Cinnamon Bread

This was a huge hit in our house. This is another of Grandma Donna’s recipes where I was pleasantly surprised by the result of a few simple ingredients. The crust is a bit sweet and crunchy but the inside is soft and moist and the top is very reminiscent of a cinnamon bun. This would…

Double Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is a quintessential family favourite so you can imagine my excitement when I found this recipe – and in my mom’s handwriting! I’ve made the recipe a few times and am wondering if my mom altered it in later years because it didn’t turn out as I remembered it. Mom’s handwritten version calls…

Apple Crumble Bars

This is basically just an apple crumble with a greater crumble-to-apple ratio. Base and Crumble Ingredients 1 3/4 cups rolled oats 1 1/2 cups flour 3/4 cup Earth Balance, melted 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 tsp salt Filling Ingredients 5 apples, peeled and sliced 2 tbsp Earth Balance, melted 1/2 cup…

Sweet and Sour Tofu

Wow! This recipe really brought me back to my mother’s kitchen. She really loved Chinese take-out and I can remember her making this homemade version at least a few times. This is good back-pocket recipe to make for the vegan-skeptics – I don’t think even the staunchest meat eater would spit out the delicious battered…

Mulligatawny Soup

My wife used to make a mulligatawny soup in the early years of our relationship. Although this recipe is quite different from the one she used to follow, she remarked that she was surprised at how differently the different recipes started out but ended up in a very similar place. My mother omitted the apples…

Potato Soup

Ingredients 12 potatoes, peeled and sliced 10-12 cups cold water 1 large carrot, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 3 celery stalks, chopped 4 tsp salt Pepper to taste 1/4 tsp thyme 1/4 tsp marjoram (optional) 1-2 bay leaves 4 cups vegetable stock 4 tbsp Earth Balance 6 tbsp flour Yield: 6-8 servings Add water to…

Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Squares

I can remember my mom making these – as soon as I took the first bite I was reminded of a time we made them for one of my brother’s school bake sales. They are a bit softer than your traditional marshmallow-based crispy rice treat but I kind of like that. Given how sweet these…

Cinnamon Raisin Scones

This possibly the most quintessential of my mother’s recipes. These were made so many times growing up and were always the one thing I asked her to bake when I came home after moving away. The version I always remember her making had cinnamon and raisins, so that’s how I’ve chosen to share the recipe….

Mom’s Rice Pudding

If there were only one recipe I could pass down to my kids from the family collection, it would be this one. Rice pudding, for me, is the ultimate comfort food that takes me straight back to my mother’s kitchen, every time I make it. I’ve also got a bit of a history with rice…