It is that time of year again, the get-together holiday season! The time when you get invited to family and friends house parties, potlucks, work functions, religious events, or the kids school pageants, you name it, you will get an invite for it! These functions give us a chance to catch up with friends, family and colleagues that we may not see too often otherwise. So what is the proper gift to bring? It’s a question many people silently wonder when wanting to show their gratitude to the host. Here are a few tips to consider when selecting that token of appreciation: Proper etiquette says to select something appropriate for your hostess and their audience–not your own personal wants. Ask if anything is needed for the gathering that you can specifically contribute. Make sure not to make it a last minute question either. Keep…

We’ve all been there before. You crack open a recipe book because you’re in the mood to do some baking when suddenly you realize you don’t have one or two of the ingredients. Not a problem! Most ingredients can easily be substituted with other items you might already have in your fridge or pantry without affecting the texture or taste of whatever you’re planning on baking. Here is a list of common substitutions that are possible, and a more extensive chart can be found at http://www.ereplacementparts.com/blog/this-for-that-baking-substitutions/ Dairy-free substitutions are also included for our vegan friends out there 1 tsp Baking powder = ¼ tsp baking soda + ½ tsp vinegar or lemon juice (Note: make sure to add this into your batter as the final step since the leavening power of the baking soda/vinegar mixture will decrease the longer it sits) 1 cup Buttermilk…

The history of bread pudding dates all the way back to prehistoric times and it was quite popular in all parts of the world. Most people could not afford to waste food so they came up with a new way to turn their stale breads into a yummy treat instead of throwing them out, and that is how bread pudding came about. In the 18th century it regained popularity and was commonly served to sick people since it was considered an easier food to digest, much like soup is nowadays. (Source: http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodpuddings.html#bread) Whether you like it savoury or sweet, bread pudding is a great dessert that allows you to be creative with ingredients and make whatever flavor your heart desires. If you prefer a richer bread pudding, you may substitute stale croissants or other baked cakes and pastries instead of bread. You may also jazz up your…

Hello and welcome to Debbie’s blog! We are so excited to finally create a blog to engage with our community. Over the weeks you’ll find recipes for some of our favourite desserts, helpful kitchen tips and hints, fun and interesting videos, as well as anything and everything Debbie’s related. Our next post will feature our famously delicious bread pudding, and yes, our secret recipe will be included (ok so it won’t be much of a secret anymore, but it’s too scrumptious to not share with all of our fans). So make sure to come back and check us out to see what’s new and exciting at Debbie’s. Have a great Tuesday!

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve taken our look to a new level. We’ve simplified our logo, changed our website and are now offering a complete range of catering services to Ajax and surrounding areas. Check in with Debbie’s and let us cater your next personal or corporate event. And don’t forget, everything we bake and cook is done in house by our talented team of chefs!