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Warm Chicken & Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables

I seem to be on a kick for warm salads of roasted vegetables. This is a salad, I guess, and not a casserole, but it definitely inhabits the borderland between the two. Mr. Ferdzy was a bit perplexed by it but proceeded to eat truly startling quantities of it, so it’s a happy habitation, I would say. Wild rice is …

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Today’s Pickings!

Presented without (much) comment: And closer up: Mr. Ferdzy and my mother wanted today’s pickings recorded for posterity… and I have to say, pretty spectacular! Yes, there are a few little strawberries in there. Our seedling turned out to be day-neutral and is still producing small waves of berries. “Fraise de Bois!” said Mom, about the couple we gave to …

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Haskap Barbecue Sauce on Chicken

Yeah, I know I just did a fruity barbecue sauce. So now I have done another one. And yes, there are definite points of resemblance. Still, there are a fair few points of difference as well, and put on chicken thighs this was a quite different dish. I will probably try this with some other berries. Blueberries or raspberries strike …

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Haskap Upside Down Cake

This is pretty similar to last years Strawberry Upside Down Cake, and why shouldn’t it be? That was a fabulous cake. Since Haskaps are incredibly tart – the American name of Honeyberry is really not accurate – I have upped the amount of sugar mixed in with the fruit. I used 1/3 cup, and thought it was enough, but I …

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Strawberry Cucumber Salad

One of my earliest recipes on this blog was for a salad with strawberries and cucumbers. This take is a little lighter and simpler; a side salad rather than a meal in itself. Still, although I have omitted a great deal of cheese and replaced it with a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds, I was surprised to take a look …

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Strawberry Oat Bars

It seems to me I now have a series of recipes which consist of classic recipes calling for some other type of fruit than strawberries, in which I have replaced that classic fruit with strawberries, the results then being something better than the original. Strawberry Cream Pie (bye, bananas) and Strawberry Upside Down Cake (adios, pineapple) being the others so …

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Haskap – Rhubarb Nectar

Haskaps aren’t quite ripe yet – I made this last year. Given that they have about a two-week season though, you should be ready for them when they are ready.  Given the proportion of rhubarb to haskap that I used, I expected this to taste much more rhubarby. It’s there in the background but that mysterious unidentifiable haskap flavour predominates. …

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Spinach & Apple Salad with Balsamic Dressing

You want the very best spinach for a salad this sweet and simple. Other than washing that spinach, this goes together very quickly. This is a side salad, not a meal salad, and I think it would go with just about anything. Apples are the last of the season; look for Red Prince or other long storage apples. I think …

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Strawberry Pudding

Isn’t this awfully early to be making strawberry desserts? Not anymore! I’ve been buying Ontario greenhouse strawberries off and on all winter. Mind you though, I only used them for the garnish. The pudding is made with frozen strawberries from our garden, and given that they get mashed and cooked, frozen is probably the best choice for this pudding, unless …

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Pashka

I came across a recipe for this Russian Easter dessert in Dad’s old cook books; it was given to him by a friend from England in the mid-1970s. Oddly enough it does seem to be better-known in England than here. Essentially, this is a kind of unbaked cheesecake; really just a flavoured and molded cheese in fact. I stopped to …

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