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Lemon Curd Buttercream Icing

change u your white cake by icing it with Buttercream infused with Lemon Curd

Makes just enough icing to ice one two layer 8” cake. This tart and sweet Lemon Curd Buttercream Icing is a game changer. It will transform your favorite white cake recipe into a spectacular dessert. Even if you slightly over mixed your white cake like I did..see picture. It was still fabulous.  I used the […]

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Chocolate Mousse

chocolate mousse the lactose free version

I discovered a lactose free chocolate mousse at the Whole Foods Grocery store in Toronto on February 12, 2004. Yes, sadly I made a note of it in my foodie journal: Dear diary, finally found a mousse I could eat! I loved that mousse so much; I was making daily trips to the store for […]

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Decadent Chocolate and Toffee Christmas Squares

These easy to make Christmas squares are going to become a family favourite. Squares are quicker and easier to bake than cookies. And these decadent morsels are really easy to eat. I have to hide them from my husband or they would be gone in a couple of days. Sidebar: you don’t even want to […]

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Shortbread Empire Cookies

Shortbread Empire cookies on a rack as the almond icing sets

Empire Cookies are usually made with Sugar Cookies. Mine use Shortbread instead. I was inspired after I attended an event with the Scottish Embassy in Toronto. I tried their version of Empire Cookies and I was instantly hooked. This is my spin of that cookie experience, much easier to make than rolling out the sugar […]

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South Asian-Style Dahl

One of my favourite easy and economical dinners, a lentil dahl

Makes 5 servings One of my favourite cuisines is South Asian. I will never purport that I am an expert, but I am a huge fan. This is not only a yumfest, it’s nutrient dense, easy to make and economical. One of the tricks for making a fabulous dahl that I learned from my neighbour […]

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Shakshuka

eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce

Serves 2-4 Shakshuka is a traditional Middle Eastern dish that features eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce and topped with feta. It’s the comfort food one pan dish you want to serve in the fall and winter months. As the Queen of Fibre, I have added my own fibre spin to the traditional version […]

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Mexican Street Style Grilled Corn VEG, GF

mairlyn is holding a platter of grilled corn

Makes 5 cobs The first time my husband and I had Mexican Street Style Grilled Corn was at a cute little place on College Street in Toronto. We both took a bite, looked at each other and said, “Oh, we’ve gotta make this at home” If you love Mexican food and grilled corn, this is […]

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Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits

a tray of biscuits loaded with blueberries

Makes 12 These blueberry breakfast biscuits are loaded with blueberries. I’m talking jammed packed full of blueberries. The dough is basically just holding the blueberries together. These biscuits are less sweet than most biscuits because as a cookbook author I wanted the flavour of the blueberries to sing out, not the sugar.  Think of these […]

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No Bake Individual Blueberry Cheesecakes

no bake blueberry cheesecake

Serves 6 If you follow me you know I do not sacrifice flavour when I put my Mairlyn spin on a dessert. This lower fat, lower sugar no bake blueberry cheesecake has just the right amount of sweet, blueberries and cheesecake flavour to satisfy your cheesecake wishes. Blueberry Sauce: 2 cups fresh blueberries divided – […]

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Blueberry Salad with Barley and Dill

Barley and blueberry salad with fresh dill

Makes 4 cups This easy to make summer salad using fibre rich cooked barley and seasonal local blueberries is a cinch to make. Note: this salad uses leftover cooked barley – click here for Barley 101 so before you start this recipe, you need to have cooked cold barley on hand. I cook a pot […]

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