Maritimer Mint Chocolate Cake

Long before Jerry Seinfeld’s wife was writing cookbooks about sneaking vegetables into your kids’ foods, my mom was making this cake. Way before. So what exactly is in this besides mint? Beets. No kidding. I’m not sure why it’s called Maritimer Mint Chocolate Cake but I do know it’s a really good cake and it doesn’t taste suspicious at all. My mom didn’t make this to get us to eat more vegetables. We always had a huge garden and ate veggies with every meal. In fact, we loved this cake. It was the standard birthday cake and we always asked, “Is this the beet cake?”

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Peach Pie

Fresh Ontario peaches are finally appearing in stores and markets. Peach Pie is one of my favourite pies. It’s simple and delicious.

I don’t use a lot of sugar in homemade pie. Pies of my childhood had more sugar. Maybe because our grandmas lived through sugar rations during war time so they went crazy after. Or maybe because their diets weren’t full of added sugars so they splurged on a piece of pie. Personally I like to be able to taste the fruit. And you can always add a scoop of ice cream if you need to raise your blood sugar!

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Perfect Pie Pastry

My grandmother used to say if company stopped in she could have a pie in the oven before the kettle boiled to make coffee. That isn’t going to happen in my house but it really doesn’t take long to make pastry. And it freezes well. Certain fruits like rhubarb can be chopped and frozen in perfect pie measurements so you can whip up a fruit pie like a pro. You can use store bought pastry if you like but if you’ve never made your own, you should give it a try.

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Creme Brûlée

Creme Brûlée is one of those classic desserts. It’s rich and creamy and silky and, best of all, you make it in advance. In fact the day before is preferable. The crackly caramelized sugar topping takes only a few minutes right before serving and totally takes it to a top level dish! The downside is that the main ingredient is cream. High fat cream. I wanted to see if using a lower fat combination would give the same delicious results. And I was pleasantly surprised!

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