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Choose Your Own Adventure Recipes

Hooray hooray!! The first Farmer’s Market of the year for us in Brampton was yesterday.  It was SO wonderful to stroll down the street surrounded by all this beauty & bounty. I love me my food; so forgive me if I wax poetic about it. It also made me realize how dang fortunate we are to live where we do. Our soil, our land, our climate. (Yeah; even the -40C winters) But that’s another topic for another day. Now, I love my backyard.  Except it’s kinda small. And veryyyyyy shady.…

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The Door

………………You hesitantly place your hand on the doorknob..and it seems like the buzzing is getting louder. Closing your eyes and taking a deep breath, you slowly turn the knob. You enter into a big kitchen, with white walls and a big patio door which shows you that the buzzing was just Jay with the lawnmower…….. Ha. Sorry. Slice of life there. My favourite part of summer is the fruit & veggies. And the warm. Oh, the glorious warm!!!! But I digress.  This is a crowd favourite and SO easy to…

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Rickety old Stairs

………………you tentatively place your foot on the first step, and your hand on the handrail, which jiggles in a not-reassuring way. Placing your full weight on the step – you hold your breath. Though the stairs groan protest, they hold you up and you gingerly continue up…………… Okay I *told* you I was all poetic-ky over the Farmers’ Market. So I had a lot of Rhubarb. A Lot. I have my Grandma Taylors recipe book; the “Laura Secord Canadian Cookbook”. It has all sorts of great stuff in there, and…

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Garlicky Lemony Pasta

  Yay Summer!! I am *not* a cold weather person. At all. I love summer. Sun, wind, heat, blue skies….cooking outdoors, and the FRESH PRODUCE….yummmm. And Lemons. Lemons? Lemons. They mean summer, right? Lemonade, Lemon ices, Lemon pasta….(it’s not just me, is it??) Sometimes however, it’s just too hot. Like, no, I’m not gonna grill over a 400 degree BBQ on my deck that’s also super heated. And no way am I gonna heat up the kitchen by using the oven. But pastas…pastas are perfect. AND you can eat them…

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Make Your Own Tomato Sauce

There’s a great song “Home Grown Tomatoes” By Guy Clark….  And I totally agree! Funny enough; I don’t really like to eat raw tomatoes. But I love me my tomato soup. With lots of crackers. My sauce garden!  And there’s nothing in the world like a good old fashioned home grown tomato sauce! Sauce in progress! My Mom’s old kitchen; not a lot of space but we managed. Great Tomato Sauce 8-10 nice juicy ripe Tomatoes – cored, chopped, ready to use OR 3 Large cans chopped tomatoes Two large…

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One Dish Saucy Chickin’

Y’all need your best Paula Deen southern drawl now….g’wan, trah iyit….. This is the easiest, most crowd pleasin’ dish you’ll ever make. It’s also a great weeknight idea if you’ve suddenly got company coming, or forgot to hit the shops on the way home ‘cuz you’ve prob’ly got all these ingredients in your panty/fridge. If you need to double the recipe, use two dishes; one for the taters and veggies, and one for the onions, garlic and chickin’. ( It’s also a GREAT “first dinner” recipe cuz it’s really, really,…

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Baked Maple Donuts with Maple Glaze

…………I have a serious confession here folks. This might get me in trouble with a lot of people. It definately pushes me down the “How Canadian Are YOU” list. Here it is. *deep breath* THERE. I said it. (waiting for lightning to strike me down) No? Okay. I do admit I like Maple Syrup. The real deal though not that ‘maple flavouring’ stuff. But in general, I don’t like maple donuts, maple coffee flavour, or maple candies, etc etc. So when I was asked if I could do a special…

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life recipe

Handmade Homemade Christmas Traditions Pt 2

I love to do a handmade Christmas.  I mean, let’s face it. We all of us mostly have everything we need. And these days, if we need something, usually, we can just run down to the nearest big box and grab it. And handmade or homemade gifts, well, they’re just that extra special touch for the holidays. I remember as kids; my next door neighbours always made trays of cookies, treats and  handmade ornaments for the trees for us. And I remember ‘helpin’ in the kitchen as Mom made up…

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Home Made Spice Rub!

Here’s a little sumthin’ that I like to whip up for the cooks in my life. Super easy, VERY affordable, and looks great when you’re done. Head to your nearest Bulk Barn or equivalent – any Bulk food store will do. Next trip, any local Dollar store to pick up fancy labels and jars. Similar ones to this were THREE for $1.25 You can get fancy labels to peel & stick, too! 45 for 1.25!  Photo credit: Spruce Up Organization This is the mix I use, and the approximate amounts…

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Have your Applesauce and CAN it too!

Home made applesauce! I love the fall!   Anyone else remember cooking with Mom or maybe Grandma in the kitchen as a child? Of course. So many of us cook/bake BECAUSE we are trying to recreate or capture that feeling, that taste of comfort, of home, of a good meal enveloping us like a warm homey hug. Too much? Sorry. My Grandma Taylor in her kitchen. I get my knife skills from her. Today I attempted my very first Canning Adventure. Now, growing up we weren’t rich. My parents had…

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