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24 Feb

Raspberry Bundt Cake

This cake is a staple at my house. I have made it often and in several different pans. It is delicious at a brunch buffet, served with coffee for a quiet breakfast, or dressed up for a special occasion. Several years ago, I gave my mother-in-law a take-home Raspberry Bundt Cake and a new coffee pot on her birthday. She was ho...  Continue Reading


24 Feb

Spiced Autumn Angel Food Dessert

Low in calories and fat, this delicious dessert tastes just like a bite of rich pumpkin pie. My grandson eats the spicy angel food cake all by itself, but the rest of us love the pumpkin sauce. I adapted this recipe from one I found decades ago in Prevention Magazine. Of course, you can use any brand of angel food cake mix or a...  Continue Reading


24 Feb

Lemon Angel Food Slice

  During the 1970s, my mother-in-law often served this refreshing, make-ahead dessert. Refrigerator slice desserts develop flavour and texture when made at least 24 hours before serving. Vintage instructions were usually minimal. I found the following version written in my mother-in-law’s handwriting. Scroll further down for...  Continue Reading


17 Feb

Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Coffee Whipped Cream

  My mother often made chocolate angel food cake from a mix. It was delicious and quick to make. She served a slice of this cake with coffee-flavoured whipped cream. The combination was exquisite. Lately, I have been unable to find a chocolate angel food mix, but I came upon this old recipe in my family files. I incorporated...  Continue Reading


15 Feb

Be-Anything Pumpkin Bread

This is a large recipe and makes over 3 dozen muffins, which become cupcakes if you ice them. Alternately, you could make three pumpkin loaves or a very large Bundt cake. Layer Cakes are also an option.   This recipe is very forgiving, and I have made it with various flours and oils. Vintage recipes calling for salad oil are ...  Continue Reading


16 Nov

Grasmere Gingerbread

Sarah Nelson, born Sarah Kemp, invented Grasmere Gingerbread in the mid-1800s. Sarah was born before Queen Victoria and died after her, living 88 years, an accomplishment for the era. Although Sarah faced the inevitable challenges of her time, she was blessed with true love.  Sarah and her husband moved their family to Church ...  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


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


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

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