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31 May

Reinventing Yesterday's Chili

My “Eats and Treats” column in the summer issue of Prairies North Magazine features a quick, delicious pressure cooker chili. Whether you make our Prairies North Magazine recipe or a familiar family favourite, you will be grateful for all the ways you can serve the leftovers.  We love to turn leftovers-night into a party...  Continue Reading

27 May

Time to Tea Off - on Hunger Pangs

Women have known for centuries that a meal takes longer to prepare than to consume. It seems only fitting to extend the social experience of eating by lingering over a beverage with thousands of years of history and ritual. Sharing tea with others is always fun; when everyone relaxes, people talk easily. For me, taking tea is a...  Continue Reading

17 Apr

Versatile Lemon Pudding

(From scratch, using flour, cooked in the microwave oven) This filling is delicious, chilled in a bowl or served from the freezer on a hot summer day. Make it with or without meringue. It is also the perfect filling for prebaked tart or pie shells.  Make sure you have granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, salt, 3 eggs, a juicy...  Continue Reading

16 Apr

It's Time to Celebrate

It’s time to celebrate! Seven years ago, today, I posted the introduction to my blog, From the Cookie Jar. I love sharing my ideas, memories, and recipes with all of you. Reading your comments fills me with joy. To celebrate us, both you and me, I am going to give away prizes. Some of you have already received emails from m...  Continue Reading

21 Mar

Spring 2020 Prairies North Magazine Has Arrived

In my spring Eats and Treats column, I shared a few of my favourite memories about microwave cooking, from a time when microwave ovens were new and exciting. Decades later, I still rely on my microwave oven for many fantastic recipes.  You must try my Popcorn in Caramel Sauce. Get inspired to eat popcorn in the morning, by ...  Continue Reading

21 Mar

Scalloped Cabbage

Preheat the oven to 350°F Butter a 2-quart casserole. It is fine to double this recipe.  Cabbage: Finely shred 3 cups of cabbage  Cook cabbage in a small amount of boiling water with a pinch of salt in a covered saucepan until tender-crisp. (Takes about 5 minutes) Drain, mix with cheese sauce and sprinkle with topping....  Continue Reading

20 Mar

Best Ever Microwaved Rice Pudding

I have been making this recipe since the early 1980s. I have a 1200 watt microwave oven, and I cook this recipe at Power 8.  Your plain rice can be cooked in your preferred way: steamer, pressure cooker, stovetop, microwave, or conventional oven. Ingredients: 3 beaten eggs 2 cups of milk 1/3 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon o...  Continue Reading

27 Feb

Happy Leap Day, 2020

Each Leap Year has an extra day added to the calendar to synchronize it with the seasons. Babies born on February 29th are considered Leaplings. The 29th, a bonus day, is often referred to as a Leap Day.   February 29th of 2020 marks the first Leap Day since 1980 that I haven’t planned a just-for-fun girls-ask-guys-o...  Continue Reading

10 Feb

The Secrets of My Writing Box

On Valentine’s Day, 2018, I wrote an email to a friend of mine thanking him for transforming a wooden box, originally for silverware, into the writing box of my dreams. I love the romantic idea of fountain pens, personalized paper, postage stamps, and handwritten correspondence. I hope this box becomes a family heirloom, but i...  Continue Reading

27 Jan

Rickety Uncle, Oat Snacking Cake, or British Flapjack

My daughter recently bought me a folding silicone cake pan. My new pan is a perfect eight-inch square and is reinforced with metal, so it won’t collapse on the way to the oven.   I wanted to test this new pan, so I decided to compare several oat square recipes. My Rickety Uncle recipe dates back to the 1940s. In the 70s,...  Continue Reading

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