Grapefruit Peel Powder

While getting at the juicy sections of grapefruit I needed for a recent Imbolc grapefruit sorbet post, I was making sure not to do too much damage to the peel. Exfoliant in a future batch of soap seemed like a good idea. Did you know that although this is citrus season, grapefruits have not yet […]

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Maple Bacon Butter

If you live in an omnivore family, this is a quick and simple way to spread the flavour of bacon to a wider group. Something that would have been very useful towards the end of winter in ancient times, when supplies might be running low. Sheep and cows would be getting ready to have their […]

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Orange Infused Vinegar

Probably the most well know tradition of Imbolc is spring cleaning. It can sound a little funny to be thinking about spring in January but this is how it happens. In North America season changes are connected to the equinoxes and solstices, spring starts on the vernal equinox, somewhere around March 20/21. Imbolc has a […]

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Mocha Marshmallow Pie

This past Mother’s Day I was trying something different for my step-mom while working on using up the last of the mini marshmallows from class before they dry out. I also wanted them to disappear not just be extra lumps of sugar. Ruth likes mocha, a combination of hot coffee and chocolate with whipped cream […]

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Raven Cookies, 3 Eyed or Otherwise

In a very short time there will be millions of people gathered around their televisions with the enthusiasm of Superbowl fanatics to watch the last episode of the last season of Game of Thrones. And just like there is Superbowl food, there are also Game of Thrones treats. The easiest way to make these is […]

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Curried Carrot Apple Soup

It was a cold, wet and generally yucky night. I had such a yearning for something hot, quick and filling but opening the refrigerator door was not exacting inspiring. Do you know the feeling? My cooking instructor in high school used to say that there were two types of cooks. The first variety found the […]

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Cleaning Fussy Bottles

Last September Jean and I collected Hawthorn berries. Okay, honestly, Jean did most of the collecting, scampering down the steep side of the roadside hill. I missed the opportunity to post the tincture and jelly making and I will do that when we get closer to fall this year. This post however is about bottle […]

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Chocolate Cheesemous(s)e Pie

I am teaching a cheese making class the day after tomorrow. There are several tasty cheeses we can get through in three hours but a cream cheese with rennet is not one of them. The 14 hour wait time before dripping for several hours more is the issue. The solution was to make up a […]

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Mushroom Chestnut Soup

Not all the my playing with that big can of chestnut puree ended up in something sweet. A bowl of this silky smooth soup makes a richly filling main meal and a smaller cup, an excellent starter for Yule or New Year’s Eve dinner. Doubling the ingredients below would be appropriate for a larger group. […]

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Three Price Conscious Hallowe’en Treats

A trip to the grocery store is a quick way to get the neighbourhood kids sorted out for Hallowe’en but homemade for/with special friends can also be reasonably priced when making these three options; Rocky Road, Trailmix Bark and Rice Krispie Toffee Clusters. Let’s start with the chocolate. There are two types of chocolates available […]

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