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

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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

Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins - Beth the BakerI was looking for a way to use up some buttermilk that I had in the fridge and also wanted to make some healthy, delicious low sugar treats.  I took a muffin recipe and pretty much changed out most of the ingredients to come up with this.  They were very tasty, the BF enjoyed them… and then of course I had to re-make them as I couldn’t quite recall what I had done in the first place.  I’m pretty that way. (Long time saying I have… when someone does something kinda dumb, I will pet their hair and say “you’re pretty… you don’t have to be smart”… to either men or women.. it’s just a joke, don’t get all offended or anything… it’s just something silly I say…. I value smart over pretty any day… but once again, I digress..) 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

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