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Short Rib Lasagne

A bit time-consuming, but makeable in stages and in advance, this lasagne from is phenomenal. Make it for a special occasion ~ it serves at least 12 people. Read more

For Cranberry Relishers

I have just made Dorie Greenspan‘s Holiday Relish ~ another attempt to tweak cranberries into a condiment that even I might relish. I like the idea of chunks of apple and raisins with the cranberries in this version. Read more

Ruth Ladd’s Famous Almond Roca

I don’t know Ruth Ladd, but I do know that this Almond Roca has probably been enjoyed by thousands of people who know my friend, Lulu, who shared this recipe with me recently. She has made it every Christmas for many years with her sister-in-law. My version may not look like the original, but I do know how fast it is disappearing…thank you, Lulu! Read more

Paula’s Apple Pie


Yesterday I picked up a 20 pound box of Gala and Fuji apples from Jamie (see this post). The apples are crunchy and juicy and great for eating, but I also plan to use them in this fantastic apple pie recipe sent to me by my friend, Paula. I have tasted it but not yet baked one myself and I can tell you, it is wonderful. Instead of slicing the apples, they are grated, giving the filling a luscious smooth apple consistency. The recipe won Paula first prize (judged by John Bishop) for best apple dessert baked with apples from the bountiful trees of a neighbour who shares her crop this way. Read more

Lamb Burgers with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce

Here’s a spicy and easy casual dinner idea: grilled or pan-fried lamb burgers, with or without a bun. This recipe is adapted from American Masala, by Suvir Saran and Raquel Pelzel. My friend, Rooky, loaned me this book which is full of recipes like this one that combine Indian flavours with American-style favourites. Read more