Jody

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a short disorderly kook I'm doing a major reorg of my Recipe Box so it's kind of haphazard right now.
My mum is a great cook who introduced us to a wide range of foods at a young age (I loved escargots when I was 5), and I love to try new ways to prepare food.
My strengths are pies, cookies, cheesecakes, salads, preserves, appetizers, and casual foods. I'm afraid of working with traditional yeast. The thought of making breads and buns from scratch is daunting, so I let my bread machine do the work! I have yet to achieve success baking cakes from scratch unless it's a heavy batter, like carrot cake.
It takes me forever to put a recipe together because I spend a lot of time obsessing about whether or not I forgot an ingredient or measured wrong, or if I missed a step. In my case you could call it 'kooking'!
Aunt Anne's Coffee Cake
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This tastes exactly like a coffee cake I used to make when I was a kid. It was a recipe from a little booklet published by either Robin Hood or Five Roses flour in the late 60s or early 70s. Well, the recipe booklet disappeared years ago, and I've been searching fruitlessly ever since, until today! This is it. Found the recipe this morning and made it right away. The only difference is the topping. The old recipe said to drizzle melted butter on top of the batter in the pan, and then sprinkle a sugar and cinnamon mixture on top. I don't think this recipe is supposed to have a traditional streusel topping on it like other reviewers have stated. I think you're supposed to end up with the topping melting into the batter resulting in this crunchy glaze. Absolutely delicious! I also used a 9" springform pan, and baked for 35 minutes, thanks for the tip! PS - I love LucyDelRey's photo. It looks just like the old coffee cake I remember.

Easy, Cheesy Tortellini Bake
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Wow, this is really good. I used the full amount of tortellini and cut the sauce ingredients in half, and it made enough for dinner for two with leftovers for lunch tomorrow. The sauce was amazing. I used Prego Tomato, Onion and Garlic flavour. I love Prego because it has a sweet tomato taste, not salty. For the Alfredo sauce, I used President's Choice Roasted Garlic Alfredo sauce. It has a nice smooth flavour and doesn't have that odd aftertaste that Classico Alfredo seems to have. I will be making this recipe very often. It is good enough to serve to guests, but easy enough to make on a weeknight.

Butternut Squash Soup with Cream Cheese
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Delicious soup. My blender with the glass jar kicked the bucket, so I got out the potato masher instead and mashed it in the pot, then added the cream cheese. I've had this recipe 'blendered' before, and mashing did not detract from the overall soup at all. It came out fairly smooth. I used homemade chicken stock, and one package of light cream cheese, and it was just right. I also didn't have any marjoram, so I substituted with oregano and a smidgen of thyme and sage (dried leafy, not powdered). Great soup, will definitely make again.

Barbie's Tuna Salad
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Love this tuna salad. I've always used salad dressing and sweet green relish, so this recipe takes tuna to a new level for me. The dill is sublime! Use the full amount of mayo. Change nothing. UPDATE: I had a taste for this Tuna Salad but also craved pasta salad. So, I boiled 8 oz of bow tie pasta. Added 1/2 cup of frozen peas to the pasta water near the end of cooking. Then I combined all the ingredients for Barbie's Tuna Salad except the tuna. I tossed the tuna with the pasta and about three sliced green onions, then added the dressing, with about an additional 1/2 cup of Miracle Whip to moisten it up. This recipe makes a great pasta salad!

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Asian Coconut Rice
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Just made this to go with Mango Curry Chicken. It is so good I just want to keep eating more and more! There is a lovely coconut fragrance as the rice is cooking, and the taste is very subtle but so rich. I followed the instructions as written and did not have any problems. I have pots with glass lids, so that has really improved the outcome of my rice attempts. I just tilt the pot while keeping the lid tight so I can see how much liquid is left. When there's no more pooling and the timing is about right, I'm never disappointed. This is by far the best rice I have made.

Donut Muffins
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Scrumptious! They remind me of the Tiny Tom donuts that we used to get at the Food pavilion of the Canadian National Exhibition every summer. They made them from scratch on a little donut conveyor belt. These taste just as good, except they're much better because they're not deep fried. These simple and basic recipes always taste great.

Western Omelet Sandwich
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I just made this for dinner and it was very tasty and filling. I like the proportions of the ingredients, which made the sandwiches very flavourful. I made it exactly as written, using red onion and deli sliced ham. I always order toasted westerns in restaurants but I liked this one better. Thank you for the recipe.

Fresh Dill Pasta Salad
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I made this as written, but next time I would change a few things. I would double the pasta, double the dressing, double the shrimp and double everything else because you just want more and more! Thanks for the fabulous recipe!!

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Old Fashioned Raisin Pie
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Raisin Pie is my Dad's favourite so I made this for his birthday. I have to give it 5 stars based on his review, which was an enthusiastic 'wouldn't change a thing'. Um, he didn't share any of it with anybody.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake
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Easy and spectacular! I made this for my nephew's birthday and everyone raved about it. I used chocolate wafers for the crumb layer and around the outside, Chocolate Crunch ice cream for the bottom layer, and vanilla for the scoops. I put a blob of Strawberry Lavender jam on top of each scoop, then drizzled with hot fudge topping. I didn't add any whipped cream. It was gone before it had a chance to melt. This was such a fun dessert to make, and it looked very special. Thanks for the great recipe!

Clams Kokkinisto
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This recipe is delicious. I've been eyeing it up for a while and finally gave it a whirl. I've never tried clams and had bought a can out of curiosity. I halved the recipe as there are only the two of us, and had to leave out the celery because I didn't have any. I used small diced canned tomatoes that were already flavoured with garlic and olive oil for an extra little hit of garlic. Instead of salt, I added a smidge of sugar which I love in tomato sauces, served over pasta shells which seemed appropriate, and topped with feta which I grated instead of crumbling. Thanks for the great recipe!

Ice Pops
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We just decided that these are the best pops we have ever eaten. Raspberry jello with Cherry Kool Aid was pretty good. Time to hit the grocery store and stock up on all the other flavours. A great recipe for kids at heart.

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