Early backyard harvests
Summertime jam sessions
There is usually an abundance of local fruits and vegetables during the summer months. Making use of it all while still fresh is usually more of the problem. A delicious and classic method to use up the strawberries and rhubarb is by making some jam. But like many of us who have busy lives, making jam the old-fashioned way is usually too time consuming. Hence, my version here is quick and easy, and a take on the many chia jams that abound. It is very quick to put together–all done under 20 minutes.
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Summer is finally here
The change in weather isn’t the only thing that ushers in a new season. The dishes we make also change with the seasons. Strawberries and rhubarb always highlight the arrival of summer here in Ontario. As a child, the beginning of June would mean piling into the car on Saturday morning and heading out of the city to pick strawberries. My mom would then make jars of strawberry jam, strawberry flans and any strawberry dessert. There is nothing quite like eating a freshly picked strawberry.
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A few simple ingredients
Nuts are always a great addition to the dessert table. They can be added to squares or cookies, and boost the nutritional value of any dessert . Pecans are delicious, nutrient-packed powerhouses that make for an ideal ingredient in your favorite recipe. I decided to venture down the much-enjoyed pecan cookie path today. Continue reading “Vegan Gluten Free Pecan Cookies”
A classic dessert
Date squares are a classic Canadian dessert. While this is typically a Fall or winter dessert square, I enjoy making these throughout the year. And once you cut out all the refined sugars and flours, you have a very good and nutritious square to be enjoyed by all. A nutty crust, gooey dates and a crumb topping. This is where it’s at. Continue reading “Raw Vegan Date Squares”
A great afternoon snack
One of my favourite memories as a child was enjoying a few freshly baked peanut butter cookies after school. Anytime I enjoy one of these treats now, I am taken back to my childhood kitchen and the warm feelings it brings me. Continue reading “Vegan Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies”
A raid your pantry and fridge recipe
It is so easy to put together a pasta sauce with items from your pantry and fridge. Depending on the state of your resources at home and your skill at improvisation, you can have a very fancy sauce, or a simple, but delicious one. You cannot go wrong either way.
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Chocolate makes everything better
A piece of chocolate makes every day better. I find an easy go-to chocolate recipe is chocolate bark. Home-made chocolate bark is healthier than store bought chocolate bars. This recipe keeps well in the freezer . Good luck keeping the kids and husband out of this chocolate bark.
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When time is tight and you want something yummy
It’s Wednesday 5:00pm. Tonight the kids have hockey, laundry awaits, and some work still has to be completed before bedtime. I look in the fridge and pantry, and realize that I can make a pad thai. Yum! Everyone is happy!
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