Beef Stroganoff

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I was going through my recipe collection and found my Beef Stroganoff recipe.  It has been years since I have made it and I asked myself, “why the wait”?  This is a classic old school meal that deserves a lot more attention.  It tasted so good. Everyone loved it and bowls were scraped clean.  Add the fact that every mouthful was pure comfort.  Serve with a side salad to up your veggie intake.  This recipe will definitely be on my fall & winter menu rotation. I can’t wait to make it again. Continue reading

Twice Baked Potatoes

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If you are looking for a way to bring your baked potato to the next level, the Twice Baked Potato is the way to do it.   These dressed-up spuds will have your family and guests asking for seconds.   This side dish is perfect for your next barbecue or get together or even all on it’s own.  One thing is for certain, you’ll wish you had made more. Continue reading

3-Seed Breakfast Cookies

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I was thinking…not every cookie that we bake needs to be a shining star.  Sometimes, it’s the “Plain Jane” of cookies that give us the most comfort (especially with a hot cup of tea and a good book).  Do you know what I mean? I think so.  This soft 3-Seed Breakfast Cookie does just that.  And for a cookie, it’s a pretty healthy one as well.

One thing with this recipe…I lowered the amount of sugar from the original recipe as I found it to be too sweet.  It originally called for a 1/4 cup of White Sugar and a 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar.  You will see my changes below.  You can always add more sugar if you like a sweeter cookie.

Feel free to swap the seeds for other ingredients.  I used a total of 3/4 cup of seeds.  You can use nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, dried coconut, chocolate chips etc.  Choose your variations. Continue reading

Triple Layer Chocolate Cake

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Let me start by saying that this is the Best-Ever-Hands-Down Chocolate Cake.  Every time I have baked this cake, it was received with rave reviews x 1,000,000.  AND…once you make it, you will be asked to bring it for every single special occasion you attend in the future.  So, mentally prepare yourself for that.

Even though this recipe is for a triple layer cake,  this time I made the cake (photo above) as a two layer cake and I made one mini chocolate cake (right here below):

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Mini Chocolate Cake

The triple layer cake is huge to say the least and if you have a special occasion, then by all means, go for the gusto and make it in its three glorious layers.  You will not regret it.  It will be a mile high.  I can hear the ooohs and ahhhs already.

Two more things I must tell you:

1) Even though this is a relatively easy cake to make, it is labour intensive.  You’re not exactly ripping open a box of Betty Crocker cake mix and a can of ready-made frosting.  No such luck here.  However, you can make things much easier for yourself (and I highly recommend it) if you make this cake over two days.  Bake the cakes the first day, cool completely and wrap up individually in plastic wrap.  Store them in the fridge overnight.   Make the frosting and assemble the cake the next day.

2) You will need a stand mixer.  It’s an absolute must.  So beg, borrow or buy one if you do not currently have access to one.  If you try to make this with your hand-held electric beaters, you will regret it (for the frosting, anyway).

My only regret as I type this, is that I do not have a photo of a slice of the cake as this cake was a request and sent off to a function and enjoyed my many.  Ok, enough jibber jabber…lets get on with the cake! Continue reading