A Valentine’s Day Love Note to My Readers

For anyone who’s been reading my blog for any length of time (hi to both of you! 😉) you may have noticed that since the Christmas holidays have passed, I’ve reduced the number of baking and sweets recipe posts somewhat in favour of more cooking recipes, using up pantry staples, tips on how to stretch…

Back to Basics: Pantry Staples – Lentils

Now we’ve been dealing with the Virus That Shall Not Be Named for several months now, I feel like I may be somewhat late to the table with this advice. However, I feel that in this new year there may be a few people still out there who have decided the drive-through and Uber Eats…

Recipe Post: Sneaky Veggie Baked Mac and Cheese

This baked pasta and cheese has no less than five vegetables in it (cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, spinach and onion), and if prepared in this way you will likely get away with explaining to your picky eaters that any “green” bits are merely parsley, mwaa haa haa… Another great way to encourage adoption of a new…

Recipe Post: Instant Pot Apple Butter

Apple butter is a rich, sweet spread created by rendering apples (and a few key spices) down through long, slow cooking in a crockpot or over the stove until they lose much of their water and intensify in flavour. The name “apple butter” is a bit of a misnomer, as it doesn’t actually contain any real…

Recipe Post: Hearty Vegetable Stew and Dumplings

This recipe is an improvement on a recipe I published several years ago in my post, “Winter Warmth in Stew Form“. With those of us in the Northern hemisphere firmly in winter’s grasp once again, I felt it was time to bring this recipe back out and see what changes I could make to it….

Recipe Post: Quick and Easy Berry Swirl Cupcakes

There’s nothing like the flavour of market-fresh, in-season fruit in cupcakes and muffins. This recipe is not that. Let’s be honest; many of us in the Northern hemisphere are in the cold, dark days of winter, and fresh fruit is expensive and of a lower quality than during harvest season. But hey, when we want…