Samartini – Fig cookies

  As an adult, eating samartini is a bit of a religious experience for me.  As a child, I was clearly a heathen, looking down my nose at these cookies.  In defence of my childhood taste buds, samartini can be a bit of an acquired taste.  The years have made me wise and now, come…

Hot Jalapeño Jelly

Who needs homemade jalapeño jelly?  You do.  Trust me.  You do.  I thought I could live my life without it, but then my friend Pam, offered me a little jalapeño jelly on a cracker with some old cheddar. And now, I just can’t stop.  Smoked cheddar with this jelly is amazing.  You’ll love it. Pam,…

Cinnamon Buns

There are times I get something in my head and I can’t let it go.  Sound familiar?  Good thing, this time, it was cinnamon buns.  I have to say making anything with yeast makes me anxious because yeast can be fussy and the rising time sometimes makes you question your very existence.  But, after all that…

Easy Zucchini Lasagna – And it’s Gluten-Free

Crispy baked zucchini with three cheeses and homemade tomato sauce.  Yeah.  I’m in.  Food is love.  And if you happen to know any old-school Italian women, you’ll know you CAN NOT leave the table without trying THEIR dish. That’s just the way it is, so happily accept it. I was at a baby shower recently…

Momma P’s Homemade Tomato Sauce

My Ma’s sauce was always pretty simple.  It was a Sunday staple.  It was part of the rhythm of life.  Every Sunday, you got up.  You went to church.  You came home and there was a vat of tomato sauce waiting.  Sometimes with meatballs, sometimes for cheese cannelloni, sometimes for gnocchi, sometimes for lasagna, sometimes…

Rhubarb, all things Rhubarb

    “Rhubarb.  I have a ton of rhubarb.  I don’t know what to do with it,” said my friend.  My reaction?  “Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?!?!?  Hand over the rhubarb!”  And so she did.  The lovely pinkish, light-green stalks arrived and promptly chopped into about 15 cups worth, which admittedly, sounds like a lot.  But rhubarb is like…

Canning Tomatoes

  Tomatoes in a jar.  That’s all they are.  But when it’s time to make sauce, every one of those jars is liquid sunshine. So every September, people gather in their backyards and garages for the tomato canning ritual, armed with paring knives, aprons, more jars than you can count and ridiculously long wooden spoons….

Scotch Eggs

A simple hard-boiled egg surrounded by spicy sausage and herbs, panfried crisp.  Perfect meal any time and a pub classic. I just got back from what I call my “Brexit Tour”, visiting London and parts of Scotland. On our first day in London, our friend Nicole took us to Borough Market.  First stop?  The Scotchtails…

Ricotta Toast Love

Velvety ricotta with chunky salt and a splash of pepper on toasty bread.  How you make this snack depends wholly on what you like.  I have my four favourite ways.  Here’s the first! It’s the classic version of a snack my father used to make.  It could also be breakfast or lunch or dinner.  This…

Easy Cherry Almond Sorbet Recipe

This cherry almond sorbet is deep, slightly nutty and a bit smoky.  It’s a gussied up, faintly alcoholic slushy.  Nothing wrong with that! It’s the third in my ice cream trifecta, all great recipes from Chatelaine.  Because really, if you’re going to make ice cream, why make only one kind?  Go for three.  Variety is…

Incredibly Easy Homemade Rhubarb Ice Cream

  Creamy, not too sweet ice cream with bits of tangy-sweet rhubarb.  What’s not to like?  It’s all part of what I call my summer ice cream “tour” which usually involves making the rounds at ice cream shops around the city.  Who knew I’d be touring my own freezer? When I saw this recipe and…