My Spin on Things

These posts are part of Mair’s “My Spin on Things” blog.

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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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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Braised Beef Stew aka The Marion Kane Stew with Prunes

a rich and hearty beef stew served with mashed potatoes and peas

Serves 8 This is the best stew I’ve ever eaten. It’s actually a misnomer to call it a stew, it’s more akin to a luscious “melt in your mouth braised beef dish” complete with a gravy that is deep and delicious. My dear friend Marion Kane, food sleuth, journalist, extraordinary food writer, smart and wonderfully witty […]

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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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Slow Cooker Baked Beans with some help…

baked beans cooked in the slow cooker

makes 5-6 cups Did you know that depending on how long a dried bean has been stored affects it’s cooking time? The fresher the dried bean the shorter the cooking time. This could explain why your baked beans, vary in cooking length. It’s not you, it’s your beans. I have a professional home economist plan […]

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Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner for Two

Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner for Two

Serves – 2 (may be doubled) This easy to make sheet pan dinner only takes 10 minutes to prepare. The oven does the rest. Kick back and have a glass of wine while you wait. Minimal cleanup as well. Seriously, what’s not to love about sheet pan dinners? 1 onion, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 […]

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Tuscan White Bean Soup GF

A bowl of a main course white bean soup

Makes 12 cups This hearty stick to your ribs soup is a perfect dinner for those cold rainy or snowy winter nights. It’s a comfort soup, every spoonful feels like a big hug. See Professional home economist tips below to convert this into a Vegetarian Main Course Soup. 2 oz. prosciutto, approx. 4-5 slices – […]

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Slow Cooker TexMex Style Chicken and Black Bean Chili

a plate of chicken and black bean chili

Makes 9 cups 5 servings Easy to make and an excellent weekend meal. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp canola oil 2 onions, diced 1 lb. chicken thighs, cut into chunks – no thighs? You can use chicken breasts 8 cloves garlic, minced or grated 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 Tbsp chili powder ½ tsp […]

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No Bake Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes

No bake Pumpkin chocolat cheesescake

Makes 4 servings – can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled…..   Not just for your Halloween party, this fall dessert is great throughout pumpkin season. No bake, lower in fat and made in individual serving dishes, it’s serving size perfection.   Crumb crust 2 tsp unsalted butter, melted ½ cup chocolate cookie crumbs, available at most […]

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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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