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Eggs on the Barbecue

It's a hot day. You want to keep the house cool and not have to turn on the oven to put a meal on the table. Or perhaps everyone else in the family is outside soaking up the sun, and you want to be out there with them. Don't get stuck in the kitchen making meals. Take your cooking outdoors! All of it! Even breakfast. Maybe make something like this Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Frittata!

Boston Cream Pie Recipe

Die-hard sports fans know how painful it can be when their team loses a game. (Just imagine how the players feel!) But the nature of sports is such that in a game where a tied finish is not an option (e.g. the Stanley Cup final last night!), only one team can emerge victorious. When you've had your heart set on being crowned the ultimate winner after a grueling regular season and a hard-fought play-off season, losing is especially painful. Vancouver Canucks fans are probably feeling some pain today. My condolences to the team and its legion of faithful fans.

Impossibly Easy Ham and Asparagus Pie

Along with maple syrup, fiddleheads and dandelions, asparagus says shouts spring! The slender green stalks with their tightly closed tips are a welcome sight at this time of year, and they signal the start of the flood of fresh local produce that will be on its way to farmers' markets and grocery stores over the next months.

Breakfast in a Pan

Planning to head to the cottage for this first long weekend of the "summer" season? (Granted, it's not technically summer yet according to the calendar and the temps here in Ontario!) Or maybe you're staying home to do some gardening or "spring" cleaning? Whatever your weekend plans, you'll need a good breakfast to fuel you. Here's an great way to make breakfast all in one dish.

Impress Mom with these Mother's Day brunch recipes!

A few weeks ago I visited Kraft Canada's head office in Toronto as a guest speaker in Kraft Kitchen's series of lunch hour cooking classes for their employees. The class I was attending was appropriately called Egg-ceptional Cuisine since we were talking about eggs! It was a few days before Easter, so together with Pat Moynihan Morris, one of the Kraft Kitchens food specialists/home economists, we prepared four brunch recipe ideas and talked about buying, storing, serving and eating eggs!

Paska Bread for Easter

Paska - Easter bread!

This Easter bread known as Paska was a tradition in my Mennonite family when I was growing up. Made with flour, yeast, sugar, eggs, milk, and citrus rind and juice, then covered with a sweet icing and coloured sprinkles or jimmies once baked and cooled, the loaves were served at a light supper on Easter Sunday.

Maple Walnut Pie

Here in Ontario the maple syrup crop has been harvested for another year. Swweeeet! I was lucky to be given a bottle of maple syrup by a neighbour who has family with maple trees on their property. I've been enjoying the liquid gold over pancakes and crepes, and in baking such as this Maple Walnut Pie.

Maple Walnut Pie

Here's the forecast for spring: Make a lemon dessert!

Early spring is not my favourite time of year. The outside temperature rides a perpetual weather roller coaster. Up, down, up, down... It can't decide if it should be warm or cool, or hey, why not both on the same day? There's a very real possibility it just might snow. It rains. Frequently. The grass is brown, the trees are bare, and the sky is too often a 'dismal grey' instead of the 'promising blue' of late spring.

Dipping Eggs

The liquid gold yolk of a partially cooked egg is a thing of beauty to many egg lovers! However, soft-cooked (aka soft-boiled) is not the way most of us usually eat our eggs. Sometimes it's because we can't quite get the cooking time right and the yolk gets hard, or the yolk is soft, but so is the white.

Got a craving for crepes?

Love crepes? Then pick up the Winter 2011 issue of Food and Drink, the complimentary magazine published bimonthly by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and available in their stores. In the current issue are three crepe recipes, each one paired with different ciders. There's Wild Mushrooms, Pear and Gruyere in Walnut Crepes; Caramelized Onions, Leafy Greens and Brie in Buckwheat Crepes; and Crepes Benedict with Slow-Poached Eggs.

Branana Yogurt Muffins

Bet you can't guess some of the main ingredients in these muffins! You're probably thinking,"You're kidding, right? Doesn't the name kinda give that away?" Yes, it does! Just checking to see how effective the name really is. Bran, bananas and yogurt. A wholesome trio of ingredients that help make these muffins nutritious, moist and delicious. The recipe is from Ontario pullet farmers Bill and Cindy Gysbers of Ilderton. (Pullet farmers raise the chicks that grow into the hens that lay eggs.)

Frittatas might be easier to cook than pronounce!

Frittata. I've heard this word pronounced many different ways including these creative "variations":  Frateeta, Freheeta, Frejeeta, Faheeta, Fajeeta, Fritterita..... Here's how it should be said: Frih-TAH-tuh. Or Free-TAH-tuh (with a little roll of the "r"). So now that we know how to say it, what IS it? Check this out!

Veggie Frittata

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

 

Looking for a great dessert for a dinner party this holiday season? This Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing was a hit when I brought it into our office. The recipe, which I've slightly modified from the original, is from egg farmers Harold and Joan Walker of Mt. Brydges, Ontario. It first appeared in a cookbook of egg farm family recipes published by Egg Farmers of Ontario five years ago. One bite and you'll taste why this moist cake is a favourite of the Walker family! Click here for the recipe.

A Recipe for Fruit Cake

Fruit cake fans will love this "no-chopping required" recipe which produces a moist, golden cake. It was contributed to Egg Farmers of Ontario's "Grade A" Family Favourites cookbook by Walter and Renee Stalenhoef.

Golden Fruit Cake

(Makes one fruit cake)

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Apple Coffee Cake recipe from egg farmers Luke and Sandra

When's the last time you ate a slice of coffee cake?

If it's been awhile - or worse - you've never tried coffee cake, why not give the recipe for Apple Coffee Cake from egg farmers Luke and Sandra from Watford, Ontario a go?

This time of year, with apples fresh from the orchards, the cake makes an especially nice snack - served with or without a cup of coffee!