Awesome Zucchini Brownies

It’s that time of the year.  Zucchinis growing in the garden galore.  I made this recipe the other day, and my son who does not do zucchini loved them!  Moist and flavourful!

Zucchini Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, and vanilla.  Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Stir into the sugar mixture.  (It will have a cookie dough consistency.) Fold in the zucchini and spread evenly into the pan.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Spread with your favourite frosting.Image

Taco Seasoning

A great way to save some money by making your own spice mixture.  I multiply the recipe and keep it in an airtight jar.  This recipe is enough to season 1 – 11/2 lbs ground beef or chicken.

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • !/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Blend all ingredients together .

French Onion Soup

English: french onion soup, as photographed at...

English: french onion soup, as photographed at the Woodhaven House in Rego Park, NY. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. Sautee thinly sliced onions and garlic in olive oil until caramelized ( low to medium heat )
  2. Add tomato paste and cook a little longer.  Deglaze pan with the red wine.
  3. Add enough beef broth to cover the onions ( you do not want it too thin. )
  4. Add bay leaf and let simmer until the onions are soft.  About 1/2 hour.
  5. Adjust seasoning.
  6. Pour soup into oven proof bowls.  Top with stale or toasted bread and grated cheese.
  7. Place under broiler and bake until the cheese is lightly browned.  ( It will not take very long )

Bananas Foster

English: Bananas and ice cream.


This has got to be the best dessert ever!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Make sure the bananas you are using are not over ripe.


Yield: 2






  1. Cut bananas in half lengthwise; set aside.
  2. In skillet or chafing dish, melt butter over medium heat; stir in sugar until melted. Add bananas, cut side down; cook, turning once, for about 3 minutes or until just barely tender. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Pour rum, over bananas, shaking pan to distribute liquid. Averting face, ignite with long wooden match. Using a long handled spoon baste bananas with flaming sauce until the flames subside.
  4. Serve immediately with ice cream.


If you are increasing the amounts in the recipe, do not increase the rum.



Wild Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

wild blueberry pancakes


English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m very fortunate to have an abundance of blueberries at my doorstep.  Okay maybe doorstep is a bit exaggerated.  I do have some great spots though, a few kilometers up the mountain.  As an avid blueberry picker, I will not divulge the location of my “hot spots”  My standard answer to where I find the abundance of delicious wild berries is ” Oh , up the ski hill road.”

My husband and I make it a ritual to go 2 – 3 times in the season.  We douse ourselves in bug dope, get the pickers out of storage and off we go.

I’d like to share this recipe with you.  It’s one of our favourite’s.  Serve it up with real maple syrup.  Yummy!

Wild Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

  • 1 cup flour ( I use half white, half whole wheat )
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 –  1 1/2 cups blueberries ( fresh or frozen )
  • Sift together flour,salt , sugar and baking soda. Whisk together egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract.Stir together lightly.  Batter should still be lumpyAdd melted butter.Fold in blueberries Cook on a heated griddle.  When bubbles form on top flip them.

Vanilla Kipferle

Vanilla Kipferle

This is a german christmas cookie recipe my mother would make every year.  Very easy to make, looks good and tastes delicious.

For the Dough

250 g flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

125 g sugar

1/4 tsp salt

3 egg yolks

200 g butter, softened

125 g finely ground almonds or hazelnuts

 For dusting the cookies

1/2 cup powdered sugar mixed with 1 pkg vanilla sugar

  1. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  2. Make a well, add sugar.  On top of sugar add the yolks.
  3. Add ground nuts
  4. Put pieces of butter all around the edges of the sugar
  5. With your hands quickly form into a ball.  Do not knead or over mix
  6. Break off small pieces of dough and form into crescents
  7. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes @ 325 F
  9. Cookies should be a very light brown.
  10. While still warm sprinkle with sugar mixture

    Vanilla Kipferle

Kick Ass Brownies

My favourite coffee at the time being is from it’s called Kick Ass and packs a punch.  Starts my day off right.  Well these brownies pack a punch as well. Definitely meant for “grown up ” taste buds.  I’d post a picture, but they were so good they disappeared into thin air.

Kick Ass Brownies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 chili pepper, chopped very small
  1. Melt butter in a pot
  2. Add sugar and stir until the mixture just starts to bubble.  Remove from heat
  3. Add cocoa, vanilla and salt. Mix
  4. Add eggs one at a time and mix well
  5. Add flour and stir for 1 and 1/2 minutes.  ( This is a good workout for your arms )
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and chili pepper.
  7. Pour into an 8 x 8 greased pan and bake @ 350 F for  about 15 minutes.
  8. Edges will be firm , center should still be soft.  Do not over bake them.