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Turkey Dinner Menus

First off, for those of you wondering why an original 1980s Cabbage Patch Kid is carving my mother's Thanksgiving turkey.... well.... it's a long story about a long time family friend who doesn't live close enough to make it to... Continue Reading →

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Chocolate Squares – AKA Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars are kind of a big deal here in Nanaimo, so whenever we have guests from out of country, Nanaimo bars are sure to be served.  In my family, it's usually my job to make them, since even though... Continue Reading →

Battle of the Shortcakes Follow Up

Back on July first, Canada Day, I had made 2 different shortcakes to compare the 2 major shortcake styles.  The cake sort of strawberry shortcake is what I'm familiar with, having grown up eating that kind, but I'd also heard... Continue Reading →

Happy Canada Day!!

It's Canada Day, and today marks Canada's 150th year as a country.  As usual, my family is celebrating with a barbecue in my parents' back yard.  We'll have the usual yummy fare, steaks and lamb chops on the barbecue, corn... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Sponge

Last night I finally made a dessert I've  been wanting to make since I first came across it inside my 1944 Good Housekeeping Cookbook.  It's a recipe page advertising Fry's Cocoa and Knox Gelatine.  One side has a recipe for... Continue Reading →

Poinsettia Salad

The first Poinsettia Salads I made looked beautiful, nestled on their beds of lettuce.  I took pictures, and then we ate the salads.  And then, because of my blind trust in my devices, I lost all the pictures I hadn't... Continue Reading →

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I knew if I dug around through my cookbooks, I'd find at least a few Valentine's recipes to share, and A Thousand Ways to Please a Family had a whole Valentine's luncheon menu, so I am sharing that here today.... Continue Reading →

Suppers – Novel Suggestions for Social Occasions

Suppers - Novel Suggestions for Social Occasions is a small book, but one of my favourites.  It was compiled by Paul Pierce in 1907, and is full of intriguing menu and party ideas.  Even though styles of entertaining have changed drastically... Continue Reading →

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