Date Squares

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            Last night I was thinking about snow and my warm farm kitchen from years ago. I remember baking my first pan of date squares, there, especially because my son,  Liam loved them. Dates don’t grow in Canada,  but delicious date squares were a staple at family gatherings and celebrations in our part of […]

3 Step Strawberry Jam

Fresh Berries for jam

I’d like to share the jam recipe that I make for my friends and family. It’s on page 116 in my cookbook, “Miss Vickie’s Kitchen.” If you decide to order a book from this website I will personally sign and dedicate it to someone special – just in time for Mother’s Day. Have the children […]

A Beef Stew to Remember


Home made stew with beef, carrots, potatoes, onions, celery Today I had the urge to create a satisfying dish complete with meat and veggies, but without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I love my kitchen and I feel creative there, but today I felt like I needed a change, so I decided […]

Easter Brunch Quiche

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This Easter Sunday my family will celebrate the joy of the season by coming together at my home to share brunch. We are all looking forward to welcoming two of my cousins and their wives from England and Canada who will join us! My daughter and I planned the menu all week. She will prepare […]

Birthdays are a Hoot!


I love to cook and bake, so when my daughter planned a BIG birthday party for my firstborn granddaughter in March I offered to help with the menu for brunch. Vera turned one year old and the theme of her party was to be owls. I always prepare Deviled Eggs (recipe on page 8 in […]

Super Sunday Dinner


                             Roast Rib of Beef Au Jus If you’ve had enough of munching down fatty chicken wings watching the game, try a Super Bowl Sunday gourmet recipe made from scratch that’s easy and foolproof! Serve as a roast or make French Dip sandwiches everyone in your family will rave about! At our home we usually […]

Cranberry Orange Scones


Fresh baked scones are a warm welcome every morning! Make this double batch recipe to bake some today and save some basic mix for a quick treat another day. Use cranberries for one batch (3 cups scone mix makes 16 scones) and chocolate chips, currants or raisins for a second batch. Or store unused basic […]

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

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These are signature cookies in the Kerr households around the holidays. Grandma always made them with a tiny cherry on top, so I do, too. Ingredients 1 lb unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1 cup icing (confectioner’s sugar) sifted 1/2 cup cornstarch 3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour  Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees […]

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe


This traditional comfort food can be served piping hot from the oven on a cold winter evening, or warmed up the next day. When I was growing up in Quebec, This recipe was a filling and thrifty meal for a large family. Serve with pickled beets, iceberg lettuce salad, and warm crusty bread. Add potatoes […]