Sweet Red Pepper Soup – Josh’s Favourite

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This year I asked Josh what he’d like for his birthday dinner.  He said he didn’t care as long as I made Sweet Red Pepper soup.

Several years ago the kids and I started doing a Christmas Eve dinner with various friends who for whatever reason either had nothing better to do or didn’t want to see their own families, or couldn’t or whatever.  Long story short, Christmas Eve generally ends up with us and close friends drinking wine and playing Win, Lose or Draw and Cards Against Humanity (a newer tradition…) after having a lovely meal. Continue reading

Chocolate Banana Brownies

Chocolate Banana Brownies I swear to you, these are delicious.

One of the things I’m doing with my baking is remaking recipes (sometimes, not all) to be vegetarian or vegan and many of the desserts I’ve modified to be low sugar.

I have a vegetarian niece, a vegan sister, a lactose intolerant daughter and a boyfriend with diabetes.  So, in some recipes I’ve offered modifications.  THIS is the delicious result of modifications… and I must get them out of my house as soon as possible or I will eat them ALL.  Continue reading

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - Beth Warren the BakerSo I have been trying to adjust various recipes to suit various tastes, medical conditions, food preferences etc. for family et al.

Marc Thomas was diagnosed as diabetic last year and so I’ve tried to do some low or non sugar stuff. My sister is a vegan and my niece a vegetarian so I take that into consideration at times.  And my daughter is lactose intolerant (which means she TRIES not to eat it as it’s not great for her but still sometimes does….)  ANYWAY, I’ve been making these cookies for years and they are scrumptious.  Needless to say, the full fat omnivore version is the tastiest (IN MY OPINION) however, they are very good with substitutions… Continue reading

Apple Toffee Cookies

Apple Toffee Cookies - Beth Warren the BakerI have not made these cookies in YEARS…  I used to make them when Katy was young.  Don’t even remember where I got the recipe.  Out of the paper, I think, but then changed it to suit our tastes.

I remember putting it aside as it originally had butterscotch chips in it and my husband at the time (that makes it sound like I’ve had a bunch, doesn’t it?  All Liz Taylor like and stuff.  Hmm I doubt she baked much…)  ANYWAY, he loves butterscotch.  Can’t remember if he liked these cookies though… Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache (but it doesn’t have to be vegan if you don’t want it to be)

Vegan Chocolate Cake - Beth the BakerI know you’re thinking that this can’t possibly be delicious, but it is… I’ve included this as part of my “posting things chocolate for Valentine’s Day”.  This cake works for vegans and non-vegans alike…

Here’s what happens in my family for birthday celebrations, etc..

I have two younger sisters and we’re all  good cooks.  So when we have a family dinner, we split the duties – my sisters, my mom and myself all contribute toward the meal (except Mother’s Day where we don’t have to do stuff… or at least not as much…).  Continue reading

Brona’s Banana Cake

Banana Cake - Beth the BakerAbout 15 years ago (maybe less, like I can remember that far back…) my Aunt Laura came to visit and brought a binder for each of us – me, each of my sisters, and my mother and father.  In each binder was some family history.. stories of how my grandparents met (by mail – story later…) some history of our family members along with some copies of old photos (some a little fuzzy..) And my Grandmother’s recipes.  The ones my Aunt had, any way.  When my Grandmother (Bernice in English, Bronislava or Brona in Lithuanian and Polish) had lived in California, my Aunt wrote down as many recipes as she could.

As I’ve said, I’ve decided to recreate my Grandmother’s recipes.  Except the headcheese.  Nobody wants that….

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Potato Bread

Potato Bread - Beth the BakerI started this blog with the intention of sharing some of my grandmother’s recipes whilst telling various tales surrounding the recipes, my childhood and various ramblings.  Strangely enough, in all my grandmother’s recipes, not one for bread.  And she was known for her bread making prowess.. having owned a bakery and all.  Continue reading

Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup - Beth the BakerLong, long ago, I found a really good recipe for Hot and Sour Soup. I made it a few times according to the recipe and then eventually just made it by memory. People (mostly Jennifer Campbell) loved the hot and sour soup and would travel far and wide to consume it. (Okay, she lived around the corner from me at the time so it wasn’t all that far). Continue reading

The Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies Ever (and Gluten free!)

Peanut Butter Cookies - Beth Warren the BakerFor a very long time (over 45 years) I’ve had a friend who I shall call Ted.  (The reason her name is Ted is that when we were kids, we discussed how if I had been a boy my name would have been Steve and she would have been Ted.  We’ve been friends since we were 5.  We’ve been through a lot together.. many years of school, boyfriends, and all other types of both good and bad times. So for this purpose, she’s Ted.  Although her actual name is Beverlee.)  Continue reading