01 Jul

Rhubarb Surprise

Rhubarb Surprise Preheat the oven to 350°F Three textures offer a triple taste surprise in this vintage treat. Slightly tart and creamy rhubarb custard forms the middle layer, sandwiched between a crisp cookie crust and a fluffy vanilla meringue crown. This rhubarb delight serves 15 guests and is easy to make. The recipe r...  Continue Reading

03 Dec

A Celebration Trifle for Any Season

  Despite having many trifle recipes, I often return to this easy, child-friendly version after a holiday season. A trifle is a desirable reinvention of leftover baking. If you made my Cherry Bundt Cake, as featured in the winter 2021 issue of Saskatoon HOME, and are lucky enough to have some left, try this recipe.  It's ...  Continue Reading

03 Sep

Fresh Pineapple Marinated in Rum

This straightforward, mind-blowingly delicious recipe is for adults only!  Ingredients: 1 pineapple, cut into cubes 3 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons rum, preferably dark Cut the top and bottom from a pineapple. Cut down the sides to remove peel and eyes. Cut the pineapple into quarters. Remove the core. Cut the qua...  Continue Reading

23 May

Layered Raspberry Marshmallow Dessert

  We recently dined on this refreshing blast from the past. As soon as I took a bite, I was transported to my aunt’s farm in the 1950s. She used to make it using fresh garden raspberries. This recipe is easy to make, pretty, and delicious. If you don’t have a 7” by 11” pan, ask your aunties and grandmothers if they ha...  Continue Reading

23 May

Lemon Cheesecake Refrigerator Dessert

  I have fond memories of serving this refreshing dessert when my children were small. Even as I post this, I long for a slice of this tangy, chilled treat. If you have gluten-intolerant friends or family, purchase Kinnikinnick Graham Wafer Crumbs or crush biscuits of your choice. On hot summer days, this crust is fine unbake...  Continue Reading

17 Aug

Vintage Pineapple Refrigerator Desserts

The last recipe in this grouping is my favourite, and I make it in a double boiler.  My husband, the boy in the Get a Bigger Wagon books, happens to love and remember a decadent 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 thos...  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

06 Apr

Raspberry Brandy Fondue

  I served this fondue to my guests in 1970 and many times, since. Frozen raspberries came in 10 ounce cubes, with a sweetened syrup surrounding the berries. If you can only find bags of loosely frozen raspberries, you will need to add about 1/4 cup sugar to the berries during the cooking stage.  Ingredients: 2 ten-ou...  Continue Reading

26 Aug

Dreamy Dessert Cloud

This impressive, easy, make-ahead dessert feeds 16 people generously. In the unlikely event that any of this is leftover, it freezes well. The cloud itself is gluten-free and takes on different personalities depending on the choice of topping. I have been making this dessert since the early 1970s and am not sure where I got the...  Continue Reading

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