Pairing spiced blueberries with ricotta rather than rich custard or cream, this lovely layered dessert is definitely not Grandmother's classic trifle. If there is any liquid floating on the ricotta, drain it off before using.
I made this dish for my younger son who wasn't too fond of broccoli but loved pasta and cheese. Now that he's older and away at school it's his favourite recipe.
A pureed whole orange adds a zesty flavour and replaces about half of the oil often found in loaf recipes. Sift some icing sugar over top just before serving.
Hearty beef stew is a cold-weather favourite. Use a well-marbled pot roast for the best flavour; the fat will melt while the beef cooks, which will help tenderize the meat.
Baking with this mix is all fun and no fuss. Give it in a big jar, with the recipe, baking sheets, parchment paper, a metal rack and oven mitts.
Prepared curried paste is spicy and flavourful. Use less if you prefer it mild.
Bessie Meletopoulos of Toronto nestles these in candy paper cups – all the better to hold the abundance of icing sugar with which she dusts her holiday specialty.