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Lemon Biscotti

TO DIP OR NOT DIP… I love Italian food and my one go to biscuit from my Italian recipes are biscotti cookies. I adore these biscotti especially since they are easy Italian cookies to make. If you’ve never taken the time to make biscotti cookies because you are discouraged by the recipe rest assured it’s not that bad at all. I wasn’t sure if my kids would enjoy biscotti because they are a hard cookie but to my surprise they ask for biscotti on occasion and I happily make them.   Biscotti   What are biscotti? Italian biscotti are traditional Italian cookies and are twice-baked also called “cantuccini” as they are a dry cookie originating in the Italian city of Prato. The reason biscotti is twice-baked is because they store for longer periods of time. This was great when people were out at war or gone for extended time periods. Food that lasts was important and making biscotti is a tradition that has lived on. Biscotti are usually eaten with a crisp white wine or a wine called Vin Santo which is a Tuscan fortified wine either before or after a meal in Italy. Outside of Italy biscotti are eaten […]

Homemade Granola Bars

TASTES BETTER MADE AT HOME   Most parents pack snacks in their kids’ lunches including granola bars however it’s simple to make homemade granola bars and easier on the budget. Healthy snacks for lunch don’t come cheap and if they do it’s because they were on sale or you might have had coupons that brought the price down. Quaker granola bars are just one example of what you might find at the grocery store which are popular with the parents and the kids for lunch snacks. There are so many brands of granola bars these days it’s hard to keep up. If you’re lucky you might find them on sale for $1.99 but I’ve seen them upwards of $3.99 a box. You can make homemade granola bars at home for a fraction of the cost and yield more in comparison to what you find in a box off the grocery store shelf. I like to send my children to school with healthy snacks that I know they will eat and trust me when I say these homemade granola bars are kid approved. Although my kids enjoy fruits and nuts on their own they also like the homemade granola bars that […]

Rhubarb blueberry sauce on protein pancakes

EASY RHUBARB DESSERTS   Creating new recipes for rhubarb to use up what we have in our backyard and in our freezer is our plan this summer. We have been freezing the rhubarb for the past two summers and using it sparingly as we aren’t sure what to make. Sometimes when I’m in the kitchen I feel like I’m on an episode of “Chopped” on the Food Network and have ingredients on the counter and need to come up with something delicious to make and fast.   Growing rhubarb   If there’s one thing I’ve come to understand is that learning how to grow rhubarb is probably as simple as growing spring onions. It’s seems pretty hard to kill a rhubarb plant as our plant just keeps on giving. I didn’t know this but rhubarb is considered a vegetable but counted as a fruit after a court ruling in New York for the purpose of regulations and duties. I call it a fruit and I’m sticking to it. Oh, and it’s also good for constipation as it has laxative qualities. One of our friends asked us last week if we were interested in any rhubarb because she planted a few […]

Jam-filled Oatmeal Squares

OATMEAL ANY TIME OF DAY   Jam-Filled Oatmeal Suares are a popular homemade snack at our house. If you have kids like I do why buy granola bars when you can make them yourself? I don’t know about the rest of you but it seems that foods we eat everyday just experienced another spike in grocery prices at the supermarket. Every week something goes up in price and we have to adjust our budget accordingly. Okay it may only be cents but every penny does count especially if you are on a tight grocery budget. The products that I found which escalated in price were granola bars. My kids love granola bars but not so much my purse strings. What is granola? Good question because all granola really consists of is rolled oats, nuts, honey, dried fruits and brown sugar. Granola is most often used for snacks or cereal.   Oatmeal squares   I tend not to buy granola bars unless I have coupons as it’s classed as a luxury food in this house. The reason is because I can make granola bars myself although they are moist as the Jam-filled Oatmeal Squares have a layer of fruit in the […]

Scones with blackberry apple jam and whipped cream

INDULGE WITH THIS SIMPLE TREAT   Scones are one of my favourite treats and something my mum always had baking in the oven just about every week when I was growing up. Today is Mothering Sunday or what you call Mother’s Day here in Canada. My mum has already had her day at the end of April back home in the UK. I keep saying to my husband I should get two Mother’s Day celebrations but he just laughs at me. That’s fine, I don’t need a special day to know my family loves me.   Scones   Today I am going to share with you my mum’s fluffy scones recipe. I loved these English scones as a kid although we would always have to wait until they cooled before eating them with homemade jam. She would make individual scones or a big round scone that could be sliced into big triangles. It was a big bake that day if she was making scones it meant that somebody was visiting and she would be making pancakes and shortbread too. Needless to say I learned lots about baking from my mum because I was always willing to help her out in […]

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