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Christmas Cookies in January?

Hey, look at me. I've really got my act together this year. I am already posting Christmas Cookie recipes - 11 months early!  Not falling for it, are you?  OK, this one falls into the  "a day late and a dollar short", category. I meant to share these with you before Christmas, but I just ran out of time.  Sooo, better late than never, right?

 In my family, we have started a new tradition - we give each other homemade presents for Christmas. I LOVE this! I think homemade presents are always more meaningful than any store bought present could ever be. Not that I am knocking store bought presents! I just think that homemade presents are just so sweet and charming. It reminds me of simpler times. *SIGH*

I think I must get my love for all things homemade from my mother. She is extremely talented and craft-y. She cooks, she bakes, she sews, she paints, she makes jewellery, she scrapbooks. My mom even makes all of her own Birthday/Holiday/Thank you cards. Seriously, my mom cou…

Chicken Lasagna ~ Nacho Style ~

THE " F " WORD ....


Not that one, silly.  I  thought I would take this opportunity to talk a little about FIBER. Eating a diet high in fiber can help prevent many types of diseases, can help lower your blood cholesterol and can also help you lose weight! Fill up on healthy high- fiber foods and you are much less likely to overindulge on Cheetos and Peanut M&M's.

The recommended daily fiber level is 30 - 40 grams per day, but most people only get 10 - 15 grams. It is easy to incorporate high fiber foods into your diet. Eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible -  an apple instead of a glass of apple juice, is one example. Check out nutritional labels - some types of high fiber pasta have as much as 10 grams of fiber per serving. The best sources of fiber are found in fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and high fiber bran cereals.

I recently discovered that one of my favourite foods is loaded with fiber. Did you know that one medium California a…

Rich and Creamy Shrimp and Clam Chowder

There is absolutely nothing better than a steaming hot bowl of chowder on a cold day. Chowder definitely tops my list of favorite cold-weather comfort foods. I never follow a recipe when I make soups, so they are always slightly different each time. I always include bacon ( hello), onions, celery and potatoes because  I just love those flavours. Pretty much any combination of seafood would be amazing in a chowder, just make sure you add it at the last minute to prevent overcooking. To give the chowder a rich and creamy consistency, I like to thicken the soup with two different thickening methods - butter and flour ( beurre manie) and a mixture of cornstarch and water ( slurry).







Rich and Creamy Shrimp and Clam Chowder
serves: 6 to 8

6 strips of raw bacon, diced
1 onion, diced small
2 or 3 ribs of celery, diced small
14 oz. new potatoes, diced small
a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme or a pinch of dried thyme
1 or 2 bay leaves
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups clam nectar
4 cups milk or half and half
2 -14…