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Yum! Poutine!We love poutine at our house. January and February are always a little sad, as a result, as our local chip truck tends to pack up and stay home for these coldest months in Ottawa. We tend to make a lot of stuff from scratch here at our house but, even so, I tend to have a bag or two of my favorite fries in my freezer. I think they’re the best-tasting (unspiced) frozen fries out there right now, and they bake up nice and crispy in the oven.

To make Not-Quite-The-Chip-Truck Poutine, you need the following:

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The holidays are coming and, if you’re like me, you’re starting to plan ahead to avoid the December rush. Biscotti makes a great hostess gift for dinner parties, a lovely accompaniment to a gift of freshly roasted coffee beans (*coughBytownBeanerycough*), or as a sweet indulgence for yourself when assembling childrens’ gifts late on Christmas Eve. It keeps well and can be made fresh up to a week in advance of gifting. Alternately, you can make, cut and freeze the cookies, and then thaw and dip in chocolate just prior to gifting.

While these can’t be made too far in advance, November (or earlier!) is a great time to start sourcing some funky serving plates, vintage tins, or other repurposed storage containers for gifting these. Would you believe that the handmade stoneware plate in the picture above was bought for $0.50 at a local rummage sale?

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This post now resides at: http://melissadimock.com/blog/2012/11/06/diy-bacon-costume

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This seemed a logical follow-up to my last post, and it’s a drink that I enjoy very much.

The beauty of pre-mixing the concentrate is that it is ready to go for iced coffee, and iced latte or mochaccino, or any other fancy mixed drinks. Like the iced tea concentrate, this lends easily to scaling up or down, depending on your needs. It will keep for up to a week in the fridge.

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