Oil Pastry

1 c flour
1/4 c oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 and 1/2 tbsp water.

Sift flour, measure again and sift with salt.
Combine oil and water and beat with fork till thick and creamy.
Pour over flour, all at once, and mix lightly with fork.
Form into ball and roll on floured board.
Fit into nine-inch pie pan, folding over edges and pressing between fingers to flute.
Chill before baking.
Prick shell with fork.
Bake at 450F for 10-12 minutes.

Double the amount if making a two-crust pie.

Original recipe: Eat, Drink and Be Healthy, by Agnes Toms

This is considerably heavier than most pie crusts, though the original recipe calls for either white or whole wheat pastry flour and maybe that makes a difference?

Chicken Pot Pie

3 c cooked and diced chicken
1 c sliced mushrooms (or a 10-oz can)
2 c sliced cooked carrots
1 c frozen cooked peas
2 c leftover gravy
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp celery salt
*pastry for top

Put first four ingredients into three-quart casserole and stir lightly.
Heat gravy; stir in onion powder and celery salt.
Pour over meat and veggies, lifting with fork here and there to let gravy, which shouldn't be too thick, run through.
Roll out pastry a half-inch larger in diameter than casserole top. Place on top. Cut slits in pastry.
Bake at 400F for 30 minutes or till heated through and light brown.
Serves six.

*You can make any single-layer pie crust pastry for the top.
I make an oil pastry using whole wheat flour. Click on the link if you want to try it.

**Karen's recipe


Sour Cream Muffins

  • 1 and 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and chocolate chips.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into a hole in the centre of the dry and mix until just incorporated (overmixing makes dense, dry muffins). 
  5. Fill the muffin tins 1/2 to 2/3 full and bake for 25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the centre should come out clean.

The original recipe is online HERE.
I made minor changes from it, baking the muffins 10 more minutes, adding chocolate chips, substituting brown sugar for the granulated, and using canola oil instead of coconut oil. 


Corn in the Slow Cooker

A recipe Karen was following for a catering job on the weekend looked like something I’d like to make here at home:


Hamburger Chop Suey

Another one of my favourites. Can you tell I have a weakness for ground beef?

3 lg stalks celery, sliced thin
1 medium onion, chopped fine
3 tbsp oil
1 lb ground beef
2 tbsp miso bean paste (or 1 cube beef bouillon) mixed in 1/2 c boiling water
1 can water chestnuts (or fresh mushrooms)
2 and 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp pepper
2 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp cold water
1 pkg bean sprouts or chop suey vegetables

Brown beef, remove from pan, and drain it.
Saute onions and celery in oil over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Add beef.
Mix cornstarch, sugar, pepper, soya sauce and cold water into a smooth paste. Add to meat mixture and stir thoroughly.

Mix in sprouts or veggies and water chestnuts. Heat thoroughly and serve with steamed rice.

Original recipe: Eat, Drink and Be Healthy, by Agnes Tom. If I could only take one recipe book with me to a desert island for the rest of my life, this would be the one.


Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies

As opposed to "Dad's" cookies ...

1 c butter (or peanut butter, or margarine)
1 and 1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 c flour
1 and 1/2 c oatmeal
1/2 c coconut
1/2 c walnuts
1 c chocolate chips (or 1/2 c each chocolate and butterscotch chips)

Roll into balls and flatten.
Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges.


Chocolate Syrup

Dandy on ice cream.

1 and 1/3 c dry cocoa
2 and 1/4 c white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 and 1/3 c boiling water
1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a heavy saucepan combine cocoa, sugar and salt.
Gradually stir in boiling water.
Stir frequently over medium heat until smooth and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla.
Stores for 10-12 weeks in fridge.


Drop Cookies

Quick and easy because the base is the MASTER MIX.

3 c Master Mix
1 c brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 c water
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 c nuts and/or
1/2 c chocolate chips

 Use your hands to mix the dough, then roll spoonfuls into small balls and flatten them slightly with a fork OR drop the dough by teaspoon or tablespoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes.

These were even better the second day, and didn't last beyond that evening.

The dough may seem to be too dry once you've mixed it, but be patient; it takes a minute or two for everything to moisten. It will.

The original recipe is on a blue sheet of paper with the master mix recipe and a variety of recipes to use it in. Where it came from, I don't recall.

Chicken Wings

These were made with only minor variations from the original recipe. They were crispy, delicious, and not sticky or messy! You could make sauces to dip them in, but I didn't. We ate these with our fingers, no muss, no fuss.

1/3 c flour
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp butter
20 chicken wings, tips removed

Preheat oven to 425F and melt butter on cookie sheet. Mix dry ingredients in a bag and toss thawed, dry (remove moisture with paper towel) wings in mix to coat. Place wings on pan and turn them once before baking for 30 minutes, then turn again and bake another 15 minutes.

Original recipe: www.food.com/recipe/oven-crisp-chicken-wings-40497