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Fruit Cake Failures

From fruit cake failures to 50th anniversary replica wedding cakes, the fruit cake is both loved and hated. My late husband considered fruit cake to be “an abomination of the English”. Since I’m of that generation where we half-heartedly tried to please our husbands while refusing to say, “My husband won’t let me…..” , I […]

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Before potatoes there were….parsnips

Before potatoes  there were….parsnips. This homely root vegetable was popular up to the 16th century in Europe when the potato finally made its way across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Columbian exchange. Parsnips are first cousins to carrots and native to Eurasia where they have been eaten for thousands of years.  Their botanical […]

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Applesauce the Wear-Ever Way

Wear-Ever pots and utensils have played an important role in North American cuisine, and one unexpected way is in the making of applesauce. A few years ago I was visiting a friend and she was making applesauce to preserve for her grandchildren.  “So much work,” she complained, “all that peeling and coring.” I said to her […]

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Aunt Thale’s Lemonade Syrup

Aunt Thale’s Lemonade Syrup is famous in my family. Examining the recipe and procedure, and realizing many people have similar recipes in their families, shows how recipes offer a world of history within their algorithms of procedure. Aunt Thale (1911-2011) was  one of my father’s younger sisters. She had her share of tragedy; her husband […]

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Mock Duck

This week I look at recipes for mock foods that work with readily available ingredients and attempt to make them more exotic, glamorous or special. Sometime in my past, I have made mock duck and this was an opportunity to try it again. Back in the 1970s and 80s, we were encouraged to use less […]

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Mock Cherry Pie

I’ve always been intrigued by “mock” recipes that show up in cookbooks, so this month, I’m going to look at several kinds of mock food I have found in searching though my old cookbook collection. Mock recipes are a tribute to the imagination, creativity and ingenuity of cooks and bakers who often have to work […]

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Mock Whipped Cream

I will continue to look at mock recipes that come to the rescue when we want to make something but don’t have the key ingredients. This was a real issue 50 or more years ago when the nearest store was ten to twenty kilometers away and roads may have been impassable and available transportation may […]

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Baked Beans

Baked Beans   2016 was the year of the “pulse” and it’s not too late to acknowledge this very important Canadian crop and food source. The word “pulse” comes from the Latin  puls meaning thick soup or potage. Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family [i], which includes plants whose fruit […]

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