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Fresh & Spicy Cranberry Sauce

1 orange 1 package (375 g) cranberries 1 jalepeano pepper, seeded and chopped 1/4 cup maple syrup Salt Remove rind from orange. Chop rind and place in a food processor. Working over the food processor, remove the pulp and juice from the orange. Discard pith/ Add cranberries, jalapeno pepper, maple syrup and salt, and blend…

No Fail Crisco Pie Crust

Yield: 4 single pie crusts 5 cups (635 g) all purpose flour 1½ tsp. salt 2½ cups (320 g) shortening, room-temperature 1 egg, room-temperature ½ cup ice water 1 tbsp. white vinegar Combine flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut shortening into the flour mixture until rough crumbs. Beat egg, water and vinegar together,…

French Apple Jam

Yield: 6 – 500 ml jars 25 apples 8 cups sugar 20 cardamom pods, crushed (use a spoon to crack open the pods to release the seeds) Juice and zest of 5 lemons Peel, core, and roughly chop the apples. Throw them in a large pot with the sugar, cardamom seeds, and the lemon juice and…

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Ingredients 4 medium onions, sliced 3 tablespoons melted butter 9 cups low sodium beef broth (two 900ml boxes) 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons sherry or brandy (optional) 8 slices sliced baguette or French bread olive oil 1 cup grated Gruyère cheese (1/4 cup per bowl) salt and pepper to taste Instructions Place sliced onions, melted butter, salt and pepper…

Classic French Canadian Tourtière

Prepare 3-4 hours ahead of baking time INGREDIENTS Tourtiere Filling 11/2 pounds ground pork or veal 11/2 pounds ground beef 2-3 onions, finely chopped 2 tablespoons oil 6 potatoes, cooked them mashed 1-2 cups beef or vegetable broth (or just water) 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp. ground cloves Salt and…

Wild Spruce Body Butter

An all natural, gorgeously smooth face cream that will leave your skin radiant and glowing. Yield: 4-50 gram containers Ingredients 40 grams shea butter 40 grams cocoa butter 80 grams coconut oil 80 grams sweet almond oil 1 tsp cornstarch 1/2 tsp vitamin e 20 drops black spruce essential oil  Instructions Heat 2-3 inches of…

No Knead Foccasia

5 cups white flour 2 teaspoons instant yeast 2 teaspoons sugar or honey 21/2 cups lukewarm water 2 teaspoons salt Olive oil 4 tablespoons butter 3 garlic cloves, minced Coarse sea salt STEP 1 Mix flour, yeast, sugar and water together in the bowl of a stand mixer until a shaggy dough forms. Scrape the…

Farmhouse Zucchini Bread

4 eggs 2/3 cups vegetable oil 1cup granulated sugar 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 3 cups (2-3 medium) grated zucchini 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) 1 cup dried cranberries, raisins, etc….

Red River Grains Blend

Red River cereal was great in bread recipes, but – horrors! It was discontinued in Canada in 2020. Definitely the end of an era, as I remember eating Red River cereal as a kid – as did my mom – and probably her mom. And it’s not just me. Pretty much every Canadian had a…

Crusty No Knead Bread

Yield: 1 large loaf 6 cups flour (800 grams) 1 teaspoon instant yeast (6 grams) 3 teaspoons salt (16 grams) 3 cups cool water (600 grams) Cornmeal and sesame seeds as needed In a large bowl, stir flour, yeast, and salt together. Add the water, and stir until you have a wet, shaggy dough, about…

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