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11 Jul

Caramel Puffed Rice Cake

The Boy, of "Get a Bigger Wagon" fame, loves this treat! Measure six or seven cups of puffed rice (not Rice Krispies) into a large mixing bowl. Mix the following ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat, and boil for two minutes. ½ cup corn syrup ½ cup butter 1-cup brown sugar 1-teaspoon vanilla Pour ...  Continue Reading

08 Jul

Gertrude's Marinated Onion Slices

Our friend Gertrude made three batches of these onions in one week because my eldest daughter ate them, enthusiastically, on everything. My daughter was ten years old, at the time, and we were visiting Gertrude at the lake. This recipe is simple and the onions are delicious!!   Prepare Onions: Slice one large, sweet onion, ...  Continue Reading

03 Jul

Best Chocolatey Puffed Wheat Cake Ever

My son-in-law had a childhood memory of the perfect puffed wheat cake. After decades of sampling and searching, he was interested when one of his employees brought a pan of very chocolatey puffed wheat cake to a potluck lunch at work. My son-in-law tried it, and there it was – the texture and taste he remembered. The young man...  Continue Reading

14 Jun

The Summer Issue has Arrived

Every time a copy of Prairies North, the magazine of Saskatchewan, arrives in my mailbox, it feels like an invitation to curl up with a cup of tea in my favourite armchair and read a couple of articles. I pace my reading over several solitary tea times, savouring the highlights of Saskatchewan.  The summer 2018 issue has rece...  Continue Reading

05 Jun

Crispy Lemon Refrigerator Cookies

Refrigerator cookies are made in two steps. I often let the dough rest in the refrigerator overnight, so I can bake them just before guests arrive for tea the next day. The smell of cookies baking creates an inviting atmosphere. Most vintage cookbooks contain a basic recipe for icebox cookies with several variations on a bas...  Continue Reading

28 May

Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies

This recipe has been a favourite at my house for over 40 years. The butterscotch chips create the flavour, and no two brands taste the same. Try various brands of chips to see what you prefer.  Preheat oven to 350° Ingredients: 1 cup of shortening or lard 1½ cups of packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspo...  Continue Reading

03 May

Clues for Solving the Great Hosiery Mystery

The word hosiery refers to stockings, tights, and socks, collectively. I use the word tights when I am speaking about opaque or semi-opaque hosiery. I enjoy wearing an expanded offering of tights in the winter. The choices in colour, texture, and fibres add spice to a winter wardrobe and enhance the look of boots. In spring, I ...  Continue Reading

23 Apr

Pumpkin Raisin Cookies

I have several recipes for soft pumpkin cookies, but I am sharing my favourite today. This version was published in a book titled Better Food for Kids, written by registered dieticians Joanne Saab and Daina Kalnins, who were working at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto at the time of publication. The recipe was not inc...  Continue Reading

16 Apr

Gertrude's Molasses Crinkles

Preheat oven to 375° F Moist Ingredients: 1 cup of packed brown sugar ¾ of a cup of shortening or lard (partially butter, if desired) ¼ cup of cooking molasses 1 egg Mix the above until it is smooth. Dry Ingredients: 2¼ cups of all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons of baking soda 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ...  Continue Reading

06 Apr

Controversial Names for Vintage Recipes

I have changed the name of my husband’s favourite cookies since a British friend informed me that Nig Nog Cookies might be offensive. I was saddened to hear this and did some research. Nig nog is thought to be the shortened version of nigmenog, a late 17thcentury word meaning very silly person. The original word is not offens...  Continue Reading

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