Gingerbread Cookies (For Cutouts or Houses)

This, to me, is the quintessential sign of the holiday season. Nothing says the holidays are upon us as the wafting fragrance of gingerbread spices throughout the house. This makes about 24, 5” … [more]

Cranberry Clafoutis

Here is a version just in time for the holidays based on a traditional French custard recipe. The tart cranberries contrast nicely with the sweet custard. This recipe serves about 6. [more]

Scalloped Goat Cheese and Garlic Potatoes

These potatoes are great with roasted meats. I would consider it a frontrunner in the comfort food division. This recipe makes about 6 servings. [more]


These whimsically named cookies are through to have originated in New England at some point during the 19th century and they are great for anytime of the year. These are especially good with coffee … [more]


I was very young when my dad was stationed in Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany, but I still have many warm memories of Christmas, St. Nick, wooden pickles in the Christmas tree, and the great cookies. … [more]

Cranberry sage chutney

Here’s a cranberry sauce that will make the driest of birds taste great and take a perfectly done turkey to a whole new level. So whether you are planning a large holiday feast or simply … [more]

Chocolate-mint crusted cheesecake w/dollop of cranberries

I remember a time when Thanksgiving weekend involved snow, skiing, crisp & garlicky turkey (that was moist), stuffing, cranberries, etc. and to finish it all off, the cranberry cheesecake with … [more]

Mulled wine

This is a traditional British drink that’s perfect for warming yourself and any guests on chilly days. It’s typically served during the holiday season in Britain, and makes a delicious … [more]

Holiday help

I am counting the minutes…

Soon I will take up residence in a perfect, picture-book cottage beside a tranquil lake in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Canada. On the deck there is a length outdoor grill that, doubtless, will form the centrepiece of our culinary experience. [more]

Design-your-own cookies

This recipe is so much fun! Every one enjoys them and marvels at how it could be done. The magic in this recipe is you can make almost any design your imagination lets you. For this year’s … [more]

Country Dumplings

These dumplings are our version of gravy and are a standard at my family’s holiday meals. They’re better than plain-old gravy…! They’re NOT like other dumplings - they are not … [more]

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