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Sourdough Bread

The following recipe calls for an active starter, and by active I mean vigorous. Mine has  habit of oozing out of her jar and across the counter.  Giving yourself enough time, you can sinc your bread making with an anxious starter  and have bread on the table before dinner. See the past post on Adventures … Continue reading »

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Adventures in Sourdough

I do not understand the bread phobic. Carb avoiders baffle me. The truly gluten intolerant I get, but the rest of you… Who amongst you can resist a freshly baked loaf? Well, not me. I love bread with a passion. The smell, taste, texture make me swoon. Making bread is my therapy, in the time it … Continue reading »

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Chocolate Bacon Praline Shortbread Cookies

  For the cookie: 2 cups of all purpose flour 1 cup of softened butter (unsalted) 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp of salt     For the Praline: 3/4 cup of granulated sugar 4 rashers of bacon pinch of salt   For the chocolate: 3 oz of dark chocolate chips, melted     Method: … Continue reading »

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Adventures in Sourdough Bread

I’m not sure why the art of bread making has been lost to home cooks. I understand it takes time ,and for the most part we have precious little of it these days. But if you break down a bread making recipe, most of the time it takes to make it , the maker is … Continue reading »

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“Come to the Dark Side Cookies”

“Come to the Dark Side Cookies” aka: Oatmeal and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies  1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 whole egg 2 tblsp 2% milk 1/2 tsp vanilla  1 cup quick cooking rolled oats 1/2 cup … Continue reading »

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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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Leonidas – History and Chocolate

    On most Sundays when the weather is accommodating, Chef and I go out for our date. And it is our habit to find our way to the Danforth in the middle of Greek Town, to window shop and enjoy the fresh air. We have passed by Leonidas, a quaint gelato/chocolate shop on several … Continue reading »

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Spicy food Festival

        Chef and I decided to go to the Spicy Food Festival down at the harbour front this weekend. We were there for the first one many years ago and thought it wouldbe fun to check it out this year. It’s been some time since we both had the same day off … Continue reading »

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The Razor

“Okay, I brought it home” he said to me one day last week. Holly Hanna! I thought. This could mean anything – from a stray kitten to a rescued piece of furniture. “Brought home what ?” I asked cautiously.  “The Razor” he said “I finally bought myself a new one , so the old one comes … Continue reading »

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If this bottle could talk

You have all been there. Staring down shelf after shelf of wines in the liquor store. Pacing back and forth, picking up a bottle to turn it over hoping to glean some information about its pedigree. Furtively looking over your shoulder hoping no one else notices you don’t know what your doing. Bravely trying to … Continue reading »

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