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I think it’s time for some haystacks again! They are nut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free….they will do just fine for one of our family Christmas parties or part of the mix anyhow!!

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Yesterday, Heidi was over for a sleepover on her own! We don’t often get just Heidi, normally there’s the Blakie boy but he was having a Mom and Blake day so we took Heidi! Of course when there’s Heidi, there’s cookie baking! No wonder Denis loves having the grand-kids over, I am catching on here!! Heidi says lets’ make cookies but not gluten-free ones, I don’t like gluten-free cookies! I took that as a challenge and I said, “well, let’s make chocolate haystacks, I used to make these for your Mommy when she was 5 like you!”. I forgot to mention they can be made gluten-free! Here’s how you do it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar (I know, I know, that’s a lot of sugar)
  • 1/2 cup milk ( I used almond milk, but you can use any milk)
  • 1/2 cup marg or butter or coconut oil
  • 3 cups oats ( I used gluten-free oats)
  • 1…

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If you like the hello dollies, taffy or other Eagle Brand treats but cannot have dairy, here’s an option for you. It takes a bit of time but can be done!

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups non-dairy milk (I used coconut milk)
  • ½ cup sweetener (sugar, coconut sugar, agave or honey)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla.

Directions:

  1. Combine milk and sweetener in a medium saucepan. Whisk to dissolve sweetener over medium heat.
  2. When the milk begins to steam, lower the temperature to as low as possible.
  3. Allow milk to reduce to half in size from what it first was, periodically checking and stirring.
  4. When milk is reduced by half, remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract.
  5. Pour into a clean glass jar and allow to cool. Store in the refrigerator
  6. Most recipes that you’ll use this for call for a can, which is equal to 300ml or 1 1/3 cup.

This weekend we will have overnight guests, which means we will be up late toasting the season and well, you know, having fun! Having said that when we get up in the morning these people will need feeding as they’ll be headed back on the road! I can’t have people leaving my house hungry now can I? Here’s an old favourite that I will prep on Saturday, stick in the fridge and on Sunday morning when I get up to turn the coffee on (pre-set of course), I will turn the oven on and get this casserole in there! It’s easy and tasty, a side of toast or bagels and some fruit will be all I need for a lovely brunch! This serves 6 easily.

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 c water or milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped
  • 1/2 c chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup ham diced ( or cooked bacon or sausage)
  • 1 tomato, cut in half then sliced
  • **optional is potatoes 1 cup of canned(drained and rinsed) or frozen hash browns or fresh cooked/diced potatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ** optional hot sauce to taste
  • 1 cup shredded or cubed cheese (cheddar or swiss)
  • olive oil for greasing the pan

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, crack the eggs and whip them, add in the other ingredients, except tomatoes. Season to taste. Mix well.
  2. Grease a 9×13 dish/casserole well.
  3. Pour the egg mix in . Use the tomatoes as garnish, laying them in a nice pattern over the egg mix. Cover/seal tightly.
  4. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. In the morning bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour.
  6. Serve with fruit and/or biscuits or toasts or bagels.
  7. ** don’t use milk or cheese for dairy-free option. Goat cheese can be used for the dairy-free if tolerable by them or no cheese at all in a separate dish.

On one of our trips to Playa Del Carmen we ventured to Valadolid. It’s a beautiful town with many things to explore. While exploring we happened upon this elderly lady in her Mexican dress, selling Cocada. It’s a very sweet candy, much like a hard fudge, with lots of coconut in it. Well, with my allergies I am very leery to eat anything from a street vendor but this fine lady assured me it was nothing but azucar and coco(sugar and coconut). So I decided to live on the edge and give it a whirl! Well let me just tell you that on days like that I am very glad that I choose to be a bit edgy!! It was phenomenal! It was sweet, chewy and addictive! We bought one and walked away and started nibbling, well we went back but she was gone! I have been wanting that candy since then and it’s been two years! Finally, with a bit of research, I think I have cracked the code! Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • 1 lb coconut shredded
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized saucepan boil the water and brown sugar till soft ball stage. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, get a small glass of cold water and drop a teeny bit in, if it forms a soft ball then it’s ready for step 2!
  2. Now add the coconut, boil for 1 more minute.
  3. Pour out onto a flat tray that has been greased and/or use parchment.
  4. cool in the fridge till hard then cut as you like, squares etc.
  5. Enjoy!

When I was in the 6th grade my teacher had the bright idea of having every child taking turns to cook off a recipe. We teamed up in two’s, my partner was Georgette and we chose pork chops done in a creamy mushroom sauce. I think this had to do with health class and the teacher wanting us to make good choices or that was her story, truly I think it had more to do with her being pregnant and hungry now that I think about it! That was way back in the day when I didn’t know that I had gluten, dairy and other intolerances! Those were the days!

Today I was thinking about those chops and thought to myself “self, you can create those again”,so I have! Here’s how I did it!

Ingredients:

  • pork chops for 4 people (bone in or out, your call)
  • 1/2lb mushrooms chopped
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • thyme if you like to taste

Directions:

  1. Now if you’re one of those people who can have canned cream soup, feel free to make that exchange and skip the next few steps!(1 can soup/1 can water or milk)But this sauce is good…just saying.
  2. In a sauté pan, sauté the mushrooms, garlic and onion in the olive oil until soft and almost brown.
  3. Add in the coconut milk and bring to a boil, scraping up the bits on the bottom.
  4. Make a thick syrup of corn starch and water, equal amounts. Once you have a good boil and the soup has good flavor, use the corn starch to thicken it. It doesn’t have to be real thick. Let cool somewhat.
  5.  In a 9×13’sh casserole, greased a bit with a tbsp. or so of olive oil, place your chops. Bake for 45 minutes in the oven at 350. Flipping them once at 20 minutes or so.
  6. At the 45 minute mark or once the chops have browned nicely, pour the soup over top, lifting the chops to be sure the soup is everywhere…mmm. Bake an additional 45 minutes or till you just can’t stand that delicious smell any longer.
  7. I will serve mine with broccoli and salad but I am sure mashed potatoes or rice would be great accompaniments to this dish!
  8. Bon appetit!

It’s that time of year where I cook up a storm in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. I make my Christmas cake, my pepper jelly and sometime my antipasto. The antipasto is awesome for when you get that unexpected company and you have nothing to feed them, you just go in the cupboard or fridge, pull out the antipasto and grab a few crackers and ta-da, instant appetizer. It also makes a great gift for those hard to buy folks! Here’s what you need to do:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Spanish onion chopped finely
  • 3 cans chopped mushrooms, drained
  • 500 grams of cut green beans, chopped small
  • 2 x 13oz jars pickled onions, chopped
  • 48 oz jar of sweet mixed pickles chopped
  • 16 oz can/jar of black or green olives
  • 500 grams of cauliflowerettes (I use frozen, easy to chop too!)
  • 4 x 6oz cans of tuna, drained
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 3 large carrots chopped
  • 28 oz tin of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 48 oz bottle of ketchup
  • 300g bag of frozen mini shrimp or canned

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients except tuna and shrimp, into a large pot.
  2. boil for 30 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the fish in.
  4. Stir and simmer another 30 minutes.
  5. Pour into hot jars with sterile lids.
  6. Store in a cool dark place!
  7. enjoy as an appetizer with crackers, baguettes etc.
  8. give as a gift for the hostess too!
  9. You can do less mushrooms and more olives if that’s your thing!

 

 

 

This is probably Denis’ favourite soup. He loves a hearty, chunky soup and this one fits the bill! On a cold fall night this is just what you need! Here’s how to do it, it’s easy, anyone can make soup!

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups beef broth ***
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 cup green beans, cut  (fresh, frozen or canned)
  • 1 cup corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
  • 1 cup spinach chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms (fresh or canned)
  • 1 can white kidney beans(canelli) rinsed and drained
  • 1 28 oz canned tomatoes, diced
  • 1-2 cups diced roast beef cooked
  • thyme, salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. I use a crock pot, but it can be done on the stove. Place all of your ingredients in a large crock pot. cook on high for 1 hour then lower to low for 4-5 hours. it will be thick, if you like it less filling, add more broth or water. Season to taste.
  2. Serve with a nice crusty bun for lunch or dinner! enjoy!

** For the broth, you can buy a beef broth that is gluten free or you can make your own. I boil a huge pot of water with beef ones in it, carrots, onions and any other vegetable in my fridge! don’t bother peeling or chopping, just throw it all in the large boil and let boil like crazy! Once you feel your broth is tasty and has good color, drain/strain out all the veggies and use as needed. I freeze mine so that I have it on hand!

 

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