Nanaimo Bars: A Canadian Treat {Brief History and Recipe}

According to many, this bar originated in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Mabel Jenkins, a local women from Cowichan Bay, submitted the recipe to the annual Ladysmith and Cowichan Women's Institute Cookbook. This cookbook was sold in the early 1950s in the region as a fundraiser. It became popular in many of the province's households, especially in company towns, and was sold in many of the coffee shops on Nanaimo's Commercial Street. Tourists in the region came to refer to these as "Nanaimo … [Read more...]

“52 Breads in 2013” – #9 Pita Bread

Please join me in giving a warm Canadian welcome to "Life without Lemons".  Originally hailing from the UK and now living in Canada, we are very excited to announce that, Elyse with her fabulous "52  Breads in 2013" will be our weekly guest blogger.  If you are looking for some fabulous bread recipes, drop by each week and see what delicious bread Elyse has baked in her kitchen. … [Read more...]

Pie Pastry {Recipe}

I have used this pastry recipe for as long as I can remember and it has never once let me down.  When I first started making this recipe I used shortening; but the last few years I have switched to butter as I prefer the taste, however, the choice is yours.   There are a couple of tricks to making this pastry turn out perfectly each time: Your water must be as cold as possible.  I put cold water in a small bowl, add a couple of ice cubes and measure the water from the bowl. Handle … [Read more...]

Vanilla Mocha Fudge

I have found myself in a bit of a Christmas baking rut; so last week I went through my recipes and cookbooks searching for inspiration...nothing!!  Then I remembered a little recipe booklet that had come in the mail and...BINGO!! … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pistachio Bark {Recipe}

This recipe is from a former co-worker of mine.  I'll caution you to resist the urge to double the recipe, if you do, trust me, you'll eat it all!  We make it every Christmas and it is unbelievably good and super simple to make! Cranberry Pistachio Bark   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 20 mins   Author: Co-worker Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 1 pound good quality white chocolate (I use Belgian) 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup shelled … [Read more...]