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This is a variation on my traditional squash pie, made for Thanksgiving and Christmas — my oldest likes the filling so much, that I thought doing it as simply a custard and adding in the sweet potato would give it a bit more of a nutitional punch without the extra fat that the pastry can bring.

I will tweak this a little the next time I make it and substitute honey for the brown and white sugars.

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I am in love with condiments — it’s an illness, really. My fridge is at least 1/3 full of nothing but “stuff to go with other stuff”, and this doesn’t really bother me. The best condiments, however, are those that one makes oneself and here is a recipe for one of my favorites — Green Coconut Chutney:

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One of my favorite childhood memories are the many Saturday nights at the family table with a big plate of sweet baked beans, fresh brown bread and hot dogs. Baked beans are one of my favorite foods and, since moving to Ontario, I haven’t made them as frequently as I would like.

Why not? Apparently the beans we always used for baking beans just aren’t available here in Ottawa — I can find obscure beans from far-flung parts of the world, but I just can’t get ahold of the Jacob’s Cattle, Soldier, Yellow Eye or French Horticultural beans that my mother used for her Saturday night feasts.

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This is a yummy “cleaning out the veggie drawer” sort of soup. It’s lentil based, but uses pretty much whatever veggies you happen to have on hand. I’ve made it most often with zucchini because we buy an annual share in a CSA, and what farm doesn’t have too much zucchini in late summer? This is a great one to get going in a slow cooker, too, and reheats really well from leftover.

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I really love lentil dhal. It’s a good stick-to-the-ribs Indian porridge of soft lentils and spices that always manages to hit the right spot and only gets better the longer it has been “left over”. It can ben eaten on its own, over rice, or as a side dish with a variety of curries.

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I’ve made a few variations of this Indian-style chutney, and have enjoyed each and every one. It is a lovely cool counterpart to hot curries, but has enough of a kick on its own to get your engines revving!

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Like the taste of cabbage rolls but hate the effort of making them? This recipe provides all the flavour with a fraction of the work! I like to add a bit of cayenne for extra kick.

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