Greek Butter Cookies

Greek Butter Cookies

Getting a “leg-up” on my Christmas baking by starting with these buttery little morsels that have just a hint of anise flavour. They’re good keepers and freeze well!  You can use either blanched or unblanched almonds to make the cookies.  I’ve been baking these off and on for over 40 years…the original recipe is taped… Continue Reading…

End of Summer Zucchini Casserole

End of Summer Zucchini Casserole

We’ve headed into fall and the remaining Romanesco zucchini need to be used…now what? I’d pretty much run through the  “zucchini repertoire” and I needed to come up with something for dinner.  There’s that leftover barbecued corn from the night before…hmmm.   Here it is…kind of macaroni and cheese without the macaroni using zucchini and corn instead!… Continue Reading…

Eggplant Timballo

Eggplant Timballo

When it’s eggplant season…they are so gorgeous, well you just have to cook something with them…so there’s Timballo, Parmigiana, Pasta alla Norma (delish), or even cubed up, sautéed and tossed on to a pizza…and that’s only my Italian favs. Middle Eastern eggplant preparations ring all my bells too! Makes About 6 Servings I find that… Continue Reading…

Tomato Apricot Ginger Chutney

Tomato Apricot Ginger Chutney

We love this chutney as an accompaniment to Indian spiced chicken.  And it would be amazing with lamb and I have served it with Tourtiere at Christmas too! Makes approximately 3 cups. Chutney will keep for up to 1 week in the fridge or you can process it as you would for jam.  It will… Continue Reading…

Beer Braised Beef Stew

Beer Braised Beef Stew

When fall and winter is upon us, there is nothing like a comforting, tummy warming stew. This is one of my all-time favourites. You can make it as spicy as you like and if you like to put potatoes in your stews,(I much prefer serving stew with mashed potatoes) you can change out the turnips for 4… Continue Reading…

Phyllis’ Cabbage Rolls

Phyllis’ Cabbage Rolls

Makes a roasting pan full! And would be great as part of a casual potluck or a buffet! Cabbage Rolls hold a very special place in my heart. I am not sure where Mom got her recipe, probably from someone in her family. I have adapted her original recipe with a couple of my own… Continue Reading…

Walnut Cinnamon Buns

Walnut Cinnamon Buns

Now I ask you, who doesn’t like a warm sticky cinnamon bun? It only takes a short time to put together the dough and then it’s just a quick matter to put together the filling and the mixture for the bottom of the pan that becomes the topping of the buns when turned out of… Continue Reading…

Mom’s Shortbread

Mom’s Shortbread

Mom made these every Christmas, we loved them.  Talk about getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar!  So buttery and delicious! When I worked as a corproate chef, I must have made thousands for work, us and family members every Christmas season. They store very well in a cool place. They are made entirely… Continue Reading…

Anne’s “Cheater” Pickled Beets

Anne’s “Cheater” Pickled Beets

When I was working in the executive dining room, we made these every couple of weeks and now, for old time’s sake, I make them at Christmas. My Mom always made pickled beets from scratch which included growing her own beets! Molto lavoro (much work); this seems a whole lot easier to me!  I love pickled beets!… Continue Reading…

Drei Augen (Three Eyes)

Drei Augen (Three Eyes)

I wasn’t going to put this recipe for German shortbread on Oracibo for some reason or the other…but after receiving rave reviews all Christmas Season…I think I should! This is only the second time I have made them; the first time was back in the mists of time…I won’t wait that long again! The recipe for these absolutely wonderful little… Continue Reading…