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Dawn and Edward Berkelaar

Berkelaar 5-Minute Artisan Bread

It’s not sourdough, but a recipe that mixes easily and doesn’t require kneading. A search for “artisan bread in 5 minutes a day” would come up with recipes. Edward mixes it on Saturday evening and bakes it Sunday morning before church.

One recipe we’ve enjoyed several times this fall is stuffed acorn squash (I don’t add the pasta).

Here's one crockpot recipe that's a standby at our house--pea soup. We often eat it with cornbread.

This recipe is adapted from a collection of Christmas recipes I looked through in December. It makes cookies that taste a lot like peppermint brownies. We all like them a lot.

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

This is a recipe from our local health food store's monthly magazine. Banana chocolate chip muffins are already delicious--adding peanut butter makes them even more so :-)

I made this over Christmas, and it was a good source of calories when I was up in the night with Asher. The recipe was in our local newspaper in December. I've halved it, so that it makes about five 1-cup servings (or ten 1/2 cup servings--it is very rich!).

Chicken Divan

This is a recipe that we really enjoy at our house. It is originally from a cookbook that Gwen's grade 12 class put together. I like to make enough for two meals; we eat it over rice one time, and over pasta the next. Sometimes I omit the chicken bouillon and use chicken stock in place of part of the milk.

I got this recipe from a friend at college.  Whenever we would invite her over she would bring the ingredients for this snack salad.  She looked really timid, but we would often sneak pieces of the Snicker bar before they were added.  Once I caught her trying to fit half of one into her mouth.

I got this recipe from a lady who is from India.  It has all of the curry called for, which might be a little strong for some.

(from "Simply in Season" cookbook)

Mushroom Lentil Burgers

I thought I'd share a recipe for mushroom lentil burgers that I made this past weekend and really enjoyed.


Auntie Gena gave me this recipe after we had it for lunch during a visit to Glenmount in 1999. Then Edward and I made it for Mom's birthday a few years ago when we were in Winnipeg before our wedding. Everybody there liked it, even though some weren't so sure when they saw so many mushrooms go into it. I'm typing the halved recipe (it will make one pie).

I made this with some of the meals at college, and then as a side for our Christmas dinner as well.