Shortbread Cookies

It is Christmas and the baking has already begun.  One of the traditions in our family was and is… shortbread.  It is a very simple cookie to make – there are only three ingredients to the basic shortbread: butter, sugar and flour.  This simple cookie, made properly and left to age for a few days […]

Lemon Snow with Lemon Custard

What a dump of snow we had the other day.  I guess it was the first of the season.  It came down heavy and hung on the tree branches in big white clumps.  It reminded me of a dessert my Mom used to make on special occasions when I was a kid.  The dessert was […]

Tuna Noodle Casserole

I saw that canned tuna was on sale at a number of the grocery stores this week.  I was thinking of doing something with it other than tuna sandwiches (which I love – with celery, green onions, fresh dill, salt, pepper and a bit of mayo), or tuna salad.  A whole can of tuna with […]

Bow Tie Pasta with Peas, Pancetta and Rosemary

Continuing with the comfort food theme, this is an easy week night meal to warm the chills.  There are few ingredients and you can mix and match depending on what you have on hand.   The pasta does not have to be bow tie pasta.  You could use elbow noodles, penne or even spaghetti.  The […]

Tuna Bean Salad

My recent article on Tuna Melts seemed to hit a chord with a number of people. We eat a lot of tuna in our house; mostly in sandwiches prepared for the kids’ lunches. It was with this in mind that I decided to try something for lunch involving tuna but without the bread. I threw […]

Roasted Vegetable Soup

was asked to speak to the Beaconsfield Ladies Group this week. The topic for the talk was left up to me. I decided to speak about the current trends in food. One of the most prominent is the trend toward small. A cocktail dinatoire is the current buzz word. Essentially, you are serving a dinner […]

Mac and Cheese

When the weather turns colder, and the daylight hours are shrinking rapidly, and the leaves are all over the ground, my thoughts usually turn to comfort food. My number one comfort food is homemade pizza. A close second is macaroni and cheese. My sister is a mac and cheese nut. She used to make it […]

Quebec strawberries

The local strawberry season is underway! These little juicy, flavourful strawberry gems are a wonderful addition to the local produce scene. They replace the big, bland imported variety we have had on hand for most of the year. When picking up the basket from the market, it takes real willpower to not dig in and […]

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