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Bechamel, Parmesan, Gruyere and Black Forest Ham or Turkey, all stacked high between tender crepes. Bake it in the oven, cut in wedges to serve. A signature brunch dish. There are many renditions of this dish but this is an amalgamation of the one I had growing up at a ski restaurant in the Quebec Laurentiens. The restaurant is long gone but the taste of this dish lingers on - It's a great hospitality casserole, especially during the fall/winter holidays.

Apples, raisins and dried cherries, along with a hot toffee sauce, make this bread pudding cake an easy delight. It is comfort food at its finest hour. Bake it, slice it and serve with the addictive sauce for a surprisingly decadent cake. You can use leftover challah or croissants for this recipe. This test cake went to a local writer's meeting for their Christmas party where it caused a stir sans proper punctuation. I serve it for non occasions too...which make those times into occasions.

Goodbye plain old flapjacks, hello Paris bistro. These are part white flour, part rustic buckwheat crepes, filled with tart-sweet new strawberries and annointed with warm maple syrup.

What is a quintessential spring-summer dessert? Bread pudding with scarlet overtones of seasonal fruit!

This lovely pink lemonade is an elixir like no other. It makes a strawberry rhubarb concentrate that keeps refrigerated. Just add sparking water and ice, to taste. A perfect beverage for tea parties or spring/summer weddings.

A local bakery puts out samples of their newest creations each week. Premier Moisson in Montreal is a great bakery chain, offering French style breads with American efficiency. Most of their breads are good but this one was excellent. It is so simple but each bite of olive oil graced bread, topped with fresh summer tomatoes, big fat, pitted black olives, and slivers of onion is unbelievably, surprisingly incredible. Don’t make the mistake of thinking simple is not exciting. This bread is. It makes two small rounds.

I would serve this with salad or many cold salads, grilled chicken or salmon, or with hunks of different cheeses and slivers of procuitto or the spiciest, thinnest imported salami available.


Sun Tea is the old reliable of ice teas. You slow seep tea bags in a bottle of water and let the sun do it’s work. A few hours later, you have a mellow tea that you sweeten with sugar or honey, add a few lemons, pour over ice and you’ll all set. A Panama hat and a hammock is all you need. This doesn’t keep as well as boiling-water brewed tea but it’s also always gone in a day or two – such is the nature of a good quencher.

Everyone needs something easy, fruity, and a good keeping cake. This one works with any pie fillin but blueberry makes for a fabulous tasting and good looking cake. The crumb topping is just the perfect final touch.

Usually we think of apples when we think of an old-fashioned crisp but ripe, sweet autumn pears are wondrous in this dish. Just use rip flavorful pears such as Bosc or Anjou or a combination of a few pear varieties. A touch of cranberries brings some added to colour and a light touch of spice makes this a portrait in sensuous fall flavors.

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