Tag Archives: holidays

Spiced Lamb Meatballs

Meatballs are a great party food. Bite sized yet full of flavour, they’re also a great vehicle for many different kinds of dips. When I saw a package of minced lamb from Milkhouse Farm and Dairy in my Holiday Farmers’ … Continue reading

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Cranberry-Cinnamon Cocktail/Mocktail Syrup

Cranberry and cinnamon are both favourite holiday flavours. This ruby red syrup is as pretty as it is delicious and it makes a wonderful hostess gift. You can find nice small jars or bottles at many dollar stores. While I … Continue reading

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Cardamom and Maple Syrup

Squash is hands-down one of my favourite winter vegetables. I love it in soup, risottos and so much more and it makes frequent appearances as a side dish in all sorts of meals I serve. The only downside, to me, … Continue reading

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Roasted Nuts with Maple, Chili and Rosemary

Every year I make several batches of roasted nuts for holiday snacking and gifting. I like to vary the seasonings from year to year and this year I decided a sweet-spicy combination was in order. Maple syrup is great for … Continue reading

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Pickled Apple Slices

It’s no wonder so many good restaurants are making and serving pickles, preserves and chutneys these days – they brighten up the flavour of just about any dish and often add a nice pop of colour and texture on the … Continue reading

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Caramel-Apple Jelly

While I adore chocolate, I think caramel trumps all. Sweet and thick, sometimes chewy, caramel has a unique, almost-earthy flavour thanks to bringing the sugar almost to the point of scorching. I frequently make Caramel Sauce, Salted Caramel Ice Cream … Continue reading

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Sugar and spice holiday gifts

Vanilla is one of the most popular spices in the world, particularly for those who enjoy baking. There’s a huge difference between the flavour of artificial vanilla extract most often sold in grocery stores and the real thing, made with … Continue reading

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