Monday, December 30, 2013

[Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce]

Other Fondue favourite ...

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

½ cup mayo
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp mustard
pinch of salt
pinch of cayenne pepper


Mix in a bowl.  Chill.

[Tarragon Sauce]

Mmmmmmm.  My FAVOURITE for Fondue parties.

Tarragon Sauce

⅔ cup mayo
⅔ cup sour cream
2 tbsp sliced green onions
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp tarragon leaves, crushed
dash of cayenne pepper
1 tsp prepared mustard


Combine ingredients, mix well, chill.

[Beer Batter.]

New Years Eve is FONDUE Eve for us ... and batter for onion rings, mushrooms and cheese is a MUST.

Beer Batter

¾ cup flour
¼ cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ cup beer
2 eggs


1. Mix all dry ingredients
2. add eggs and beer.  Mix well.

Friday, December 20, 2013

[Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (NO four, NO butter)]

Saw this on Pinterest and gave it a go.  Although it can't be put in the kid's nut-free lunch, it's still a real winner!  Yup ... my personal IPhone pic.  They're legit.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup peanut better
⅔ cup brown sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla
2 large eggs

1. Beat together.
2. In a separate bowl, combine ...

⅔ cup oats (NOT quick oats)
1 tsp baking soda

3.  Add oat mixture to peanut butter mixture.  Stir until combined.

⅔ cup chocolate chips

4. Stir in chocolate chips
5. Bake at 350F for 9-11minutes

* makes 16-20 cookies; recipe easily doubles.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

[White Spot Cheesecake.]

If you're from Vancouver, BC - you know all about White Spot.  Legendary Burgers with Triple O sauce ... zoo sticks and Pirate Packs.  But back in the day, they had the BEST cheesecake.  Light, fluffy, unbaked yumminess ... and there are TWO secrets to this amazing recipe.  One - the pastry base.  And two, the raspberry jam layer.  Mmmmm.

My mom used to make it for company, and I have meant to post it here.  Thank you, Auntie Ruth, for letting me scour through your recipes the other day and be reminded of this gem!!  It will be on our Christmas Dinner meal plan this year.

White Spot Cheesecake

Layer 1:

Tenderflake frozen pie crust *OR homemade pie crust*
4tbsp raspberry jam


1. place Tenderflake pastry crust in a 9" springform pan, allowing a little to go up the sides.
2. bake as per the instructions.
3. cool, and spread with raspberry jam when cooled

Layer 2 :

16oz (500ml) soft cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
3 large eggs
2tbsp (1oz) lemon juice


1.  combine and boil on top of double boiler until thick.  Stir constantly.
2.  cool and pour into shell.

Layer 3:

1tsp gelatine
1pint whipping cream
1/4cup chopped walnuts


1. add gelatine to whipping cream.
2. whip until stiff.
3. pour over cream cheese mixture.
4. sprinkle with chopped walnuts as a garnish.

Serve with strawberries or other fruit.

[Apricot Chicken.]

My mom makes this EVERY year at Christmas.  I wish she would make it more often ... so instead, I stole the recipe *grin*.

Apricot Chicken

10 chicken thighs
1 cup apricot jam
8 oz Russian Salad Dressing
1 ¾ tsp curry powder
1 pkg dry onion soup mix


1. Place chicken in a foil lined 9x13 pan, skin side up.
2. Mix remaining ingredients, pour over chicken.
3. Bake at 350F for 30minutes.
5. Bake another 30minutes.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

[Pizelle Cookies.]

These are Italian cookies that my MIL taught me to make.  They're kind of like "waffle" cookies - as you make them in a press - like a waffle (you NEED this press to make these cookies).  And you can shape them into bowls or cones, if you wish, as they cool.  My daughter calls them "snowflake" cookies because of the pretty design the press makes.


3 eggs
¾ cup white sugar
½ cup melted butter
1tbsp vanilla
1 + ¾ cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder


1.  Beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
2.  Add the melted butter and vanilla; mix.
3.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
4.  Add flour mixture to egg mixture; mix.

5.  Butter (or lightly oil) the press ... drop 1tsp/2tsp sized balls onto the press.
6.  PRESS until steam is less, before too brown.
7.  COOL flat on a piece of paper towel.  Cookie will harden when cooled.