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Almond Pear Cream Cheese Torte

Very European-style… this torte layers the beautiful flavours of almond, pears, and cream cheese in a gorgeous torte that you can be proud to serve. An elegant, striking addition to any dessert tray, it is no less pleasing to the palette, and will certainly be requested time and again. Serve warm or chilled…

Apricot Bars

I love these bars! Just sweet enough, these yummy treats are relatively low fat, low sugar, but big on taste! Dried apricots pair with pecans and a cake-like topping over a shortbread crust. Delish! Hard to stop with just one, though! And they make up quick and easy (or so Mom tells me). Whenever I want a batch, I ask her… haven’t made them myself, yet…

Best Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

You’ll never believe that this super moist, brightly flavoured cake relies on a commercial mix! But the proof is in the pudding, and this cake really is to-die-for! The poppy seeds add just the right crunch, but you can omit them if you like. And while this cake is great plain, but the lemon-icing tops it perfectly. Also great in loaves.

Chocolate Espresso Biscotti

These are my husband’s favourite, and I have to say, I really like these too, even though I am not a fan of coffee. Mixing the ingredients in a food processor pulls it all together quickly. These are definitely dunkin’ fare, and are perfect with that morning coffee, mid-afternoon cuppa tea, or even dipped in milk—chocolate or otherwise.

Fruit-Filled Raspberry Ring

Kid-friendly but certainly adult-worthy, this attractive dessert offers the giggly fun of Jell-O, and the sophisticated combination of Ambrosia. Definitely a make-ahead dessert, it’s worth a try. You know what they say—try everything once—and the fun things twice! You’ll make this one more than once!

Golden Pear Galette

Simplicity itself, but oh-so-presentable! This elaborate-looking pastry only looks difficult, but it’s almost as easy to make as to eat… almost! Serve with freshly whipped cream or ice cream for a perfect company dessert. Perfect when pears are in season, but easy enough to adapt for apple-picking time, too!

Layered Carrot Cake

This is one of the few cakes I don't just lick the icing from… (yes, I admit to a horrible sweet tooth!). It is absolutely delicious! And… it starts with a cake mix! Of course, you get to add all kinds of good stuff, but it’s so yummy! Try a piece—you’ll be hooked! And of course, since it’s full of carrots, it must be healthy, right? Of course, right!

Matrimonial Cake

I haven’t a clue where this name came from—I always knew these as date squares, but this is a recipe passed to me by a friend, who got it from a a friend, and so on. Here is an easy recipe for an old favourite. There’s just something about the winning combination of sweet dates and flakes of oats… yum! A sweet and healthy after-school snack…

Pecan Shortbread

You’re gonna love these sweet bites! Caramel and pecans top rich shortbread. Sinful! But perfectly safe for your diet, I promise! And if you believe, that, can we talk about what else I can sell you? But seriously, if you have a sweet tooth, these squares will more than satisfy it! Try ‘em and see!

Pumpkin Pecan Pie Tarts

Neither too heavy on the pumpkin, not too sticky sweet, these two-bite tarts strike the perfect balance. Using ready-made mini-tart shells, these tarts make up in just minutes. Make a big batch and freeze some to keep on hand when you need a home-made dessert in a hurry. Top with just a dab of maple whipped cream for fancy them up further.

Rhubarb Bread

This has got to be the easiest loaf recipe you’ll ever make! Five minutes of preparation, 45 minutes in the oven, and you’ll have the best dessert bread ever! Just add the ingredients in the order listed, stir, and pour into a loaf pan. These make up so quickly, the only reason you’ll need to freeze them is to use up a rhubarb harvest!

Soda Cracker Toffee

Unbelievably simple, but sinfully decadent, this treat is unbeatable! Rich, buttery toffee tops soda crackers, and is topped with chocolate and your choice of nuts or Skor bar bits. Sounds like an unlikely combination, I know, but the salty-sweet taste is a must-try! One taste and you won’t be able to resist reaching for another...


Blackened Style Salmon with Lime Garlic Butter

This irresistible dish is a perfect quick-fix for all you fish lovers out there. Versatile enough to be used with any variety of firm fish, it cooks up quick and easy, with a minimum of fuss. This is one of the recipes I learned in “my” cooking classes (Thanks, Jim!), and is my new favourite method of cooking fish.

Chicken à la Herbert

This dish presents so elegantly that it’s a shoe-in for guests, but assembles so easily that it’s suitable for a cosy family dinner. Crisp-tender asparagus spears are wrapped in cheese, prosciutto and chicken. Top it with a Sundried Tomato Cream sauce and who needs a side dish? Yum! And—you guessed it—from Herbert at RCSS!

Chicken Parmesan

Another RCSS recipe from Maria Marotta you’re gonna love! A bit of a variation fro the traditional Veal Parmegiana, you just have to try it! Rich and delicious, it’s redolent with the comforting flavours of tomato and cheese. Home-style Italian cooking at its very best. Serve with rice or pasta and a side vegetable and you’re all set.

Moroccan-Style Chicken

Who can resist the subtly layered flavours of Moroccan cooking? This chicken dish—more from Herbert—is the ultimate in winter comfort food. Hearty and filling, this chicken, stewed with tomatoes and eggplant, and seasoned with ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, paprika, and fennel, and turmeric… hey—what’s not to love?

Orecchiette With Sausages and Rapini

This unique pasta is filling, and this deceptively simple Italian fare has become a favourite in my home! Even the kid who doesn’t like spinach goes for this one! It’s a great flavour combination that makes up in a flash and is sure to please. And where do I get all these wonderful Italian recipes? Maria Marotta at the Aurora RCSS, of course!

Tea Room Quiche

This oh-so-rich quiche is perfect for a luncheon or Sunday brunch, but don’t look too closely at the calorie count! This creamy, crustless “egg pie” is absolutely to-die-for, and can be “heartied up” by the addition of your favourite fillers. The recipe makes two 9” pies, so there’s plenty for guests, or, freeze one and heat through just before serving.

Three-Cheese Lasagna Roll-Ups

This cheesy, yummy lasagne dish is surprisingly easy, and definitely kid-friendly. One of my kids loves spinach, and the other hates it, but even she will eat this new take on lasagne (she doesn't like traditional lasagne, either!). Do up a double batch and freeze half. Just heat and serve with garlic bread and a salad and you're good to go!


Other Yummies…

Hearty Oatmeal Bread (choose hand or bread machine)

Remember the old quote “nothing’ says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven”? Well, we haven’t bought bread in over a year… I bake fresh bread every other day or so. Now, before you start thinking I’m really a Suzy Homemaker, I do use the bread machine to prepare the dough, then bake it in my conventional oven. This is our favourite bread recipe.

Lemon Zinger

This all-natural “tea” combines fresh ginger root with lemon and honey for a soothing hot drink that is also surprisingly refreshing served cold. Ginger has so many healing properties that this drink is a wonderful all-purpose “medicine”. It settles upset tummies, clears sinuses, helps a sore throat— it’s generally a “feel-good” drink!

Mango Lassi

This Indian-inspired smoothie promises to become a favourite in your household, too! Make a batch of this semi-frozen drink up in a flash— and it’ll disappear in no time. Blend fresh mango, vanilla yogurt, and ice cubes for a delectable “shake” that will thrill you to know is also low-calorie, and good for you!

One of our favourite things is… FOOD!
Here are some of our favourite recipes. Some of these have even been “feature dishes” at some of Liana’s past Lunch-Included classes. Sound tasty? You just might want to try them out… takes the guesswork out of the age old question: “What’s for dinner?”
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