Sri Lankan Spiced Nuts for the Holidays

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Last week we looked at DIY shortbread as a Christmas or Hanukkah gift, a small token of love, thanks or gratitude, a tasteful and tasty expression of good cheer. And today we’re looking at another classic little holiday gift, a small jar of mixed nuts. But these are no ordinary mixed nuts!

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Homemade Gifts For the Holidays: Shortbread

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No matter how you’re celebrating this December, the holidays are a time for sharing, giving and receiving gifts to and from the people that are important to you. You may have your major gift –giving all figured out, but if you’re looking for small gifts, tokens of appreciation that you can share with your letter carrier, paperboy or girl, shopkeepers and fellow office workers, look no further than good the old fashioned shortbread cookie. Continue »



Winter Panzanella Instead Of Stuffing

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We love Panzanella, the classic Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes, capers, olives and fresh basil, and even though it’s largely considered a summer dish, it’s exciting to know that there are winter versions that rival their summer cousin. Continue »



Diner Style Meatloaf FTW!

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There are some dinners that seem out of place if you have them at home, dinners with a “blue-plate special” appeal to them. Hot turkey or hot roast beef sandwiches, Shepherd’s pie, and liver and onions are just a few of the daily specials we might expect to see when stopping at a favourite truck stop or diner. And perhaps at the top of that list is meatloaf, a much loved comfort food that is almost impossible for most meat-eaters to resist. Continue »



Retro Classics: Pineapple Upside-down Cake

 

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The recent cold snap has had many of us scrambling to the kitchen for any excuse to turn on the oven and daydream of sandy beaches and pineapple palms. So the next time you turn on the oven, why not take a trip in the time machine back to the fifties and sixties, the golden age of pineapple upside-down cake, a retro classic that is great any time of year. Continue »