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THE POLITE CLASSIC CRISPY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE

When someone lists their favourite cookies this cookie is almost always on their list.  It is a classic and I collect classics.  I call it a polite peanut butter cookie.   It is at once crisp and chewy.   There’s … Continue reading

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BESOTTED WITH BLUEBERRIES . . . BLUEBERRY CRUMB CAKE

BLUEBERRY CRUMB CAKE This is one of my favorite blueberry recipes.  It is a straightforward  light, tender cake.  It’s easy to serve for breakfast, dinner or a midnight snack.  The dominant flavour is the berries, those wonderful deep full-flavoured blueberries. … Continue reading

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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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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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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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CARAMELIZED PLUM TART

In late summer plums in a rainbow of colours fill my baskets.  I carefully sort them.  Choosing the not quite ripe plums to make this pie.  Some we eat out of hand.  Plum juice staining our fingers.  The rest are … Continue reading

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THE OUTRAGEOUS OATMEAL COOKIE . . . with walnuts, dried cherries and chunks of chocolate

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There are those days when you want to bite into an oatmeal cookie that’s a little over the top.   A  superlative chewy cookie with just the right amount of  old fashioned rolled oats, nuts, chocolate and fruit.  A cookie with … Continue reading

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CHEDDAR AND GRUYERE CRACKERS . . . Frozen assets for holiday entertaining.

I like to make a splash  with holiday hors d’oeuvres.     Step out of the ordinary.  Conjure up the unexpected.   There is nothing more wonderful.  Nothing more special than freshly baked homemade crackers.  These are a snap to make.    A double … Continue reading

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EASY AS PIE . . . a no-fail pastry recipe

It is every baker’s dream.  The ability to whip up the perfect pie with a crust so  light and flaky and  delicious you chase the last crumbs around your dessert plate.    There’s more than a baker’s dozen way of making … Continue reading

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THE TOP BANANA CAKE . . . a delicious doodle to make!

Cakes lavished with icing appear to be attending a party.    They sashay onto your plate with a come-hither look, and you swoon with delight.  There’s banana muffins. There’s banana loaf.  But the top banana is this old-fashioned banana cake by … Continue reading

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