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Amazing and fairly easy appetizer to bring to xmas eve?

Gougeres are always popular.

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

So simple, they're a great recipe to have in your back pocket for last minute baking - you know, when you're kid tells you about that bake sale at school tomorrow.

Mix together 1 box crushed Ritz (broken into small pieces, but not crumbs), 1 can sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup chocolate chips (or sub in toffee bits, nuts, whatever you like).
Press into a greased and parchment lined 8 or 9 inch pan.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Dec 19, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Someone at work today was talking about her love of Ritz crackers, so I made a pan of Ritz squares to take in to share tomorrow.

Dec 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Nothing fancy - I use Alton Brown's marshmallow recipe and then add raspberry flavouring (LorAnn Oil is the brand available near me). I also added some pink food colouring to punch up the colour.

Dec 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Raspberry marshmallows and scones last night. Saltine toffee tonight.

Dec 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

Ours must have coloured marshmallows too. We just call them bake sale bars because they were at every church/community bake sale in the small (Ontario) town I grew up in.

Dec 14, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

I am just about to make a batch with my 9 year old. We easily go through 2-3 pans of these during the month of Dec, they are addictive.

Melt together 1 cup choc chips, 1 cup butterscotch chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Let it cool for a few minutes while you grease a 9 inch square pan and line it with parchment. Stir in 3 cups of mini marshmallows and pour into the prepared pan. Stick it in the fridge for a couple of hours until it is firm enough to cut. Store in the fridge in an air tight container.

Dec 14, 2014
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Easy ideas for drop in guests (for a new mom!)

I always have one or 2 nice pieces of cheese in the fridge and some crackers in the cupboard.
There are plenty of good frozen hors d'oeuvres available these days. Keeping a box or 2 of those in the freezer over the holidays can come in really handy!

Dec 14, 2014
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Thumbprint cookies - when to fill?

I have always filled mine prior to baking and never had a problem. I've done it this way with a couple of different recipes over the years.

Dec 13, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

I have started my holiday baking. So far just a batch of cream cheese spritz cookies and some whipped shortbread. My daughters had fun decorating the spritz cookies with sprinkles. Half of the whipped shortbread has a small chunk of chocolate tucked inside.
I have promised marshmallows for a Girl Guide event later this week. And I'll be making chocolate marshmallow squares and nanaimo bars sometime this week.

Dec 13, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

Made a quick batch of chocolate marshmallow squares to take along on an unexpected trip to see family this week-end. They are a favourite of my father's, and they are gluten free so can be enjoyed by my brother's girlfriend.
I have over ripe bananas on the counter. If I have time tonight I'll make banana bread (the chow recipe) for breakfast on the road.

Dec 04, 2014
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Are homemade marshmallows worth the effort?

Definitely worth it, and not difficult at all. If you have kids they find in magical, even my Dad was amazed.
I did the same thing as holiday gifts last year and tied them in little cello bags.

Nov 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

A quick search came IP with these http://www.glutenfreemall.com/catalog...
In Canada most of the major grocery chains now have a line of gluten free products, maybe you'll have some luck checking out store brand offerings.

Nov 30, 2014
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2014 Best Butter Tart Discussion

I must recommend Hansen's Danish Pastry Shop (on Pape near Cosburn) for their old fashioned buttertarts.Having just enjoyed one, and doing my best not to dip back into the box for another, I would rate them my second favourite after Maid's Cottage. The crust is more tender And the filling a little on the runny side. They come in plain, raisin or pecan. Just be sure to get the old fashioned ones, not the smaller tarts in the tin cup.

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Maybe some gluten free Graham crackers or digestive type cookies ground up at home. You could always freeze any extra and use them for a gluten free crust the next time you need one.

Nov 29, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Yes, most recipes I see call for custard powder. Not sure why my granny made hers this way and she is no longer around to ask.

Nov 29, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

I thought I had posted this yesterday, but now don't see it. Just another suggestion for the gluten free folks at your holiday celebrations. We call them bake sale squares because they showed up at every church/community bake sale in my small town growing up.

Bake Sale Squares
1 c chocolate chips
1 c butterscotch chips
1/2 c peanut butter
Melt all of this together over low heat. Allow to cool for a few minutes then stir in 3 cups mini marshmallows. Pour into a greased and parchment lined 9 inch pan and chill.

Nov 29, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

This is my grandmother's recipe, first tasted by my Mom over 50 years ago!

Nanaimo Bars
Base
1/2 c butter, melted
1/4 brn sugar
3 T cocoa powder
1 egg, beaten
2 c graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c flaked coconut
1/2 c chopped walnuts
Combine and pat into an ungreased 9 inch pan, chill 30 min.
Second Layer
2 c icing sugar
1/4 butter, softened
1/4 c milk
2 T vanilla instant pudding mix
Beat until smooth and spread over first layer
Top Layer
3 oz semi sweet chocolate
1/4 butter
Melt together, spread over second layer and chill.

Hope you enjoy them!

Nov 29, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Welcome back! Hope everything is well with you.

Nov 27, 2014
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Terra Delyssa Organic Tunisian Extra Virgin Olive Oil - New at Costco

No mention of cold pressed on the label.

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Here's the Oatmeal Shortbread recipe as per my Mom.

1 cup butter (room temp)
3/4 cup brn sugar
2 cups ap flour
1 cup rolled oats

Cream butter and usugar. Work in flour and oats using a wooden spoon or your hands. Chill min 20 minutes. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick, cut out rounds and prick with a fork. Bake at 325 for 20 min.
My Mom makes a date filling for these and makes sandwich cookies. I'm not a date fan but I am going to try a salted caramel filling for some of mine. But they really are delicious on their own!

Nov 21, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

They look great! Hope you enjoy them.

Nov 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

My oatmeal shortbread are in the oven now too!
Also made a batch of tea biscuits for breakfast at my 9 yo's request.

Nov 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

I am. Looking forward to the holidays - that's the only time of year nanaimo bars make an appearance around here.

Nov 15, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

I made doughnut muffins for breakfast this morning. Pizza dough is waiting for tonight's dinner.
Tomorrow I need to make another batch of oatmeal shortbread - the first batch I made last week-end for my mother but they have become ours.
I'm also planning on making the custard apple slice that many here have mentioned.
And for anyone looking for a reason to bake, Monday is national homemade bread day.

Nov 15, 2014
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9 year old girl's birthday party

Pizza is the standard at our kids' parties too. But one year we decided to do tea sandwiches and veggies with dip. I couldn't believe how much the kids ate - they loved picking different sandwiches. I made either 3 or 4 types, each on a different bread or in a different shape. Lob laws has a good variety of mini buns (meant for their frozen sliders) as well as long sliced bread you can use for making a pinwheel sandwich. The most popular were mini grilled cheese and open face cucumber and cream cheese.
I also love the fruit kabob idea. At my 11 yo's party we cut the end off a watermelon and used that to stick the fruit kabobs into. You can always stick a marshmallow or something on the end to appeal to the kids.

Nov 15, 2014
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I have seven butternut squash. I had ten. I used three, and used several more in the past few weeks... need more ideas.

I love this squash pie http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/br...
I second the suggestion for muffins/quickbread

Nov 14, 2014
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How to freeze food using glass jars.

When storing frozen food in them I rarely have a glass jar break on me - only if it's mishandled. I generally store them on the door of my freezer (above fridge) or in the basket of my chest freezer. Maybe you could try storing them in the boxes the jars came in - just label the outside of the box so you can easily find what you're looking for.

Nov 11, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part one)! [old]

I had never tried them because I'm not a date fan and my Mom fills all of hers - they're one of her favourites. Since I baked this batch I can't stop eating them. I think I'll need to make another batch for her!

Nov 10, 2014
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2014 Best Butter Tart Discussion

Yes, I tried the McD's butter tart pie too. I considered posting here just to warn others to stay away. It is nothing like a butter tart. It tasted of ... sweet.
I will be making my way to Cafe Fiorentina to try theirs soon - thanks for the rec.