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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

28 Nov

Vintage Hot Water Pastry

Vintage Hot Water Pastry My mother made this pastry recipe from farm-fresh pork lard, likely rendered by her mom. Later, she purchased a similar product from the butcher shop. I have occasionally used brand name lard from grocery stores, but it doesn’t taste quite the same. You will find extra ingredients in boxed lard desi...  Continue Reading

26 Nov

Conquering My Bully, Revisited

I published this story about conquering my bully, a few years ago, but I titled it The Night Our House Caught Fire. These two events remain tightly bound in my memory and have provided me with hours of reflection. Every November, as the furnace begins to cut in more frequently, I think about the faulty heating system that ...  Continue Reading

14 Nov

Crunchy Cauliflower Salad

(A delicious combination of flavours to accompany pork or chicken)  Ingredients: ½ cup sliced celery ½ cup apple, chopped 1 full cup cauliflower slices Mix with enough mayonnaise to coat vegetables. You can experiment with adding other ingredients to the mayonnaise, such as low-fat sour cream or yogurt. Note: To make a...  Continue Reading

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