Mint Brownie Bars

I am not sure where I even came across this recipe anymore but it's been pulled out every Christmas for years. Although they are good for any time of year there is something about mint flavouring that seems made for Christmas. Hence these mint brownie bars (affectionately called grasshopper squares in my house) are a holiday favourite. They also have made an appearance at many a pot luck around this time of year. Bake them, share them, enjoy them! Mint Brownie Bars Brownie Layer: 1/2 cup butter softened 1 cup brown sugar 2  eggs 1/2…
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Shepherd’s Pie

My daughter loves my shepherd's pie. It may be because she is crazy about mashed potatoes and my mashed potatoes are pretty darn tasty but she thinks shepherd's pie is comfort food. With the changing weather it seems like the right time to serve up a warm and cozy meal for your family and this might be the perfect recipe to try. Enjoy! Shepherd's Pie Serves 4 3 medium potatoes 2 cloves of garlic peeled and sliced in half 1 tablespoon butter 1-2 tablespoons milk Salt and pepper to taste 2 carrots peeled and diced…
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Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread

My family are big fans of shortbread, especially with a little chocolate addition. Anybody who has been following for a while knows that I am a big fan of a chocolate orange combination. Given the autumn nip in the air it seemed like the right time to experiment with the combo and see what I could come up with. They are not your traditional shortbread but they are heavenly and were a big hit with my whole family. So from my kitchen to yours, enjoy! Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread 2/3 Cup butter at room temperature…
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Cloud Bread Experiment

Cloud bread is all the rage right now and for me it came at a convenient time as I have my sister-in-law coming for a visit and she can't eat gluten. If you have seen any of the posts or videos on it you know that cloud bread has three ingredients: eggs, cream cheese and cream of tartar. They don't always agree on how many eggs or cooking temperature but otherwise its a pretty standard recipe. I actually found when I went to make them that I didn't have cream of tartar so I used…
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Garlic Ang Ginger Pasta

I don't know where this recipe comes from originally but it came to me through my sister-in-law many years ago. I had gone on a quick trip to a friends wedding and while I was staying with my brother and sister-in-law she made me this amazing garlic and ginger pasta. Not only is it so yummy but it is also insanely quick to make, less than 15 minutes quick, which makes it the perfect work night meal. Garlic and Ginger Pasta  2-3 Tablespoons chopped ginger (a chunk about the size of your thumb) 3-5 Cloves…
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Vegan Chocolate Orange Cake

We rent, as some of of you know, and this was one of those months that reminded me why renting is less than desirable. For much of the time we've lived here we have had problems with the boiler—it keeps shutting itself off. We surprise find we have no hot water once we are already in the shower or we wake up to discover that the heat has gone out in the night. The rental agency has sent someone in to look at it no less than 5 times and, so far, no luck. This…
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Going Vegan For A Month

I want to stress before I get too far that I am not trying to make the world vegan or even vegetarian for that matter. I am already not a meat eater so I thought it might be a fun challenge to take it one step further and go full vegan for a month but if it's not for you there is no judgement here. (All my die hard vegan and vegetarian friends are probably shocked right now, sorry guys <3) The absolute truth is I didn't go vegetarian for big moral reasons so I…
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Fresh Spicy Homemade Salsa

Most of my family went vegan for the month of January and I have to say this salsa was a big reason why I survived the first week. My lovely friend Laura, who was the reason I started this experiment, said that she lived on hummus for her first month of going vegan but I think for me it was fresh salsa and avocados that I subsisted on and there are definitely worse ways to live. Plus it is so simple to make. Every time I whip up a batch I wonder why I don't…
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Homemade Oreos

I first had these cookies when my sister made them for me years ago and fell instantly in love with them but it took me a very long time to get her to give me the recipe. She had gotten the recipe from a friend that swore up and down that it was a secret family recipe and only gave it to my sister under oath of never sharing it further. When I finally begged my sister hard enough to give me the recipe and read it I was pretty sure that this was not…
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Savoury Cauliflower Chowder

I wouldn't say that I have ever been a big meat eater, at least not for as long as I have taken care of my own food, and more than four years ago I went totally vegetarian. Since making this choice I have had to discard some of my recipes because of the heavy emphasis they had on meat but I have tried to adapt as many as I can. Still, I do feel a little annoyed when I find a recipe that sounds amazing only to discover it has meat added seemingly to just…
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