Bleu D’Élizabeth Cheese, Dark Chocolate and Date Bites

This recipe features the 2013 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix winner in the Blue cheese and Organic cheese categories. A unique and mouth watering chocolate treat to satisfy any craving. 6 oz (180 g) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped 6 oz (180 g) pitted Medjool dates 3 oz (90 g) Bleu d’Élizabeth...

Glencoe Mills Oatcakes

Deep in the rolling hills near Glencoe Mills, Cape Breton, Elizabeth “Mrs. Angus” Beaton bakes utterly amazing oatcakes. They are so good that she packs them with great care and ships them to Calgary where her daughter, entrepreneur-extraordinaire, Janice, shares them with her lucky customers in...

Blueberry Peach Crisp

Just before serving, flame some rum or brandy. Bound to add a dramatic touch to this wildly delicious dessert. Topping 3/4 cup (175 mL) dried crumbled macaroon cookies 1/4 cup (60 mL) ground almonds 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped candied ginger 2 tbsp (30 mL) melted butter or margarine Fruit 4...

Utterly Awesome Maple Butter Tarts!

After a flurry of comments and shares on an Instagram post I did of Stacey Kanelos’ butter tarts, I decided to take a run at them myself. Here’s the recipe. You’ll need 12 deep tart shells. I made them with a sweetened lard pastry using locally-milled whole wheat cake and pastry flour. I usually...

Flax Energy Bars

Beginning with the most basic ingredients, these flax energy bars are simplest granola bars you’ll ever make. They are an amazing source of fibre.   2/3 cup (150 mL) lightly packed brown sugar 1/3 cup(75 mL)  unsalted butter 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla 1¼ cup (300 mL) quick...

Flax-laced Peanut Butter Cookies

Chock full of good ingredients, these are among the best PB cookies you’ll ever make! 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) natural peanut butter 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter 3/4 cup (175 mL) lightly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp (15 mL) vanilla 1 cup (250 mL) oat flour 1/2...

Spring Rhubarb Pie

It was called ‘Pie Plant’ because it makes such incredibly good pies and every early farm home in Canada had at least one good patch. Kids used the huge leaves as hats while dipping the sour stalks in small bowls of sugar. We made it into crisps and cobblers, stews and chutneys. Now...

Winter Pear Clafouti

Canada’s great pear crop lasts, with proper storage, till mid-winter.  For this dish we like the rough-skinned Bosc. It’s a simple, egg-rich dessert so easy that even youthful bakers can whip it up. 2 tsps (10 m L) unsalted butter 1/3 cup (75 mL) + 1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar 3...

Great-Grandma’s Sour Cream Apple Pie

As many realize, a recipe can be a chronicle of a way of life. My now 98 year-old mother wrote: “We always called this ‘Dutch-apple pie.’  It was quite a favourite in my growing-up years.  I recall vividly my grandmother making it.  She was from Prussia.  The sour cream came, of course, from the...

Marie Nightingale’s Ginger Snaps

Few food writers were as loved and respected as Marie Nightingale.  She was a story teller but her tales were all couched in the food life and the culinary history of Nova Scotia.  Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens is a classic and worth searching out, if for nothing else, to hear her food voice....