Archive for October, 2013

Apple Cookies

I am not sure where I found this recipe. It may have been in one of the French language newspapers they hand out for free here.

  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine (or butter)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cup apples, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup raisins

1.  Preheat oven to 375F and prepare baking sheets.

2. In a large bowl, beat together he brown sugar, butter, milk, egg and vanilla until creamy.

3. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and nutmeg.

4. Add the oats, apples and raisins.

5. Drop onto cookie sheets (the original recipe said it made 24 and that is what we made, albeit in Halloween themed shapes). Bake 15 min (ours were ready after 10).

Apple Cookies

Verdict: These were really tasty. The flavours worked together really nicely, without one of them overpowering the others (except for the rare cookie that had too much nutmeg).


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Apple Crisp

This is a Kraft recipe.

  • 4 large Granny Smith apples (we used 6 medium ones) peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup margarine (we used butter)
  • 10 Peek Freans Lifestyle shortbread cookies, crushed into crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Toss apples with 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Spoon into 9 inch square baking dish.

2. Combine oats, remaining brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in margarine (or butter) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add cookie crumbs. Spoon over apples.

3. Bake 30-35 minutes until apples are tender.

Apple Crisp

Verdict: This recipe got mixed reviews. I liked it and thought the cookie crumbs added an interesting flavor to the crisp, but my sister was not a fan of the taste (odd, since she really loves the cookies used for the crumbs).

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Pizza Rolls

I am not sure where I originally found this recipe.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup shortening (we used butter)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk


  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup each of broccoli and zucchini
  • 1/2 cup of meat like pepperoni or chicken (we used pepperoni)

1. Preheat oven to 425F. Place parchment paper on baking sheet.

2. Combine flour and baking powder. Cut in shortening (or butter) until mixture is grainy. Add evaporated milk and stir until dough forms (ours was very liquid-y and we needed to add a little bit more flour to get it to hold together). Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 30 seconds.

3. Divide dough into 2 pieces. Roll out each to a 40cm piece. Cut each into 4. Spread tomato sauce on each, sprinkle with cheese and add the other ingredients. Starting from one corner, roll up each piece. Sprinkle cheese on top.

4. Bake 15 min. Let cool slightly before serving.

Pizza Rolls

Verdict: These were very good. My family liked the dough, but I have always had a problem with homemade dough, finding then to have very little taste and this dough was no different. I would probably use a store bough pizza dough the next time I make these. Still, a tasty and simple recipe.

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Soy Ginger Chicken Burgers

I am pretty sure I found this recipe from Canadian Living.

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 egg white (we used 1 egg)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated gingerroot (we only had powdered ginger)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 500g ground chicken
  • Buns and desired garnishes for burgers

1.  Shred carrot (should make 1/2 cup). Squeeze out liquid.

2. In a small bowl, beat egg.

3. In a large bowl, mix together beaten egg, carrot, onion, garlic, panko, soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar and sesame oil. Mix in chicken. Shape into 6 1/2 thick patties.

4. Grill for 15 min, turning once. Serve garnished as desired.

Chicken Patties

Verdict: I liked the taste of these but overall I found them to be a little dry.

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