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...]

Recipe for the Most Amazing Loaded Baked Potato Soup

The first time I had Loaded Baked Potato Soup was this past summer; I immediately fell in love with its hearty deliciousness. I have experimented with trying to replicate it ever since that delightful day! Although I first had this soup in the summer, it would be the perfect comfort food on a cold winter's night. Trust me when I tell you this soup is a meal in itself; no need for a sandwich!  The soup is thick, creamy, filling, full of flavour and really does taste like a loaded baked … [Read more...]

35 Amazing Christmas Treats You Will Love to Make

One of my favourite activities during the Christmas holidays is baking.  Back when I was first married, my mom and I started a tradition of getting together for a day long baking session. At the end of the day we each had tins full of cookies, squares and other holiday treats! Early in the morning, I would put on a big pot of coffee and apple cider, haul out some baking supplies, clear counter space and pop in some Christmas tunes.  My mom would arrive at my house early in the morning with … [Read more...]

Ultimate Smashed Potatoes

Tired of the same old "mashed potatoes"? Sure, plain mashed potatoes are really good, easy to make and are actually a Sunday dinner staple at our house. But sometimes it's fun to go the extra mile and turn the humble potato into the pinnacle of perfection; Ultimate Smashed Potatoes! Don't think, because they are "ultimate" these potatoes are difficult to make, because they are not.  All you need to do is a little bit of prep, then it is just a matter of smashing, adding and mixing. Nothing … [Read more...]

Apple Crisp

We all need to have a fabulous recipe for apple crisp in a repertoire.  It is not heavy like a pie and has all the same tastes, but with fewer calories. Not only is it the perfect dessert for a Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving or even Christmas, it is also easy to whip up for a midweek treat. I have made and tasted many apple crisps over the years, but none is as delicious as this one.  Honestly, you will want to hide in a closet with a pint of vanilla ice cream and a pan of this apple crisp and … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread

I love the fall and winter.  I know that is a bit of an unusual statement, but it's true.  There is something so comforting and homey about those seasons.  From the gorgeous colours of fall to the crisp, cold magical whiteness of a winter's night, I love it all! Another thing I love about fall and winter is cooking and baking.  The coziness of the aromas of cinnamon, baking bread and freshly made cookies drifting from my oven is just impossible to resist!   One of my favourite things to bake … [Read more...]

Nero Di Seppia Spaghetti with Squash & Lobster Sauce

The kids have gone trick or treating, pictures have been taken, the doorbell has stopped ringing and the costumes have been packed away for another year. Since this year Halloween is on a Friday—that means you can set aside Saturday for a  grown-up dinner party with a Halloween theme. With its black noodles, orange squash topping and startling red lobster claw, this impressive and intricately flavoured restaurant-style entrée courtesy of the President’s Choice black label brand will dazzle … [Read more...]

Potato & Bread Dressing

Your senses have a fabulous way of erasing the years.  Listening to music from your high school or university days has the power to transport you back in time.  The same is true for smell and taste.  You cannot sniff the heavenly aroma of  spiced apple cider and not think of Thanksgiving and  Christmas. What about the taste of eggnog, shortbread cookies or cranberries...the same thing. One of the ultimate time erasing tastes and smells for me, is that of homemade dressing.   I cannot smell … [Read more...]