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From a friend (these granola bars are really tasty): "I've sent you the recipe I use as a base, but I usually add flax seed (ground or whole), dark chocolate chips, a couple tablespoons of peanut butter, chopped cashews, applesauce, bananas dried cherries or other fruit...mix and match based on what sounds good to you. I've really reduced the sugar from the original recipe (it calls for 3/4 cup br. sugar)  because I usually add chocolate - plenty sweet. I don't usually cook for the full 30 minutes, because we like them chewier."

Butternut Squash Casserole

This is loosely based on a recipe from Vegetarian Times.

Our favourite dessert this fall is the Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread recipe from the cookbook Simply in Season. You should probably make this. Soon. IT IS SO TASTY!

Our favourite [pumpkin recipe] this week is a pumpkin dip that tastes great with apple slices.

Honey-Ginger Autumn Stir Fry

I biked over to the local farmer's market today and picked up a bunch of fall/winter produce without a real plan for what to do with it all. This was an original creation and has a lot of different "wintery" flavors blending together.

I came across a recipe for a homemade equivalent of Clif Bars. I modified a few of the ingredients to reflect what supplies our cupboards contained with positive results.

I usually keep this in the fridge in pint jars, and when we need some, I take some out and heat it in the microwave.

John found this recipe in the Whole Earth Cook Book while in medical school, and used it often on chicken (as the recipe suggested).  We also use it on meatballs, porkchops, spare ribs.  It uses our own honey...

This is really good on Matza Crackers.

I usually keep this in the fridge in a pint jar and heat some when needed.

Hot Toddy

I got this recipe from a friend of mine. Her husband vouches for its medicinal value against the common cold.

This is a delicious loaf; something like monkey bread but I like to slice it.

I tried it in an angel food cake pan with disastrous results.  The sauce leaked out all over the oven.  If you don't have a tube pan, you could use two bread pans.

This is a favourite family entree, one often served to guests as well.  There are variations by using orange instead of lemon juice, adding various fresh herbs...

These muffins taste great with some jam or a bit of honey on them.  Rachel makes them for her roommates at college and says that they like them too.

Best Ever Muffins

These muffins have been made often by our family.  The recipe is from the early 1970's when I was new here and we made a Calvinette cookbook.  We like them, and over the years we have come up with some variations.