Simple Chilled Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe (vlog)

Thanksgiving is just one week away for us Canadians and around here that means a few constants such as pumpkin desserts, little boys in button-down shirts, and turkey dinner for fifty.

While pie is a staple on the sweet table, I like to round things out with a cool and creamy cheesecake, preferably pumpkin, since they are so plentiful now. A pie is best enjoyed warm from the oven (not always feasible on Turkey Day), but I’m convinced this chilled pumpkin cheesecake only gets better after a day or two in the refrigerator, making it the perfect do-ahead dessert.

I’m keeping this post short because you absolutely must watch my latest vlog. Not only do I demonstrate the easiest cheesecake I’ve ever made, but it is jam-packed full of practical kitchen shortcuts and time-savers! [Read more…]

Weekend Links: Canning 101 edition

Thanks to all who came and hung out during our Preserving Autumn week! I loved reading all your comments and hearing about your own kitchen experiments, projects, and preserving success.

Here’s further proof that the canning bug is spreading. Thank you to all who sent links and shared what you’ve put up this season!


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Preserving Autumn: Classic Applesauce Recipe

What is there really to say about applesauce, except that it is essential? It’s one of the first solid foods most ever eat and remains high on the comfort food scale as you grow older. Making applesauce every autumn is obligatory around here and an obvious addition to our Canning 101 series.

Right now families are flocking to the orchards on the weekends for a favorite Québec fall pastime: apple picking. The apples that are gathered can keep for a few weeks or even months if stored properly, but the best way to extend their enjoyment is to preserve the harvest through canned homemade applesauce.

Stirred into yogurt, baked into cookies, or layered between crêpes are just a few of the ways we enjoy our applesauce. Then there’s always straight from the jar, with a spoon, just like when we were teething tots.

Here is a basic step-by-step tutorial on how I make and can my applesauce. It’s straightforward, easy to make in large batches and just delicious! [Read more…]

Preserving Autumn: A Canning Series

It’s back! Our Canning 101 series on Simple Bites returns to feature the gorgeous produce of autumn.

With posts every day and a star-studded line-up of contributors, this series is sure to inspire you to put up some of the seasons flavors for year-round enjoyment.

Jennifer kicks things off today with not one, not two, but three amazing recipes for homemade pizza sauce. Her method for pizza sauce with oven-roasted tomatoes is my new favorite recipe – smokey, sultry and oh-so-simple.Curious as to why we’re spotlighting canning so often around here? Here are 9 Good Reasons to Can Your Own Food, an article I posted earlier this month highlighting the various motivations home canners have for what they do. It’s a list nearly anyone can relate to – including, who quoted from the post in a recent article on simple advice for saving money.

In our canning series on Simple Bites, we’ll be featuring apples and tomatoes, two favorites of the season, preserved in simple ways. The series will run all week, so be sure to stop by every day and be inspired!

Preserving Autumn: A Continuation of Our Canning 101 Series

I‘m no slouch, but lately the squirrels in my back forest have been making me look lazy with all their efforts in storing nuts. Their scurrying and burying is nature’s reminder that cold is coming and the bounty of the warmer months will soon be unavailable to us.

Most of the produce that have taken up residence on grocery store shelves now are expats, trucked in from our neighbors to the south. Two prominent fruits that are still locally sourced, however, are apples and tomatoes. Everywhere you looks, baskets, crates, boxes and barrels burst with them and it’s difficult to walk by without thinking of all the promise they hold for the family table.

This week were bringing back our Canning 101 series with an emphasis on Preserving Autumn. We’ll be featuring apples and tomatoes, two favorites of the season, preserved in simple ways. The series will run all week, so be sure to stop by every day and be inspired! [Read more…]