THE BEST AND EASIEST 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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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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THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS DESSERT … LEMON BARS

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  Lemons glorious  lemons.  Grate the rind, squeeze the juice, whip together sugar and eggs and you create pure alchemy.  This golden dessert is a creation that is heavenly beyond words.  It has the most decadent puckery lemon flavour.  The … Continue reading

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PANETTONE…CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST BREAD

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I have been making this Panettone recipe every Christmas for more than thirty years.  Our son would not consider it Christmas unless this gorgeous bread appeared on the breakfast table December 25th. Panettone is an Italian sweet bread that originated … Continue reading

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PIE DOUGH MADE WITH LEAF LARD – makes the most flavourful and flaky crust

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It was an old-fashioned family Sunday dinner.  Roast leg of pork with lovely crackling and deep rich gravy.  Fresh from the garden jewel ruby beets peeled and roasted with brilliant orange carrots.   And for dessert pie with blueberry filling … Continue reading

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SPICY PUMPKIN PIE

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I consider this the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever made.   AND THE EASIEST!!  I have been making pumpkin pie for more than fifty years of Thanksgivings.  Trying various recipes.  One that almost made the best pumpkin pie had pecans … Continue reading

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RILLETTES DE SARDINES … SARDINE PATE

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We all love appetizer recipes that go together quickly and have easily obtainable ingredients –  preferably already in your pantry.  Rillettes de Sardines (sardine pâté)  fills the bill to a T. I found this recipe in a cookbook by David … Continue reading

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LETTERS FOR MY LITTLE SISTER

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LETTERS FOR MY LITTLE SISTER by Cecilia B.W. Gunther with Melissa Hassard     Sixty eight women wrote this anthology about menopause.    They wrote  from the heart.  They bared their souls.  They shared their most intimate thoughts.  They did this … Continue reading

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HOW TO RENDER LEAF LARD

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LEAF LARD  . . .  the crème de la crème  of lard. This summer my neighbor and I  decided to raise our own pork.  We loved the idea that we would know exactly what we were eating.  We were taking … Continue reading

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BEET BORSCHT

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I keep a collection of baskets by the kitchen door.  A trip to the garden requires one carry the right basket for the occasion.  A small square basket for strawberries.  A very deep basket for kale.  Something larger and round … Continue reading

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