Monthly Archives: December 2012


I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t adore latkes. Crisp and fragrant, these delightful little potato pancakes are as versatile as they are tasty. My only complaint about latkes is that when I make them, the hot oil … Continue reading

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Gift ideas for cooks of all kinds

Given how much time I spend in my own kitchen, I’m often asked for gift ideas for both novice and experienced cooks. My suggestions typically tend to be practical and long lasting as I am not a big fan of … Continue reading

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Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Squares

My mom is an excellent baker. With six kids to feed, it seemed she made bread and either cookies or squares just about every day. She once told me that squares represent the epitome of hospitality in the Maritimes. I … Continue reading

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Skinny Tacos

I love tacos but sometimes find that tortillas are too heavy and take away from the enjoyment of the flavourful fillings. This lighter alternative is now my family’s favourite. You can adjust the heat with the chili powder; often it’s … Continue reading

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Pork Tenderloin with Apple Gravy

A nice twist on classic gravy, this apple gravy has a sweet-sour tang that is subtle yet very flavourful. Cutting the pork tenderloin into medallions is a great way to get more servings out of a small quantity of meat. … Continue reading

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Scandinavian Almond Cake

Some claim this moist, delicious cake comes from Sweden but in fact traditional variations are found in every Scandinavian culture. There’s even a special pan available for almond cake, though a regular parchment-lined loaf pan works just as well. You … Continue reading

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