August 15, 2017

 Every year, I anxiously await the arrival of peach season...juicy fruit kissed by the summer sun and picked at their peak of freshness! This season is so fleeting that I am forced to stuff so many peach laden desserts into a short period of time, which in turn causes splitting seams and THEN I am forced to exercise more...it really is a vicious cycle!!

 Sweet, juicy peaches tucked into a light, flaky crust...Summer Fresh Peach...

July 16, 2016

 When my Gramma passed away, I received one of her (many) recipes boxes.  Gramma was known for making pies and this is one of the recipes that I found in that beloved wooden box!  A warm, nicely spiced raisin filling tucked into a flaky pastry...this is the epitome of an old time dessert...after trying a bite of this pie, my friend Lesley exclaimed that it tastes like a "warm childhood memory"! 

 My Mom...

July 1, 2016

 Happy 149th Birthday Canada! To celebrate this day, I thought it was only fitting to feature a recipe using maple syrup produced by the same maple trees who's leaf graces our national flag...how's THAT for symbolic...perhaps as Canadian as Tim Horton's coffee, Bob & Doug McKenzie and Hockey Night in Canada!

 Butter tarts are a favourite among Canadians and quite a sticky subject for some! Many like their tarts runny...

June 12, 2016

 My Mom was known from far and wide for her incredible baking skills and her specialty...pies!  One skill in particular was her ability to turn out the lightest, flakiest pie crust that was rolled out to the perfect thickness and baked to a golden brown! I used to watch my Mom's hands lightly flit here and there, shaping and trimming the pastry, never wanting to overwork the dough...she was definitely a sight to see, smiling a...

January 5, 2016

 Nothing says "home" like a good chicken pot pie and during the colder months, I seem to crave "homey", comfort foods like this, that are loaded with all the fixins' !

 First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then in a small saucepan, over low heat, melt a 1/3 cup of butter...

 While the butter is melting, mince 1 small onion and 1 small clove of garlic...add to the melted butter, turn the heat up to medium/...

December 22, 2015

 Every Christmas, my husband requests this classic British dessert, among others...and we're talking about 10 others...I rarely leave the kitchen this time of year! This sweet and gently spiced filling for pies, tarts and cakes is full of fruity goodness and is a perfect holiday treat!

 In a large stock pot, add 2 cups of suet...(you will find this in the freezer of the meat section at your grocery store)

 ...2 cups of...

December 16, 2015

 The tourtiere is a hearty and delicious meat pie, originating in Quebec and is a true French Canadian, Christmas tradition...I serve this meal every Christmas Eve. as a tribute to our Upper Canadian heritage and because I'm pretty sure my husband was a "Voyageur" in another life!

 The filling for this pie can be made with any type of ground meat or game but I like to combine ground pork and veal for mine. You will also need 3...

October 11, 2015

 What is Thanksgiving without my Gramma's pumpkin pie?! I'll tell you what it is...it's Sonny without Cher, it's Kenny without Dolly...it's oreos without milk!! I could go on here if I need to but I think you get my drift. 

I always remember having this wonderful pie on the holidays and I consider this to be one of my most cherished recipes in my collection.

 For this autumn treasure, you will need 2 unbaked, 9" p...

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