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This is my great-grandmother’s recipe, which I obtained by watching my grandmother (who turned 90 this year!) make them. Her version is more quaint than my own, being baked in a wood-heated oven and full of measurements such as “a pinch“, “enough to keep if from being sticky, but not enough to make it dry”, and other such specifics. šŸ˜‰

It took a fair amount of experimentation to get the oven temp and timing right — my grandmother varied this based on her best guess at the wood oven’s temperature on any given baking day — but it’s well worth the effort. This makes a fairly large batch and they keep very well for a long period in an air-tight container.

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I’ve been pretty big into making desserts with vegetables as the late summer harvest goes into overdrive — making a beet cake to use up those prolific, purple roots appearing in my CSA order seemed a no-brainer.

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This is another recipe out of Madhur Jaffrey’s, “From Curries To Kebabs”. It’s a great way to change up the usual “rice with curry” equation and creates a fragrant accompaniment to the beef curry I also made tonight.

The spices required are easily found in a Chinese or Indian grocery — I found all of mine without any trouble in Ottawa’s Chinatown.

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This recipe is from Madhur Jaffrey’s book, “From Curries To Kebabs”, and is very easy to make. It’s simmering away on the stove right now and smells delish! As with any Indian recipe, it’s best to have your ingredients measured and prepared ahead of time to keep things moving along.

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If you are like me, you like traditional cookie recipes that make a huge batch — the kind of cookies that only get better the longer they manage to stay in the cookie tin.

This recipe requires your largest bowl — something I love, as it’s the perfect excuse to get out the gigantic old stoneware mixing bowl that belonged to an elderly neighbour when I was a child. It makes up to 7 dozen cookies that only get moister and chewier the longer they last.

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I’ve made this soup a number of times and each time it has proved to be a satisfyingly hearty bowlful, particularly well suited to warding off the chills of late winter. It takes awhile to cook, but is absolutely worth wait!

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This is a slightly altered recipe, found to use up the rest of the squash and sweet potato from yesterday’s custard. It’s baking in the oven right now and, hopefully, will be another place I can use mashed veggies in a manner the kids will accept and enjoy.

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