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JELLY ROLL TO THE RESCUE

If there ever was a time we needed comfort food it is today.     Something sweet to sooth the soul and have you smiling with delight.  A jelly roll to the rescue.    What a delightful idea.  Bake a cake.   … Continue reading

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RHUBARB UPSIDE-DOWN BROWN SUGAR CAKE

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RHUBARB UPSIDE-DOWN BROWN SUGAR CAKE This unprepossessing plant.  This long awaited harbinger of spring type of plant.  This new darling of avant-garde young chefs.  This wonderful rhubarb is the upside-down topping on the most delicious of brown sugar cakes. It … Continue reading

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WARM SOFT-CENTERED CHOCOLATE CAKES

This is the epitome of decadent desserts.  Deeply dark, warm chocolate cake served right out of the oven.  Warm chocolate cake has an edgy  reputation for being a difficult production.  Many  recipes have you making the cake,  baking the cake, … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE … make it, bake it, and enjoy it the same day!

Last December I baked  this rich fruit cake  in a loaf tin.    This year I adjusted the recipe slightly and baked it as a traditional Christmas cake.   You have lee way as to the size of cake tin you use … Continue reading

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DECIDEDLY DECADENT CHOCOLATE AND SALTED DULCE DE LECHE TART

Chocolate dark as midnight.  Caramel sauce –  toffee-like  with just a suggestion of burnt sugar.    A superb marriage of flavours.   CHOCOLATE AND SALTED DULCE DE LECHE TART is a very indulgent and very very French dessert.   One sees it … Continue reading

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ITS ALL ABOUT THE ICING ON THE CARROT CAKE!

  This is not your usual carrot cake recipe.   This is a carrot cake made sublimely rich with butter replacing the oil.   The results are a fine, firm crumb that holds and slices beautifully (so necessary in a layer cake). … Continue reading

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PRESERVED LEMONS

PRESERVED LEMONS The other day my favourite local grocery store featured organic lemons –  twenty five cents each.  A bargain.  I filled my shopping bag  with a couple of dozen of these little darlings to make PRESERVED LEMONS. PRESERVED LEMONS … Continue reading

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ZEN AND THE ART OF BREAD MAKING IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY

You can  accomplish this in just five minutes a day.  I promise you.    It is so simple.  You can do this  if you can hold a wooden spoon, and have a big mixing bowl or container and two loaf pans. … Continue reading

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ESCAPE TO SUNNY CLIMES with SPICY TOFU AND RED CURRY COCONUT SOUP

When it’s not quite winter.   Not quite spring.    When dingy snow piles up in secret places.  When thoughts of exotic get a ways  dominate your day.     This is the time to ladle out the exotic flavours of  … Continue reading

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IT’S NOT JAM! IT’S GOOD MORNING SEVILLE ORANGE MARMALADE

I will never forget the first time I tasted home made marmalade.   I was visiting relatives in Scotland.  They lived on a sweet farm just outside Dumfries.        A behemoth, ancient  Aga stove  dominated their kitchen.  Several large pots simmered … Continue reading

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