Pecan Squares for Gift Giving

Part of the holidays is getting into the kitchen and making a little box of sweet treats to give away.  Researchers say giving a gift may make you feel better about yourself and can certainly put you in the Christmas mood. 

Here is a recipe that is delicious to eat and is perfect for cutting into squares and packing into a small gift box for your to give. You can make these squares ahead and freeze.  It is best to cut them into squares when they are partially frozen. 




Egg Casserole from the Hudson Family recipe book

Some recipes just become family favourites!  In our family, my dad's favourite was the cheese strata I made one Sunday morning many years ago.  I was only in grade 10 or so and insisted that I put together a special recipe and everyone leave the kitchen until it was ready.  I remember that my dad was so impressed by the way my egg casserole just puffed up out of the baking pan when I pulled it from the oven.  He said, "that was the best breakfast ever"!

I haven't made that egg casserole or strata recipe for a while now, but I came across a recipe very similar on #Burnbrae Farms web site.  They have the recipe listed under their own Hudson family favourites.  

I was thinking, hey this might be perfect for serving this Sunday.  I really like that this type of breakfast recipe is assembled the night before.  Some cookbooks call this style of recipe the  'wife saver casserole'.  

Here is the link to the recipe  The Egg Dish from #Burnbrae Farms Web Site  I am going to put it together on Saturday night so it can be baked Sunday morning.  Ummm, true boring foodie I am - spend Saturday night in the kitchen.  Oh well, each to her own.  Have a great weekend everyone and as Ellen says, "be kind to one another" - (just love that) 

Warmest Regards,




Television Fun

I have had the pleasure of talking about food, recipes and nutritious food brands on TV many times during the last few months.  I always come away from the TV station with strong admiration for the TV professionals I meet.  Each host is so professional, welcoming and hard working.  Oh, and did I mention fun!  Here are a few snaps behind the scenes.




Lemon Squares For Mom

My mom just loves lemon.  Chocolate not so much, but lemon is for sure high on her favourite list.  I have made these squares a few times and I really like them and so does my mom.  I particularly like the trick of using parchment paper in the pan, so when they cool, they can be lifted out and sliced nicely.

Here is the recipe I use.  I really am not sure what cookbook it came from.  I have been using this recipe for lemon squares since 1980.  I hope you enjoy it and can share the love.  Make a pan and give them away.  Until next time,  Judy 

Lemon Squares



1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup icing sugar

3/4 cup butter


Using a food processor, mix ingredients together using pulse motion.  You want coarse crumbs.  Pat this onto the bottom of 13 x9-inch parchment paper lined baking pan. Bake at 350 degree F (180 degree C) for 15 minutes.



3 eggs

1 cup sugar

3 Tablespoons flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup lemon juice



Using your electric mixer, beat eggs, about 3 minutes. Then beat in sugar, flour, baking powder and lemon juice. Pour this filling over the warm crust.  Bake at 350 degree F for 15 minutes.


Let the squares cool completely before removing from the pan with parchment paper handles.  Cut into bars and sift icing sugar over the top.




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