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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

23 Dec

Thinking of You

Dear readers, I think of you almost daily! I have had many blog-worthy thoughts and experiences this December, but I scribbled most of them on sticky notes, and I plan to share them in the future. I know you are busy and that your E-mailbox is packed with messages.  This season, I have experienced overwhelming nostalgia, u...  Continue Reading

01 Dec

More Recipes for Prairies North Magazine Subscribers

In the “Eats and Treats” column of the 2019 winter issue of  Prairies North Magazine, I feature Vintage Christmas Pie, which is filled with spicy, fruit-based mincemeat adapted from my great-grandmother's recipe, which dates back to the 1800s. The recipe no longer contains minced meat, but I do include farm-fresh s...  Continue Reading

29 Nov

Mincemeat Bran Muffins

Mincemeat Bran Muffins The homemade mincemeat recipe featured in Prairies North Magazine (Winter Issue 2019) will take these muffins up a notch. Our grandkids enthusiastically devour them.  Preheat oven to 375°F Wet Ingredients:  In a bowl, beat the following ingredients.  2 eggs ¾ cup of oil 1 cup of sugar Ad...  Continue Reading

29 Nov

Mincemeat Oat Squares

I adapted this Mincemeat Oat Square recipe from one initially shared by Monique Benoit, daughter of Madame Benoit. See Canada's First T.V. Celebrity Chef to read about my connection to Madame.  Preheat the oven to 400°F Ingredients: ¾ cup of butter 1 cup of dark brown sugar (or less) 1½ cups of all-purpose flour ½ ...  Continue Reading

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