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13 Feb

Simply Delicious Coleslaw

This easy-to-make coleslaw appears on our family’s dinner menus with regularity. The vinaigrette dressing is a tangy alternative to mayonnaise. This coleslaw actually tastes better after spending a couple of days in the fridge, and it keeps well for over a week. I often double or triple the recipe for larger gatherings.    ...  Continue Reading

12 Dec

Christmas Pudding: A Museum Kitchen Mystery

In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, eight members of the Cratchit family shared a tiny plum pudding. One taste was enough to inspire smiles of satisfaction and enthusiastic praises all around. Their appreciation of simple pleasures even warmed the heart of Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge, as he travelled with the ghost of Christmas Pre...  Continue Reading

04 Dec

Steamed Apple Date Pudding

Ingredients: 1 egg ¼ cup of brown sugar ½ cup of maple syrup ½ cup of milk 1½ cups of all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon of salt ½ teaspoon of baking soda ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg ¼ cup of cold butter, cut into small pieces ½ cup of chopped dates 1½ cups of peeled apples, chopped ...  Continue Reading

21 Sep

Love Your Zucchini

One zucchini can provide an entire day of fun for you and a friend. Harvest is a time for trying new recipes and sharing old ones. Recently, my daughter and I chose to spend a day adapting already well-loved zucchini recipes. She prefers oat flour in all her baking. I often use spelt flour mixed with wheat flour. One awesome zuc...  Continue Reading

17 Aug

Vintage Pineapple Refrigerator Desserts

My husband, the boy in the Get a Bigger Wagon books, happens to love, and remember, a rich and refreshing refrigerator dessert his mother used to make in the 1950s and 60s. In his mother’s old cookbook, it’s called Pineapple Slice. In those days, refrigerators were more common than air conditioning, so, in summer, people mad...  Continue Reading

14 Jun

Vintage Boiled Raisin Cake

Vintage Boiled Raisin Cake I have always credited my father’s mom for our family’s boiled raisin cake recipe. My mother’s handwritten recipe book, dated 1947, features her auntie’s boiled raisin cake recipe on the first page. Looking further, I see a star beside a similar cake, credited to a Mrs. Hardy. Mrs. Hardy alwa...  Continue Reading

11 Apr

Simple Washday Casserole

In the mid-fifties, in small town Manitoba, Monday was washday. Town council understood this and on Washday Mondays the use of burning barrels was strictly forbidden. Most of the ladies in town were hanging out white shirts, sheets, and personal items; black smoke would ruin their efforts. At my house, the washing machine was ...  Continue Reading

24 Jan

Buckle Up - It's Better Than Pumpkin Pie

My mother made her own recipe binder from supplies gathered in my parents’ first printing office. I occasionally steep a pot of tea, curl up with her old binder, and reminisce. Not long ago, as I perused the binder, a little scrap of paper fell to the floor. The recipe for Magic Pumpkin Buckle was scribbled on the note.  I ...  Continue Reading

12 Dec

Merry Cherry Chocolates - A Tradition

In the early 1960s, my mother visited a friend’s home and was served a decadent, homemade chocolate that left her in a state of euphoria! She was surprised to learn that, in her friend’s home, it was tradition for the man of the house to make these little treats each year. Soon my father and mother, having received the reci...  Continue Reading

14 Sep

Spicy Raisin Ginger Cookie Bars

I originally titled this piece, An Ounce of Delicious Won't Kill You! I always weigh my treats, if a calorie count isn't available. For me, a serving of a sweet delicious treat is one ounce.  I am going to share a recipe for light, flavour-packed cookie bars that complement a cup of coffee, elevating the taste experience to ...  Continue Reading

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