Tarte au saumon fumé enveloppé dans une pâte phyllo

I sat there remembering how as a child my dad and my uncle would go foraging in the woods for l'ail des bois and then spending countless hours cleaning and bottling them. I remembered my uncle serving up wapiti and other wild meats he had hunted. On the table there would always be a jar of ketchup au zucchinis and other home made delicacies.

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When life gives you limes...

My better half loves lemon pie and seeing as I love him to bits I thought I could make him a tart with all these limes. I looked up the recipe for key lime pie and then I looked up another and another...they ALL said the main ingredient other than limes was sweetened condensed milk! SCORE!

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Maple sweet potato cheesecake

I haven't made a cheesecake in a while and sometime last week, I wondered what it would be like to make a sweet potato cheesecake. I did some research, married the original pie recipe, that had sparked my curiosity , with a traditional cheesecake recipe, added an extra touch of maple and voilà.  THE BEST cheesecake I have made to date, PACKED with sweet potato! Miracles do exist!

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Olivia's chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes

Yesterday, all I could think of was making some heavenly vanilla cupcakes for the kids' lunch boxes. As I readied myself to make the cupcakes, I made the ''mistake'' of asking Olivia if she wanted a cupcake for lunch. The answer: ''YES! Chocolate please!''  In my head I was screaming NO... I want to make vanilla! Meanwhile, in the background, you could hear my son screaming for vanilla...GREAT! No problem...I can figure this out.

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Light and not-too-sweet yogurt cake

Did you know this chiquita used to make cake from a box? Yes, that's right I was Miss Box Mix before I matured into Ms H&W. Oh I knew people made cakes from scratch, my aunt for one, but I didn't think I had the skill set to pull it off. Alas, if I could only smack some sense into that younger self. As I delved into cooking and baking, I discovered people used stuff like yogurt and sour cream in their confections...who knew! I wasn't fond of yogurt so this was genius to me; a perfect way to hide the horrid stuff.

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Leche Flan...H&W's one year anniversary gift

When I first started blogging I wasn't sure what direction I was headed in. I figured I would simply blog about the things I loved to cook. However, there was one very cherished  recipe I have been debating all year whether to post or not; my mother's leche flan. It is the one recipe I keep in the hand mixer box and the one thing that I would maybe have to risk life and limb for if the house was burning down (of course AFTER I've made sure the kids, the hubby and the dog were safe and sound).

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Christmas was something more

Christmas is usually about food, family and fun but this year it was something more; it was about faith and miracles.

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OMG it's good brownies!!!!!

You know you've got something good when all you want to do is gorge yourself with batter and forget about cooking it. I never had brownies growing up and no I did not live under a rock...I guess it just wasn't something my parents thought of buying let alone making. As an adult, we never crossed paths either; it's not really something you'll find on a menu...it's a homemade affair.

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Sucre à la crème...the naughtiest of sweets!

Believe me when I say that the picture belies the insanity of this unassuming sweet. In Quebec, what the rest of the world calls fudge, we call sucre à la crème which means cream sugar or is it sugar cream; either way it's sinful. You can find this naughty little treat at the counter of most ''deps'' (corner stores) or if you're lucky enough, you have a family member who still makes some.

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