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    Almond Paste- Easy and homemade!

    As you can probably tell by now I am an almond paste addict. I love to put it in all sorts of baked goods. The problem is that at $9.00 for 8 ounces and up it can be rather expensive to buy and sometimes it is a bit past its prime as well. But luckily it is so easy to make at home- it just takes a bit of time, some good quality ingredients and a food processor. I made 2 pounds of it a couple of weeks ago. The cost without my labor was around $5.75 instead of $36.00- not a bad savings and may I say a rather superior product as I…

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    Apple Torte with Marzipan Crust

    I love the tastes of Autumn and this yummy Apple Torte with Marzipan Crust is filled with some of Fall’s best flavours. Enjoy it with some vanilla ice cream,  a bit of Creme Anglaise or even a dollop of Creme Fraiche. The crust can be a bit crumbly to work with but just roll it out and pat it into place it will have a nice crisp yet tender texture when baked. Apple Torte with Marzipan Crust Crust: 3 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup white granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder  1 teaspoon of ground Ceylon cinnamon pinch of salt 8 ounces (2 sticks) of fresh chilled butter 3 ounces of…

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    Happy Birthday Dear Rick!

      Rick’s birthday was this weekend! Hippity, Happity Birthday- tumm-diddly- um …my love!Frankly, he is the best gift I have ever received -so we both win. 🙂 We are scaling back around our house a bit -as the company Rick was working for closed last Wednesday and my company is also cutting back. We are trying to see this as an opportunity to change our horizons rather than as a tragedy. Rick is such a multi-talented guy that there are many things he can do – he just has to choose  a new direction.  As long as we’re together we’ll be fine. For his birthday cake this year, he couldn’t decide between Favourite…

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