SAVORY CHEESE AND CHIVE BREAD

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I started baking cakes when I was nine or ten years old.  I made quick breads.  They were the easiest.  No whipping egg whites.  No careful folding of flour. Baking utensils were basic. An egg-beater for whipping egg whites and … Continue reading

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THE JOY OF COOKING … or HOW TO HAVE A CLEAN KITCHEN ALWAYS!

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I joyfully share with you my best tried and true recipes.  Many date back more than fifty years so one could say they have been tested over and over again.  But it takes more than a good recipe to make … Continue reading

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THERE ARE NO WORDS

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FIERY ROASTED TOMATO SOUP

We live out in the country wedged between the mighty Fraser River a few minutes walk  north of us and the Pacific Ocean a short drive to the west.   This enviable location does come with a problem.  A micro-climate with … Continue reading

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ZUCCHINI AND SWISS CHARD GRATIN

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All through the long and glorious summer the garden  rewarded us with glorious vegetables.  I  walk from the kitchen across the long stretch of grass and into the garden.  It is another world of vegetables going quietly about their business … Continue reading

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COCONUT CAKES FINANCIERS

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  There I am.  Nose pressed against the window of a pastry shop in Paris.  It is a magnificent display of opulent, mouth watering goodies,  but what has caught my eye are miniature golden loaves  – Financiers.  The story is … Continue reading

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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE BROWNIES WITH SEA SALT

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  There are chocolate brownies  – the kind you make for children’s celebrations and Sunday barbecues.  And then there are chocolate brownies made for really special occasions –  such as a family member’s 50th Birthday.  This decadent dessert was a … Continue reading

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TOMATOES IN CREAM AND FRESH THYME

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The most wonderful part of walking out to the garden and  picking tomatoes is the fragrance of  their leaves.  You rub them between your fingers then inhale.   It’s an intoxicating aroma.  It begs you to pluck a ripened tomato … Continue reading

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POLENTA WITH SOUTHERN ITALIAN PORK RAGU

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I have a favorite cooking pan.  It is the one I reach for when I am sauteing or braising meat.   It is a very large pan –  13 inches across.  You can brown a lot of meat at a … Continue reading

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HERBED PORK RILLETTES

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  Rillettes of Pork.   The name sound like something you would like to take on a picnic?   You know – one of those picnics where you spread heavy blankets and soft cushions over fragrant grass.   Throw a … Continue reading

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