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Scotch Shortbread

Today is shortbread day at my house.  I'm only making 2 kinds, so it's not chaos in my house, but it sure smells good!  Of course I'm making Nanny's shortbread.  It's Dad's very favourite, and my Christmas baking wouldn't be complete... Continue Reading →

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The Correct Art of Candy-Making

Opening The Correct Art of Candy-Making is a bit like walking into a candy store, but the candies are a bit different from what you'd likely find today.  There are dozens of recipes for nougat and caramels, taffy and marshmallows,... Continue Reading →

A Favourite Christmas Cake

It took me a while, but I finally narrowed my Christmas cake choices to a few recipes in each of 6 different books.... then 3, and finally to just two recipes.  Now that the first batch is in the oven,... Continue Reading →

A Few Christmas Recipes

I'm planning to make my Christmas cakes this weekend, so I've been looking at old cookbooks, trying to select a recipe to use.  I've not found one yet, but I did get lured into the pages of an old hand... Continue Reading →

Caramel Cream Cake

I wanted to make a nice cake for my family's Thanksgiving dinner, so I started flipping through my old cookbooks, of course, to find something that sounded good.  What I found was Caramel Cream Cake, which you have to admit... Continue Reading →

A Thrilling Surprise for Hallowe’en

Hallowe'en is fast approaching, and of course you're all wondering what exciting things to make for the big night.  I am here to help you with that!  I've found a rather perplexing recipe for small cakes (or cookies??) that look... Continue Reading →

Various Pumpkin Pie Variations

The picture above is a pumpkin patch in Sidney, British Columbia that I drive by most years in the fall.  I love how the field is almost entirely orange!  My pumpkin patch certainly doesn't look like that.  Sadly, this year... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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