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Hot Apple Cider

This hot apple cider recipe is so simple, so yummy, and the best natural scent for your house over the holidays. 8 cups (2 L)  apple juice  – I use either natural or organic – both are made with the entire apple – peel and all and a healthier choice 6-8 whole cinnamon sticks, broken […]

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Gingersnaps – a Smith family tradition

Baking gingersnaps is a Christmas family tradition at the Smith house. My dad was diagnosed with heart disease when I was in university and its been one of my missions to create heart healthy foods for him. When I discovered canola oil I switched the original gingersnap recipe that contained shortening to heart healthy canola […]

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Side dishes for Christmas Dinner

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries  Depending on the size of the your turkey and how much oven space you have this festive vegetable dish can be made the day of or up to two days in advance, then warmed up in the oven while your turkey is having its “time out.”  Note: recipe can be […]

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Holiday Pantry

My pantry has the usual – flour, sugar, really great chocolate, rice, pasta, beans! But when the festive season arrives I start stocking it with fun ingredients to make or serve spur of the moment nibbles or treats. Drop in for Drinks   Red and white wine I always a bottle of Prosecco in the […]

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Oatmeal Shortbread – Remembering Margaret Fraser

  Margaret Fraser, a Canadian Foodie Icon and home economist passed away on October 27, 2012 in her 83rd year. She helped change the face of Canadian home cooking and I was lucky enough to meet her in 1999. I was attending a luncheon in her honour.  I’d been a fan of this iconic foodie […]

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Brussels sprouts with a twist

This easy to make recipe for Brussels sprouts may convert even the pickiest of vegetable abstainers. Great for a fall or winter dinner and perfect for Christmas dinner. Hands up who love little baby cabbages.   Whenever I ask this question at any one of my talks, not many people put up their hands.   […]

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Chocolate Covered Oranges

I love oranges. I love chocolate. And together they are spectacular. Most chocolate covered oranges include extra sugar to make a syrup – I skipped that part. Making these treats less sweet with a citrus tang and healthier to boot! {Note: best to eat these the day you make them} 2-3 navel oranges, well scrubbed […]

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Cookie Exchanges

My best friend went to a Cookie Exchange Party last year and called me after she got home to rail at the Cookie Gods! She had laboured lovingly over her Candy Cane Cookies. She had crushed candy canes into little bits and then gently kneaded them into the shortbread dough. She had even dyed half […]

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Chocolate Covered Walnut  – after dinner morsels

The Christmas holidays are rolling in and with it comes food, food, and more food! You can choose taking a hike on your health or not! It really comes down to personal choices and some great recipes as your arsenal against going crazy this holiday season. Because you can make great choices and still have […]

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