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The Ball Blue Book

The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes is a lovely old book filled with recipes and techniques to can pretty much anything you can think of.  It outlines canning methods (many of which are not deemed safe today),... Continue Reading →

Hot Ham Sandwiches

Last night for dinner, I decided to try something unusual and totally new - Hot Ham Sandwiches.  I added cheese, because just from reading through the recipe, it seemed like cheese was a must.  And when my other half bit... Continue Reading →

Blackberry Pie on a Budget

The Budget Cook Book, written by Ida Bailey Allen, International Authority on Cooking and Nutrition, answers the question posed to the publisher by thousands of home-makers - "How can I prepare delicious, nutritious meals at low cost?  While some of these... Continue Reading →

Yorkshire Cheese Pie

When I first saw the recipe for Yorkshire Cheese Pie in the Vancouver Sun's 10th Annual Cook Book, I immediately marked it with a sticky note to come back to later.  It's nearly identical to curd cake, which was a... Continue Reading →

Cookie Party!

Well, I'm finally getting around to blogging about the grand opening of the Lantzville Historical Society's new space.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I was asked to make a few different kinds of cookies from old recipes to serve... 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 →

Blueberry Tea Cake

The blueberry tea cake was made at school one day, mainly to use up some blueberries we had taking up space in our too small freezer.  I'd thought muffins, but the teacher in our class had his heart set on... Continue Reading →

A Different Take on Crumpets

I was flipping though a few cookbooks, looking for a muffin recipe to make for breakfast, and I came across another crumpet recipe.  I'm all for crumpets, and as these ones are made without yeast, I decided to make them... Continue Reading →

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