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Holiday Meals

Sausage and Mushroom stuffing

It’s wonderful when you have recipes in your repertoire that have been passed down through your family. I don’t have as many a Chef does, but the ones I do have are well loved by my entire extended family. My Grandmother told me this one came from my Mother. My Aunts and their families also … Continue reading »

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Home Cured Salmon

At least once a year I make eggs benedict for Jen and I, usually on new years morning. Jen loves to have cured salmon on hers. So this year I decided to make my own cured salmon for a fresher taste. Making your own home cured salmon is easier than you think. Here’s how: Home Cured Salmon … Continue reading »

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Cranberry and Orange Relish

Jen and I didn’t like the canned jellied blob of cranberry sauce that most people have. You know the one. Tastes like the can and sweeter than candy. We wanted something fresh tasting with a different texture. After searching through many cookbooks, we came across this cranberry relish recipe almost 20 years ago. Over the years … Continue reading »

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Chocolate Mousse

M O U S E :  A small rodent with a thin tail and whiskers, partial to cheese and scurrying. Famous relatives live and work at the Magic Kingdom USA. I remember, as a young girl, being taken to an ice cream shop. Feeling very grownup and ordering for myself a single scoop of chocolate … Continue reading »

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Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

When it comes to Christmas desserts; I think I’ve eaten all of them, or I’ve baked most of them. Even the ones I did not grow up with, the ones I married into or read about from different cultures. And as always the question arose: what do I make this year? This year is a … Continue reading »

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Quince

It is believed that the quince long preceded the apple, and that many ancient references to apples were in fact, references to quince, including the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Greek mythology associates the quince with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and many believe that the golden apple given to her by Paris … Continue reading »

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The Lemon Sugar Cookie

Anyone who knows Chef will tell you, he has no interest in deserts. Only because this is what he tells people. The truth of the matter is, he’s lying. The dirty little secret in our house is : Chef loves lemon cookies. He will, and has eaten an entire batch of them when no one is … Continue reading »

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Robbie Burns Day

        Do you know who he was? Sure you do. A few short weeks ago you were singing one of his most famous poems; Auld Lang Syne. He is one of Scotland’s’ most famous poets is our Mr. Burns, or most famous scoundrel depending on your point of view. Regardless of your … Continue reading »

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Ghost of Christmas past (slight return)

For many years now I have been anti-bird. You know the one, the giant ungainly monstrosity eaten twice a year, at least in North America. Always cooked within an inch of its life and sawdust dry, served with something that used to be cranberries and gummy gravy. Don’t even get me started on the stuff … Continue reading »

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Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich

The boys don’t like Pumpkin Pie. I don’t understand. What says Fall Feast better than this pie? What fills the house with a more delightful aroma ? Well, maybe an apple pie, but still! For years I have made apple pie for Thanksgiving just to please both of them and my yen for a pumpkin pie … Continue reading »

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