Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies

These were a hit when I was a teenager – reminiscent of shortbread, being dense and buttery, these are a real crowd pleaser. Ingredients 3 3/4 cups flour 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups Earth balance 3 eggs, beaten 2 tsp vanilla 3…

No Bake Chocolate Cookies (aka Haystacks)

My mom made this one a lot, especially for birthdays and bake sales. They’re naturally gluten free! They are deceptively easy – you have to pay attention to getting the sugar mixture to the right temperature in order for them to set properly. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups oatmeal 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup sweetened…

Herbed Focaccia

This recipe was sprung off a recipe in Bonnie Ohara’s “Bread Baking for Beginners.” This is a big favourite in our house – on a large sheet pan, we get enough for several extremely delicious sandwiches. I have a kitchen scale at home so I just weigh out the ingredients based off the measurements suggested…

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….

Sweet Buns

This is a great recipe for Family Day – homemade bread feels so intergenerational to me. It evokes memories of my mother and grandmother leaning over the counter as they knead in the kitchen, the overwhelming smell permeating through the house. Kneading bread is one of the few hands-on teachings my mother ever gave me…

Pandemic Bread

I’m calling this my “Pandemic Bread” because I have made countless loaves of this during the COVID-19 pandemic. I love spreading a bit of Earth Balance over the top of the loaf right after pulling it out of the oven for a nice buttery, crispy crust. We make ourselves feel better about devouring this bread…

Cookie Decorating Icing

Produces an easy-to-use, hard drying and shiny icing for cookie decorating. Ingredients 4 cups icing sugar 1/8 – 1/4 cup soy milk 1/4 cup clear corn syrup 1 tsp vanilla Yield: should be enough to decorate 2-3 dozen cookies Beat the icing sugar with 1/8 cup soy milk first. Next add the corn syrup and…

Sugar Cookies 2

Happy Valentine’s Day! Grandma’s cookbook included two recipes for sugar cookies (click here for the other recipe). Notably, this recipe calls for vegan sour cream or yogurt, which I thought offered a subtle sour note to balance the sweet of the rest of the cookie. Ingredients 1/2 cup Earth balance 1 cup granulated sugar 1…

Zucchini Loaf

I worked on this recipe a few times before deciding it was just right. The brown sugar in place of the white sugar helps with depth in taste, moisture and colour. Grandma called for raisins but our family much prefers walnuts. Both varieties are pictured. First Ingredients 3 cups grated zucchini 5 1/4 cups flour…

Dumplings

This recipe is perfect comfort food – it brings me right back to my mother’s kitchen. Even with the large number of dumplings this recipe produces, there would never be a single dumpling left in the pot. Unfortunately my wife isn’t a fan (her comment was “wet biscuits? why?”) – but I’m hoping my kids…