Category Archives: Recipes


A plug for a friend of mine, who makes the most scrumptious cupcakes ever – and they are non-dairy (if that matters). This is her picture, which I stole because it’s so beautiful: And her site: Crazy Cake Recipes Try … Continue reading

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No-bake cookies

In a large saucepan: 1/2 cup butter (one stick) 1/2 cup milk 2 cups sugar 4 Tbsp cocoa powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon Bring to rolling boil, boil one minute. Remove from heat and add: 1/2 cup peanut butter 3 cups “quick … Continue reading

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Fruit smooties

I like to make smoothies for breakfast. Not only are they fast and filling, I get at least a couple servings of fruit and can control exactly what goes in the smoothie. Our blender makes smooties – as evidenced by … Continue reading

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Sneaky ways to make your kids eat better

I have had many years of practice in getting more healthy foods into my kids than they know about. They may turn up their noses at green beans, but I have a few tricks up my sleeves to ensure they … Continue reading

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Shepard’s Pie

Actually, it’s Cottage Pie since it uses ground beef (Shepard’s Pie uses lamb). I got one of these for Christmas: Isn’t it gorgeous?!? I was so excited to give it a try, and the first thing I made in it … Continue reading

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Italian Lentil Soup

Today, a variation on a recipe I found online for a hearty lentil soup that fits the bill perfectly for cold winter days. In a large pot over medium heat, combine 2 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Add … Continue reading

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Scones rock

A few years ago I came across a superb scone recipe, and haven’t varied from it since. Since today, that is. I received a new cookbook for Christmas – The Craft of Baking – and in it is a scone … Continue reading

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Treacle, treacle, little tart

Treacle tart – what the heck is it??  Well, I’ll tell you – it’s an English dessert, and I am pretty sure you  have heard of it even if you’ve never tasted one. Hints: it’s Harry Potter’s favorite, and the … Continue reading

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Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Here’s a handy PDF version of this post, so you can print it: Chicken and Sausage Gumbo I make large pots of this and the actual ingredients and amounts vary according to what I have and who I’m feeding. It … Continue reading

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I yam not a yam

Myth-busting today: we don’t have yams here in North America, we have sweet potatoes. Ignore the signs at your supermarket that separate the potatoes into two sections, you probably won’t see a true yam in a regular American supermarket – … Continue reading

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