Cranberry Sauce Two Ways

This may sound a little strange, but one of my favourite parts of a big turkey dinner is the cranberry sauce. Sure, I like the main event. The turkey, squash, brussel sprouts, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy and especially the dressing, but I LOVE cranberry sauce.  For me, every fork full of turkey and dressing is always covered in gorgeous, ruby-red, cranberry sauce. Yes, you can buy canned cranberry sauce in the grocery store, but, don't. Honestly, it is so easy to make and tastes so … [Read more...]

Preserving Your Herbs

We don't have a garden, per se, however, we do grow herbs in a couple of pots on a deck off our kitchen. We fill up a big pot with the herbs that we like to use all summer. This year we planted parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano and chives in a bigger pot. Some years we have also included sage, but this year, I couldn't seem to find any at the garden centre. In a smaller pot, we planted some basil. It has been my experience, that basil doesn't like as much water as my other herbs, so I … [Read more...]

Granola Bars with a Molasses Twist!

My family loves granola bars.  They are handy to grab, perfect for a lunch bag, a quick breakfast or as a midnight snack.  However, like many of you, I do worry about what is actually in store-bought granola bars. Not too long ago, I checked out a few boxes from our cupboard and found that some bars contained as many as thirty-seven ingredients!  Included in some, but not all bars were such unpronounceable names as: Sodium Carboxymethycellulose Tocopherols Acetylated Tartaric Acid … [Read more...]

How to Make Blueberry Pie

I love the fall of the year. The blistering temperatures and high humidity have been replaced by comfortable temps and a cooling breeze. Another reason I love this time of year is the abundance of local fruits and vegetables available at markets and roadside stands. One of our favourite fruits is blueberries. They grow in wild abandon in fields all over southern New Brunswick. Not only are they delicious, blueberries are very high in antioxidants. One of my favourite things to make … [Read more...]

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

By now, I am sure many of you know that I LOVE muffins. I love baking them and unfortunately, I also love eating them! This past weekend, my sister, a friend and I were having a big multi-family garage/yard sale at my place.  The sale was starting at 8AM but we decided we needed to meet by 7:30 to put up some signs and make a few last-minute adjustments to the placement of some larger items. I knew we would be going through multiple pots of coffee...another of my weaknesses, so I wanted to … [Read more...]

A Trip to the Farmers Market and Grilled Pork Tenderloins

Our son, who lives in Ontario, is home for a visit. This is always a fun time for all of us. In addition to spending lots of time together laughing and catching up; most evenings we all work together to make a delicious dinner. One of the things we enjoy doing on many Saturdays, is to make a trip to a nearby farmer's market. The farmer's market that we usually visit is about 15 minutes from home and involves a short car ferry ride. Although I have been on this ferry hundreds, if not … [Read more...]

Skor Squares ~ Only Four Ingredients!

I first had these super simple to make Skor Squares way back in 2004 or 2005. One of my colleagues would often bring them in to work. We would have them as a little treat with afternoon coffee or just grab one to munch on as we walked past her desk. We all raved about how good they were and she always told us how simple they were to make. Not sure we really believed anything so tasty could be so easy; that is until she brought in the recipe. There are only four ingredients! Only four … [Read more...]

Cranberry Orange Muffins

I think by now you are all aware of my obsession with muffins. Honestly, I think I could live on muffins alone! That reminds me of something. I remember working as a nurse on some of the hospital units and physicians would occasionally admit patients, usually women, under the diagnosis of "Tea and Toast Syndrome". What usually happened was, these wee women were living on their own. They didn't have the will or inclination to go to the bother of preparing a nutritious meal, just for … [Read more...]

The Greatest Flavour on Earth is the Taste of Home ~ Onion Gravy {w/Recipe}

Until he retired, I never knew my dad loved to cook.  I was in high school at the time and I remember he used to make the most fabulous meals. He even made his own mayonnaise; which back then, at least in my circles, was pretty much unheard of! I can still vividly recall coming home from school to the most wonderful aroma of chicken or beef roasting and his famous molasses cookies cooling on racks...YUM! Isn't it amazing how aromas have the ability to transport you back in time?  Whenever … [Read more...]

No-Bake, Easter Egg Nests

I have made the basic recipe for what I know as "Frogs" for as long as I can remember.  I think some people refer to these cookies as Chocolate Macaroons, but to me they will always be "Frogs".  How or why they came to have that name escapes me; they are not green, greenish or frog shaped. I have made them special for Easter by pushing three candy coated chocolate eggs into each cookie, forming a little chocolate nest. What these cookies are, is delicious mounds of chocolate that can be … [Read more...]

Have You Ever Had Sex in a Pan?

Not sure how this yummy treat received its name, but I do know, the name is worthy of the dessert! I have made Sex in a Pan off and on now for the past twenty or more years. This is a bit of a throwback/retro type of dessert that you don't see everyday. If you decide to make this for your next dinner party, potluck or family get together, I can pretty well guarantee that all plates will come back licked clean.  OK, maybe not licked, but they will be clean! My daughter LOVES this dessert, I … [Read more...]

How to Make a Reuben Sandwich

This is one of our go to meals when we are looking for something a little different for dinner, but still want to keep it easy and delicious.  One of the number one requested quick dinners by my family is our version of a Reuben Sandwich. I believe that traditionally, corned beef is used as the meat in this sandwich.  We have always used smoked meat, which I recently discovered is actually the Montreal version of the classic.  I have also often substituted a light mayonnaise for the … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

My husband and I are not big on all the hoopla of candy and roses that are often associated with Valentine's Day. Sure, when we were dating I received roses and candy but honestly, $70.00 or $80.00 for a bouquet of roses and $20.00 for a heart-shaped box of chocolates, (which has about 8 chocolates), is not our thing. We would much rather spend that cash on a nice bottle of wine and ingredients for a delicious dinner at home. We do like to cook together and usually collaborate to make a nice … [Read more...]

Confetti Squares ~ Recipe

A good friend of mine used to make these squares often and I have always liked them. She gave me her recipe and I would often make them when my kids were younger.  Coloured marshmallows + butterscotch chips + peanut butter = happy kids! They are definitely not difficult to make.  Just a little melting of butter, peanut butter and the chips, then letting the mixture cool a bit. Stir in marshmallows, put them in a pan, toss in fridge and you are done! I let the butters/chip mixture cool … [Read more...]