chicken soup… but it prepares well and is mighty spicy. What is special about this recipe is the addition of fresh uncooked Shanghai thick […]

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Fall colours Canadian Style sourdough pizza

At this time of the Fall, Andrea and I start looking forward to some rustic cooking; soups, stews and, yes, the occasional treat of pizza with seasonal ingredients. And since I have a sourdough starter that has been on the go since 2008, what better opportunity than right now to whip up a great pizza […]

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Baking 101 Bernard Callebaut sticky chewy chocolate brownies

I just made this rich, dark chocolate brownie with a soft chewy center, firm edges and a crackly top. Simple to make using just one bowl. Pay attention to the measurements as they are the key to success. INGREDIENTS ¾ cup Fry’s, Hershey’s or Dark Dutch cocoa ½ tsp baking soda ⅔ cup butter – […]

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Food, drink and smoking Summer 2016

Having saved up for a house, back-yard and BBQ for going on 20 years, you can imagine my delight when all of this actually came true! I now have the house and back yard and a very beat up but serviceable Weber Genesis 3-burner 300 series BBQ that is still cooking away (and over ten […]

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Summer Cooking 2016 Chapter 1 Butter Chicken

I am a huge curry fan – the hotter the better. This is a very easy recipe to build – and you can heat it up or cool it off however you see fit. Marinade: 1 cup plain yoghurt Greek style High fat content 2 TBL lemon juice 2 TSP Tumeric powder 4 TSP Garam […]

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Flour and water – be food sufficient – our bread series chapter 1

When I was a kid and in a farm house of five, my mother probably made 6 to 12 loaves of bread every week – depending on time of year and demand. She made all of our breads by hand, with flour and water, salt and yeast – sometimes with extras like cheese, spices and […]

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Cajun Oyster Jambalaya – a slight variation

I love the complex, sometimes rich and exotic flavours of Cajun cooking. Unique to Louisiana, it features French, African, Spanish and Native American influences – depending on liberal application of regional spice blends and with the availability of wonderful fresh shell fish these dishes really shine! Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: About 70 minutes […]

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Christmas Turkey Enchiladas – spicy leftover delight

I am a huge fan of authentic Mexican cuisine – can’t get enough of it but I am humble enough to admit that, apart from nachos, I have never learned to cook very much of it at home. Now admittedly, some of the cuisine is pretty complicated and filled with steps – but many, if […]

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Butternut squash soup with vegan option

Winter is the best time of the year for hearty vegetarian soup with the option of adding some animal protein if you are so inclined – either way, these are filling and healthy soups during the winter months – here is how we brew up one of our favourites. Dice 1 medium butternut squash Dice […]

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