Category Archives: Christmas Food Ideas

Spicy nuts, a Christmas gift or appetizer

CREAMY CHEVRE DIP AND CAESAR DIP

While I’m swanning around having a beatific time  decorating the house for Christmas my alter-ego Mrs. Butterfingers is puttering about in the kitchen.     There is panetonne set to raise   .  Mince pies to roll out.  Short bread to bake.  … Continue reading

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DUPLICATE BRIDGE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

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The secret to good cookie  making is to always cream your butter and sugar really well.  At least five or preferably ten minutes.  Then beat in the eggs thoroughly one at a time.  Stir in the flour briefly  – just … Continue reading

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GORGEOUSLY RICH SILKY SMOOTH CHICKEN LIVER PATE

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There is nothing more divine than a perfectly executed pâté.   It is heaven on a plate.   You can make a lunch out of it.  Serve it before dinner.  I have even been known to spread this buttery rich … Continue reading

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HOW TO MAKE PERFECT CREME BRULEE

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  It is pure alchemy.  How could such simple ingredients  – eggs, milk, cream, sugar – bring grown men to their knees.  This recipe for crème brûlée  was always on the menu at our restaurant, Roxy’s Bistro.    We made … Continue reading

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OLD FASHIONED MEYER LEMON NUT BREAD

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When you harvest fresh fruit from a Meyer lemon tree in the dark of winter you hold summer in your hand.   The fragrance of the blossoms.  The glossy leaves shining in the gray light.  Your fingers caressing the finely … Continue reading

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BUTTER TARTS . . . the quintessential Canadian dessert

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I have shared hundreds of recipes on my food blog MRS. BUTTERFINGERS.  One recipe has been  extraordinarily popular.  It is my recipe for butter tarts. Hundreds of  cooks have down loaded the recipe  this quintessential Canadian dessert. The melt-in-your-mouth flaky … Continue reading

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SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE

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It is the attention to detail.  The little extra that pushes something over the top that take it from very good to extraordinary.    And when that extraordinary itself is truly magnificent you have pure gold. During our restaurant years every … Continue reading

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RHUBARB UPSIDE-DOWN BROWN SUGAR CAKE

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  This unprepossessing plant.  So humble in origin.  A grow anywhere especially in back lanes 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 … Continue reading

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THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS COOKIE … CLASSIC SHORTBREAD FINGERS

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The ultimate shortbread is worth its weight in gold.   It must have just the right amount of butter.  Butter creating a rich flavour and  crumbling texture.  Then there should be a whisper of vanilla.  Not too much sugar.  The perfect … Continue reading

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OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

There are some who say the ultimate sweet treat is cookies and milk.  Make the cookie crispy rich with the perfect amount of old fashioned oatmeal,  bittersweet and milk chocolate chips and you have the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that … Continue reading

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