Category Archives: Recipes

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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ZUCCHINI AND SWISS CHARD GRATIN . . . Laura Calder’s recipe from Dinner Chez Moi

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It has been pointed out to me I have neglected to identify the origin of this recipe.   I do not steal recipes.  I share them.  Whenever possible I name the source or the cookbook.    It was remiss of … Continue reading

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PASSIONATE PIZZA … you can make it at home!

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In another life we had a pizzeria in the city.  We introduced artisan pizzas to Vancouver away back when.   Our pizzas  won awards,  but they  did more;  they participated in romance (an engagement ring nestled in a bed of basil … 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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Carrot-Coconut Soup

Of all the soups I make this is my number one favourite. This recipe is wonderful to serve to friends and family when you want something impressive, completely different and absolutely delicious. The recipe is beautifully spicy but you can … 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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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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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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