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Ginger Cake

Submitted by: Sean Lewis, Halifax

“This is my grandmother's recipe. Opening the door to my grandparents' house over the holidays and being hit with the smell of Mimmie's (Kaye Lewis) gingerbread continues to bring a smile to my face. And Mimmie always makes sure there is an extra loaf to bring home. Take a slice of cake, add a little butter and enjoy it with a glass of milk or a cup of tea. It's the holidays... not a time to worry about your waistline. For me it brings back a lot of great Cape Breton holiday memories with our family at my grandparents'.”

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Goat Cheese, Leek and Spinach Quiche

Submitted by: Nancy Arab, Calgary

“This is a recipe I found on WebMD (that came from that I've modified a bit. It's easy to make, stores and freezes well and tastes great warm or cold. ”

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Grandma Johnson's Scones

Submitted by: AnnMarie Boudreau, Halifax

“This is my go-to scone recipe for any time of year. I don't know who "Grandma Johnson" is but she knows how to bake! These scones are perfect.”

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Green Pozole (Pork Stew with Corn and Green Salsa)

Submitted by: Leo Artalejo, Halifax

“I grew up on the border of Mexico and Texas and in my family we would eat pozole at Christmas. It's a hearty warming soup full of bright, fresh and just spicy enough flavours. often better the next day as warmed up leftovers.”

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Guinness Ribs

Submitted by: Gabriel Beauséjour, Montreal

“Nothing says Christmas like a steaming bowl of Guinness spare ribs. Enjoy a feed of ribs in front of the fireplace while watching a Christmas movie with your favourite people. Wash it all down with a good stout and you’ll forget all your cares. This is an easy recipe that tastes great. ”

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Hello Dollies

Submitted by: Sean Lewis, Halifax

“The recipe is from my wife Lindsay. One of her childhood friends and former Bishop’s University roommates would make these delicious Hello Dollies. Lindsay got the recipe from her friend and now I get to enjoy them when Lindsay makes them for our family.”

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Holiday Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Submitted by: Matt Triemstra, Ottawa

“What's not to like about the taste of peanut butter and M&Ms in cookie format? Plus making them as a family while listening to Christmas music really helps kick off the Christmas season.”

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Honey Baked Ham

Submitted by: Kristen Hawker, Halifax

“My Mom has been making this ham, along with a turkey, every Thanksgiving and Christmas since I can remember. It’s a family favourite.”

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Hot Toddy

Submitted by: Ellie Bramah, Halifax

“These will forever remind me of my mother. All winter, she'd make hot toddies for herself, and subsequently leave them stranded around our house all evening, waiting to be retrieved. ”

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Italian Cenci Cookies

Submitted by: Debbie Groves, Quebec City

“My grandmother made these delicious knotted cookies known in Italian as Cenci every Christmas. It reminds me so much of my youth.”

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Italian Knot Cookies

Submitted by: Josephine Di Laura, AXON New York

“Since I can remember, I have always looked forward to the variety of desserts that followed Christmas dinner; these would usually include tri-color cookies, cannoli's, sfogliatelle, and a variety of soft buttery, sweet cookies. The Italian knot cookies were always my favorite, I always looked for the cookie with the most frosting, although my mom was pretty good at making sure each cookie had the same amount of frosting and sprinkles coated on top. ”

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