Grandma Pauline’s Cheese Muffins

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date: December 6, 2017
Yield: 6 muffins
Time needed: 15 minutes

This is a nice option for those who prefer a less sweet muffin. Great breakfast food—or any time of day.

Grandma Pauline’s Cheese Muffins

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Secret Sandwich

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: February 21, 2014
Yield: 1 serving
Time needed: 10 minutes or less

The contributor of this recipe remembers his father making it for lunch.  He claimed it was an old family secret.  The combination looks strange, but the contributor says it is one of those things you just have to try to understand it.

After messing this up the first time round, I now know that an important part of the secret is to use raisin bread, as stated.

Secret Sandwich

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Grilled Fish and Coconut Rice

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Made: January 27, 2014
Yield: 6 servings
Time to make: 30-40 minutes

This is a simple recipe and can be easily made in the time it takes to cook the rice.  Note that the rice is cooked in two stages: with water and then with coconut milk.

Grilled Fish and Coconut Rice

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Coo’s Lunch

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Made: September 30, 2013
Yield: 2 servings
Time to make: 15 minutes

Since I prefer not to use the canned food the recipe calls for, I took a little more time to make this, but still under 30 minutes.  Rather than canned cream of mushroom soup, I made up a white sauce flavoured with fresh mushrooms, onion and nutmeg.  And instead of opening a can of mixed vegetables, I steamed some fresh vegetables I had on hand: carrots, green beans and celery. I also had some leftover mashed potatoes from a previous meal to use as a base.

The recipe is subtitled “Shepherd’s Pie” but it is not baked.  It is really a meat sauce to serve over potatoes, rice or noodles. Perfect for a quick meal on a busy day.

Coo’s Lunch

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Homemade Macaroons

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: March 3, 2014
Yield: 12-24 cookies
Time needed: 20 minutes

For a dessert challenged baker like myself, no-bake cookies are a no-brainer. And macaroons are one of my favorites.  These are very good, but heavy on the cocoa and oatmeal.  I would like to find a recipe that lets the coconut shine through.

The recipe calls for setting the cookies on wax paper, a commodity I seldom have in the house.  I was about to add that to the shopping list when it occurred to me I could probably use the banana leaves that have been sitting in my freezer. Sure enough, once thawed out and softened with coconut oil they worked just fine.

The recipe says 12 to 24 cookies depending on whether you use a tablespoon or teaspoon to spoon them out, but I got nearly 4 dozen using a tablespoon.

Homemade macaroons

Homemade macaroons

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Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: August 9/16
Yield: 2 dozen
Time needed: 45 minutes

These are one of the staff-created variations on the basic muffin recipe used by Alternative Grounds, a popular fair-trade coffee roasters in Toronto. Sadly they no longer operate the restaurant where these muffins were served each morning, but the coffee is still available at various local outlets.

This is a very good muffin, moist and tasty. Good call, Elisha!

Elisha's Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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