This old fashioned banana bread is our family’s standard recipe for about 40 years and has literally been made thousands of times in in family circles. It’s an incredibly easy, forgiving, unfussy recipe that always turns out well time after time. It’s still incredibly popular. with the legions of teenagers who descend on our house for lunch on a...

Blackened Asian spiced striploin steak on toasted focaccia bread. This was a big hit as well at our get togeher last evening. I didn’t get the chance to photograph this hor’s d’ouevre. Maybe next time. Marinate a1 ½ inch thick striploin steakin a mixture of the following1 finely chopped garlic clove¼ cup soy sauce1 tsp Chinese 5 spice mix3 tbsp brown sugar½ tsp cracked black pepperMarinate for several hours or overnight. Do not discard marinade.Sear marinated steak in a very hot pan with 3 tbsp peanut or canola oil...

These were a huge hit at our little gathering of friends last night. Three dozen seem to have disappeared far too quickly. Chocolate Orange Profiteroles For the cream puff pastry combine add to a saucepan 1 cup water½ cup butter And bring to a boil. Reduce to medium flame and add, all at once 1 cup all purpose flour¼ tsp salt Cook this mixture stirring...

Roasted Red Pepper and Country Ham Scramble with Tempura Red Onion Two new recipes this morning that will hopefully inspire a leisurely weekend brunch. Enjoy! I have to admit that I am not much of a big breakfast person. I don’t like to eat first thing in the morning. Cofffee is fine thanks. A mid-morning brunch is much more appealing to me, especially on...

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake – a luscious two layered cheesecake inspired by Terry’s Chocolate Orange. It’s been popular in my family and on my blog for many years.   I adapted this chocolate orange cheesecake recipe about 15 years ago around the Holidays when Santa, in his regular generosity, inspired me by leaving that familiar favorite, a...

Chocolate Whoopie Pies – an old-fashioned recipe from Maine, where the locals claim whoopie pies as a state tradition. I got this whoopee pies recipe several years ago on trip to Maine where whoopie pies have been popular for decades. Here at my house, they are a kid favorite. Take a platter of these to your kid’s next school party and watch the reaction....

Aunt Aggie’s Peanut Butter Cookies – a half century old family recipe for the perfect peanut butter cookie; soft chewy and full of peanut butter flavour. This recipe was my favourite cookie as a kid and one of the very first that I learned to bake. I was totally in love with these peanut butter cookies and I can’t venture a guess as to how many...

For the Victoria Sponge2 eggs separated, room temperature1/3 cup sugar½ tsp lemon flavoring½ tsp vanilla flavoringSift together:1/3 cup flour1/2 tsp baking powderBeat egg whites until foamy. Add sugar gradually until eggs are stiff.Beat egg yolks until thickened. Fold into batter along with flavorings.Slowly and gradually fold in flour and baking powder.Pour...

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes – chocolate cupcakes get filled with a chocolate marshmallow frosting and topped with a rich chocolate glaze. Maybe the best chocolate cupcakes ever. This triple chocolate cupcakes recipe is one I invented with my daughter Olivia when she was very young. She had her first filled cupcake from a bakery and wanted to know how to get...

Pastry: 2 cups cake and pastry flour1/2 tsp salt1 cup frozen butter cut in cubes3 – 6 Tbsp very cold milk In a food processor or using a pastry cutter, cut frozen butter into flour until it resembles a coarse meal.Do not over process! There should be pea sized pieces of butter still visible. Add cold milk and blendwith a fork to bring the mixture into dough...