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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 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

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

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

29 Sep

Gingered Fig Muffins

I found this delicious recipe tucked inside a book that I purchased from a second-hand bookstore. This recipe is one of the most valuable treasures I have discovered. I have other treasures that were hiding in old books, including pressed leaves, postcards, addresses, funeral announcements, and antique bookmarks. When I find ...  Continue Reading

11 Aug

Spinach Pie

Most recipes in my file are jam-packed with memories. This simple, delicious side dish came to me from Carol Ann Hanson. She left this life way too soon, and I miss her terribly, but she is alive in my heart every time I make one of her recipes.  CA, as we called her, was my daughters’ dance teacher for the years we lived in...  Continue Reading

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